TVLine: Bosses Tease the Final Four Episodes, Four Reveals and One ‘Really Big’ Twist

GOING TO EXTREMES | After seeing the show suffer through multiples stops and starts since its winter hiatus (a problem that a lass named Alice might remedy next TV season), Adam Horowitz says that he and fellow series creator Eddy Kitsis look forward to presenting “an uninterrupted string of episodes where we can really tell a story and build to a finish we’re really, really excited for the audience to see.”

Speaking with TVLine from the set in Vancouver, where he and Kitsis were overseeing the filming of the Season 2 finale (airing May 12), Horowitz eagerly anticipated exploring “two extremes” over this final run of episodes: the intimate, and the scope. “The intimate of what our cast can pull off and the emotions they can convey always floors us,” he says. “As does the scope of the storytelling, and the visuals that our crew is able to achieve.”

SAVED BY THE BELLE? | Kicking things off this Sunday is “Lacey,” an episode in which amnesic Belle adopts an alter ego and delves into a not-at-all-provincial life. Explaining the greater purpose of this, the first of the final four hours, Kitsis says, “We understand that Rumple and/or Mr. Gold is a man who has darkness inside him, and all season he’s been searching for the light, for a way to be better now that his son is in town. And we also know there is a prophecy that said Henry would be his ‘undoing’, and he said to the seer, ‘Well, I’ll just kill him.’ But now that it’s his grandson, he’s facing a conundrum, and Belle has always been the person who’s brought out the best in him. What ‘Lacey’ does is watch Rumple struggle with his inner demon.”

WHAT DOES TAMARA BRING? | Speaking of demons, a couple of real devils have recently descended upon Storybrooke: Tamara, who unbeknownst to everyone purposely pursued fiance Neal in the name of finding magic, and her secret cohort/paramour Greg aka Owen, the boy whose father Kurt went MIA after they stumbled upon the freshly materialized Maine burg in 1983.

Tamara and Greg’s mysterious agenda will be made clear over the next two episodes (“That reveal takes off like a rocket,” effuses Horowitz), and as hinted in the last episode, Regina — having deduced Greg’s true identity — “will be front and center in that story,” Kitsis says. “There are not a lot of coincidences here…,” Horowitz says with a smile. “There’s a reason for all of the connections we’ve revealed so far — and some we have yet to reveal.” (And yes, Kurt Flynn’s fate will be divulged by season’s end.)

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Keck’s Exclusives: Once Upon a Time Stars Talk Season Finale

TV Guide Magazine: What’s the coolest thing about the season finale?
Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin): Sneezy, who went over the town line, might be getting his ­memory back.
Edward Kitsis (executive producer): And if he gets his memory back for a happy dwarf reunion, I wonder what other characters could, too?
Carlyle: There’s a lovely ­moment Emilie de Ravin [Belle] and I shot that Rumpbelle fans will love. But in Once style, ­it doesn’t last long.  
Adam Horowitz (executive producer): After two years, these characters are going to a place emotionally and physically different from where they’ve ever gone before.
Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret/Snow White): There is something that happens in the finale that breaks a pattern, and I look forward to seeing how that changes the ­people involved.
Lana Parrilla (Regina/Evil Queen): I love that there’s a possibility for Snow and Regina to have a relationship. We’re all family. 
Kitsis: You all have blood on your hands, but you all have love in your hearts. The question is, what will unite our rivals? Magic’s got a price, and it’s incredibly heartbreaking.
Josh Dallas (David/Prince Charming): Like the finale of Season 1, this will change it all completely.

TV Guide Magazine: When you learned that Storybrooke was in danger of being destroyed in the finale, what were your thoughts?
Parrilla: I thought, “Poor Steveston” [the British Columbia town that doubles for Storybrooke]. It’s made such a living off the show.
Carlyle: I’d be sincerely upset to lose Mr. Gold’s shop. I’m very, very protective of it.
Goodwin: Oh, yes, you are! [Whispers] None of the rest of us are allowed to touch anything in there.
Parrilla: Even the props that once belonged to us! Or we’ll get hit in the hand with his cane.

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