Very, very intriguing read!
The Voice Of TV: First of all, happy belated birthday, Eddy!
Eddy Kitsis: Thank you!
TVoTV: Second of all, congrats on the show and all its success. I’m so happy that it’s become such a hit and it must be amazing to see all the positive feedback. I know that at Comic Con and in interviews prior to the show’s debut, you spoke about why you think people should tune in. Now that you’re established and you have the ratings, what do you think it is that drew people in and has kept them coming back?
Adam Horowitz: I would never presume to get why people watch or don’t watch. All we can do – what we can continue to do since we’ve started – is tell the stories that we think are interesting and cool, and tell them the best way we know how…and hope they come along for the ride. So far, the amount of people who watch the show has been incredibly humbling and gratifying.
TVoTV: You’ve done a really good job of incorporating both a mix of classic fairy tales such as Snow White and Cinderella and more modern fare such as Beauty and the Beast. Can we expect to see other modern stories like Aladdin or The Little Mermaid?
AH: We plan to continue to play with the various mythologies that we’ve already established on the show, and we also plan to dip into a couple of new ones as we move forward. We’re excited about that. We also have some surprises that have been a lot of fun for us to cook up and we hope the audience enjoys them as well.
EK: I think we reserve the right to delve into all of those places. As far as some of those go, we may not get to this year but hopefully some day, we will. We definitely would like to do The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel and Aladdin, and sometimes it’s just a matter of realization.
TVoTV: Right, like making sure it fits in the story and into the scope of the season…and at this point in time, I imagine you’re starting to flesh out the last few episodes. Are some of the mysteries from this year going to carry over, such as the broken glass coffin that we saw hidden under the sink hole?
AH: What we can say is that things like the glass coffin and the stranger – for example, who he is and what he’s doing there – are mysteries that we set up that we fully intend to answer this year. There are obviously ongoing things with the show that, if we’re lucky enough to get another season, we would want to continue…but we really want to kind of complete the story that we set out to tell for this first season.
TVoTV: Do you have an idea of where you want to take the show, given that things look pretty positive in terms of a second season?
EK: Adam and I definitely have an idea of what we want to do for season 2, and hopefully there will be little signs of that at the end of this season and the finale will kind of point towards where we’re going. As far as season 3 and season 4…I mean, we’re kind of giving ourselves freedom. We’re tackling it a season at a time and we have some big overarching things, but we don’t want any of those to restrict creativity. Because sometimes, you’ll think of something that would be great for season 4, but you get to season 4 and you’re like, “You know what, that’s not longer relevant.” So, we don’t want to be slaves to things we thought of three years earlier.
AH: What we’re trying to do is stick with the big ideas we’ve had since we came up with the idea for the show, but as Eddy said, allow ourselves the freedom to figure out the most enjoyable way for us to get to those places.
TVoTV: As someone who is just as interested in the creative side of TV as the performance side, I’m curious to know your method for bringing these stories to life. Do you have a certain process in terms of figuring out what to take from each fairytale?
EK: I think the way we kind of approach it is that we have a rough idea of an episode. For instance, we knew we wanted to do the Cinderella episode and we knew…our twist on it, of course, was that Mr. Gold – or Rumplestiltskin in fairytale land – sent her and made a deal with her. So we usually start with the fairytale side first, and then Storybrooke.
TVoTV: There are so many main cast members and secondary characters that have been explored and the ensemble vibe reminds me a lot of LOST – but I think Once is a little different in that certain characters, such as Emma, Snow and Regina, sort of ground the story. Do you anticipate having a LOST scenario where your main cast changes with the flow of the show, or do you see yourself really sticking to your core characters?
EK: It’s hard to say, because even in LOST, we introduced the tail section, and then we had Desmond and Ben Linus…but we still had Jack and Locke and Sawyer and Kate, and they were the staples and they were our heroes that took us through the story. So for us, Emma and Snow and Charming and Gold…these are core characters. But of course, you always want to bring more people for them to play with.
TVoTV: Let’s touch a little bit on Emma and her relationships. She finally opened up about her feelings just as Graham got killed, so is that going to play a role in how she reacts to other people?
EK: I think Emma’s struggle has always been to allow people in. We always said that Emma is a character looking for a home, because she’s never had one and she doesn’t know what it is. And I think that she’s always walled herself off emotionally, and therefore it’s really not until Henry comes…it’s the first time she starts to let people in. And I think Graham…when he died, it kind of made her remember. It’s a lot easier to not remember people, because then you don’t get hurt. But I think that Emma’s experience through the years, you know, having that wall come down and saying, “Okay, she does have a great friendship with Mary Margaret” – without realizing that’s her mom [laughs.] And beginning to see her care more about her, and becoming more of a mother to Henry. And so it’s slowly chipping away at her walls.
TVoTV: I love all the LOST actors you’ve been bringing into the fold – Alan Dale has been wonderful, and of course you have Emilie de Ravin’s episode coming up this week, which I’m so excited about. Is there a chance we could see more LOST alum in future episodes?
AH: Anything’s possible, but we had such a special experience on that show that anytime we’d want to bring someone over that we’re interested in, it would have to be exactly the right thing that everyone’s really excited about. Like with Emilie [de Ravin], it was just amazing to have her want to do this role, and it was so much fun to kind of come up with it and bring her in to our world here. We’re really excited for people to see her take on Belle.
EK: Obviously, we love all the LOST actors and we’d be honored to write for them again. It would just have to be the right role in the right situation.
TVoTV: Which is understandable! Speaking of casting, one of the strengths of this show is its phenomenal cast. Is there a favorite scene you’ve developed so far that you’ve loved watching come to life? Or something that looked awesome on paper but became even more awesome once certain actors read it?
EK: I would say honestly, every week we feel that. Our cast is so strong and they make Adam and I look so good. Every week and every day when we watch dailies, they just bring something to the material and what’s great is that now, almost a year later – because we’ve been working with them – it’s like we’re all kind of in sync. We have one thing in our mind, they have one thing in their mind, and then it comes together in this third way that’s even better. But we’re constantly mesmerized by what the cast does with the script. We really, truly believe they elevate it.
TVoTV: I love how they’re all just as close in real life as they are when they’re filming…it really comes across on the show.
EK: It’s great. They’re all really good friends and fun to be with, and we’re very lucky in that everyone who works on the show works really hard, including the crew who doesn’t get a lot of credit. They’re in the middle of the forest at 3am! Everyone really works hard because they love the show, and you can’t force that. It just kind of has to happen naturally…and we’ve been very lucky on this one.
TVoTV: Well, let me tell you, it definitely translates…you can tell when a crew and a cast and the writers love their show and put all their effort into making it the best it can be. Are there story lines we can look forward to? I know we’re going to learn more about the Evil Queen and her mother…are we going to see any other developments for our characters?
EK: I think we’re going to see some exciting stuff on the Storybrooke side. We’re going to see stuff develop. And as far as fairytale, we can tell you that we are going to be diving into Little Red Riding Hood’s back story…we are going to be showing you how Grumpy became Grumpy, we will, of course, eventually tell you why the Evil Queen hates Snow White…and we will tell you who the stranger is. We’re planning on a lot of fun episodes coming up.
TVoTV: [laughs] So basically, my head should just be ready to explode because I’m not going to know what to do with all my theories, right?
EK: We can only hope!
Long article I know, but read through it. It is very, very intriguing! :)
Because of the Oscars airing this Sunday, ABC’s Once Upon A Time doesn’t return with new episodes until Sunday, March 5… but if you can’t wait that long, here are some details to tide you over!
KSiteTV’s Craig Byrne attended a journalist Q&A with Executive Producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis this morning, and you’ll surely be reading about it here and on several other media outlets. We’ll also have some more details here in within the next 11 days, before the show returns. But first… you all want some scoop… right? So what is coming next?
When Once left off, it appeared that David’s wife Kathryn disappeared in Storybrooke, and Horowitz promises that it’s a mystery that will be resolved this season. The disappearance will put yet another challenge to the romance between David and Mary-Margaret, who, of course, are Prince Charming and Snow White in the fairy tale world.
“David and Mary-Margaret are really fighting a curse to be together, and this is just another element in that,” Horowitz says. Kitsis adds that this challenge “will definitely test them.” But for the Charmers who want to see more of Charming and Snow, will there be any luck?
“We do have a plan for them,” Adam Horowitz says. “We are building to something this season with them, that we’re excited to share with you, just not today, but yeah, there is a plan and there is a definite build that we’re trying to do, and we hope people enjoy where we take them.”
“The whole idea of the show is that Storybrooke is cursed, and therefore, the love is so strong, it keeps pulling them together no matter how hard we try to keep them apart, but of course the curse has to keep them apart,” Edward Kitsis adds. “One of our favorite things is the fact that I love that the audience is mad that David cheated. But he’s married to Snow White! And in Storybrooke, he has all of this guilt of cheating on Kathryn, but the truth is, that’s the curse,” he says.
“Is he cheating on Snow White by being with Kathryn?” Adam asks. “There’s a complexity that we’re trying to build with with these relationships, and making nothing easy for our characters, so that when they do achieve the things they want to achieve, it’s all the more satisfying, hopefully.”
Other scoops to come out of the Q&A:
- “What we saw August doing with putting the pages in the [Once Upon A Time fairy tale] book is kind of the first step in pulling back the onion on who this guy is and what his agenda in Storybrooke is,” Adam said about the “mysterious stranger” August, adding that August’s goal will be known “very shortly.” As for the book itself, Kitsis tells us “who wrote it and those questions will be more for Season 2.”
- Episode 16 takes place after Snow has lost her memories; a sequence in 15 takes place *before* then.
- In Episode 17, Sebastian Stan will play the Mad Hatter, and we’ll see how the Mad Hatter became mad. The caterpillar will be played by Roger Daltrey of The Who. “We kind of do our Once twist on it,” Adam says.
- Episode 18, we’ll see why the Evil Queen hates Snow White so much. Barbara Hershey guest stars.
- We’ll be learning more about the backstory of Rumplestiltskin and his son in Episode 19.
- The producers would like to have Jamie Dornan back to the series, but it is all dependent on scheduling.
“Dreamy” is a bit of a whimsical tale, and as a result, will probably be a bit less scary than, say, the Evil Queen tearing out hearts. The difference in tone is more just related to what Adam Horowitz describes as “telling the stories we want to tell.”
“When we started out, we wanted to do it like a big summer movie every week. That tone, that kind of access for everyone,” Once executive producer Kitsis says. “It’s interesting, because I’ve read we’ve been too dark. To enact the curse, Regina had to rip the heart of her father out, and then I hear other people saying it’s for children. There are episodes – 15 is pretty dark. It’s going to go to a dark place. But Episode 14, the Grumpy one, is much more in the vein of a Pixar. So, for us it was kind of like in LOST, a Sayid episode would be a lot darker than a Hurley episode, and that is kind of our point of view on this. When we’re going to tell you a Rumplestiltskin story, it’ll probably be a little scarier than when you learn how Grumpy became grumpy.”
“Our goal is to tell stories for everyone,” Horowitz adds. What’s been really gratifying for us with the show is that so far, people have been watching and getting very different things from it, and finding different things. But we’re trying to tell the kind of stories that really excite us.”
What we loved about this idea is we literally could write different tones, and different things, altogether. We wrote the Grumpy episode, and it’s a little lighter, it’s a little funnier, it’s a little sweeter. But we also wrote 18 with Regina, and that’s probably a little more emotionally wrenching and dark,” Kitsis explains.
Guest starring in “Dreamy” is Angel’s Amy Acker as a fairy named Nova who helps to tell the story of how Grumpy became grumpy. The reference back in Episode 10 where Grumpy mentions that he was in love and there was a diamond involved will come into play here. Also making a return appearance is Emilie de Ravin as Belle, who first appeared on the series in the episode “Skin Deep.” “We love Emilie so much. We love what she’s done with the character, and we are excited to show you some more with her,” Adam Horowitz says. Edward Kitsis reveals that Belle has a “nice little scene” in Episode 14, where “she’s sitting up there with the person who loves her not realizing it, and that would be someone I would not want to piss off.” As for what’s next for Belle, Kitsis assures us that she will be back again, probably more toward the end of the season.
The subject of Belle also brings up the question of if Belle being imprisoned in a psych ward was a reference to Emilie de Ravin’s character Claire in LOST, a show where Kitsis and Horowitz did a lot of good work. “I wouldn’t say it was so much of a nod as we felt really confident Emilie could pull it off,” Horowitz jokes.
“We had the idea early in the season to have Belle being in the insane asylum, and then when we were talking about who would be the perfect Belle, because this has to be the person that is going to be sitting across from Rumplestiltskin and they have to – Belle is a strong character, and so we were like ‘oh it’s Emilie,’ and then we actually debated changing the ending because of the squirrel baby, and then we thought, ‘no, let’s surge. Squirrel baby again’,” Edward adds.
Lastly, it seems that things are going to change between Regina and Mr. Gold now that she knows that he knows about the curse. “I would say that their relationship is definitely going to change,” Kitsis says. “You’ve got two very untrustworthy people. I think the thing that will be interesting over the next arc of the episodes is [that] what the hell are they both up to? And really, what’s Mr. Gold up to?”
“For us, there’s the fun of now playing them off as people who know each other and know their long history together,” Adam adds.
Kitsis describes Mr. Gold as a “complicated man.” “It depends where you line up with his interests. He has an agenda, and it’s whether you’re in the way of the agenda, or not in that agenda, and I think that a lot of these characters have gray areas,” he says.
“There’s more to come with him this season. There’s an exploration of more about him and his son, and what happened there, that may hopefully shed a little more light,” Horowitz adds, telling us that we’ll be learning more in Episode 19.
Article written by Craig Byrne on KSite TV.
Lots of good spoilers in here. Read to your content! ;)
You keep bringing Mary and David — aka Snow White and Prince Charming — together only to have them break up again. Do you actually have a bigger plan for them?
Kitsis: The whole idea of the show is that Storybrooke is cursed. Their love is so strong it keeps pulling them together no matter how hard we try to keep them apart. Of course, the curse has to keep them apart. I love that the audience is mad that David cheated, but he’s married to Snow White [Laughs]. In Storybrooke, he has all this guilt of cheating on Kathryn (Anastasia Griffith), but the truth is, that’s the curse.
Horowitz: Is he cheating on Snow White by being with Kathryn? To us, there’s a level of complexity we’re trying to build with these relationships and making nothing easy for our characters.
The last we saw of Snow White in the fairytale world, she had erased her own memories. When will you pick up that story again?
Kitsis: [This Sunday’s episode] takes place right after the Huntsman released her, so before she’s attained all her banditry skills. In fact, there’s a scene you’ll see, where Red (Meghan Ory) teaches her how to track. Episode 16 [picks] up directly after the episode where she drank the poison.
What can you tell us about Kathryn’s disappearance?
Horowitz: It’s a mystery and it is one that is resolved this season.
Kitsis: That’s going to take us into the end run of the season.
Horowitz: David and Mary Margaret are really fighting a curse to be together and this is another element of that.
Kitsis: This will definitely test them… [Also], Kathryn’s disappearance is going to take up a lot of Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) time and test her emotionally.
Will other characters start to wake up?
Kitsis: I would say I’d be pissed if something didn’t happen like that. It is a difficult thing. The curse is a strong curse. It can’t just be easy. I think we’re going to explore those questions definitely going forward.
In Sunday’s episode, we’ll see August (Eion Bailey) spark something within Red/Ruby. Is that his goal in Storybrooke?
Kitsis: It’s like what Henry (Jared Gilmore) said in Episode 2, “It’s magic, people don’t remember.” So when you say to Ruby, “How long have you worked at Granny’s?” She’s like, “Forever,” because she has no conception of time. Once [August] puts it in her head, “Well, why do you?” She’s like, “Why do I?”
Horowitz: It’s a snowball effect, which is to say that [when] Emma arrived in the pilot, the clock started ticking and things started to change. One of the changes is August arriving. There’s a lot of things that have changed in Storybrooke, and they’ve mushroomed out to things like Ruby at the start of [Sunday’s episode] and those affects will continue.
Will we finally learn what horrible thing Snow did to the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) by the end of the season?
Horowitz: Oh yeah.
Kitsis: That is its own episode, and that will be Episode 18. That is the episode where you’ll find out why the Evil Queen hates Snow White so much.
Might Regina ever change her mind about the curse?
Horowitz: I suppose anything is possible.
Kitsis: She enacted it in such an emotional place that she wasn’t thinking clearly. She came here and probably got a little bored. Now that Emma is here, it’s reawakened her passion of revenge and anger. She’s protecting her son. I don’t think she fully understands what she did. I don’t think she understands the repercussions and she’s beginning to lose sight of even why she did it.
Is there a way to undo the curse?
Horowitz: Every curse can be broken.
Kitsis: It’s just how.
Horowitz: And yes, that is something that will be explored.
What can you tell us about Regina’s mother, played by Barbara Hershey?
Kitsis: Evil is not born, it’s made. Her mother has a specific viewpoint about the world.
Horowitz: Hopefully, you’ll get a great insight into Regina and why she is the way she is.
Now that we’ve seen a gentler Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), is he maybe not as bad as we think?
Kitsis: He’s a complicated man. It depends where you line up with his interests. He has an agenda and it’s whether you’re in the way of that agenda or not. A lot of these characters have gray areas. There is some humanity in him.
Horowitz: There’s an exploration [in Episode 19] of more about him and his son and what happened there that may hopefully shed a little more light.
What can you tease about Belle’s (Emilie de Ravin) return?
Kitsis: She’s got a nice little scene in Episode 14. She’s sitting up there with the person who loves her [and] not realizing that. That would be someone I would not want to piss off. She’s going to be back more toward the end of the season.
Was having Belle end up in the psych ward a nod to crazy squirrel baby Claire of Lost?
Horowitz: I wouldn’t say so much a nod as we felt really confident Emilie could pull it off.
Kitsis: We had the idea early in the season to have Belle in the insane asylum, and then when we were talking about who would be the perfect Belle, because… Belle is a strong character, and so we’re like, “Oh, it’s Emilie.” Then we actually debated changing the ending because of the squirrel baby, and then we thought, “No, let’s surge. Squirrel baby again!”
Will we meet anymore villains?
Horowitz: In March 11th episide, we’ll learn who the Big Bad Wolf is. We want to leave the door open for exploring more and more classic villains as we go forward. But that’s one example of something coming up.
What can you tell us about Season 2?
Kitsis: We think we have some really unexpected and surprising characters that we would like to explore next year that I don’t even think people are thinking about.
Article written by Natalie Abrams from TVGuide.
Adam and Edward have spoiled that his agenda will become clear by the end of this season.
They also have ruled out the theory that August is Henry from the future. They also stated that one of the many theories on who he is IS right. Hmm…which one, though?
We just got a chance to speak with the producers and the cast of "Once Upon a Time" at the Paley Fest in Los Angeles, and we got some interesting information for you. Not only is the Wonderland episode going to blow your minds, but the finale is going to have a twist that no one will see coming. We also find out why Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) is in therapy with Archie (Raphael Sbarge).
"Something happens that pushes him towards it," Carlyle says. "He has to talk to someone about what’s in his mind. When Raph and I spoke about it we said, ‘of course!’ He doesn’t have anyone else. There is nobody he can talk to. It’s a wonderful opportunity for these two characters to meet."
He continues, “He tells him stuff that he wouldn’t tell anyone else and halfway through, he realizes who he’s talking to and he’s very threatening to him at the end.” Carlyle also tells us that he bases the physicality of Rumplestiltskin on Commedia Dell’Arte, mask work and his voice on his six-year-old son. “My wee boy. He runs around the house going ‘dee dee dee.’ And that’s it. Because Rumple is like a kid.”
Lana Parrilla talks about Cora, Regina’s mother, played by Barbara Hershey. “She has a very complicated relationship with Regina/Evil Queen. She loves her daughter, but is extremely controlling and manipulative. Basically she has learned everything from her mother. And Barbara was amazing. She’s such a pro. It was such a treat working with her on so many levels.
Ginnifer Goodwin tells us about the strength of Snow White versus Mary Margaret, saying, “The curse would really have to be broken for Mary Margaret to find her strength and who she really is.” She also says, “As strong as you think Snow is now, you’ll be amazed by it as the season continues.”
Producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis tell us that the Wonderland episode is going to be amazing. “We’re telling you the story of how the Mad Hatter became mad.” They also revealed characters they’d like to see if they get a season 2. “There are a lot of characters we’d like to see,” says Horowitz. “Peter Pan, Ariel, Rapunzel … there is a whole world we’d like to explore.”
Josh Dallas who plays Prince Charming talks about the fuzzy moral area having a Prince have an affair. “It’s a sticky area, because Charming and Snow are married in real life, so David and Mary Margaret are really married. So the other marriage is all fabricated and planted there by the Evil Queen. He’s trying to do the honorable thing and find out what these memories were.”
I have bittersweet feelings about this…
Right from Mr. Adam Horowitz himself:
Does this mean our beloved Jamie Dornan is shooting today as The Huntsman? B)
As we head into spring, TV shows on the bubble start to cross their fingers and get superstitious in hopes of renewal. One of the shows still yet to hear their verdict is Once Upon a Time. Created by Lost alums, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (the writing duo who penned Tron Legacy), the modern-day dark twist on fairy tales started out strong, attracting nearly 13 million total viewers but has slumped to the 8.6-10.7 million range in the last 10 episodes. We shall see if it’s enough to earn a second season, but in the meantime, Kitsis and Horowitz continue to push forward as planned and keep audiences guessing as the show progressively gets darker and darker.
How has Once Upon a Time evolved? Has it gone the way you always envisioned or become something you didn’t originally think it would?
Edward Kitsis: Our dream was to tell certain stories like, why Grumpy became grumpy. Why does the Evil Queen hate Snow White? Tonight it’s why the Mad Hatter is mad. What’s great is through those shows you get to know everyone. We get to know Robert Carlyle. We get to know Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, and Lana Parrilla and all the actors. They elevate the material. You start to writing to the things that they elevate. Then they elevate that. What happens is this unique kind of weaving and it takes a life of its own.
Adam Horowitz: A television show is an organic process. It’s made from an entirely talented group of people from the actors to the crew. We’ve been so blessed with everyone that’s involved. Because of that, what happens is you have your plans for things you want to do, but you also allow for the organic nature of the show to develop into what it kind of wants to be, you just try to stay true to what your vision for where you want to take the show but at the same time, allow for all the talented people you’ve got working for you (actors, set designers, costumes etc.) to bring amazing things.
Is there something special about babies or the children on the show?
EK: The rule that was set up was that everyone from the enchanted forest or that land can’t leave Storybrooke. Obviously the only two people are Henry and Emma and then there’s this new guy that came into town, whoever he is.
AH: It was never meant to be a force field that you bounce off of. It’s more along the lines of something that keeps you from going, or draws you back.
EK: Even in the pilot, Red said, “I should have gone to Boston.” Granny said, “I’m sorry my heart attack…” The trigger can be a family emergency. Your car can break down, it could be you giving birth.
AH: The comings and goings of the folks in Storybrooke is something we continue to explore and continues to play a part in the show.
Storybrooke appears to be this small town and often times it looks as if people are constantly meeting each other for the first time.
AH: I would say that the town isn’t as small as it first appears. We’re seeing a slice of the town, but there could always mean there’s much more there than we’re seeing at first.
EK: I spent my first nine years in town called Mankato, Minnesota, which is a small town of 50,000 people. But 50,000 people means you don’t always run into someone when you go to the grocery store or hardware store. We’re showing a small part of Storybrooke, I think and there’s always a sense of, we haven’t seen everybody yet but at the same time there’s a nice community.
Are we going to see more of Storybrooke turn against Regina slowly but surely, as more characters are added to the mix?
EK: One of the interesting things Emma does is get people to stand up to bullies, whether it’s Regina or injustices.
AH: What we’ve already seen is people are giving her a harder time than she ever had in the 28 years of the curse prior to Emma’s arrival. There’s no reason to think that won’t continue.
Having already seen Emile de Ravin (Lost) as Belle, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) as The Mirror, Emma Caufield (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) as the Blind Witch, and Amy Acker (Angel) as Astrid all guest-star on the show, what guest-stars can we expect in remainder of the first season?
EK: Tonight we have Sebastian Stan as the Mad Hatter in episode 117 “Hat Trick,” who is fantastic; we have Roger Daltry voicing the hookah-smoking caterpillar.
AH: We have some fun people we’re really thrilled to join the cast and Barbara Hershey (Black Swan) playing Regina’s mother in episode 118, “The Stable Boy” is something we’re very excited about.
Editor’s Note: “The Stable Boy” is where the audience will see where a lot of the pain The Evil Queen has comes from and answers that pivotal question Kitsis posed, why does she hate Snow White so much.
What can you tell us about The Mysterious Stranger / August Wayne Booth?
EK: The next three episodes (counting last week’s episode 116 “Heart of Darkness”) will drop more hints as to why he’s here.
AH: Before the finale you’ll know who he is and why (he’s in Storybrooke).
Are we going to see more of Rumplestilskin’s son?
EK: Yes. And you will understand what happened between them. I would say there is great stuff with Robert and the son, as to where it is–I would say not this season–perhaps.
AH: Or we might this season–perhaps. The character of Baelfire, Rumple’s son, does come back later this season, whether it’s in Storybrooke or in fairy tale land, how that plays out, we want to be a surprise.
EK: In other words, we want you to keep watching. [Laughs]