The San Diego Convention Center’s mammoth 4,500-seat Ballroom 20 is going to look a whole lot like Storybrooke (or is it Fairytale Land?) on July 14when the cast and producers of ABC’s Once Upon a Time take the stage at Comic-Con International.
Co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (who I first drove crazy with questions when they were executive producers of Lost), will be forced by threat of poison apple to spill Season 2 secrets during the 11am panel moderated by TV Guide Magazine senior editor and columnist William Keck.
Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Meghan Ory (Little Red) and newly promoted series regular Emilie de Ravin (Belle) will all be on hand to make fans’ fantasies come true. After our spoilery, eye-opening chat, the gang will be available for an autograph session in Room 28C from 12:15 to 1:00.
Regina’s happily ever after: Though it’s an evil curse, to Regina (Lana Parrilla), it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her. “This is her happy ending and that’s how she really sees Storybrooke,” Parrilla says of the Evil Queen being transported to this new realm. “We quickly learn that it’s not. Deep down, Regina just wants to get back to being that sweet, innocent little girl who fell in love, and it’s all just been taken away from her.” This will shed some insight into why she decided to adopt Henry (Jared Gilmore). “She sees an opportunity to have that healthy love with Henry,” Parrilla adds.
Sheriff Graham returns: Thanks to the show flashing back, Jamie Dornan will be back as the now-deceased sheriff and former flame of Regina. “We get to see his relationship with Regina and how she is in control of him and manipulating him by keeping his heart in that box,” Dornan says. “She’s using him as a puppet and getting him to do whatever she wants. You see Regina at her most evil in getting things.” Graham will have his hands full when two “crucial” strangers (see more below) find their way into Storybrooke.
Regina’s revenge: Thanks to Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Regina has now lost her first love in Daniel (Noah Bean) and her mother Cora (Barbara Hershey) — so the Charming Family better watch out! “All bets are off,” Parrilla says. “When someone is taken away from you like that, something snaps in a person. I think she’s more dangerous than she’s ever been. She’s so angry.” Parrilla adds that she’ll also set her sights on Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), despite his insistence that he wasn’t involved.
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Debated posting this, but Adam’s answers do answer a lot of things for those who may be curious.
Posting “plot-holes” and Adam’s answers below the cut.
Once Upon a Time - Final Four Episodes Promo
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So, what can fans look forward to in the final three episodes of the season?
Eddy: Well, I think the fans can look forward to kind of the culmination of everything we set up this year. Who are Greg and Tamara, who do they work for, do they work for anyone, what’s their agenda?
Adam: What’s really behind everything they’re doing, and how is that going to impact on every single one of our characters? I think we’re bringing all those things to a head in a way we find exciting, and we think hopefully will be really surprising to the audience as well.
Eddy: We are going to dive more into how Lacey affects Rumpelstiltskin, or Mr. Gold, and how that affects his relationship with his son.
Obviously, Lacey enjoying Rumplestiltskin’s darker side is a bit of a weight off his shoulders, unless, of course, she gets her actual memory back, in which case you’ve got to wonder, is she going to be twice as horrified?
Eddy: Well, it depends what he does when he’s with Lacey, I suppose, you know? Belle brings out the best in Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, and Lacey brings out the worst, and it’s a lot easier to have someone bring out the worst in you. You get to try a lot less.
So the last two episodes are titled “Second Star to the Right” and “And Straight On ‘Til Morning.”
Adam: (grinning) Just randomly titled. No significance to those titles at all.
Eddy: We are going to be finding out a bit about Baelfire, and Captain Hook. There’s no coincidence with those titles.
Adam: Obviously, we’d like to keep a surprise, but you know, Baelfire/Neal and Hook have a connection that we’ve already hinted at, and that’s something that’s explored in the final two hours of the season. And that may involve a second star to the right.
Fans have been speculating a lot about Neal and his connection to Hook—perhaps in the form of a boy who never grows up?
Eddy: Yes, we could say so far, nobody’s been right.
Adam: Well, that we know of. Our fans are very smart, and maybe they’ve got it, maybe they haven’t, but we hope it’s a surprise. We can confirm he’s not Smee.
Eddy: By the way, I don’t know if you know this or not, but rewatching Peter Pan, which we’ve done on numerous times, the clock, Big Ben, is set to 8:15 in the movie. It’s at 8:14, and when the kids land on it, it goes to 8:15. [NOTE: 8:15 is the time the town’s clock in Storybrooke was stuck at before Emma appeared in the first episode of season one.]
Adam: Or not.
You’ve said that a new character will be teased but not revealed until Season Three.
Eddy: In the final two hours, you will hear about someone, you will think about someone, but you won’t see that someone ’til next year.
Any other big moments to look for?
Eddy: Emma and Regina have a game-changer.
Adam: Their relationship is going to change. It moves to a new place.