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The Stranger - Press Release


"The Stranger" - August promises to enlighten Emma and take her on a journey that will show her how she can beat Regina, and possibly take custody of Henry; and with Mary Margaret returning to work, Regina puts a plan in motion to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, with the Evil Queen’s curse about to strike, Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter, but with a proviso that could also save his own son, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Eion Bailey as August, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.

Guest starring are Tony Amendola as Marco/Geppetto, Keegan Connor Tracy as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy, Jakob Davies as Pinocchio, Rick Dobran as Raskind and Isaiah Lehtinen as Gordie.

"The Stranger" was written by Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

Jane Espenson dishes out some major teasers…

Caution: Spoilers ahead. I added the spoilers tag for those who blacklist spoilers, but if you don’t blacklist stuff and don’t want to see this: skip ahead. ;)

The mystery of who the Stranger is will soon be revealed on Once Upon a Time!

August W. Booth (Eion Bailey), a writer only initially known as “the Stranger,” made his way to Storybrooke earlier this season. His very presence is significant since the curse prevents people in the town from leaving, and apparently Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was the only outsider to come there before him.

His arrival - especially after he added pages to Henry’s fairy tale book - has sparked many debates as to who he actually is. Theories range from suggesting that he’s Rumplestiltskin’s son or perhaps Henry’s father to even his being an older version of Henry, which would be awkward since the Stranger is seemingly attracted to Emma, Henry’s mom. To get the scoop on who the Stranger is, turned to writer and consulting producer Jane Espenson, who penned this upcoming Sunday’s episode “The Return” (8/7c, ABC) and also offers up some juicy teases for the Season 1 finale.

There are many theories out there about the Stranger. Our best guess is that he’s Pinocchio, based on the lemurs in Nepal clue - which proved he was a liar - and the sudden lockup of his (possibly wooden) leg. What can you say about the clues? Were they too obvious or are we assuming too much?
Jane Espenson:
Those are definitely clues, but are they clues that we put in there so that you would later go, “Oh my God, it was Pinocchio!” or are those clues we put in there to make you think he’s Pinocchio when in fact, we’re planning an elaborate mislead. It’s very hard to say at this moment. I’ve seen the theory that he’s Maleficent (Kristin Bauer), which is fascinating! There’s more than one way to [give a] clue.

You’re going to see Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) have his own theory about who he is, which raises questions of its own. If he were Rumplestiltskin’s son, wouldn’t the son recognize him, for example? But wait! Memories are gone! It gets very complicated. It’s a complicated mystery and we’re going to go a good way’s down the path towards solving it this Sunday.

Are there clues that you guys planted that fans have missed?
I don’t think so, but sometimes people see clues that we didn’t intend. There’s a very interesting one that you see very early on in “The Return” episode. Look to see what August’s paperweight is. Keep an eye out for that.

Could he have been the young boy who found her by the side of the road?
That’s a very interesting question. We know from the newspaper headline that a 7-year-old found her on the side of the road. The age seems to work out; It could’ve been him, but we’ve got more than one character who’s about the right age for that to have been him.

What can you tell us about this Sunday’s episode?
The main drive is Rumplestiltskin trying to figure out who August is. At the same time, we’re seeing events of him in fairy tale land with his son, where the son doesn’t really approve of how his father is changing and is trying to make him take a different path. The cool thing is that really both of these memories exist at the same time in Mr. Gold’s head; he knows that he is pursuing August and he knows he is remembering his son because, unlike many of our characters, he actually remembers his previous life in fairy tale land. You’re actually going to see Mr. Gold go to Archie (Raphael Sbarge) the therapist, because he’s going to be quite shaken by what he’s learning. It’s going to shake him up a bit.

A recent promo for upcoming episodes showed the town rallying against Regina (Lana Parrilla), who was tied to a tree, and it looked like her head was going to be taken off with a sword. What can you tell us about Storybrooke’s drive to figure out who they are and finally get out from under Regina’s reign?
If this town ever figures out who they are, Regina is in trouble, and that’s exactly what you saw there, is the sort of trouble that might be in Regina’s future. As we head towards these last few episodes, the dominoes are going to start falling. This season finale is one of the best hours of TV I’ve ever seen. It blows the doors off. Garments of people’s clothing are going to fly off from the sheer force of their delight and surprise at what’s going to be revealed in the season finale. Nothing is held back. The next couple episodes are going to be carefully laying some groundwork for a big, big metaphorical explosion at the end of the year.

How will August help the town in that regard?
Whoever August is, he came from outside, which is fascinating, and he’s come with information. We saw him messing with Henry’s book. It sure looked to me like he was adding pages to Henry’s book, so I would look to Henry’s book for the way that he helps the town.

What about the giant green wormhole that we also saw in an earlier version of that same promo? Where does that lead?
Generally, portals on our show lead between lands. They lead between fairy tale land and our land, or between, as we saw, fairy tale land and Wonderland. There were a lot of doors down there, so it looks like there’s a lot of different lands you can get to.

Now that we know Kathryn (Anastasia Griffith) is actually alive, how will that play out since Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) had been accused killing her, but David (Josh Dallas) didn’t stand by her side?
Returning Kathryn solves a lot of problems for David and Mary Margaret, in that Mary Margaret is not going to be subject to capital punishment, so that helps them. Your relationship is a lot better when one of you has not been executed for crimes they didn’t commit. But it doesn’t solve the big problem, which is that he did not stand behind her. This curse is making David make some pretty bad choices, if you ask me. They still have a lot to overcome. I would not expect them to tie it up all neatly in a single scene. I think they’re going to need a couple scenes to get through this, but I would suggest that by the end of the season, as a romantic, I like to think that true love tends to win on our show.

'The Return' - Sneak Peek #4!



For those of you who didn’t catch just what the paperweight on August’s desk was: this is definitely the item’s resemblance…

These are the children transformed into donkeys on Pleasure Island in Pinocchio, in case you had forgotten. Pinocchio himself does turn half-donkey…


For those of you who didn’t catch just what the paperweight on August’s desk was: this is definitely the item’s resemblance…

These are the children transformed into donkeys on Pleasure Island in Pinocchio, in case you had forgotten. Pinocchio himself does turn half-donkey…

Reblogging because Sneak Peek #5 gave us an up-close-and-personal look at the paperweight:

Jane Espenson talks with TVLine about Stranger and Finale…

There may be spoilers in the article, so read accordingly.

Genre-TV go-to gal Jane Espenson, who penned this week’s hour, spoke with TVLine about Mr. Gold’s unique dilemma (being aware of his own past and all), what’s ahead for Mary Margaret and David, and the sneak peek we’re about to get at a grand finale showdown.

TVLINE | So, this is the episode where Mr. Gold (played by Robert Carlyle) gets on the couch, as a new patient of Archie’s?
[Laughs] Yes, Mr. Gold is going to talk to our friendly neighborhood cricket.

TVLINE | Is he genuinely seeking personal betterment, or is he working an angle?
Before he knocks on the door of Archie’s office, watch carefully, because there’s an interesting shot that will answer that question. But he’s going through real stuff in this episode.

He’s trying to figure out who August is, and at the same time the fairytale story has him dealing with his beloved son Baelfire. Questions will be raised about August that push his buttons in a genuine way. Because Mr. Gold has all those memories, unlike most characters when we flash back, we see things he actually remembers, so he’ll be thinking about his son.

TVLINE | This episode features Baelfire, and next week’s has Geppetto and Pinocchio…. It would seem that somewhere in there lies the answer to August’s identity.
Unless they’re both misleads. [Laughs] Sometimes you’re like, “Well, that’s definitely a clue,” and then you go, “Wait, is this a clue to the real answer or is it to mislead me?” We’re very good at the misleads.

TVLINE | If August reveals a Louisville Slugger tattoo on his arm, I’m going to take that as a sign.
[Laughs] Could be!

TVLINE | What in particular sets Mr. Gold on this mission to crack the August mystery?
August is going to do something that catches his attention. August is a great character and Mr. Gold just could not be more fascinating. You talk about peeling back the layers of an onion, but if you do that you end up with nothing in the middle. But with Mr. Gold you keep hitting more substance. It’s more like there’s candy inside the onion!

TVLINE | Do I understand correctly that if Baelfire can find a way to have his father’s powers safely taken away, Rumpel is open to it…?
That very question is what Rumpelstiltskin is wrestling with. The answering of that question drives the episode.

TVLINE | Where do things stand with Mary Margaret and David now that Kathryn has been found? Is she still cheesed off that he briefly seemed to suspect her?
That’s not a thing you get over quickly. I have a good feeling about them making it work in the long-term, but they’ve got a lot of obstacles to get through. Hang tight for the season finale (airing May 13), where you’ll get some resolution.

TVLINE | This week Emma confronts Regina about her involvement in Kathryn’s vanishing. What sort of evidence does she present?
She’s going to have some concrete evidence, but the problem with Regina is you can ever really get enough evidence — she’s so good at this, and she’s got people working with her and for her – so this is more about how Regina reacts to the reemergence of Kathryn. This confrontation between Emma and Regina is a prequel to a later confrontation that’s going to absolutely thrill and delight. This season finale is go to be one of the best hours of television you’re ever going to see in your life. I am blown away by it. Absolutely everything happens. The confrontations, relationship resolution…. There’s a lot going down!

Around 3:30 in the video, you can see Smash‘s Jaime Cepero as Henry and Suburgatory‘s Ana Gastayer as Regina act out a scene from April 29’s episode, The Stranger. It’s quite an interesting watch. ;)

And at 5:40 in the video, Michael Ausiello and Matt Mitovich chat about the return of Sebastian Stan as the Mad Hatter!

Here’s a transcript:

Ausiello: “We’re getting a lot of questions about the Mad Hatter. Folks loves Sebastian Stan and they want him back. He’s coming back for 2 more episodes.”

Mitovich: “One episode will appear on May 6th (An Apple as Red as Blood), and if there is two, that also means he’ll be in the May 13th season finale, which is titled ‘A Land Without Magic’. Which I can’t possibly interpret what’s that’s going to be.”

Ausiello: “We’ll chew on that.”


The Insider interview with Eion Bailey

I have been obsessed with Eion Bailey since he introduced Xander to the wild ways of hyena people on a 1997 episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Since then, he’s fought for “freedom” alongside Brad Pitt in Fight Club, stormed the beaches in Band of Brothers and dished out fruit tarts in Center Stage.

Currently he’s playing August, hottie with a million secrets, on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, which is really hitting its stride as it races toward the end of season one — a destination that Eion’s character plays a massive role in. Over the next two weeks, we’ll come to learn a lot about August, so I caught up with Eion to get his take on the character while also finding a totally natural segue to talk about Center Stage. Once Upon A Time is a very mysterious show, on which you play the most mysterious character to date — how much about the role did you know coming in?
Eion Bailey: Nothing. [laughs] The audition material was from Bonnie & Clyde. I read a couple scenes from that, so I knew what tone they were going for based off that. But that’s all I had to go on.

Insider: Does that make Emma the Bonnie to August’s Clyde?
Eion: I think it had to do more with the tone – Bonnie and Clyde had a witty repartee in their conversations. There was a constant one-upsmanship to their relationship while being completely sexually attracted to each other. There’s real affection there while they jab each other simultaneously, so that’s how I see it playing into August’s relationship with Emma.

Insider: Once you got the role, did you see behind the curtain or were you still kept in the dark?
Eion: I think I’m the only actor who didn’t know which fairytale character they were from the get go. I was under a different impression in the beginning. I saw a clue in a script, I can’t say what it was because that will give it away, but it was totally different from what I thought. So I emailed the writers asking if it was a mistake and they said, “Ah! We’ve been dying to tell you who August really is! Sorry we had to keep it secret for so long.” That’s when I realized they’d been planning who August actually is for quite some time. There’s a clue very early on in one of his first scenes that points in the direction of what they had in mind. Even though they didn’t let me in on the secret until later, it’s clear they knew very early on.

Insider: What did you think when you finally found out?
Eion: When they told me who my character in the fairytale world is, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I keep telling the writers what an honor it is to play this character because the central theme of this iconic character is something everyone deals with on a daily basis. I get to embody the internal struggle this character is famous for and expressing something everyone experiences is the ultimate gift for an actor. It’s a joy.

Insider: You’ve been a part of countless television shows, but this is the first time you’re working on a show that have fans who obsess over every single detail. Does that enrich the experience for you?
Eion: I love it. There’s an impression that people who watch television – the “average viewing audience” – are talking during a show, or getting a beer or talking or texting. People think what’s on the screen isn’t making an impression beyond “Oh, he’s hot.” And I’m sure that’s true for some, but it’s so fun to be on a show that captivates and captures the interest of an audience that notices the tiniest detail. If you really care about acting, you care about detail. I try to make my work detailed – and knowing there’s a large audience noticing that is the best because an actor needs an audience to complete the circle.

Insider: The next two weeks are huge episodes for August — will fans feel satisfied when “all” is revealed?
Eion: I’m so excited for them to see it – there’s been a lot of speculation. I think the writers know how to tease for just the right amount of time before they deliver. And these two episodes really deliver exactly what people are hoping for.

Insider: Do you think we’ll see August more next season?
Eion: I think this is only the tip of the iceberg for the potential of this character. I would be very interested in bringing him back for season two and the writers have said as much to me, so I think there’s a lot of good things coming for this character in the future.


'The Stranger' - Promo

'The Stranger' - Sneak Peek #1!