Question: On Once Upon a Time, is Emma going to help out Henry and Regina with Operation Mongoose? —Dee
Ausiello: Probably not until the 12-episode Frozen arc is over, at earliest. As Jennifer Morrison shared during our set visit, “I’m sure we’ll get around to it eventually, but that storyline right now is separate from ours [and] there’s only so much overlap that can happen before there’s just too much going on. But I’m sure that in the second half of the season, we’ll all have some kind of participation in that.”
Question: Any twists and turns coming up for the Charmings (apart from the baby) on OUAT? —Jenny
Ausiello: There’s a “pretty nasty” development coming, one with far-reaching consequences, teases Josh Dallas, who adds, “There’s something on its way that definitely affects everyone in Storybrooke — and the Charmings, for sure. It creates some weird things within their relationship. I can’t tell you any more.” No worries, JD. You’ve already told us more than enough.
Once Upon a Time is heading back to Arendelle where Anna will cross paths with another Frozen fan-favorite character on this week’s episode, “Family Business.”
Have you ever been out in the cold and needed a jacket after warming up with a nice sauna treatment? In the Frozen universe there is a business just for you! Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post And Sauna will make an appearance on Once Upon a Time this week as Anna returns to gather supplies for another journey. The trading post will come complete with Once‘s very own Oaken!
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) October 28, 2014
Let’s hope he delivers an equally convincing, “Yoo-woo!” and “Big summer blowout!”
The time jump back to Arendelle will focus on Belle’s arrival to seek council with Grand Pabbie. Another interesting connection to Anna and Elsa! Belle hopes to discover answers about her mother from the wise rock troll. Earlier this year it was announced that Belle’s mother will be played by Frances O’ Connor. In that same announcement it was revealed that Belle’s travels in Arendelle take place before she meets Rumpelstiltskin.
Speaking of the Dark One, in this week’s promo, it looks as though her marriage of “trust” will be put to the test when she uses the blade to force Gold to take her to where the Snow Queen is hiding. There are plenty of unanswered questions regarding Emma and the Snow Queen’s past, but an episode that focuses on Belle’s past is a welcome addition to the Once Upon a Time catalog.
Once Upon a Time‘s Regina and Robin are said to be soul mates, and as we know soul mates tend to have a deep connection. Will that connection be explored? –Ana
First, Regina needs to recover from the thief’s declaration of love, which despite the smile she met it with is perhaps the last thing she needed to hear. “It complicates everything,” Lana Parrilla notes. “It’s easy if he says, ‘I’m an honorable man. I have to stay with my wife.’ As hard as that is to hear, it’s also what she admires about him. But when he says, ‘I love you and I know I should be doing the right thing but my heart lies elsewhere,’ even though Mary Margaret and Henry say, ‘This is something to celebrate,’ Regina doesn’t see it that way. She finds it harder to walk away from him knowing what he feels about her.”
“Once Upon a Time’s” Mary Margaret and David/Charming are going on their own date night this Sunday night on ABC.
Last week, the fairytale couple (for the first time) experienced what it was like to watch their daughter, Emma, go out on a date, while they sat at home worrying. Date night for the couple themselves though, may present a different set of worries, including being away from baby Neal for the first time.
Ginnifer Goodwin explained what’s behind her character’s parental worries this season on “Once.”
“I think it’s because she put Emma in a wardrobe… and then she physically had — Neal was swept up from her arms by the Wicked Witch last season, so I think there’s like a physical need to hold tight and I also think that given what happened to Emma, I think that she thought that having a baby was gonna sort of make up for what happened before and that there would be like an [alleviating] of the guilt, but instead, she doesn’t really feel suddenly deserving somehow… of Neal at all,” Ginnifer said on the set last week.
“She believes that she needs to be like this ridiculously, unrealistically perfect multi-tasking mayor mother and that if she can’t do everything, it’s almost like she shouldn’t be allowed to do anything and so she’s also scared to ask for help,” the actress continued.
Josh Dallas, who plays Charming, said his character understands where Mary Margaret is coming from.
“He gets it, he gets why she’s doing it, you know? We haven’t had the best luck bringing up babies… We put them in wardrobes and they get taken away from us and they get swept up by wicked witches and things like that, so he understands why she’s being so protective in not letting go of baby Neal,” Josh explained.
“But, at the same time… he wants that chance to be able to be the father that he didn’t get to be with Emma, but he’s gonna be there and he’s gonna be supportive and he’s going to let her know that he’s there and… let her know that he wants to help and be there, but he also understand that she needs her time to be able to process it and go through what she needs to go through,” Josh added.
“Once Upon a Time” continues Sunday at 8/7c on ABC.
Robert Carlyle has his doubts about a happy ending for Mr. Gold.
On Once Upon a Time, we’ve seen characters transition from villainous roles to more heroic ones, but it’s often a struggle – and right now, it’s safe to say Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin has leaned back into his dark side in a big way.
During a recent visit to the set of Once Upon a Time, I was among a group of journalists who spoke to Robert Carlyle about his character’s conflicting natures and how and why his love for Belle may not be enough to permanently change him.
Question: Is there ever going to be a point where Gold worries his lies are going to collapse or does he think he can balance all of this?
Robert Carlyle: I think it’s always sort of precarious, you know, for him. Very little that he does is by accident. Everything is kind of pre-destined in some way. It’s the same way in Season 4 that these characters come in to Storybrooke, the Frozen characters. He knows all these people, he has history with all of these people. So everything that’s happening — and the Snow Queen as well — none of this is a surprise to him.
Question: What can you tease about the history with Rumple and the Snow Queen?
Carlyle: I don’t know how much I can really tell you about it other than they go way back. A lot of these magical characters, Rumple has either trained or helped in some way. He hasn’t exactly trained her, but he’s helped her along the way. There’s a deep, deep history there, but there’s a real strange relationship. They’re very, very dangerous to each other. They’re both slightly afraid of each other, I think.
Fairytale characters really don’t operate with common sense, and Once Upon a Time characters are no exception.
Traditionally, fairytale characters don’t operate with a lot of forethought when it comes to making any kind of decision. These stories heavily rely on sheer lack of common sense in order for any of the conflict and action to occur, and sometimes it is just too unbelievable that any of the events could ever actually happen.
When ABC debuted Once Upon a Time, its fairytale-centric TV show with a modern-day twist, there was some hope that some common sense could perhaps be inserted into these updated storybook tales. Unfortunately, the dual timelines established on the show both exhibit exorbitant amounts of disregard for thinking through ones actions, which leads to very convoluted story lines and family trees. You’d think that when the characters get transported to the non-magical world without their memories that they would at least make some logical decisions. But alas, they rarely do so. However, without these poor decision-making character traits, there would be no show for us to enjoy.
Although these terrible decisions lead to amazing stories and events, sometimes you just want to throw your remote at the screen to stop these fairytale characters from dooming themselves to a life of consequences.
Here are ten of the dumbest things that Once Upon a Time characters have done that warrant a flung TV remote.
I can’t wait to see Emma and Regina working together on Once Upon a Time. — Charlie
Actually, Emma crashes the party when Regina sets out to find the Snow Queen on her own and ends up crossing paths with her savior frenemy. “Emma is trying to get Regina back,” Lana Parrilla teases. “Regina feels extremely betrayed by Emma and won’t let her off the hook that easy. Regina lashes out verbally quite a bit.” But their arguing will get interrupted when they’re faced with a sudden snow storm. Bonus scoop: Regina will “suffer a loss” during the hour.
This Sunday on Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8/7c), a common adversary makes for strange bedfellows as both Regina and Emma stalk the mysterious Snow Queen. Could this collaboration be the thing to warm the cold shoulder Regina has shown Marian’s savior?
Ever since Emma (played by Jennifer Morrison) traveled through time and back, with Robin Hood’s wife inadvertently in tow, “Regina wants nothing to do with her,” Lana Parrilla reminds. But that stands to change when the women discover they each are in pursuit of the Snow Queen, for distinct reasons. (Emma feels the chillin’ villain has a personal vendetta against her, while Regina is hot to defreeze Marian, if only so that she can have a living, breathing romantic rival.)
“It’s funny,” Parrilla notes, “because Regina is on her own journey to find the Snow Queen, and Emma is doing the same thing. When they end up crossing paths, [Regina] is like, ‘Ugh. It’s you. What are you doing here?’
“Their journey is quite comedic — Regina just does not let her off that easy,” Parrilla continues. “It’s one snarky remark after another.” Until, that is, the outcome of their escapade sets the stage for an overdue heart-to-heart.