So happy that Once is back!!!!! The premiere had fabulous ratings! So glad everyone tuned in. Here is a preview for next Sunday’s episode!
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with members of the Once Upon a Time cast to discuss some of the questions related to season 4 of the series! Are you all as excited for Sunday as I am?!?!?!
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue and others preview the season’s non-‘Frozen’ arcs
With Frozen on the horizon in the Once Upon a Time universe, what else can viewers expect from the new season?
At the end of last season, Emma and Captain Hook inadvertently left a portal open, allowing just enough time for Frozen’s Elsa to slip into town. Plus, there was the awkward love triangle between Regina, Robin Hood and his once-dead wife Marian, Mr. Gold and Belle’s marriage lie and the Charmings’ venture into parenthood. As Jennifer Morrison tells The Hollywood Reporter, the premiere contains “a mess of information” that she promises will “come together.”
Ahead of Sunday’s return, the Once stars talk to THR about season-four’s biggest non-Frozen questions.
Can Captain Hook and Emma be in a healthy relationship?
Things were looking good for the happy couple at the end of season three but in Storybrooke, that bliss is only temporary. “They’ve really invested in maybe wanting to be together,” Colin O’Donoghue tells THR. “Emma is The Savior and Hook is a 200-year-old pirate — it’s never going to be plain sailing or easy going. But they’re going to try their best to make their relationship work.” In doing so, Hook — who will “do whatever it takes, good or bad” to maintain their romance — will be forced to decide whether “he can find a place for Emma within his heart when she’s so busy trying to save the world,” O’Donoghue adds.
Morrison echoes that sentiment, saying that though Emma and Hook both desire “to be the better versions of themselves and vulnerable enough to be close to someone romantically,” it’s easier said than done, especially when more immediate threats like Elsa’s snow monster loom. “There’s a lot of trying to work out a relationship in the midst of a lot of chaos, which is funny at times and heartbreaking at times, and causes them to really figure out how this could or couldn’t work,” she says.
Who will Robin Hood choose: Marian or Regina?
After the unexpected return of Marian, Robin Hood is now faced with a major dilemma, one that is addressed head-on in the show’s return. Does he honor his vow to Marian or does he start anew with Regina? A decision is made. “I have a certain living situation I have to deal with, with a current romance and a wife coming back from the dead,” Sean Maguire tells THR. “That seems to be the situation last season ended with. Suffice it to say, Robin Hood does come to a truce of sorts.”
Regina is understandably frustrated by the sudden turn of events, which may veer her off her path of goodness. “We’ll see Regina really battling the two sides of good and evil. She’s been on the road to redemption for the last couple of years and yet she’s been evil for most of her life,” Lana Parrilla tells THR. “Where is she really comfortable living? And is she going to continue down her old habitual ways or is she going to surprise us all and do the right thing?”
How does Emma cope with the guilt of causing Regina’s unhappiness?
Well, it’s complicated. “Emma can’t apologize for saving a life, but it’s not her plan to mess up Regina’s true love,” Morrison says. “She’s trying to toe the line. She’s trying to prove that she truly is Regina’s friend and that she truly wants what’s best for her, but also protect Marian.” Juggling a vengeful Regina won’t be an easy task for Emma and that becomes an ongoing season-four thread. “Ultimately, Emma is trying to keep Regina in a good place in her life. She’s worked so hard and come so far from her villainous mindset that it would be tragic, in Emma’s eyes [if she returned to that] because she’s become Emma’s friend,” Morrison says. “[Emma]‘s going to spend time fighting to prove her friendship and fighting to keep Regina in a good place.”
How do David and Mary Margaret navigate parenthood?
“It’s hard because they’re finding this all out as they go. It’s basically the first time they’ve [raised a child]. They don’t want to lose [baby Neal] like they lost Emma,” Josh Dallas tells THR. “Emma has suffered a lot of psychological repercussions because of it. She’s isolated herself because of it. They want to raise Neal right and still honor Emma as their child.” Says Ginnifer Goodwin, Snow and Charming “are confronting a lot of their exceptionally guilty feelings in having lost the opportunity with Emma, who has a remarkable story with Hook.”
What about Charming’s past?
Attention will be given in the first half of the season to Prince Charming’s “origins,” Dallas hints. “We’re going to see, in my opinion, the most important friendship he’s ever had outside of Snow White that really changes the entire course of his life and sets him on the path of becoming the hero that he is. It’s an unlikely connection with a character that I can’t wait for people to see.”
Will Mary Margaret get back into the workforce?
The simple answer: Yes. Though her immediate focus will be to raise Neal, Goodwin says, she will find herself taking on a new job. “She has been thrust in a brand-new job while she’s trying to juggle [raising a newborn] and she’s expected to rule as she is technically the ruler of the Enchanted Forest transported to Storybrooke,” she says. Morrison hints that Mary Margaret will be taking over a position of considerable power for someone else within Storybrooke.
(LOS ANGELES) — Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas have had a busy few months!
After welcoming their son, Oliver, neither of the Once Upon a Time stars have gotten much rest.
“He also has not slept since mid-May. I’m always telling him, ‘You can sleep,’ but he won’t, he always helps,” Goodwin told Us Weekly. “He’s my knight in shining armor.”
Goodwin, 36, and Dallas, 32, met on the set of the ABC series and were married this past April.
Now back to work, the actress said they bring the baby with them.
“He has a trailer. It is a Star Wars trailer and it is on the lot and he comes with us every day because I have to see him every couple hours,” she told E! “We are in a very, very fortuitous position that we can bring our kid to work.”
Just don’t expect him to make a cameo.
“Absolutely not,” she said, when asked if the baby will follow in his parents’ footsteps. “We are going to gently nudge him in any direction but acting!”
‘Once Upon a Time’ Showrunners Talk ‘Frozen,’ the Charming Family’s Challenges and Regina’s Evolution
Variety gets Once Upon a Time’s showrunners Adam & Eddie to share a bit about the new season!
“Once Upon a Time” is kicking off season four with a dose of “Frozen,” transporting the beloved characters of the blockbuster Disney movie to the town of Storybrooke. Ahead of the Sept. 28 premiere, Variety talked to showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to preview Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa’s (Georgina Haig) “Once” debut and find out what’s ahead for the rest of the fantasy show’s ensemble.
How will Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) adjust to a second chance at raising a child? Will Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) be able to maintain a relationship despite their differences (and similarities)? How will Belle (Emilie de Ravin) react when she realizes that Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is keeping another secret from her? What will Regina (Lana Parrilla) do now that Robin Hood’s (?Sean Maguire) lost love Marian (Christie Laing) has returned? Read on to find out.
Entering the fourth season, what is your major goal for this year?
Adam Horowitz: I think our goal is to continue to try to get better and improve and to raise the bar on the show. We feel a responsibility to the fans who’ve been with us for so long to make the show as good it can be, to deepen the characters, to explore them. One of the advantages of series television is, the longer you’re on the air, the more you get dig deep into the characters and that’s what we’re hoping to do this year. We left off last season in a place where a lot of our characters were in new situations, and we’re excited to delve into that.
What is the central theme of the first half of the season?
Eddy Kitsis: The first half of the season for us is “never give up on the people you love.”
You attempted a spinoff last season with “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which [ABC President] Paul Lee admitted he probably shouldn’t have rushed to get on the air in the fall when it was initially planned for winter, and subsequently it didn’t connect with viewers the way “Once” did. Would you hesitate to embark on another spinoff series or are you still open to ideas if they present themselves?
Horowitz: We would never say never, and I think that there are lessons learned from “Wonderland,” particularly as Paul said, and I think we all agree, if we were ever to do it again, I think the way to do it is in the middle, after the 11th episode of “Once.”
Kitsis: For us, that was always what we wanted to do and everyone was really excited about the pilot. But of course, looking back I think our audience was watching “Once” at the time and as we say, it’s hard to get a solo album when the band also has an album out that week too. Would we embark on it again? If we had the right idea… This year we felt like we really just wanted to focus on “Once,” but next year, you never know.
How integral are the “Frozen” characters to the first half of the season? Is it comparable to the addition of the Peter Pan arc or the Wicked Witch?
Kitsis: Absolutely. The first half of this season will be “Frozen,” and that will be the arc. It’s the characters from “Frozen” coming into “Once Upon A Time.”
Horowitz: It’s not us doing “Frozen,” the sequel, as a TV show. Instead, it is taking the characters from “Frozen” and bringing them into the “Once” world, as you said, much in the way that we brought the Wicked Witch or Peter Pan, and finding the hopefully surprising way they intertwine with our characters and our mythology.
Tonight the cast of Once Upon a Time (including Ginnifer!) are walking the red carpet at the premiere event for the new season! I have added the first pics of Ginny at the event to the gallery!
EDIT: A giant thank you to Marica from Sean Maguire Daily for sending in a bunch of new HQs of Ginnifer on the red carpet!