mma sets out to find Lily and reunite her with Maleficent, and Regina agrees to help her, as she also prepares to leave Storybrooke and inform Robin about Zelena. Meanwhile, Gold deals with a crisis concerning Belle.
Regina misdirects the villains to buy some time. Meanwhile, Hook informs Emma that her fate is in peril thanks to Gold; and back in fairy-tale land, Snow and Charming visit a hermit who gives them an opportunity to help their unborn child, but at a high cost.
Variety gives us a sneak peek of tonight’s episode of Once Upon a Time and talks with Josh Dallas about the secret that Snow & Charming are hiding.
In “Once Upon a Time’s” midseason return, we learned that Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) have history with Cruella (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey) from their days in the Enchanted Forest, leading Storybrooke’s golden couple to share a midnight rendezvous with the dastardly duo in the closing minutes of “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” Snow warned the pair that if they told anyone about what happened between the four of them pre-curse, she’d “rip out their hearts” herself — not a particularly heroic declaration.
To preview the March 8 episode, “Unforgiven,” Variety spoke to Dallas about the secret that Snow and Charming are harboring — especially from daughter Emma (Jennifer Morrison). “In this Sunday’s episode, we see what the terrible, very dark secret that they’re hiding is, [for] Emma’s benefit,” he previewed. “They don’t want Emma to know because it goes way back, before Emma was even born. And the consequences of [that secret] affect Emma’s life in totality, so it’s huge. It’s a big deal.”
As executive producer Eddy Kitsis previewed before the show returned from hiatus, “One of the big themes for the second half of the season that we want to deal with is, ‘What makes someone a hero and what makes someone a villain?’” Dallas reiterated that point, posing the question, “If you are a villain or you do something very bad, can you ever recover from it? Can you recover and become good again? That’s the question we’re gonna ask. We’re gonna see Snow and Charming’s relationships with the Trio of Darkness — Cruella, Ursula and Maleficent [Kristin Bauer van Straten] — and we’re gonna see what goes down.”
While Dallas admitted that he hasn’t been keeping up with social media’s reaction to last week’s bombshell — “I’ve been missing in action from Twitter because I’ve been busy changing diapers,” he laughed — he suspected that fans probably had plenty of guesses for what Snow and Charming were keeping hidden… and that the truth might cause viewers to change their perspective on the seemingly perfect couple. “I think it’s gonna make people look at them differently and reevaluate what they thought of them all this time. But let’s see if they can hopefully redeem themselves by the end, who knows?” he teased. “The audience can be the judge.”
“Once Upon a Time” has become known for its plot twists, and Dallas said he was “totally shocked” when he discovered what his character’s secret actually was: “It’s in the ‘Once Upon a Time’ realm to take these characters and constantly be changing them. In our universe, no one is 100 percent good and no one is 100 percent evil, so it’s just another facet to these characters, which I love; which is one of the great things about playing [them]. They’re evolving and it’s always character-driven, and that’s an exciting thing.”
As Snow’s threat in last week’s episode proved, the Charmings are prepared to go to great lengths to keep their past hidden. “This is a secret that they’ve been holding for a long time… and it’s coming to the surface now,” Dallas noted. “That’s going to force them to make some decisions, and whether those decisions are right or wrong, you’re gonna have to keep watching.”
The “Once Upon a Time” star discusses season 4 in Storybrooke.
David and Mary Margaret suspect Cruella and Ursula have come to Storybrooke looking for something more than their own happy endings – something that threatens to reveal a secret they thought was long buried. Emma begins her own investigation of Cruella and Ursula, but she can’t shake the feeling that her friends and family are keeping something from her. Regina and Henry continue their search for the Author, turning to Pinocchio and Marco in the hope Pinocchio might remember a clue that will help them. Meanwhile, in a flashback to Fairy Tale Land, Snow and Charming cross paths with the Queens of Darkness as the threat of the Evil Queen’s Dark Curse hangs over all of them on “Once Upon a Time.”
Who is excited for Once Upon a Time to return tomorrow night?!?!? ME!!!! So here is an article from Variety giving us a few insides as to what to expect with the new episodes.
ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” returns from its midseason break on March 1, kicking off the second half of its fourth season with an arc centered around the Queens of Darkness — Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey) — as they join forces with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) in pursuit of their own, villainous happy endings.
Variety was among a number of outlets who spoke with “OUAT” exec producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the show’s return, including the ominous teaser that debuted during the Oscars telecast and seemed to imply that our hero, Emma (Jennifer Morrison), might somehow be tempted towards to the dark side…
Variety also caught up with Kristin Bauer van Straten to discuss Maleficent’s return and whether the three wicked women will be able to work together. Read on for the trio’s teases about the “Once’s” Sunday premiere, titled “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
Who Will Save the Savior?
As the Oscar teaser indicated, Emma will face a new challenge in the back half of season four — one that could lead her off the righteous path and right into the hands of the villains. “One of the big themes for the second half of the season that we want to deal with is, ‘What makes someone a hero and what makes someone a villain?’ and what the differences are and what the common ground is,” Kitsis explained. “Emma has spent a long time in the series being told she’s a savior and being told she’s a hero, and now she’s going to have to face that it’s not as black and white as that. I think going into this second half, all of our characters are going to be wrestling with this idea of good and evil, not just in terms of what they’re facing as an external threat, but internally and within themselves.”
Emma won’t be the only one grappling with questions about who she really is — many of our core characters will face a crisis of conscience in the final batch of episodes. “What we really want to explore is, if you’ve done a bad thing, can you come back from it, can you become the person you want to be, even if you didn’t start out that way? And vice versa,” Kitsis teased. “What makes a hero and what makes a villain is a point of view. That, to us, was really interesting as opposed to just black and white, ‘I’m good, you’re bad,’ and ‘I’m a villain and I’m coming here to do villain stuff.’”
Kitsis and Horowitz have a lot of options when it comes to choosing which iconic Disney characters they want to give the “Once”-over, but they admitted that Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella were their top picks for this new arc. “Maleficent was previously on the show, and we always wanted to get back to her, which is why we never fully killed her. Ursula we set up a little bit and teased in the Ariel episode, and we think she’s a lot of fun. Then, Cruella, we just liked her, really — there’s a sass to her,” Kitsis told reporters. “What we wanted was for Gold to take the lesson of the heroes who always work together and realized he needed to work together with the villains, so we just loved the idea of a team of evil. When we were saying our wishlist of who we wanted to write, it was these three.”
Horowitz agreed: “If you keep watching you’ll see there’s a connection between all of them, and between our characters that I think will, hopefully, make it more clear why those three in particular.”
Ginnifer is doing her first talking about motherhood this week and we love hearing her gushing about Oliver! (and Josh!) to E!Online.
Ginnifer Goodwin is opening up about motherhood!
At the 2015 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night, the 36-year-old and hubby Josh Dallas left their adorable 7-month-old baby boy, Oliver, at home so they could enjoy a date night out alone.
“It’s mommy and daddy night out. It’s crazy,” Goodwin told E! News before adding that they usually “never” get to go on date nights together.
Goodwin gushed of being a first time mom, “It’s so much better [than I thought]. It makes me feel like acting is not at all creative, but being a parent, anybody who’s a parent I want to like give an Oscar to.”
As for milestones and firsts, the Once Upon a Time star revealed of little Oliver, “He’s got teeth. He says ‘Hey.’ He learned high five. He’s pretty hip.”
And Goodwin and Dallas say they’re definitely plans on giving Oliver many brothers and sisters. “We’ll have as many as the universe will grant us,” Goodwin smiled.
Goodwin, who gave birth back in late May, also told E!’s Ross Mathews, “I am a lucky girl and we have a gorgeous, ridiculous kid.”
She also dished that Dallas is quite a supportive hubby and father. “He makes me laugh so much, and even if we squabble he makes me laugh, so I can’t even say angry—which is kind of its own level of frustrating. I want to be mad!” she said.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Gina Rodriguez present Favorite Movie Actor at Peoples Choice Awards 2015