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ONCE UPON A TIME: A Trip to Neverland Uncovers Mermaids, Lost Boys and Creepy Dolls

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Once Upon A Time on September 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm
"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

When the fairytale series ONCE UPON A TIME first debuted it was lauded to be from LOST writers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.  Surprisingly, by season 3, there is a lot more in common between the two shows than one would have initially suspected.  In Season 1, there was Regina’s Storybrooke curse which at first glance seemed to resemble LOST’s smoke-monster as it was unleashed.  Then in Season 3, there is an actual mystical island filled with all kinds of supernatural and unexpected things.  There’s “lost boys” which remind us distinctly of LOST’s “the others,” lots of lush tropical foliage that seems to go in circles and is constantly rustling with foreboding danger, and but all accounts from everyone who goes there, it is equivalent to purgatory itself. Plus, there’s Peter Pan, who definitely feels very other-worldly.  Even Hook describes Peter Pan as, “He may look like a boy, but he’s a bloody demon.”  Peter Pan is Neverland’s a non-benevolent being that gives everyone nightmares; even Rumplestiltskin shudders at the thought of encountering him.

ONCE UPON A TIME’s journey to Neverland is anything but a peaceful journey to a world of constant delight. It is a place everyone seeks to avoid at all costs.  Thus, when Greg and Tamara kidnapped Henry and took him off to Neverland at the behest of Home Office, little did they suspect what was really going on.  Right away, they will see how naive they were to believe that this was a trip to eliminate magic.

Simultaneous to Greg, Tamara and Henry’s journey to Neverland, hot on their heels are wrathful and protective team of Regina, Emma, Snow, Charming, Gold and Hook.  With their magical powers restored, both Regina and Gold are itching for the chance to demonstrate their newfound abilities.  In addition, while their goals may be temporarily aligned in recovering Henry, none are too anxious to spend too much time together.  Though Hook seems only too happy to aid in Emma’s quest now that he thinks the path to heart may be clear with Neal out of the picture.

Yet no one should be so quick to dismiss Neal.  He is Rumplestiltskin’s son after all, and he quickly learns “that which does not kill you, makes you stronger.”  Learning he has a family to fight for and return to has inspired Neal to embrace a bit of his own destiny.

Season 3 of ONCE UPON A TIME is all about “belief.”  Who do we believe we are?  The season will take each of the characters on a journey through their own pasts to help shed light on who they each are and why.  Creators and executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz explain that only by remembering their pasts and learning from those experiences will each of the characters be saved from repeating it.  So in exploring the theme of “belief” we will see the impact it has on each character — whether they believe, what they believe and whether they should believe.  For Neverland runs on “belief.”

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

In a recent press Q&A, Eddy and Adam candidly shared a few teasers on what Season 3 holds in store for our Storybrooke heroes:


ADAM:  “Neverland is a prism through which we can see the characters hopefully more clearly, and as you saw in these first couple of episodes, we’re peeling back the layers for all of them — and hopefully that is what we’ll continue to do as we move forward.”

Peter Pan

EDDY:  “For us, our characters are all looking for a happy ending.  They’re looking for love.  It’s just what choices do you use to get them. “
ADAM:  “What we said before on the show in Season 1 is that ‘evil isn’t born, it’s made’ and I think that applies to all the villains, including Peter Pan.”
EDDY:  “But he is a sick, twisted kid. You saw that Rumplestiltskin, who up until this point has been the nastiest of our villains and the most clever, when he says it’s someone he’s frightened of — I’m frightened of him. . . He gets in your head and says, ‘Oh, what are you most insecure about? I’m really going to exploit that.’  . . For us, it came from a character place which is somebody who refuses to grow has to have a lot of problems.”

Lost Boys

EDDY:  “The Lost Boys kind of have a Lord of the Flies situation going on.”


ADAM:  “Henry is a very resourceful and independent boy who his now going to be thrown into a situation where that will not only be tested, but not just deal with as we have seen him deal with before in finding a way to escape, he’s now dealing with a psychological test — ’cause Pan as we’ve seen likes to mess with your head. What’s going to happen when Henry is face to face with the ultimate manipulator?”
EDDY:  “The thing that makes Henry so great is his belief.  He believed enough in a book to get on a bus, to go to Boston and convince this woman who gave him up for adoption in a prison in Phoenix, to come back because Snow White and Charming needed to remember who they were — and it worked.  So this is a world where belief is going to be used against him.”

Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Captain Swan: Hook and Emma

ADAM:  “The whole relationship ‘ship’ thing is an awesome thing that the fans bring to the experience in the show, but the story we’re telling encompasses both the relationships between all the characters and potential romances, and the bigger emotional story as well.”
EDDY:  “Obviously, they think Neal is dead. Obviously, Hook is a man that likes ladies, and as we saw last year when they climbed the bean stalk, Emma certainly has captured his heart a little bit. But at the same respect, Neal is fighting like hell to get a second chance with her. And right now Emma is focused on getting Henry. She’s not somebody who likes to let her walls down. Her heart has been broken too many times to be worried about dating right now.”


EDDY:  “We’re not going to see it for awhile.”
ADAM:  “It’s going to be a little while before we’re actually in Storybrooke.  But in this first half of this season, it will be limited to flashbacks or (SPOILER) as we saw in the second episode.”


EDDY: “In the Peter Pan book they were only nice to Peter and they were saucy, and we like our mermaids saucy! When we were coming up with this, we just loved the idea that this was who they were attacked by and that was kind of symbolic of Neverland — it’s not what we think it is.”


Eddy describes her as, “the spirit of somebody who wants to see the world and wants to experience things outside of what they know.”  Look for Joanna Garcia to appear as Ariel in Episode 306 entitled “Ariel.”


ADAM:  “We’ll be seeing her very soon in Episode 303.”

The Darlings

ADAM:  “They are so integral to the Peter Pan story. We have not forgotten about them.  There is a connection and a tie in to what we’re doing that will catch up with them as well.”

The Charmings

ADAM:  “They are an unusual family in that there’s this odd age thing going on between them.  They are the same age and they have been separated for many, many years and now they’re thrown together on a mission and really for the first time in an enclosed kind of space they are able to deal with and sort out so many of these issues they really haven’t had a chance to address yet.”
EDDY:  “For Snow and Charming, they realize at this moment that their daughter doesn’t really look to them for parental guidance and that’s something that’s hard to get. They are realizing in a lot of ways that they need to earn it. . . What is hard for the Charmings is realizing that their daughter grew up without hope and that they have to instill it back in her — and how do you do that when her son is kidnapped and you’re in a place that is making you confront your past.  ‘Cause she has more in common with the Lost Boys than she does with Snow and Charming.”
ADAM:  “We tried to crystalize it at the start of the premiere with that scene where from Emma’s point of view, ‘Since I’ve been back, your lives have sucked,’ but from Mary-Margaret and David’s point of view, ‘No, it’s been great. We’re back and we’re a family.’  And now they have these challenges to overcome in order to be together and be a family.”


EDDY:  “Come hell or high water, Neal is going to find a way to get back to Neverland.”

Rumplestiltskin’s Father

ADAM:  “Whatever happened to Rumplestiltskin in his past is really kind of creating a lot of the problems he’s dealing with today.”
EDDY:  “It’s something we’re going to see this year… This is a man who wants to break the cycle of his past.  He wants to be a good father.  But it’s like that quote:  ‘I can resist everything but temptation.’  That’s also his weakness.”
ADAM:  “He keeps getting drawn into doing terrible things.”
EDDY:  “He’s a difficult man to love, as he said.  So when you begin to love him, he does something so awful that you go, ‘ah man.'”
ADAM:  That’s the think with Rumple, he may love his son or his grandson — yet like with (SPOILER), he still rips her heart out.”

Rumple’s Prophecy

EDDY:  “There was a prophecy and the prophecy said that the boy would be his undoing.  So it seems to me that [Rumple] left determined to do the right thing, but he was offered a deal — he is offered many temptations and now he doesn’t even have to kill the boy.  He just has to leave an island.”
ADAM:  “The little character posters we have been releasing and the Rumple one says:  ‘Believe you can change fate.’ Whether you can or can’t, that is kind of a core dilemma for him.  He is being whipped back and forth by this prophecy which tells that the boy will be his undoing and the fact that the boy is his blood.  What are his priorities? What’s he going to do?  How will he wiggle his way out of this?  Can he wiggle his way out of it?”


Lana Parrilla (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Lana Parrilla (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Robin Hood

EDDY:  “We’re very excited to have Sean [Maguire].  As you saw, he’s a great Robin Hood.  He has a great take on it, and Robin Hood’s story is just kind of beginning.  You’re going to get a little of him at the start of this year and we’re definitely going to get a lot of him in the second half. He’s a character we’re really excited about ’cause he’s a thief, but he’s a thief with honor.  Sean really just brings a great sense of honor and code to him, but a sense of playfulness which we think Robin Hood needs.”


EDDY:  “It’s a world that’s part of the ONCE UPON A TIME universe, but there’s no immediate plans to delve deep into it.”
ADAM:  “It’s not a world that we see as off-limits.  We have Merlin in our closet.”


ADAM:  “I would say that belief is really kind of the theme of the season so far and we’re seeing how belief impacts on each one of our characters.”
EDDY:  “For us, belief is so important in everything.  You need to believe in magic.  You need to believe in yourself.  You need to believe in family.  And Neverland runs on belief.  So for us that was the uber-theme.”
ADAM:  “We’ve tried to make a hopeful show about belief with all the obstacles that come from disbelievers and cynics in the world and all those things that tell you to not believe in magic and the world is a terrible, terrible place.  We want to try to find a way to find that light.”
EDDY:  “For us, this is a show for believers — and that is a show about hope.”

One final thought-provoking question is posed in Season 3 of ONCE UPON A TIME is posed by Regina when she asks Hook: “Villains don’t get happy endings?” and he says, “I hope that’s not true or what is the point of living.”  Everyone needs hope that they can change their fate — that they are not doomed to live their lives alone, without love and unredeemed.  It’s that power of belief and hope that compels them to try to be better and to seek out love.  These are things that Season 3 offers for heroes and villains alike.  A very curious quest and an adventure worth living!

ONCE UPON A TIME returns for its 3rd season on Sunday, September 29th at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.  All our favorite heroes and villains are back!

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“Once Upon A Time”

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“Once Upon A Time”

Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

ONCE UPON A TIME Scoop: Storybrooke Meets Neverland, Baelfire Meets Wendy and Introducing Peter Pan’s Shadow

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Once Upon A Time on May 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm


Since its debut ONCE UPON A TIME has delighted in taking fans to new lands to marvel at of the places we may have only heard of.  It introduced us to the Enchanted Forest, Fairytale Land, Wonderland, and now we are invited to travel to Neverland.  With only two episodes remaining this season, ONCE UPON A TIME will finally pull back the curtain and reveal the story of Baelfire a.k.a Neal (Michael Raymond-James) and the magical journeys he traveled after being transported through the porthole, leaving his father Rumpletstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) far behind.  In a recent press conference, creators and executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz provided candid answers about what is upcoming for the epic Season 2 finale and teased what lies ahead in Season 3 of ONCE UPON A TIME.

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

Home Office

Just who and what “Home Office” is and why Tamara (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Greg (Ethan Embry) are working for them is one of the things yet to be revealed.  Eddy and Adam assured that we will find out who “Home Office” is and what they want, but not the actual “why” of what they are doing in the season finale.  In fact, in this next episode we will learn a lot more about Tamara and Greg; however, they are just the tip of the iceberg of trouble looming over Storybrooke.  As Eddy revealed, “[Greg and Tamara] are wrapped up in a mission and how they succeed will be in the finale.”  To which Adam added, “And more about their motivations and background will be revealed.”  As for what “Home Office” really is, Adam said, “Hopefully, it’s not what you think.”  For the 2nd season finale they just really wanted to explore what happens with the real world starts to connect to Storybrooke and the ramifications of that collision of realities.

Regina’s Fail-Safe Trigger

Eddy verified, “As always with a curse, there is a self-destruct button.” As to whether Tamara and Greg figure out that the black diamond is a fail-safe device, Eddy said, “Hopefully they won’t figure out what it is, but that would be boring if they didn’t.” As to what the fail-safe does, Eddy further revealed, “It’s going to destroy Storybrooke and everybody in it. . . The device is an erase-button that will return Storybrooke to what it once was, so everyone involved in it will die.  Unfortunately for Regina, she’s now strapped to a table and the two people that have [the diamond] seem to be hell bent on getting rid of this town.”

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

Greg’s Father

Not to be forgotten, Adam and Eddy assured that we will find out what happened to Greg’s father Kurt Flynn (John Pyper-Ferguson) before the end of the next episode, and as Eddy forewarned, “No one leaves Storybrooke.”  So if Greg’s father never left Storybrooke, where has he been hiding?

The Magic Beans

Where there any magic beans left after Regina (Lara Parrilla) burnt the field of beans to a crisp? Eddy said, “In true Regina fashion, she razed the fields and so there are only 3 beans left.”  Which leaves three possible portals to travel through: Wonderland, Neverland and Fairytale Land, perhaps?

New Worlds

As we have seen so far ONCE UPON A TIME is not limited to Fairytale land and Storybrooke. In addition to venturing to New York, Victorian England, and Wonderland, the ONCE UPON A TIME universe will continue to keep expanding and visiting new lands.

Baelfire’s Backstory
Adam and Eddy confirmed that the next 2 episodes will provide a lot more insight to what happened with Baelfire (Dylan Schmid) after he fell through the porthole separating him from his father.  In fact, this next episode introduces Bae to Wendy (Freya Tingley) and the Darling family, and their story will be the “emotional touchstone” to serve to inform us who Bae is as a character.  But as Adam and Eddy cautioned: Neverland may not be what you think it is.  Eddy called it “a kind of Neverland.” He was also hesitant to confirm whether Baelfire’s story continues into Season 3.

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

New Character

As previously teased at PaleyFest, ONCE UPON A TIME will be introducing to a new character this season, but we will not actually meet them until Season 3.  When asked if was Peter Pan? Eddy replied, “I will neither confirm nor deny, but if you made that guess, it would probably be a good one.”


Eddy also confirmed that the flashback in the finale episode will be a continuation of Baelfire’s story. They had previously hinted that Baelfire knew somebody from before in the world of Peter Pan and that Bae has a weird connection to this person.  To which Eddy coyly said, “This person will be seen and he has beautiful guy-liner.”  Adam chimed-in with, “And a shiny hand.”  They confirmed that the Season 2 finale is obviously very Hook-centric (Colin O’Donoghue).

Peter Pan’s Shadow

Inquiring about Peter Pan’s elusive Shadow, Eddy commented, “The Shadow is not the lovely, cuddly Shadow that we remember.”  They wanted to stick with the idea that:  here’s the story you know and then here’s what really happened.  So Neverland will be completely different, and it will have the ONCE UPON A TIME spin on it.

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”


As to whether Wendy could be a resident of Storybrooke, Eddy remarked, “I would be very disappointed if we didn’t see Wendy grown up and a part of the ONCE UPON A TIME world.”  Adam added, “Wendy is a big part of the Peter Pan mythology, so as we fold that mythology into the ONCE UPON A TIME mythology, we’ll have contact with her more.”  As cryptic as all that sounds, it does sound like a confirmation that Wendy is alive and well and could be living as an adult in Storybrooke.

Time Travel
Putting the immediate quash on the idea of time-travel, Adam confirmed that there is no time-travel in ONCE UPON A TIME. “It’s all linear.”  Though Eddy added that since Baelfire would now be an old man if he grew up in Victorian England, “Clearly, time works differently in different lands.”

Snow’s Dark Heart

Eddy explained that as will be seen in this next episode, Snow’s “dark heart” will really start to motivate her and push her because there are a lot of feelings of guilt for what she has done.  She feels compelled to find a way to heal her dark heart.  Can it be healed?  Eddy said, “As we saw, Regina has been trying to heal that dark heart forever and she doesn’t seem to be able to.”  For example in this last episode, he explained, “Where in one moment Regina’s crying because someone reminded her of the person she wants to be and she tries really hard to do that, then she’s confronted with what she does out of anger, which is very Regina’s character, that is she lashes out in anger and it always f*cks her.”  It is classic Regina, the “I want to be good,” but in her mind she’s thinking, “One more bad act.  I just have to do one more really horrible act, then I can be good.”  Which may explain why Regina always wants to go somewhere that no one knows her.  She’s trying to run from a past and bad decisions that haunt her.

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”


When asked if any of the budding couples will be happy by the end of the season? Eddy laughingly said, “I sure hope so!”  He added, “You see Emma (Jennifer Morrison) really suppressing her feelings. It is obvious from [the last episode] that she’s carrying a torch for Neal.  It is obvious to me that he still has feelings for her.   . . But she’s so scarred that it’s hard for her to open up her heart. . . This is a real heavy wound.”  Though next year they want to explore what happens when other people find love.  Eddy elaborated, “Love is pretty much what the franchise of the show is.  Everyone is always in search of it, but they pick really stupid ways to get to it.”  Adam also added, “Before the end of the year, you’ll see more of the Rumple/Belle/Lacey (Emilie de Ravin) relationship. . . So love plays a big part in the rest of this season. But whether they will be happy and together, is another question.  That’s the ongoing journey.”  Love may be in the air, but it sounds like it remains elusive this season.

Belle’s Fate

Is Belle actually gone for good?  Eddy would only say, “I would be depressed if we never saw Belle again. That would be very sad.  Though I really like Lacey.”  As to whether we will actually see Belle again this season, Eddy teased, “I don’t know. Keep watching.”  He noted that Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) is clearly enjoying Lacey because she lets him be who he wants to be.  But that there is a tug-of-war for Mr. Gold’s heart as he also wants to be better man for Neal, his son.  So there is an internal-showdown for Mr. Gold coming up.  However, it was also confirmed that “true love’s kiss” will not be the cure this time to bring back Belle.  It is going to take something brand new.


"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”


Eddy also confirmed that the prophecy involving Henry killing Mr. Gold “absolutely comes back to life.”  Putting a wrinkle in things is that when Lacey figures out that Mr. Gold does magic that will change Lacey and Gold’s relationship even further.  Eddy explained, “He’s clearly on a bender with Lacey and he’s clearly abandoned his son”  — Gold is so intoxicated with newly-discovered love for Belle’s alter-ego Lacey — “so Lacey, I would hate to see if she found out about this prophecy and what she thinks about a little child stand in the way.  Eddy then added, “Our characters like to repeat their own mistakes . . . As seen with our villains this year, they are all trying to go down the straight-and-narrow and none of them can seem to get off the bottle.”

Emma’s Magic

Eddy said, “We’re definitely going to explore the magic inside [Emma].  There’s still a part of Emma that is still reeling from all this.  I don’t think she cares for it.  [This last episode] was the first time she started to question it.”  He then added, “Last year was about believing. Now she believes, but it’s not what she kind of really wanted.”  He further noted, “At the same time, she really embraced being a mother this year.  She’s really put Henry (Jared Gilmore) first and she’s really coming to grips with it and when Henry said he would like to go back to [the Fairytale Land] is really had an effect on her.”  Also what they find interesting about Emma was at first she was just a pawn as the savior and once that was done, she didn’t have a role to play and she had to come to grips with that. Then Neal returned and all these emotions came flooding back. That will set up in the finale and Emma will discovery she has a new purpose — and she’ll have to commit one way or the other.

"Once Upon A Time"

“Once Upon A Time”

Magic vs. Science

Adam said that ONCE UPON A TIME is about magic and how we perceive magic in our world, and what happens when science and magic collide.  That will continue to be a big part of the ONCE UPON A TIME world.

Returning Characters

Rest assured for those wondering about the hanging storyline involving Aurora (Sarah Bolger), Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Philip (Julian Morris) – all will all be seen again before the end of this season.

The Huntsman

Then if you want to see more of ONCE UPON A TIME’s Huntsman, be sure to check out the graphic novel, which features the adventures of the Huntsman and Red Riding Hood, who make a natural team since she’s a wolf and he was raised by them.  However, all their adventures are flashbacks since in the TV series The Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) died and Ruby (Meghan Ory) is stuck in Storybrooke.

So to see the backstories of Baelfire, Wendy, Peter Pan and Hook, as well as the fates of Belle/Lacey and Rumplestiltskin, be sure to tune in on Sunday, May 5th at 8:00 p.m. for part 1 of the finale entitled, “Second Star to the Right,” and the 2nd season finale on Sunday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. for part 2 of the finale, “And Straight On ‘til Morning,” on ABC.

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ONCE UPON A TIME: The Ultimate Revenge of Captain Hook

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Opinion columns, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Once Upon A Time on March 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

The long-standing feud of Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) has lasted centuries.  After Hook had the audacity to woo Rumplestiltskin’s wife away from him, in a fit of jealous rage, Rumplestiltskin ripped out his wife’s heart and sliced off Hook’s hand; thereby creating the infamous moniker for the pirate formerly known as Killian Jones — Hook.  It was a long time coming, but after patiently waiting out the 28 years trapped by the curse in the fairytale land, Hook along with his cohort Cora (Barbara Hershey), finally found a way, using the giant’s magic bean to open a portal to Storybrooke – allowing Cora to reunited with daughter Regina (Lana Parrilla) and to unleash their terrible vengeance on the unsuspecting citizens of Storybrooke.

Aligned out of their mutual desires to slay the “crocodile,” Cora and Hook each had diabolical plans for their nemesis, Rumplestiltskin, who was now known as Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle).  Cora wanted Gold’s dagger so that she could either control the Dark One so that he would do her bidding, or even worse yet, to become the Dark One herself after killing Gold.  But Hook had a different approach, he first tried to destroy that which Gold held most dear to him – Belle’s (Emilie de Ravin) memory of Gold.

On that fateful day as Gold prepared to cross the Storybrooke line to go in search of his son, Belle stood nearby offering her moral support – which, alas, put her right in harm’s way as Hook suddenly appeared, shooting Belle, which sent her over the curse line into the human world – promptly wiping all memory of her former life and her love for Gold/Rumplestiltskin.

But that was not enough for Hook.  He had stolen Belle’s love from Gold for only just a moment.  He knew that Gold would find a way to cure Belle’s memory-loss eventually.  Thus, he must find another way to wreak his revenge.  And as every pirate knows that if you first don’t succeed, try, try again.  So Hook took the opportunity to attack Gold when he was at his most vulnerable in the human world, leaving Gold grievously injured and dying from one swipe of his poisoned hook.

But that was only the first back-up plan. Hook had another diabolical plan in place if Gold did not die from the poison.  In fact, Gold may ultimately wish he had succumbed to the easier death, by poison, than to have his heart ripped out.  No, Hook will not be so crass as to literally rip out Gold’s heart, he will employ a more delicate and devastating method – Hook will simply break Gold’s heart (again) by stealing Belle’s love.  Since Belle cannot remember her former life due to the effects of Regina’s curse still lingering in Storybrooke, Belle will be someone else entirely as her curse-persona takes over.  And Hook is only too good at wooing woman who are looking for a life of adventure.

That will be his ultimate revenge.  Death is too easy.  If Hook had to live centuries with his pain and loss, then Gold must do the same.  It will break Gold’s heart to see Belle/Lacey falling under Hook’s spell – just like Rumplestiltskin’s wife had done all those years before.  Making Hook’s revenge a perfect 3-prong strategy: steal Belle’s memories, fatally wound Gold so that Cora may strip him of his powers, and then to make Gold suffer as the love of his life is stolen from him.

At the recent PaleyFest event in celebration of ONCE UPON A TIME, there was an interesting curiosity noted, which you can see for yourself in these photos.  Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue did their best to keep this upcoming plot twist a secret, even trying to sit as far apart as possible in order to not give away clues to the upcoming story of Lacey and Hook.

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Robert Carlyle, Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Emilie de Ravin and Colin O’Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

Then if you listen carefully to the following interview with Emilie de Ravin, she also does her best to dance around the question of whether Gold will win back Belle’s love.

There is nothing more heart-breaking and cruel than love lost.  Songs, poems, and stories have been written for centuries about the power and pain of lost love.  And that will be Hook’s ultimate revenge. By stealing Belle’s love, and being an instrument in stripping Gold of his powers, Hook will finally have his revenge.  Only then.

But for fans of the show, it will break our hearts too.  The love story of Belle and Rumplestiltskin (the beauty and the beast) has charmed us all and we fell in love with them. We shall be heartbroken.  How dare that scoundrel Hook be so vengeful?  Or perhaps there will be a silver-lining in this diabolical plot – perhaps Hook will find he can love again and that his grieving heart will finally be at rest.  Would it be wrong to deny him true love if he should find it in the most unexpected of places

This is all wild speculation, but it fits the ONCE UPON A TIME story, as we know it.  So hold onto your hearts, and be on the look out for the clues, which shall reveal whether Hook does indeed pursue his ultimate revenge.

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Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue (photo credit: Jennifer Schadel)

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