Once Upon a Time at PaleyFest: Who's Going to Therapy?

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Once Upon a Time celebrated the show's phenomenal success with a panel at the Paley Center in Los Angeles yesterday.

Cast members Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Raphael Sbarge - along with creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Steve Pearlman - took the stage and talked about the show's creation, teased spoilers and proved that curses can be broken.

So how did the top-rated new drama of the season come to be?

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison at Paleyfest

"Everyone on this stage was our first choice," said Kitsis of the drama's good fortune in the casting department, adding that the show may be based on fairy tales, yet "it's not about the stories you've seen but about where they could go."

But what's up with this curse? If true love's kiss can break it, why hasn't David and Mary Margaret's smooching changed anything?

"They can kiss all they want," Kitsis teased. "They're not the savior."

If that honor falls to Emma, though, what if she doesn't believe there's a curse to break? Morrison says her character thinks Henry's story is simply a coping mechanism for a confused little boy... but that could change.

"She's going to start to think that something's up. She's just not sure what," previewed the actress.

Will Kathryn disappearing from Storybrooke pave the way for a David and Mary Margaret reunion? Not exactly, I'm afraid. Josh Dallas said that David feels "guilty and responsible for her disappearance." And even after her vanishing act is resolved, there may be more obstacles ahead for these star crossed lovers. Remember, no one gets a happy ending in Storybrooke.

But that doesn't mean they aren't working towards it. Raphael Sbarge explained that Henry isn't Archie's only patient. Both David and Mr. Gold are about to hit the shrink's couch, as Dallas joked that "David's got problems" and Carlyle added that poor Mr. Gold has no one else to talk to. That's not for a lack of charm on the actor's part, however.

"No offense, but it's kind of hard to be afraid of you as you're lovely and wonderful," Goodwin told her co-star.

Will fans get to know more about August Booth, the new writer in a town that doesn't generally get visitors? The producers promise that before we get to the season finale, "we'll be pretty clear on who he is."

Some fans are still wondering if Graham is truly dead, too. Parrilla said that "It's getting lonely in Storybooke" and Regina misses her boy toy. Unfortunately, the good sheriff is, indeed, dead and gone - and Morrison lamented that she'll miss "kissing one of the hottest men on the planet" but at least there's this:

"He may have had his heart ripped out in Storybrooke, but he's still very much alive in fairy tale land," Kitsis said.

Speaking of which, one fan thanked Dallas for moving her 12-year old granddaughter's crush to him and away from Justin Beiber. See. Curses really can be broken.

Other teases from the panel included:

  • Barbara Hershey will arrive on episode 18 as the Evil Queen’s mother, Cora.
  • Regina will have one line in that episode about her background that will make fans “realize she has a very interesting connection to a certain somebody in our world,” Kitsis said.
  • Might Kristin Bauer return as Maleficent? “I think it’d be disappointing if we never saw her again," said Kitsis.
  • The show is hoping for a Little Mermaid episode on season two.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Who could Regina have a certain connection with in our world? The only ones' I remember from our world are: Henry, Emma, the writer and Henry's Dad. I don't remember them mentioning anyone else... Do you think Henry's father could be Regina's son. So that maybe she is Henry's Grandma? Or could she have summoned the writer?


i hope they do sleeping beuty and peter pan


They shouldn't have killed off the only hot guy on the show and one of the hottest guys ever! Lost nearly half their female audience right there!


FYI, the video for this panel should be available for free on regular Hulu on March 15, along with the videos of the other tv panels. Visit the Paleyfest website to see the listing of all the casts they're interviewing. It's awesome!

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Once Upon a Time Quotes

True love isn't easy but it must be fought for because once you find it, it can never be replaced.

Prince Charming

Be careful. Love is a weapon, Deary. The most dangerous weapon of all which means the pain you should worry about isn't the kind inflicted by a broken sword but the kind that comes from a broken heart.