Once Upon a Time "Cricket Game" Teasers: Murder & Magic!

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Murder and more magic are about to come to Storybrooke.

TV Fanatic was on hand yesterday at the Disney lot in Burbank, where Once Upon a Time Producers/Creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis offered up an invite-only screening of this Sunday’s all-new episode, "The Cricket Game."

The 2013 premiere will find Cora and Hook arriving in town, but deciding to keep a low profile (for now) so they can properly plot against our favorite residents. The big thrust of the episode in both present and past, though, is whether Regina/Evil Queen can truly change from bad to good.

Below, Kitsis and Horowitz tease five other developments sure to take viewers by storm and surprise...

Cora with Hook

Murder comes to Storybrooke. It’s never fun to watch a beloved character bite the dust, but fans will nee to prepare themselves. "We can kill anyone,” Horowitz said, half-joking, while Kitsis added: “I think death’s a big deal, obviously, and killing off a main character for us, it is obviously something we’ve done with Sheriff Graham, which I still get death threats about…”

Someone uses magic for the first time in Storybrooke. The producers were mum about how this is going to play out moving forward, but they’re excited about delving into this new arena for this character. And, of course, we’re reminded that magic always comes with a price.. and, for a change, it’s not Rumple who offers that reminder.

We Are Family! “It’s fun to see them together again,” said Kitsis about the newly reunited Charming and Snow (who we get to see getting cozy in bed!). But look for the lovebirds to adjust to being parents to Emma just as Emma will be learning the ups and downs of being a parent to young Henry.

Horowitz explained that while the first half of Once Upon a Time Season 2 dealt with the return of memories, “going forward it’s ‘well, what does this mean being a family? What does it mean being in this world with these memories? And with this new strange familial relationship and what do we want now?”

Cora works hard to get what she wants... And what she wants is to break daughter Regina and get her back on the dark side of things. You’ll see a lot of that play out in Sunday’s episode but, as Kitsis points out, “the real question is how persuasive is Cora?” Because Regina has been staying away from magic to appease Henry, he added,  “[for] somebody who has been off magic, will it return?”

Shipping!! Romance is on the horizon for many of our characters: “We’re actually going to see a lot of Rumple and Belle coming up,” said Kitsis. “The second half of the season [Rumple] is going to collect that favor for Emma and go in search of his son. He and Belle are definitely going to face definite challenges.”

And while we don’t get to see Hook and Emma interact in this Sunday’s episode, Emma will have more just one prospect in the dating department: “Emma is going to find herself with a few choices this season,” Kitsis said, confirming what we really want to know: that Hook will be keeping his ‘manliner’ once he arrives in Storybrooke. He just may need those dark sexy eyes to woo Emma, right?

What do you think, TV Fanatics? Return tomorrow for more Once Upon a Time casting scoop!

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.


No no no! Hook and Emma cannot happen! It HAS to be Neal and Emma. Neal is her one true love. The promo people did that because they don't want to reveal too much too quickly.


Wait, if neal truly bael than this mean henry is rumple's grandson and from this I think emma will have a relationship with hook Henry please sleep with your eyes open, one of your step-father candidate probably will try to kill you in your sleep.
Oh emma, you always meet many trolls, poor girl, I know how it feel


Yeah, I don't care about hook's redemption, c'mon must all villain need redemption, give me a real villain!!! Hook/emma, hook/aurora, hook/regina I don't give a crap about all of them, I just want him to make chaos, I'm sick of seeing so many soft villain on OUAT


As far as I'm concerned that new true love promo that showcased Captain Swan along with Snowing and Rumbelle is more than enough for me to say that these two are indeed going to happen. They are true love as the promo was entitled.


I for one would love to see Emma and Hook happen somewhere down the road in this series. Definitely not right now, because Hook still has to work through his revenge, which is his focus going into the second half of the season. However, that doesn't mean he can't be the one for Emma in the future. If this show can try to redeem villains like Rumple and Regina through love, I can't see why Hook can't have the same. Redemption isn't an easy journey (as we're seeing with Regina and Rumple this season), but it's not impossible. I think Hook and Emma have a lot of things in common. Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue themselves have mentioned often how connected those two are, how they're kindred spirits. While they might not be ready for each other now, I wouldn't rule out the idea of Captain Swan in the future. Their love story wouldn't be as conventional or typical True Love as the others on this show, but those two characters are anything but conventional. Anyway, that's just my two cents on the idea of Captain Swan. Everyone has their preferences, different strokes for different folks, etc.


I'm sorry but I see nothing but brilliant potential in the Emma Hook pairing. I love their chemistry an feel like the writers are only beginning to explore the blooming romance. I can't wait to see where it leads.


Did anyone see that promo featuring Hook/Emma, Snow/Charming, and Rumple/Belle like obviously this ship is going to happen. Wow talk about obvious set up.


Sorry I can't hear the haters over the glorious sound of the true love promo which included Hook and Emma.


Oh my god love ittttt


About redemption for Hook: Of course, he can be redeemed! None of us is perfect. We have all done wrong in our own lives. If we want grace for ourselves, why would we deny the idea of grace toward others, in the hopes they can change. In know this is fiction, but what we feel about in fiction mirrors how we feel in reality. Give Hook a chance. This really can shine beautifully!

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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

Emma: What are they now?
Hook: A reminder that all sins can be forgiven when someone loves you and I was absolutely wrong before. I love you Emma Swann, no matter what you've done.