Once Upon a Time Scoop: Snow's Dark Side, Gold's Vengeance, The Future for Emma and Bae

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Hold on tightly, Once Upon A Time Fanatics.

On Sunday's “The Miller’s Daughter,” we find out how Cora (played beautifully by Rose McGowan in flashbacks) came to be the villainous Cora, while also delving into the past of Rumplestiltskin.

And who better to tease the episode but OUAT creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who gave us a window into all the romance and trickery, as well as whether all-good Snow White will truly go bad. Read on for teases and spoilers related to the upcoming installment...


Do Regina & Cora have the same objective?
“I would say that [Regina has] already probably figured out they don’t have the same objectives,” Kitsis said. “But for Regina, her objective is Henry and she’s so desperate that if anyone offers her a short cut to getting him, she will take that road.”

Will Gold really try to kill Henry?
Since the Seer in the “Manhattan” episode told Gold the boy who leads him to his son will also be his undoing, how vengeful will Gold really be? Horowitz teased: “At the time when Gold said, ‘Well then I’ll just have to kill him.’ [But] he had no idea what the future would hold and this boy would turn out to be his grandson and now things are very complicated for Gold.”

Rumplestiltskin and Young Cora

Emma/Bae: Will that fiancé of his be the ultimate obstacle?
“I think what we love so much about Emma and Bae,” said Kitsis, “is that they’re two people who grew up in similar ways without a family and with walls around their hearts and so I think they were each other’s loves and for us what’s interesting is why did they move on? What happened? And what happens now and tomorrow’s definitely going to be a part of all that.”

But what about that Emma/Hook flirtation from earlier in the season?
Don’t hold your breath for anything immediately as Kitsis said: “I think that as the series progresses - maybe this year - they might be very busy with other things, but you never know.” Horowitz added that Hook is “going to be in close proximity as the season continues and sparks will fly in many different ways.” Who doesn’t love a good love triangle, right?

Will the magic candle that Snow didn’t use to save her mother’s life in “The Queen Is Dead” make another appearance?
Horowitz teased: “I would think if you show a candle that can do something like that. You can’t just not come back to it.” Kitsis also weighed in and said of Snow: “We’ve seen her go dark before. The question is will she really be able to go through with it?”

Who will ultimately push Snow to maybe go dark again?
“I think its frustration,” said Kitsis. “In last week’s episode, when Regina sat down and said ‘What did good every get me? Dinner with a bunch of people who will never forgive me.’ For us, we always try to take these characters and put them in real situations and for us, how many times have you been really upset and you’re like ‘Why am I doing this the right way? What did good ever get me?’

'If I would’ve killed Regina a long time ago,” Kitsis continued, speaking as Snow. “My daughter [Emma], I would’ve watched her grow up. I would be in the Enchanted Forest. None of this would’ve happened and I wouldn’t have had all this misery. Why am I doing the right thing? What’s it getting me? And now Johanna’s dead.’ So I think she’s frustrated and I think that sometimes you let those emotions cloud your judgment and then you have to deal with the repercussions of it and that’s what this story is. It’s in a lot of ways a cautionary tale.”

Rumplestiltskin = Sex Machine?
Expect some flashback sexy time between Rumple and young Cora. Who knew the baddie with the not-so-great skin would be such a hit with the ladies? “If you go back and you watch him in Cinderella and other things,” corrected Kitsis, “there’s lots of sexiness to the way he plays the character and what we really loved is what was he like truly in love. We saw him as pre-Dark One with Milah but they had very few moments of happiness but Cora is his soulmate in a lot of ways. She understands him in a way that other people don’t because she’s not trying to make him a better man.”

What’s coming the rest of Once Upon a Time Season 2?
Horowitz previewed: “I would say that it is pretty nonstop and that all the pieces we’ve put on the table in the start of the season are now finally intersecting and there’s some big reveals and there’s some character’s returning that we haven’t seen in a while and it’s all coming together to a finale that we really are very excited about and hope the audience feels the same way.”

Kitsis added: “I’ve got to say we’re really, really proud of this next run of episodes. We think it’s some of the strongest we’ve ever done.”

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


what the heck moving on all the interviews I have read emma and neal are still in love they just have issues do to augusts interference you can definatly see it plus I love them together hook is a low thing for emma also this show needs to have emma bond with her dad before hooking up with a guy


Hook and Emma, after all those wonderful scenes earlier on, it would be amazing for them to be together. But I want a slow build, that way it will be lasting.


At least me and another fan agree with that the Rumple and Cora "soulmate" thing is total BS. Too bad we disagree with who Rumple should be with, because I like him with Belle. Oh well. Still think Emma deserves someone better than Hook though. I don't mind the flirting because I find it humorous, but nothing more.


Hook is a major step down for emma.He's a horrible person and besides that he can never get neal out of emma's life.Neal is henry's father and therefore always going to be around.emma loves neal and vice versa,they belong together.I agree with mindy...regina and hook!they are so hot and neither one is more evil then the other.I do have to admit I love the flirting hook and emma do,but to actually have a relationship...it would be character suicide for emma.


Hook and Emma all the way, they look great together - they have chemistry that far exceeds any other pairings. Hook has showm he has an amazing capacity for love and Emma deserves a man who will fight for her, not sent her to jail and abandon her. Neal isn't worthy of Emma in the long run. I look forward to them getting together and working through the love from their teenage years but I firmly believe Emma will in the long run, (once her issues with neal are put to rest, and hooks issue with revenge and milah are dealt with)choose the man who is her kindred spirit and that is no other than Hook. Rumpel with be with Belle..the beauty and beast.


Huh. Part of my post was cut off. The rest was... "All of the characters seem intertwined one way or another."


Cora is Rumple's soulmate? I don't buy that one. He wants at times to be a better man. In the Belle preview clip for this episode he admits it. Cora doesn't want to be better (unless they change something about her personality in episode 16). I could see the two of them being similar when they were younger, but it's obvious that she is very much Evil now.
Before Belle came along there were a lot of Emma/Gold fans. I'm still one of them. I don't see Belle as his soulmate. She accepts his past, but she's trying to turn him into this honest, sweet guy. Problem? He's spent several lifetimes being who he is. He's lied to her repeatedly about using his magic and he resisted TL kiss. I could see Emma relating to him in ways the rest of the heroes, and those trying to be heroes, can't or won't. I could also see her not changing him by threatening to leave, but by simply calling him on the times he acts out and by accepting him into the family. Yes... he's Henry's grandfather. Big deal. At this point, all the characters are intertwined in one way or another.


I am really looking forward to the last eps of this season. I could see Emma and Hook getting together but I think it would be Emma trying to make Neal jealous. I have no idea how this season is going to end - Eddie and Adam have said things are coming up no-one has guessed....


When the creators give an interview and say that the coming episodes will be really good they never disappoint. Other shows say that and the hype is great but then the episode airs its not brilliant. I am really looking forward to the end of the season. Season 2 has been really good, a non-stop ride since the first season finale and hopefully it wont stop. I don't mind a bit of a slow down episode but you know that in an episode or twos time you will really need a breather again. ONCE is the only show on TV now that does everything right and listens to the fans. Take the Hook/Emma relationship. I wanted them to get together but now I don't really want them together. I like the flirting between them. Its perfect, giving us something more without giving us something more.Love It. Roll on Season 3.


I love how they say "sparks will fly in many directions."To me that screams that Hook is getting another love interest.One that won't be Emma.Her and Bae are in love with each other and that wont change any time soon.Their perfect and the fact that they have Henry cements that love.Now I for one would LOVE to see Hook and Regina.They are two peas in a pod.Neither would be "worse" because they are both the same!Plus they have fabulous chemistry and are super pretty together.

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