Once Upon a Time Season 3 Scoop: Jumping to Neverland, Captain Swan Shipping and More!

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Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have built quite a world in the past two seasons of their hit series Once Upon a Time.

And from what I gathered moderating a panel with the producers at the ATX Television Festival in Austin earlier this month, the guys have more up their respective sleeves than even the dastardly Rumplestiltskin.

Following a juicy Neverland-relayed cliffhanger to close out Once Upon a Time Season 2, Horowitz and Kitsis are just getting started on crafting Season 3, while also dedicating time to their much-anticipated spinoff, Wonderland.

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Here are the high points of what I was able to get out of Adam and Eddy during our panel:

“I think you can say it’s pretty much a direct pickup,” said Horowitz of where Once Upon a Time Season 3 will start. “I think that what you saw at the end of the finale is the jumping off point.” Watch for our good and bad characters to have to work together to get Henry back in Neverland.

For the Captain Swan fans out there: is there hope for romance to blossom? “The thing I like about Captain Hook in the finale is he started to look back on his life and he was like, ‘maybe I’ve wasted it.” So here you’ve got a guy who wants a new chance,” Kitsis said, reminding us that - at least at the start of the season - Emma believes that Neal is dead.

Back in Once Upon a Time Season 1, it was established that Gold “is a difficult man to love and that is his character,” said Kitsis. “I think for all these characters, I know it was supposed to break the curse and return their happy endings [but] they’re still in search of their happy endings.”

Gold will still be torn between good and evil in the new season, Kitsis and Horowitz said, and that includes, perhaps, having to decide to do with his grandson, Henry, who he knows has been said to be his ultimate undoing.

“It’s going to be another challenge in their relationship,” Horowitz said of Gold being on the ship on its way to Neverland and Belle being left behind. Are all the magic beans gone now? Horowitz and Kitsis took a moment before answering with a simple “Yes.”

Will we see more of Emma’s magic? Horowitz joked that she’ll be getting a show in Vegas but “She’s going to ask the question, why do I have magical capabilities, what does it really mean to be the savior and we’re going to dive a lot deeper into Emma’s character and we’re going to see a lot more of her past like we did this year.”

“One of the things that we’re most excited about,” Kitsis said of the new season, “this year we’re going to do 11 episodes in fall and 11 in spring and we’re approaching it like two seasons.” The plan is to run each block of 11 episodes without a break or reruns.

One piece of trivia that came out during the panel: did you know the first TV writing job for Kitsis and Horowitz had together was the unsuccessful reboot of Fantasy Island on ABC back in 1998? They also wrote on Birds of Prey, Felicity and, of course, Lost, before launching Once Upon a Time in 2010.

So, what are you most excited for heading into the fall? Sound off now in our Once Upon a Time forum.

UPDATE: The Season 3 premiere will be titled "The Heart of the Truest Believer."

UPDATE: The first OUAT Season 3 teaser has been released.

UPDATE: Rose McIver has been cast as Tinkerbell.

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

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I really like the idea of Captain Swan when I first think about it cause I thought they had great chemistry, But ultimately Neal and Emma had just confessed their love for each other. There is also a fact that Hook almost sees Neal/Bae as a son because he is Milas kid in fact that would be betraying Neal/Bae all over again just in a different way I love the idea of Captain Swan and I think they should pursue It for a while thought because I think they have great chemistry I don't really see Hook with Regina because I see them more as like business partners in evil.

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EMMA AND GRAHAM!!!!!!!!!! I'm holding out for him to return....Hook and Milah, Regina and Daniel, Neal and hmmmmmmm Ariel I dunno..someone from Neverland, Tigerlily. Emma belongs with someone directly from her storyline with Snow White and Prince Charming......Graham.

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I think what they are going to do is ship Emma and Hook but just as Emma starts to fall for Hook and starts to heal, Nial will show up and Emma will be guilty but over joyed and Nial will be heart broken and so on and so forth.
In my opinion I LOVE Nial and Emma together! They've both been abandoned and can understand each other and have been together before. Yes, Emma and Captain had chemistry, but Hook already found his true love and lost her. It's sad but true. I don't think they belong together because Hook is too unreliable when it comes to the sides he chooses. He is not perfect for Emma like Neal is. Neal we know us all for the good side, he would never choose the side of evil.

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Captain Swan? Not that into it to be honest...Captain EvilRegal? Now that would be something to see. For me Regina is one of the best characters in the show, and despite her past misdeeds she deserves a second chance at love. Emma has her true love...and if the dark one gets true love why not the queen? Plus, these two are badasses I'd like to see the trouble they could cause together.

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totally think Jefferson and Emma would make a better couple than Hook/Emma. They had unbelievable chemistry together and would just the right amount of issues to get through without it really being overwhelming.

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Captain Swan. They have amazing chemistry. I have nothing against Neal, but he was willing to be with Tamara even when Emma warned him about her, even when he still had remaining feelings for Emma. He had to see proof that Tamara was bad news, before admitting that he still loved Emma.

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After being left alone because of the curse, and then because August and Neal both chose to leave her Emma deserves an epic true love. I love the idea of Emma and Hook together, because they're both fighters who will fight for what they love. Plus they have amazing chemistry together.

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I couldn't be less interested in Captain Swan. Those two have no chemistry. Hook and Regina on the other hand...

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It would be ok to have their romance blossom at first. But her true love is not dead and she should rekindle her love with the father of her child. Captain Hook would be good with the wicked Queen, Regina. They both have that devilish desire to have things their way.

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Henry is the son of Neal who is the son of Mila/Gold. Mila left Gold and got with Hook so Hook is technically Henry's step Grandfather. So if Emma goes with Hook, technically she is with Henry's step-grandfather. LOL. Personally I don't care - but I find it ironic that people say Emma/Regina can't be together because Regina is Henry's step grandmother but are perfectly ok with a Hook match that is exactly the same thing! Just food for thought.

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