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.


Totally for Captain Swan.


Come on now...Hook already found his true love, which was Mila, but now she's gone, I don't think Hooks's looking at the moment, not to mention that Emma and Mila are NOTHING alike. I think it would be devastating to Henry, basically, Neal and Emma all the way. Plus, Emma's not looking either, the man she loved and the father of her child just "died" so, ya know, give her some time.


when will once upon a time season 3 soupped to come on again to neverland and wonderland


What i find is some ppl seems to see what dynamics in this show are needed to LOVE/TRUE LOVE, choose them no matter what, never give up! Which is what ST/SF are! No once has he chose Emma, which has been chances and more chances he has had, so no i dont feel them or see any of the dynamics there. Now with Hook-Emma, i hope to see them put this in esp the way Hook loves, and has loved fiercely and Emma loves fiercely as well, and these two fight for what they want, and never give up - this is what they need with each other. Also the passion and intensity!!!


Hook-Emma would be THE original love story of OUAT, something they havent done yet and Emma's love story was the next step. Hook-Emma scenes tell us why these two fit, and its not about being so hot together. Its more then that, i certainly wouldnt ship and be invest in a ship that would just be hot, for me a ship has to make sense and see and feel if the show is heading that way, and from the groundwork laid in S2 i thought it was with CaptainSwan


HOOK!!!!!!! Captain Swan which makes sense.
The connection, the understanding, the fighters they are and to be able to fall in love again.


I'm not saying this just because they are Henry's parents, but I do want to see Emma and Neal together. They admitted they still loved each at the end of the season, and that's what's important. I'm all for Hook finding someone but I just don't want it to be Emma. I just really like Emma and Neal together!!!


The reason I ship Captain Swan is because Hook and Emma are a MATCH in every way, not because he's a bad boy. From day one (when they went up the beanstalk), you could tell that they can best each other, and push each other to improve. If you don't like Hook because he betrayed Emma, just remember that Emma betrayed him first (2x09). His affection for her, albeit just starting at the time, was sincere. Also, Hook isn't a bad boy just for the sake of being one. Remember his motives for doing everything he does. More than revenge over his hand, it's really for the woman he loved. Hook's love runs DEEP, and I just don't see that same conviction in Neal. It didn't take much for August to convince him to leave Emma. Even if he knew what Emma was supposed to do, what stopped him from going to Storybrooke with her? In the end, his need to run away from his father and from magic won over his love for Emma. Hook, on the other hand, let nothing get in his way. Imagine if he loved Emma that way!


Yeessss I need Captain Swan!! They would be amazing together!


I love the show! I love the show's takes on they traditional fairy tales and legends, I love how they tell the stories and the unexpected and interesting twist on these stories and characters. What I hate how they keep breaking up the season. In season 2 for example they would show about three episodes and then make you wait two or three weeks for the next new episode and they keep doing that they entire season. It was REALLY anoying. I wish they would just show every episode back to back each week until the season is over like most shows.

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