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.


I agree with those who said they want more Emma and Regina again. In Neverland, they should team up to find their son. They may often be at adds, but when they do fight for the same thing they're unstoppable! I want to know why their magic is so powerful when it comes together too. It happened twice now. In the season premiere when they touched and suddenly the hat worked. And now again in the final episode of the season. It cannot be a coincidence.


When it comes to answering questions about the new season, you've gotta know that the writers are playing it close to the vest. Mr. Horowitz's replies, I'm sure, are enigmatic at best. Don't go "Counting your Crows" (awful joke)before they hatch.


I love all lana's scenes especially when she plays with Robert,
I really want to see Hook With Regina, because they could be a sexy,
And badass couple for the show. I would love To see more snow's flashbacks
With Regina, and Emma learning about magic.


as a viewer, it's pretty obvious to me that Henry will be Rumple's undoing because he will give up his bad ways for his grandson - something that he was unable to do for Baelfire.


I like the idea of 11 episodes and 11 episodes and no breaks in the middle of the run. Hopefully viewers like the format. We will kind f have two finales and premieres next season. Season 3 is shaping up well so far from the spoilers so far.


oh yeah this article was mad by the interviewer that not ask the swanfire and Bae questions we send to him :/


Please Hook and Emma have more in common than Hook and Regina. Survivors at their core, both have been abandoned, both are strong-willed, both can see through other people's deceptions, both have seen love taken from them in the same way. It goes even deeper than that in both cases the one whom took their lovers hearts was their biggest rival, Rumple in Hook's case and Regina in Emma's. It was also because of jealousy that Regina and Rumple decided to kill Graham and Milah. They also have many many parallels to that of Snow and Charming's relationship. Hook and Emma have so many things in common you can write an essay detailing them all.


I demand more Jefferson this season. Please and thank you. :)


I'm always excited for OUAT, but these hints have me really excited! My one disappointment with s2, was that after being such a central character that drove the action in s1, Emma seemed to take a supporting role in s2. Exploring Emma's magic, especially when the people around to teach her have used it for the ultimate evil should be thrilling. I also hope we see her growing up in foster homes and Henry's birth/adoption. I hope Emma/Hook does happen, because in s2 they had incredible chemistry and really understood each other. I see the potential for an amazing love story with Emma and Hook.


More Regina and Emma interaction. I ship Swan queen but I think it too early for that. And no captain swan please I preferd (if I have to choose) regina X hook any day

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