Earlier today, I was treated a sneak peek at the spring premiere of Once Upon a Time Season 3 - and, well, it’s all sorts of fabulous... which also means it’s all kinds of spoilery.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that I can’t tell you. In fact, here are a few fun facts courtesy of show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis that you’ll see in the Once Upon A Time Season 3 Episode 12.
It airs March 9 on ABC...
1. What's Happening Here?
What is happening between these two over dinner? It's hard to tell if Emma is moved by what he's saying or unhappy. We'll have to wait until Once Upon a Time returns to find out.
2. A New Beau
Who is the man with Emma? The dinner looks lovely. Has she found a new boyfriend now that she has no memory of Neal or Capt. Hook?
3. Her Memory Is Gone
With her memory gone, why should Emma believe the impossible story that Hook is telling her? We can only hope that he's convincing.
4. She Doesn't Know What to Think
A son, a new boyfriend, and a pirate who asks her to return to the fairy tale world. Without any memory of her past it's no wonder that Emma doesn't know what to think.
5. Using that Knife
Hopefully Emma isn't planning on using that knife on Hook. "New York City Serenade" airs on Sunday, March 9th on ABC.
6. Fitting Back In
Neal seems to be fitting back in to life in the Enchanted Forest. Wherever he's headed he certainly looks determined.
7. The Dwarves
The Dwarves are back in the Enchanted Forest when Once Upon a Time returns from its winter hiatus.
8. The Dwarves Look Happy
The Dwarves look happy but we hear that things may take a turn for the worse in the Enchanted Forest.
9. Has It Been Awhile?
Has it been a while since Charming and Grumpy have caught up and how long have they been back in the Enchanted Forest?
10. Is Charming Ready for Battle
Prince Charming looks ready to do battle. Then again he was the one who looked forward to heading back to the Enchanted Forest.
11. Missing Emma?
We're sure that Snow is missing Emma but she still has one heck of a smile when Once Upon a Time returns.
12. Still the Evil Queen
Regina certainly still looks the role of the Evil Queen when Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, March 9th.
13. Can Hook Convince Emma?
Looks as though Hook interrupts dinner. Can he convince her that she has family and friends in the fairy tale world?
14. Disappointing News
Since Emma isn't with him, we're assuming that Hook has brought back disappointing news for those in the Enchanted Forest.
15. Awaiting News from Hook
Snow White and Prince Charming await news from Capt. Hook about Emma and Henry when Once Upon a time returns from its winter hiatus.
16. Not Such Good News
Whatever Neal is telling Snow and Charming, it doesn't appear to be good news. Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, March 9th on ABC.
17. Neal and Charming
Neal and Charming look serious. Do you think Neal is still pining for Emma now that he's back in the Enchanted Forest?
18. Hook Has News
Has Capt. Hook returned with news of Emma and Henry? "New York City Serenade" is the 12th episode of the show's third season.
19. Philip and Aurora
What's headed towards Philip and Aurora when Once Upon a Time returns from its winter hiatus?
20. Prince Philip and Aurora
Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora certainly look to be happy and in love when Once Upon a Time returns from its winter hiatus on Monday, March 9th.
21. On the Run
What's got Aurora and Phillip on the run? Obviously something isn't right in the Enchanted Forest.
Different Time Zones: In true OUAT fashion, we’ll start this crop of episodes bouncing between present and a year ago that will unfold into a bigger mystery. Gotta tell ya, it’s nice to see the bulk of characters back together in big group scenes though it may not stay that way for long!
Wicked Witch Backstory: We’ll see the fantastic greened-up Rebecca Mader in the first episode back, but don’t expect to get her history immediately.
“The backstory is kind of doled out over a few [episodes],” said Horowitz, with Kitsis adding: “As far as her origin story, we’ll actually reveal that in episode 16, which is entitled ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’”
And her name is not Elphaba as you might think. It is Zelena.
Going to the Chapel... and Behind Bars?: While I cannot say between which characters, there is a (OMG!) marriage proposal in the episode, as well as someone else ending up in jail.
New York, New York! Henry and Emma are living happily ever after when the episode kicks off. Henry is in school (a school project is mentioned) and their apartment is pretty nice. But, of course, how long before this gets shaken up? I mean, does anyone stay happy long on Once Upon A Time?
How much Oz? With Mader’s Zelena in the picture - as well as a few evil monkeys (they’re much scarier than the ones in The Wizard Of Oz!) - will this season be as Oz-centric as the first half of the season was with Neverland?
“It’s very different in its conception,” explained Horowitz. “The Wicked Witch is a big part of the second half and a driving force as an antagonist but the world of Oz, it’s a place that will see and we will spend a little bit of time there but it’s not a ‘everybody gets on a ship and goes there’ kind of thing.”
And, yes, a nod to the Yellow Brick Road and maybe some other Oz characters will come.
Aren’t you…? Yes, you’ll see Chris Gorham (Auggie on Covert Affairs) appearing in the episode on the New York side of things as Walsh, a love interest for Emma. But, as we saw in Once Upon A Time Season 3 Episode 11, Hook is also in a New York state of mind…
Where is Glinda, the Good Witch? We will meet Sunny Mabrey in the iconic role in latter half of this new crop of episodes.
“I think she’s still Glinda the Good Witch in that she’s positive and has a lot of spirit to her,” said Kitsis of their spin on the character. 'But the kind of mythology of the four witches and that thing, we kind of created our own.” Horowitz also revealed that our Glinda is pure goodness but she’s a character “who has gone through a lot more.”
Who Steals Regina's Heart? Regina is feeling the pain of Henry’s absence and goes to (shocker) dramatic lengths to deal with it. But maybe Robin Hood (who we’ll see with his Merry Men) can help her wounded heart? (Reminder that Lana Parrilla teased us last fall about romance finally coming to Regina.)
Emma/Hook/Neal triangle: With Hook in NYC with Emma and Neal, well, not, don’t be surprised if the self-professed ‘scoundrel’ doesn’t take this opportunity as a way to worm his way into Miss Swan’s good graces. But, knowing Neal, I wouldn’t count him out just yet.
Once Upon a Time returns on March 9 on ABC.
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Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Once Upon a Time, Spoilers, Interviews