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Once Upon a Time Spoilers: The Big Apple, The Big Bad & More!

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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...

Once Upon a Time Photos "New York City Serenade"
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.
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What's Happening Here?

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.


A New Beau

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?


Her Memory Is Gone

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.


She Doesn't Know What to Think

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.


Using that Knife

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.


Fitting Back In

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.


The Dwarves

7. The Dwarves

The Dwarves are back in the Enchanted Forest when Once Upon a Time returns from its winter hiatus.


The Dwarves Look Happy

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.


Has It Been Awhile?

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?


Is Charming Ready for Battle

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.


Missing Emma?

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.


Still the Evil Queen

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.


Can Hook Convince Emma?

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?


Disappointing News

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.


Awaiting News from Hook

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.


Not Such Good News

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.


Neal and Charming

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?


Hook Has News

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.


Philip and Aurora

19. Philip and Aurora

What's headed towards Philip and Aurora when Once Upon a Time returns from its winter hiatus?


Prince Philip and Aurora

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.


On the Run

21. On the Run

What's got Aurora and Phillip on the run? Obviously something isn't right in the Enchanted Forest.


Is Regina Frightened?

22. Is Regina Frightened?

Belle, Neal, Regina. No one looks happy back in the Enchanted Forest.


Dour Faces

23. Dour Faces

Everyone looks upset and there is blood on Prince Charming's shirt. What has befallen the fairy tale world and can Emma save them when Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, March 9th?


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. 

Remember to watch Once Upon a Time online now if you need a refresher.

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

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    More Hook.. Gosh, I can't stand him. Kill him off already!

    Ln-solanki

    Man i do love Chris Gorham the actor and in Covert Affairs, but i think i will be disliking him here lol... esp if he is cahoots with the witch and playing Emma. But worry not... Hook is here!
    I am so rooting for Hook to get Emma home and just like Henry did in season 1, i mean they both turned up at the door. Rooting for Emma/Hook

    Zelena has to be connected to Regina somehow... Cora's daughter?

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    Looks interesting. Can't wait for more Emma and Hook scenes.

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    Pretty sure emma and auggie is the proposal and hook gets jailed. Please no more neal and emma. And auggie no, I want hook and emma! I waited so long

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    By the way, I LOVED the Neverland arc because it helped shed so much light on the regular cast. It got so much more character driven thanks to the Neverland arc and I truly appreciate that.
    Snow's secret, Neal's, Emma's and particularly Hook's killed me - all the actors brought their a-game to the echo cave. Wonderful!!
    I'm hoping that the Wicked Witch arc will have a similar effect on the main characters and reveal even more about them in the second part of S3.

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    I’m very curious to see how the whole Neal/Emma/Hook “non-triangle” will get resolved, but honestly, the way Adam and Eddy have been telling this particular story the only thing that makes sense to me is Hook and Emma being each other’s true love. And I love said story so much!
    Hook and Emma are such complex, partly dark, emotionally intense characters who’ve been through so much pain – it’s like their path in life has been preparing them to “understand each other” all along. For me, Hook and Emma’s story to true love is one of the best on TV for a while now – rooting for them with all my heart!

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    @ Ana

    Yes, I'm surprised by how much I love Hook and Emma. They are written so well and the actors have great chemistry. I'm really looking forward to them, It's been so long!

    Ln-solanki
    @ Captain Swan

    I mean Hook tried a true love kiss.. and it failed but in memory loss it does,.. u dont put in a TLK if not to have successful one in the future and pretty much Hook has put Emma first, chosen her, comes back to her etc.... true love role!

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    Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz were my least favourite fairy tales...well, I didn't hate nor really appreciated the Neverland part...I hope this second part of the season is going to be better...

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    it looks like the dinner between Emma and the other guy is the marriage proposal...isn't it? it could totally be...

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    @ Fra

    I agree. CG's definitely on his knee at some pont and it looks like there's a ring on the dessert plate, in one of the decorative chocolate swirls at the base of the glass cup. Watching another man propose to Swan would certainly explain the look on Hook's face in another of the promo shots!

    Len-gb

    Thanks.

    I know Emma is happy but really her family and home it out there, and i hope Hook succeeds in bringing her back. He finds her and to me thats is big

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    I can't wait to see Emma and Henry life in NY, excited for the show to come back!




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