Today, The Paley Center’s PaleyFest continued with the panel of the hit ABC television series Once Upon a Time. The #1 new television drama across every network was met with plenty of fans in the center, as the cast, creators, and executive producer sat down to not only discuss the show, the process, and some behind the scenes stuff, but also what’s to come. While the majority of the cast banned from telling any spoilers, it’s what they were allowed to say, what was teased, and what’s to come that really was of interest.
In terms of production, the season finale for the first season was revealed to be in writing stages now. While not much more was given about what will we be experiencing to that point, we were given the fact that those already revealed to have retained their memories will be talking with no secrets. It was said that Gold and Regina would be talking one-on-one with each other, but it’s their separate agendas that would really reveal themselves once the two begin to have frequent discussions. As to when…well, we’ll just have to wait.
While further discussing what’s to come this season, Raphael Sbarge said that while Henry has been the key patient for Archie, the therapist will have a revolving door in terms of characters that will be sitting on his couch. Sbarge said that not only will David been seeking Archie’s advice, but so will Mr. Gold. While Katherine’s disappearance and his lovetorn heart will most likely land David in the couch, it’s what exactly lands Mr. Gold in Archie’s office that had the audience intrigued. Robert Carlyle only teased that Mr. Gold needs someone to talk to, as he’s very much alone in Storybrooke, and Archie could very much be that person.
In terms of fairytale characters, there were questions asked regarding Pinocchio and The Little Mermaid, who both have been hinted at earlier this season. However, creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said with the story motif they have for their current characters, those seem like a story to be told for another day, such as in Season 2.
While the cast were very tight-lipped on spoilers, the creators were poised with the question of how the curse will be broken, and when we’ll start to see hints on the overarching tale. “Maybe you already have,” replied Kitsis, who then went on to jokingly mock the people on the internet discussing overall story development.
Also when speaking about returns, Adam Horowitz tackled the question of whether or not we’d be seeing Maleficent again. “I think it’d be a disappointment if we didn’t [have the character back on the show].”
However, some Jamie Dornan fans might be very pleased. When asked if we’d ever get to see the actor back on the series, Kitsis replied by saying, “He may have had his heart ripped out in Storybrooke, but he’s very much alive in the fairy tale world.” The big question if Dornan will return by season’s end remains to be seen, but the door is certainly left open.
Once Upon a Time airs tonight and every Sunday night at 8PM, only on ABC.