When we were on the Once Upon A Time set, we had to ask the actors involved to weigh in on the odd love triangle between the Savior, the Dark One's son, and the Pirate-Who-Was-Almost-The-Dark-One's-Son's-Stepfather. With love being such a driving force-- but also such a saving force in and of itself-- on the show, the way these relationships develop is key to understanding who has the power to break curses, reunite families, and bring characters back from the brink.
Of course, things are extra complicated in this third season of Once Upon A Time, though, because Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is separated from her son and fighting to get him back first and foremost. That takes precedence in her mind, perhaps not leaving her the proper room to grieve her second loss of Neal (Michael Raymond-James). This time around she thinks it's a permanent loss not only for her but for her son. And so far the way she has worked through it is to simply toast with Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and move on to the mission at hand. Such laser focus may be a distraction from deep feelings-- for now. But she is sharing this focus and the experiences that come with the mission with Hook and often, times of tragedy end up bonding those people together, while time and distance puts the other person out of sight, out of mind, and potentially out of heart.
"Logically she believes that Neal is dead for good reason, but also emotionally she has to believe he's dead because she's already been through so much loss with him that I don't think her heart could take hoping that he was still alive and in that situation. She's pushed to the limit already!" Morrison said when LA TV Insider Examiner sat down with her.
"With Hook, she believes that he probably has selfish reasons for wanting to [help her] from the start because based on her experiences with him in the past, she believes he's going to do something selfish. [But] he kind of continues to surprise her by coming through, by truly being supportive, by actually being helpful, by doing things that seem at the surface sort of selfless. So there's an interesting dynamic that starts to play out when she starts to realize that he exceeds her expectations in almost every situation and that has its own way of putting her off kilter because she then doesn't know what to expect from him, even though what she's saying is good. So that definitely is an interesting dynamic that starts to develop. It feels like, whether it's the island or the way that they connect or get along, he seems to be changing in a way, and she's taking note of that."
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Once Upon A Time airs on ABC on Sunday nights at 8 p.m.
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