With the introduction of Neverland, "Once Upon a Time" is darker and better than ever, and we caught up with executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz at New York Comic-Con to find out what's coming up next. On Friday, Oct. 18, we posted our video interview.
Will Charming survive? The "OUAT" characters are learning just how dark Neverland can be, with David (Josh Dallas) in particular suffering from what is a life-threatening wound. But how worried should we be about his future? "It depends whether or not you believe," Kitsis teased, with Horowitz adding, "He's in a really tough place, and it is a real danger and it is a terribly, terribly heinous poison that is going through him." He's also "a true warrior" and "a true leader," according to Kitsis. "He is somebody who is not going to let an affliction get in the way of the mission, which is saving Henry."
Will we learn Peter Pan's backstory? "You are going to get all of it," Kitsis promised, and that's coming in these first 11 episodes of the season. Be prepared to learn "what makes [him] tick." Plus, we'll get to see Wendy again, but they wouldn't reveal if that will be in a flashback or in present day.
OUAT's spin on Ariel JoAnna Garcia Swisher is coming in as Ariel in episode 6, "Ariel," and the EPs couldn't be happier to have her on the show. "It's in more than one episode, and the story we're telling with her and our characters is hopefully a real fun and exciting one," Horowitz previewed. "What we've done is hopefully taken the beloved movie and done a little spin on it."
And about Storybrooke… What about the characters left behind when the Neverland group sailed off to save Henry? We'll see them again "very soon," Horowitz said. "First off, we're going to see more of Belle very quickly just as we had seen her in episode 2, and then by episode 7, we're going to reveal what happened from the moment the ship left."
Other notes from the video to the left (or here):
Get ready to see more shadows, what happens to them (ripped or not) and how that works. And is that actually Pan's shadow we're seeing?
If given the opportunity, they'd like to explore more of King Arthur's mythology.
Stay tuned for episode 4, this weekend's episode, for more of Rumplestiltskin and Peter Pan's history.
They would love to bring Sebastian Stan back as Jefferson, but Stan is busy and he did get his happy ending with his daughter.
Don't forget to check out our chat with Jennifer Morrison from New York Comic-Con here. "Once Upon a Time" season 3 airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC. What are you hoping to see this season?