Josh Dallas spoke with TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich and TVGuide’s Natalie Abrams earlier this week to give us some insight on Sunday’s giant episode. Although he remains relatively cagey in both conversations, Dallas gives Oncers a lot to look forward to when ‘Once Upon a Time’ returns.
When Anton the Giant comes to Storybrooke, he has a beef with Prince Charming. As the sneak peeks and promotional photos have revealed, Anton is out for blood. However, we also know that at some point, the people of Storybrooke have a chance to reason with the Giant before he causes too much harm. Dallas discusses the Giant’s case of mistaken identity with Abrams:
The giant has mistaken David for someone else. Could it be his twin brother James?
Josh Dallas: It's possible! He's definitely being mistaken for someone. Of course, Cora is in Storybrooke and she's found an ingenious way to transport a giant onto a pirate ship and brings him to Storybrooke. Upon meeting David, he has a very violent hello. It's now David's quest to figure out, first of all, who Anton thinks he's is. He's got a pretty good idea who might know. Then, as Anton is wreaking his vengeance and havoc upon the town and residents of Storybrooke, David is trying to convince him that this place isn't all that bad, and the people of the town aren't trying to hurt him. Indeed, this could be a place he ends up staying. We've got a lot going on in Storybrooke. We will also find out exactly what David/James/Charming's real name is.
Will we find out why Anton hates whoever he thinks David is?
Dallas: We'll go back into fairy tale land past. We've already seen fairy tale land present, which is not a very hospitable place and is extremely desolate, so we'll go back into fairy tale land past into giant land where we see Anton and his brothers. Anton is feeling a little bit like a fish out of water, feeling like he doesn't quite belong. He's yearning for a place where he feels like he fits in, where he feels comfortable. Against his brothers' wishes, he goes down the beanstalk into the land of the humans and comes across a couple of humans who may not be all that they seem to him, whose intentions might not be wholly noble that might be the crux and the origin of this whole grudge that Anton is holding when he meets David in Storybrooke.
Based on the images and scenes we’ve viewed over the hiatus, it looks like Cassidy Freeman’s Jack and Charming’s twin pull a con on Anton. What are their true intentions? Do they want Anton’s magic beans? Are they trying to eliminate all the giants? Anton seems to be more trusting than his brothers, so it probably breaks his heart to be betrayed and find out that the other giants may have been right about humans.
At least David has someone he can go to for information on the past. Who do you think knows about Anton’s history? Any guesses on Charming’s real name? It looks like a lot of revelations will be packed into Sunday’s installment.
Dallas also implies that Storybrookers are trying to convince Anton to stay in their New England town. Should we expect to see more of Jorge Garcia on ‘OUAT’? What if Anton decides to go back to Fairytale Land? How will he return home? Would other Storybrookers want to go back with him? David did bring up the idea of going back home much to Mary Margaret’s chagrin. Is this an idea the loving couple will continue to struggle with throughout the season?
Dallas elaborates on David’s desire to return to his grief-stricken home:
What about going back to fairy tale land? Will David try to sway the town to stay?
Dallas: That's going to be an ongoing struggle, not only in David's mind, but in the relationship between Mary Margaret and David and trying to figure out exactly where they belong. There's a great scene at the end of Sunday's episode that I don't want to give away, but it's something there that's in the town that offers David, in particular, the hope of the possibility that they would be able to return. I think, for him, that's something that's really exciting because that's ultimately what he wants. He is a hero, he is the leader and he is an eternal optimist. Even though he hasn't seen it, he knows fairy tale land isn't what it once was. It's a horrible place now. But he feels that he can fix it, that he can make it what it was or even better. That's his hope. He wants his family back. He wants to go back home. He wants his kingdom again. He wants his world again, which is his core. I think he's going to continue to struggle with that idea of where he and his family belongs.
What do you think David finds as a way to get back home? So far, the wishing well and Hook’s ship have been the only means of returning to Fairytale Land. Could there be another portal or a completely different means of returning home? Should David and Mary Margaret go back to Fairytale Land and rebuild their kingdom? Do you think the love birds would be willing to part ways again? Speaking of parting ways, Emma and Henry have left Storybrooke behind in order to help Rumple find his son. Dallas reveals that this plot will gradually unfold over the next few episodes.
Dallas tells Mitovich:
In this Sunday’s episode, you’re going to see Mr. Gold on the search for his son, crossing the town line — and he’s taking Emma and Henry with him, to the airport. Where they’re going… who knows? But over the course of the next few episodes, we will see if he does reunite with his son, and if he does, what that’s going to be like.
One of the sneak peeks revealed that Rumple, Emma and Henry successfully make it through airport security with Rumpy’s memory in tact. It looks like Emma plays a crucial part in keeping Rumple stable in the real world. It will be fascinating to see how much of it is due to her instincts and how much comes from her increasing magical abilities. Either way, David and Mary Margaret have faith in their daughter. Dallas tells Abrams:
David and Mary Margaret will be concerned, but the thing about Emma that David knows is that she's so capable with taking care of herself. Of course he worries because he loves her, but he knows that wherever she is, she's going to be able to handle herself.
How sweet! It will be fun to see the Charmings continue to bond and grow as a family. Hopefully, they will be reunited again soon.
It looks like “Tiny” will be another fantastic episode in an already amazing season. What are you most excited to see, Oncers?
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‘Once Upon A Time’ airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.