It looks like Emma (Jennifer Morrison) definitely won't be trapped in Storybrooke for long, even though Peter Pan is trying to place the town under a curse that will make everyone forget who they are once again. Luckily, it doesn't look like the series has set the reset button. According to a Dec. 10 report by TV Line, fans have already discovered that part of the first episode after the winter break will be set in NYC.
TV Line asked creator Adam Horowitz about the episode titled "New York City Serenade," but this is all he had to say: "There’s a lot of Emma in that episode, that is for sure." Hopefully Jennifer Morrison's stressed-out character finally gets to relax and enjoy herself a little—the savior needs a vacation!
It looks like Emma might be getting one, and Captain Swan fans will be happy to learn that Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) is accompanying her on her trip to NYC. So maybe using Tinkerbell to make Emma jealous actually worked (sorry, Hookerbell shippers). According to Entertainment Outlook, set photos show Emma, Hook, and Henry (Jared Gilmore) piling in Emma's yellow bug to take a road trip. Snowing isn't going to be happy about this development! Morrison and O'Donoghue reportedly filmed scenes in front of a police station and at a pub on the Vancouver set that's standing in for NYC, and Hook was spotted giving Emma some sort of potion. So maybe they're in New York on a magical mission.
Morrison and O'Donoghue look rather relaxed in the photos, and a few shots show them smiling and hugging. Since their characters are in more of a light-hearted mood, perhaps this means that the threat of Peter Pan has passed by the time they head to the big city. However, most "Once Upon a Time" fans are probably well aware that a new threat is on her way.
Rebecca Mader is set to star as an unnamed villain who is it odds with Regina. Judging from comments on "OUAT" articles, fans really want her to be Cruella de Vil, so hopefully Pongo has a really good hiding place. Since the second half of the season will take place between Storybrooke and Fairy Tale Land, maybe Regina will somehow end up back in her old home—she has to meet Robin Hood at some point, right? This would also be an interesting development since she's not exactly popular with the people who are left there. However, maybe she'll end up being transported back with other Storybrooke residents. It's interesting that Hook, Emma, and Henry are together since they're three of the people who weren't affected by the first curse. Maybe somehow everyone who got cursed for a second time got sent back to Fairy Tale Land. This would be a relief to Regina since Snow would constantly remind the townspeople that the Evil Queen isn't so evil anymore, and they might need her magic as they face off against a new foe.
"Once Upon a Time" loves to give beloved Disney characters new twists, so how would Cruella de Vil be different? Would she only wear coats made from the furs of mythical beasts? There's a lot of Greek mythology coming into play now, so maybe she'll be after the Golden Fleece or something. And in Fairy Tale Land, Cruella might be a powerful villain who wants to rule the land, not just a crazy lady who wants to skin puppies. She could also be a combination of villains like Mr. Gold. Rapunzel is being added to the show, so maybe Cruella de Vil is the Mother Gothel keeping her in a tower. The Wicked Witch of the West would also make a great nemesis for Regina—it's not hard to imagine Regina being the one responsible for killing her sister on "OUAT."
So what do you think Captain Swan is up to in New York, and which villain are you hoping to see on the show?