"Once Upon a Time" is better than ever with the introduction of a very dark Neverland this season, and on Monday, Oct. 14, we posted our video interview with series star Jennifer Morrison from the press room at New York Comic-Con.
"Once Upon a Time" season 3 is all about saving Henry, and that means some people who would much rather be in different lands from one another than be relying on one another have teamed up to make their way through Neverland and Peter Pan's treachery and find the missing boy. "Emma and Regina's relationship this season is interesting because they have to sweep so much under the rug in order to save Henry. Emma's going to always make educated decisions about how much she trusts Regina based on her past and things that she's done to people," Morrison told reporters. "She's not forgetting that that is a part of who this woman is but she definitely identifies with the part of Regina that loves Henry and wants the best for him, and she's looking to connect with that part of her. There's even a moment where Emma realizes that Regina's anger is coming from this desperation that Henry is all that she has. … Emma's really searching to see the human side of Regina this season in order to be her partner in getting Henry back."
Emma is also surprised by what she sees in the group's pirate in Neverland. "Hook is the one that is helping her right now. Hook is the one that's present. He's the one who's sort of surprising her by following through with what he promises to do and seems to be doing this very selflessly instead of selfishly and so she's definitely taken aback by how different he is than she expected." That said, while she's flattered by Hook's interest, Neal is still a factor. However, "nothing really changes until she knows that he's alive," Morrison explained. "She will find out at some point that he's not dead." But no matter what, finding Henry is very much Emma's focus.
Being in Neverland has forced Emma to take a look at who she really is, and thanks to Pan's map, she has accepted that she is an orphan. So what does that mean for her moving forward? "I think it just impacts the dynamic between the whole group because Emma's now realizing something about herself that she didn't know before, and it's now been revealed to everyone around her, which will impact the way they all relate to each other and impact the way they continue working together or fighting with each other," she said. "It has more emotional repercussions." Will Emma end up an orphan like Pan said? All the actress would say is "keep watching."
For more from Jennifer Morrison on "Once Upon a Time," including what Emma's experience in Neverland could mean for her after, check out the video to the left or click here.
"Once Upon a Time" season 3 airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.