A lot of excitement was generated by the "Once Upon a Time" panel at this year's Paleyfest in Los Angeles this afternoon.
The panel was attended by writers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and actors Robert Carlyle, Lana Parilla, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, and new regulars Emilie de Ravin and Colin O'Donoghue, livestreaming to upwards of six thousand viewers who tweeted, messaged and emailed questions for the moderator.
As the cast and writers were announced and seated, they chatted and posed for pictures until the panel started, and when the questions began, the cast were so eager they nearly let spoilers slip, much to the chagrin of writers Kitsis and Horowitz. Early in the session, while answering a question regarding Carlyle's character Rumplestiltskin and his son Baelfire, now known as Henry's birth father, he let slip of a great plot twist in the final episode of season two, before being quickly hushed by both writers.
Obvious questions regarding popular pairing of Rumplestiltskin and Belle, who'd recently lost her memory from crossing the town line, were handled coyly by all cast members.
We learned the road to true love is not going to be smooth for "Rumbelle" for some time, as evidenced by hints towards episode 19, titled "Lacey", which is the name of Belle's cursed persona in Storybrooke. Other rumors put to rest is recasting Sebastian Stan's character Jefferson, also known as the Mad Hatter in the Enchanted Forest. No such spin-off is in the works, assuring fans the reason they haven't seen Jefferson is because of Stan's busy schedule.
Other questions showed how well fans and audiences pay attention to particular details in the show, tripping up the writers for answers at times.
Near the end of the panel's hour, everyone joked and chatted about their characters, the plotlines, and let the audience voice a few questions of their own, which were mostly praises of the show's popularity and emotional impact on viewers everywhere, bringing them together and creating new friendships through the mutual love of a simple twist on traditional well-loved fairy tales.
"Once Upon a Time" can be seen on ABC sundays at 8 pm.