Listen up, Once Upon a Time fans!
We've got a lot of ground to cover, and a lot of spoilers to spill, so let's get straight to it. Now that fans are officially in-the-know about Snowing's jaw-dropping secret, Hook's Queens of Darkness connection, and Regina's double-agent plan, it's time to look ahead at what's coming next with scoop from OUAT's co-executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.
"We hope that in the second half of the season, you’ll go back and look at the series in a different way," Kitsis said of Snow White's shocking confession to killing Maleficent's child. "Just like in the end of the second episode, you realize Maleficent isn’t just a villain, she was trying to protect her kid. Now if you re-watch [episode] 13, and watch everything she’s doing, hopefully it gives more depth to it."
We've come to terms with the fact that Maleficent was pregnant, but one question remains: who was the father?! Unfortunately, when we asked the showrunners to spill if they're planning in revealing the identity of this mystery man, Kitsis was coy. "If there is one…" he said with a shrug.
When pressed if he's suggesting that Maleficent could be lying, Kitsis teased, "I'm suggesting this is a show where dwarves are hatched from an egg, so we don’t know what's going to happen. That's what I'm suggesting." (Better start brainstorming, Oncers!)
One thing we know for sure is we can't wait to see double agent Regina joining forces with the Queens of Darkness this Sunday. Horowitz confessed that he loved seeing Snow and Regina's heart-to-heart, and believes that Snow made the right call in trusting Regina to help her keep her secret.
"And I'd say Regina is probably a better secret keeper than Snow White," Horowitz said. "It does create a bond between the two of them and a bond that has gone back a really long time. She was her step mother after all." Kitsis continued, "So we just love the fact that these two, despite everything, can come together again because they started out as friends. They started out with Regina saving her life."
So how is Regina going to pull off her Queens of Darkness deception? "[Regina] used to be a villain, and Regina can walk in that world with a little bit more confidence and a little bit more safety than anyone else," Horowitz said. But joining forces with the sinister sorority as a wannabe villain is definitely going to create new challenges for our not-so-evil Queen. "Regina is going to have a hug curve-ball thrown her way in this second half," Kitsis said.
Speaking of curve-balls, Snow definitely seemed to dodge one when she failed to confess to truth to Emma about the Charmings' connection to the QoD's in the Sheriff's office. So will Emma ever find out the deep dark truth of her parent's deceit? "For Emma right now the two people she trusts most in her life are lying to her and she’s suppressing that," Kitsis said. "So finding that out will be kind of a bummer."
Switching gears to Emma's on-screen beau, we're thrilled that fans finally know the secret that we've been dying to spill: Hook knows Ursula! Hang on for just a bit longer, curious Oncers, because all of your Sea Queen-related questions will be answered in episode 15.
"You’re going to see an entire flashback of what happened. You’re going to see the origin of Ursula," Kitsis said. "Similar to what we’ve done with Cora/young Cora or Emma/Young Emma -- as we all know, Hook is about 385 years old. It’s the guy-liner -- We’re going to meet Ursula at around eighteen, nineteen."
"[It'll] explain what he did to her," the showrunner continued. "No, it is not sexual. It is, as he said, far worse. When you think about what would be worse than having your heart broken, I would say having your soul crushed."
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.