Hold up. Wait… what?!
Once Upon a Time's season six premiere just sliced across our hearts like -- well, for lack of a better metaphor -- a Savior-killing sword, and we're now left clutching our chests and desperate for breath. In a premonition of her future, Emma discovered that a hooded figure will kill her by plunging a sword deep into her chest, thus ending her life for good.
It was shocking, and bloody, and we still can't believe our eyes. So to help you cope with the chaos, we caught up with Once executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis at a press screening earlier this week, and asked them to spill the answers to our most burning questions.
Is Emma really going to die? Is there anything that can stop this?
EK: I would say that is a question we are posing. We have seen that [vision] and that's what we're going to explore this season.
AH: I'd also add the show remains a show about hope, so our characters are going to fight for that hope, and to see if that is a fate that is immovable.
EK: What we really wanted to do was get inside Emma's head. Six years ago when we met her, the very first thing that she said to Henry is, "I don’t believe any of this." She even denied having a kid. We've seen her grow and fight in all these travels and we thought, "What would happen if you really did all of this?" Is it fair to return the happy endings of everyone else and then be told yours doesn’t count? Would you still keep doing your job? Are you doing it out of sake of duty or are you going to believe in it? So we really wanted to get into Emma's head this year, in a character way, and really explore what it means to have this responsibility.
What are the "untold stories" and how are these characters going to affect our core cast?
AH: In the past, what we've seen with our characters and who we've met in Storybrooke, are [those] whose stories have intersected with our characters and whose happy endings have been ripped away by the Evil Queen and her curse. But in the Land of Untold Stories, it's a little bit different. What we're exploring is characters who have run away from their stories, who have left them, and who have gone to this other place. Now, they find themselves in Storybrooke, and stories that they may have been put on pause are resumed. So rather than just stories that have ended in a certain way, these are stories that were kind of mid-stream. That, for whatever reason, these characters didn’t want to see continue. It's kind of a different way of looking at what some of these classic characters have gone through and finding another way that they can intersect with our characters.
Are we going to be seeing Rumple and Belle's adult son again?
AH: Yes, we're going to see him again. This was a just taste of an introduction, but how we get to that -- because she's clearly still pregnant -- is a surprise we want to keep going.
EK: But he won't come out at 28 years old!
Are we going to meet more Saviors this season?
AH: What I'll say is this, without trying to spoil too much: If last year we were exploring Dark Ones and that mythology, this year we're really trying to explore Savior mythology. What it means to be a Savior, who they could have been before, and who they could be next.
Hyde seems to know a lot about Saviors. Are we going to find out how he knows all of that information?
EK: Yeah but his backstory is going to be much more of the origin of Jekyll and Hyde. I think with what he knows is [from] being the warden of the Land of Untold Stories and inmates whisper.
AH: We'll explain, hopefully to your satisfaction, how he knows what he knows, but that's less important than who he is. What we're exploring with him is his background and how he became who he is. Back to Emma's life-threatening dilemma -- can you tease at all who might be under that hood killing Emma?
EK: We can't really tease it. We can tell you that, hopefully, whoever is under the hood will be something [surprising.] Emma is going to wonder who that is and we are definitely going to be exploring that.
Could the person under the hood be someone we've met before or someone new who will be introduced?
EK: It could be someone we've met before. I definitely would say it is somebody we've met before.
AH: Or someone we haven’t met yet.
EK: Whoever is in the hood is going to be a mystery.
Are we going to find out the identity of the person in the hood by episode 10?
EK: You never know! This one is going to surprise you because there are going to be things that happen throughout [the season] that you don’t think [would happen.] The pattern of the show usually is the villain come to town, we defeat [them] in [episode] ten, and then the last thing we show you is what the next thing is. And we're not doing that this year. We're just telling the stories.
With Emma keeping this a secret, how is this going to affect her relationships?
EK: I think it affects her in the way that anytime you keep a lie from the people you love, it starts to eat at you. What happens usually is one of two things: You usually have to come clean, or you have to continue to double down which only makes it worse. And Emma will absolutely double down.
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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