'Once Upon a Time' Star Michael Raymond-James Teases Neal's Backstory: It's All About Family

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"Selfless, Brave and True" - While Mary Margaret goes off on her own in an attempt to come to grips with what she did to Cora and how her deed has affected her, she stumbles upon August, who has hidden himself away from the others and is completely made of wood -- ashamed at the actions he has taken in life; and Emma is shocked when Neal invites his fiancé, Tamara, to come to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, before the curse was cast, August is introduced to a man of magic who may be able to prevent him from turning back into wood -- but at a steep price -- on "Once Upon a Time."

Fairy tale worlds collide on Sunday's new "Once Upon a Time"!

In the episode "Second Star to the Right," fans will learn more about what happened to Neal/Baelfire after he jumped through the portal that took him away from the Enchanted Forest. Turns out he ended up in 19th-century England and was taken in by a family named Darling. As in the family who took in Peter Pan!

So, Neal is Peter Pan? We asked Michael Raymond-James, who plays the grown-up Neal, but his lips were sealed. He did tease that the flashbacks show just how important family is to Neal, and that he and Emma will address their "unfinished business."

We haven't seen Bae/Neal interact much with his father, Mr. Gold. Where is their relationship now?

That's a question that Bae has as well. That's something that you're going to see get looked at and examined. That's a question that Neal has as well -- why hasn't it developed?

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Do you think Neal hopes to repair their relationship?

I think at this point, there's so much damage to the relationship. There's also that hope that -- it's my dad, and hopefully someday it can work out. But there is a lot of damage, and it's not just going to happen. There's work that needs to be done. I think that there is hope from Neal's perspective that, at some point, we'll be able to have the type of father-son relationship that I've always wanted. But in the meantime, I have an opportunity to have a father-son relationship with my son that I've always wanted. That's the biggest motivating factor for Neal to remain in Storybrooke.

Some of the other characters have talked about returning to Fairy Tale Land, and Henry might go as well. Would Neal want to go with them?

I think that Neal would move heaven and hell to be near Henry. I don't think that there's any circumstance where Neal could even consider the idea of choosing something over his son.

For such a shrewd, streetwise guy, it's interesting that Neal is so trusting of his fiancée, despite what Emma has told him.

And she continues to try to convince me. You know, the eye sees what it wants to see, and the ear hears what it wants to hear sometimes. The idea of a betrayal on the level of what I've already gone through with my dad is almost impossible to even imagine. Yet Emma is fairly convinced something is going on. And her and the audience know. But Neal just doesn't know. He's having a hard time accepting the possibility.

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The episode description mentions that Baelfire is taken in by a family named Darling in 19th-century London. Does that mean he's Peter Pan?

Look at you trying to sneak one in. (Laughs) I think you're going to have to tune in. A lot of the questions are going to be revealed.

What will the flashbacks reveal about how Neal became who he is today?

You're going to see a kid who has always wanted a family dynamic ... and that's going to be a huge thing for young Bae, and it's been a huge thing for Neal -- the family thing. That's why as a father, he wants to approach things as cautiously and in the most appropriate way that he can, to be the kind of father that he wants to be.

What about Neal and Emma? They shared such a deep love; are we going to see anything from their relationship?

You're going to see them begin to tap-dance around the elephant that's been in the room the entire time and begin to address some of the unfinished business that they've carried with them. Some of the things that have gone unsaid as of yet begin to bubble to the surface. They care deeply about each other, and ... there's an attempt to heal some wounds as we go forward.

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Last season ended on a big cliffhanger. Can we expect the same this season?

The people who run this show, they know what they're doing. And I don't think people are going to be disappointed in the least with the season finale. A lot of questions that have been brought up will be addressed, and some won't be. But that's all by design, and the future will further define the meaning of the present.

With the success of the "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter, a lot of fans have been mentioning "Terriers" as a possible movie project. What do you think of that?

I was actually on the phone with Donal [Logue] last night. We, all of us, would love to be able to do a "Terriers" movie, a tie-up movie. Not getting picked up for a second season on "Terriers" was something that none of us really expected, even though the numbers weren't very good. If everybody who has a stake in working it out can work it out, I think that's something all of us would jump back into as quickly as possible.

"Once Upon a Time" airs Sundays at 8 PM on ABC.