Once Upon a Time Postmortem: Who Died? Who Lived? And What's Next?
Raphael Sbarge and Lana Parrilla | Photo Credits: Jack Rowand/ABC
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's midseason premiere of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk.]
Once Upon a Time's Evil Queen, it seems, is not so evil after all. When Jiminy Cricket (Raphael Sbarge) turned up dead — gasp! — all the evidence pointed to Regina (Lana Parrilla) as the culprit. It was actually her shape-shifting mother who did the deed, but — gasp! — Jiminy's not dead! Cora (Barbara Hershey) murdered a random resident of Storybrooke and changed his appearance to frame Regina. So, who really died? And can Regina ever win back Henry's (Jared Gilmore) trust? TVGuide.com turned to executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to get the scoop on what's in store for the second half of Season 2, including Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) exploration of magic and more!
Who actually died in place of Jiminy? Is that something we'll come to find out?
Adam Horowitz: It's sort of the explanation at the end, which is that it was Cora's first day in town and she doesn't know who she killed.
Edward Kitsis: Honestly, she killed a faceless, nameless person and it was really more to highlight her coldness — that she doesn't care who she killed; she just needed a body.
Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and Cora were not part of the curse, so can they leave Storybrooke? Would magic still work for Cora outside of Storybrooke?
Kitsis: Obviously they can leave because they weren't under the curse. As far as using magic outside the line, we're definitely going to explore that. I would strongly suspect that magic ends at the town line.
That might make it interesting for Hook in his quest to skin an alligator.
How will Emma, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas) treat Regina now?
Kitsis: I think the tragedy, obviously, is that Regina was telling the truth. At the moment things got hairy, no one believed in Regina, which just shows to Regina that these people will really never forgive her. I think that makes her susceptible to her mom. I would say watch out.
That begs the question of whether Regina could ever find happiness. Can she ultimately survive the story of Once Upon a Time?
Kitsis: That is the question of the series. That is Regina's character question. Will she find her happy ending? Unfortunately, she hasn't. Of all the characters, it's funny, she may have inflicted the most harm, and yet she has had the most harm inflicted to her.
What will we see for the confrontation between Henry and Regina?
Kitsis: The question is when do people find out? The first few episodes are going to explain all of this. Where does Regina go? What happens to her? When do they find out Archie is alive? A lot of those things are going to be played out in the next batch of episodes.
It seems like Emma is going to continue to discover her magical abilities and it looks like Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is very interested in helping her.
Horowitz: We're going to see that the magic within Emma becomes something that's really important to her on her journey of self-discovery this season. And it's definitely something that interests Rumple.
Kitsis: I think there's something about Mr. Gold, which is he's never one to miss an opportunity.