Once Upon a Time's Trip to the Past, Regina's Revenge and More Scoop!
Lana Parrilla, Jamie Dornan | Photo Credits: David Gray/ABC
Once Upon a Time is heading back to the past!
On Sunday's episode, the ABC fantasy drama will flash back to the first week of the evil curse went into effect and ripped our favorite fairy tale characters from their world and sent them to Storybrooke. What will we learn from the past? And what's in store for the future? The cast dishes on what's ahead:
Regina's happily ever after: Though it's an evil curse, to Regina (Lana Parrilla), it's the best thing that's ever happened to her. "This is her happy ending and that's how she really sees Storybrooke," Parrilla says of the Evil Queen being transported to this new realm. "We quickly learn that it's not. Deep down, Regina just wants to get back to being that sweet, innocent little girl who fell in love, and it's all just been taken away from her." This will shed some insight into why she decided to adopt Henry (Jared Gilmore). "She sees an opportunity to have that healthy love with Henry," Parrilla adds.
Sheriff Graham returns: Thanks to the show flashing back, Jamie Dornan will be back as the now-deceased sheriff and former flame of Regina. "We get to see his relationship with Regina and how she is in control of him and manipulating him by keeping his heart in that box," Dornan says. "She's using him as a puppet and getting him to do whatever she wants. You see Regina at her most evil in getting things." Graham will have his hands full when two "crucial" strangers (see more below) find their way into Storybrooke.
Regina's revenge: Thanks to Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Regina has now lost her first love in Daniel (Noah Bean) and her mother Cora (Barbara Hershey) — so the Charming Family better watch out! "All bets are off," Parrilla says. "When someone is taken away from you like that, something snaps in a person. I think she's more dangerous than she's ever been. She's so angry." Parrilla adds that she'll also set her sights on Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), despite his insistence that he wasn't involved.
Tough love: Following Cora's death, Snow White will find herself putting up walls, even towards her own family. "You have to love yourself in order for someone else to be able to love you," Goodwin says. Fortunately, her daughter Emma (Jennifer Morrison) will know exactly how to get her out of this stupor. "Obviously everyone is being delicate with her to a certain degree, but Emma is being a little tough love with her and going, 'You know what? At some point, you have to accept what's happened and then we'll deal with it, but you can't sit around regretting it,'" Morrison says.
Henry's in danger: After a seer told Rumplestiltskin that the young boy who would lead him to his son would ultimately be his downfall, Rumple set his sights on Henry, suspecting that he's the boy from the prophecy. Unfortunately, no one will actually find out about Henry's fate anytime soon. "There's this really serious creepy undertone to what would normally be normal conversations," Morrison says. "But the audience will know Rumple is contemplating what to do about Henry, whereas everyone in the room thinks Henry is safe, so it heightens that sense of danger for Henry because there's no one looking out for him yet because no one knows he's in danger."