Yahoo! TV Q&A: The Huntsman Is back on 'Once Upon a Time' -- Jamie Dornan Tells All
"Once Upon a Time" fans have gotten their wish: Jamie Dornan returns as the Huntsman/Sheriff Graham on this Sunday’s new episode.
After Graham's heart was squeezed to death last season, fans have been clamoring for Dornan's return, either as the sheriff or as his fairy-tale counterpart. "It’s always nice to be liked," Dornan told Yahoo! TV.
Luckily, the flashback-heavy "Once Upon a Time" can bring back even deceased characters anytime. This Sunday’s time warp goes back to the first day of the curse, when the denizens of Fairy Tale Land showed up on Storybrooke. We chatted with the Northern Irish actor about returning to the show and what Graham is up to on Day One.
Were you surprised by how vocal "Once Upon a Time" fans have been about seeing you on the show again?
I'm surprised. It's always nice to be liked … that's a nice feeling. I take it as a compliment. [Creators] Adam [Horowitz] and Eddie [Kitsis] tell me they get a lot of mail, not all of it too pleasant, regarding my death. I don't like the idea of them being hassled all the time, but it's also nice to know you have support and that people like the character and people like what you did with the character.
The flashback goes back to the very beginning of the curse, right?
It's the first day of the curse, so you see all the regular characters of Storybrooke and dealing with the curse in its earliest form. So it's kind of bizarre because in Episode 1, Season 1, we see they’ve been living under the curse for years, so it's kind of the "Groundhog Day" effect -- they're used to it.
What's Graham doing on Day One?
You see his relationship with Regina and how she's controlling him from the start. That's quite hard to watch, it's quite ugly. We see her at her most evil and manipulative; we see her getting what she wants right from Day One. There's quite a few interesting things going on in this episode, and they get to tell a lot of things they probably wanted to explain for a while, so it's going to be a fun episode for fans.
We also hear that some characters come to town who aren't fairy-tale characters. What can you tell us about them?
I can't tell you a great deal about them, but a father and son come to town. And you know, people don't come to Storybrooke, so everyone's a little bit confused about where these guys came from. Obviously, Regina is the most confused. … From Graham's point of view, he's kind of confused and he questions it for a second, but Regina manipulates him into dealing with it and then doing what sheriffs should do -- on her terms.
There's something that is revealed about the father-son combo that come into town that I can't say too much about, but they play a big part in the future of the show and stuff that we've seen already makes sense. I had some scenes with those guys and they were really fun. New blood in Storybrooke is always interesting.
What do you think it is about Graham that he can be manipulated by Regina this way?
She's got his heart in a box and basically she can do whatever she wants. I almost think, though, even if that wasn't the case, Graham has a naive side to him and would fall for someone like that anyway. But he doesn't have a choice, basically, and she can do whatever she wants with him and plays him essentially like a puppet.