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Once Upon A Time & OUAT in Wonderland at D23Expo (+ new promo videos)

Busy days for showrunners and creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, as they presented Once Upon a Time and OUAT in Wonderland before the Disney Convention D23Expo today.

Fans of both shows will be very pleased, as Adam and Eddy were in a very talkative mood and divulged many new hints and teasers of what to expect in the upcoming series.

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Once Upon A Time Season 3

Press and fans were treated to an exclusive preview of a scene from the first episode of S3 The Heart of the Truest Believer. The content of the scene features Rumplestiltskin who’s fearing Peter Pan! We also learned quite a few other things.

  • The Little Mermaid Ariel will make her appearance and it’s been confirmed that she does indeed come from Neverland, as Neverland has mermaids… We’ll also meet a certain guy named Eric and a sea-witch Ursula! Horowitz and Kitsis did add that it’s the nature of the show that anyone could be Ursula…  Perhaps it will be Regina (Lana Parrilla)? It will make her very happy for sure, as she said in an interview it was one of her favourite Disney characters (see video below). Previously it has been mentioned that there’s a way to communicate between the worlds of Neverland and Storybrooke. Still have a feeling Ariel might have brought Henry’s storybook from Neverland, over to Storybrooke for Snow to find.
  • Emma Swan played by Jennifer Morrison, will tackle the issue of having Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David – Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) as her parents, and try to form a closer bond with them. Horowitz confirmed earlier on twitter, that he has written  scenes featuring Emma and Charming, to explore that special father-daughter relationship. We’ll also see more of her past, when she was a bounty hunter. We’ve yet to find out a lot more between the time Emma gave birth to Henry, and her arrival to Storybrooke. Adam and Eddy also promised to show how baby Henry came to be adopted by Regina, thanks to Mr.Gold (Robert Carlyle).
  • Captain Hook / Killian Jones  played by Colin O’Donoghue, may be wary of Charming and how he treats his baby girl Emma, #CaptainSwan fans might just go wild as ‘Emma & Hook use the same eyeliner!’ That’s not to say they’ll become a firm item, as Neal (Michael Raymond-James) is still alive in Fairy Tale Land, but for now – Hook and Emma are on a boat and he’s not! (Colin O’Donoghue) Very interestingly we’ll also find out more about how Killian Jones became a pirate and got ‘Hooked‘. Does that mean that Ariel had something to do with it? Might be a casual  coincidence, but the Disney cartoon of Prince Eric looks quite alike Hook – just who are Killian Jones ‘ parents?
  •  The Magic Mirror will return!
  • There’s a new soulmate for Regina, but she has to be willing to let love in
  • Aurora (Sarah Bolger) will return to Once Upon a Time, as does Maleficent – she might even pop up in Wonderland as well!
  • Adam and Eddy would love to see Rapunzel and Tiana on the show, but the question is when and how to honor these characters.
  • They would love to explore the realm of Oz and many others, Eddy hinted to keep watch on the next batch of 11 episodes come Spring…
  • Horowitz said that while season one was about the characters not knowing their real identity and season two was about them remembering, season three will be about them getting “back to their true selves. What better place then Neverland, where everything is stripped away, for them to confront who they are?”
  • Once Upon A Time is a show for believers – which is a hint that we all should believe in fairies and Tinkerbell. As mentioned in an earlier post Tink will have a complex relationship with Hook and Regina has been to Neverland before…

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Once Upon A Time in Wonderland

  • Once Upon A Time in Wonderland will use flashbacks like in OUAT
  • Alice played by Sophie Lowe is a character who was curious enough to follow a rabbit into a hole. A genie (Cyrus -played by Peter Gadiot) was the perfect match because he has experienced much. Alice’s world of story is the same as David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. It runs concurrently to Storybrooke.
  • The Knave of Hearts, called Will and played by Michael Socha has a great backstory.
  • With the introduction of the character of Jafar played by Naveen Andrews, we’ll get to see Agrabah!
  • The characters of Cinderella and Grumpy (Lee Arenberg) will make their appearance in the first episode of Wonderland.
  • The Cheshire Cat will be seen in the pilot.
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has  it’s own characters, vibe, and mythology, but you never know what Once characters could show up (reports earlier in the week showed the character of Emma together with the Knave of Hearts…, a scene set in Storybrooke presumably during the Season 1 timeline)

Watch a new set of promo videos for OUAT in Wonderland below:

Watch a collection of interviews with the cast of Once Upon A Time below:

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