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Once Upon a Time in Neverland? – A New OUAT Spin-Off

Could there be a new Once Upon a Time spin-off on its way? We’ve been following the love story of Alice (Sophie Lowe) and the genie Cyrus (Peter Gadiot) in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, which was created by Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis, Zack Estrin and Jane Espenson.

The first 8 episodes out of 13 have aired, and the series is now on hiatus until March. While the story is solid and it’s been very entertaining to explore the realm of Wonderland, the response to the spin-off has been mixed. The schedule has certainly not helped either, as the show found itself in a very difficult timeslot on Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.

Somewhere down the line they changed the concept as it was originally set up as a series, intended to bridge the winter hiatus of its big brother Once Upon a Time. Then ABC changed its mind and aired it along Once, resulting in both shows now being on hiatus.

From the very start, the creators were adamant that the spin-off would tell one epic story with a beginning, a middle and an end. Should Once Upon a Time in Wonderland not return next Autumn, at least the entire story has been told without any cliffhangers.

According to E!Online there could be a new spin-off in the making, and this time we would explore the dark realm of Neverland. To be clear, nothing has been officially confirmed yet, so this could be just an idea for now.

We’ve just spent the best part of the first half of the third season of Once Upon a Time on the Island, and while it was certainly thrilling, it did start to feel a little bit claustrophobic. So much so that everyone was happy to be back in Storybrooke in “Dark Hollow”. Should they decide to make a Neverland spin-off, it would therefore be a good idea to mix the scenery a lot more.

However we shall not be complaining too much as a Neverland spin-off would mean the return of Robbie Kay, as the evil Peter Pan. His performance as Pan and Henry was simply fantastic.

Robbie Kay: “That is certainly an amazing prospect. If the opportunity were to arise, I would love to pursue that opportunity. I mean that would be a brilliant concept as a show, especially as Wonderland has been doing relatively well. So Neverland as a realm could certainly have a lot of exploration. It’s a very expansive environment, so that would be very, very interesting.

Apart from Robbie Kay, the  spin-off could also see the return of Lost Boy Felix (Parker Croft) and the Darlings. Pan kept Wendy (Freya Tingley) trapped on the Island for quite a long time, while also keeping track and manipulating her brothers John (Matt Kane) and Michael (James Immekus). Perhaps this will also be a way of finding out more about young Baelfire, and the time he spent in Neverland with his grandfather…

And let’s face it, who wouldn’t like to see the dashing Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) have some more scenes with Pan, and flesh out their history a bit more? While in the winter finale “Going Home”, we saw a brief glimpse of Tinkerbell’s (Rose McIver) history with Hook and we cant wait to learn more!

Should the Neverland spin-off remain just an idea, it would however be a lot of fun to return to the Island every now and then to explore the characters’ backstories.

What are your thoughts on a new spin-off? Have you seen enough of Neverland in Once Upon a Time, or would you like to explore the Island again?

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland returns on Thursday 6 March at 8/7c  and Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday 9 March at 8/7c, both on ABC


  1. They are mad if they make another spinoff. Wonderland was a complete and utter failure, and Neverland saw some of the worst ratings yet – and it was boring, had terrible writing and generally sucked. The main show is already suffering declining ratings, and this Neverland arc had series equaling low ratings. They need to worry less about spinoffs, and more about the main show. Otherwise, after syndication renewal, the show won’t last much longer if ratings keep going down. Please, just no.

    • In my opinion it got some of the bests views. Mostly because there was a rather hot and dashing Peter Pan in it. It was a rather great season. Neverland was a very interesting place to explore, especially because it was a change of scenery. We have seen a lot, and I mean A LOT, of StoryBrooke and the Enchanted Forest. Neverland was a new place with lots of great places to see. The only thing I didn’t like about the season was the flashbacks. They were way too boring. Season 3 was a fantastic season. A Neverland spinoff could end for better or worse. I suggest they just bring Peter Pan back into the main show and find a new problem to solve.

  2. I think that this is an amazing idea.I really am not a fan of Wonderland because I feel like there just isnt enough of a good plot and background, but a Neverland spinoff. Holy shit that would be amazing. Robbie Kay and Parker Croft were amazing, not to mention the other actors and actresses playing, Wendy, Tinkerbell, John, and Michael. I think that they should get rid of the Wonderland spinoff and make this one a reality.

    Oh from what I have seen, people loved some of the things that the Neverland arc brought. Sure, there were some things that I didn’t like. *cough* Pan being Rumple’s father *cough* But the Neverland arc brought something good in the show. I know many people that started watching the series again because of it.

    So I say yes, let’s bring this to reality. There are so many things that can come from this as this article had mention. People want to know the history between Pan and Hook. People want to know what Bae was like as a lost boy.. People want to see the history of Felix, and Tinkerbell, the darlings. It is a great idea. And I hope to god that it happens. This would make Neverlanders so freaking happy! 🙂

  3. I would love it just because it meant we would get to see Robbie again. He was an awesome Peter pan. I loved peter until the writers butchered his character and made him related to Rumple. WTF. The writers would ruin the spin off as well, seeing as how they can hardly write the main show. SLOPPY SLOPPY WRITING. should be ashamed. So I guess in the long run it would not be a good idea. Just keep Pan on as a regular villain. And Ugh…I dunno someone erase that retarded rumple/pan is my father story line. so much wasted potential.

    • So something that was foreshadowed from the start is SLOPPY SLOPPY WRITING, huh?

      • How was it foreshadowed from the start? Do you mean the start of this season? You can’t possibly mean the start of the show. They weren’t even going to make Charming a major part of the series at the start, and they certainly didn’t know they’d get the rights to Peter Pan until half way through season 2.

    • SLOPPY SLOPPY WRITING? Really? I think it is a great show, with great writing. It is a very complex idea to put all these characters together. You try writing a show like this.

  4. I thank it a wander full idea ,wen 3 season came out lot more ppl watched it .manly teen girls ,thank to Robbie Kay , Parker Croft,Colin O’Donoghue,and who dose not like the evil twist of neverland?
    Evan I loved OUAT 10x better ,knowing I’m a girl

    Wonderland is not as cool as neverland ,and lost kid (lol) grow up with the story of Peter pan to help thim go on

  5. I would prefer they make a season 2 for Wonderland é.è

  6. Yes! more Robbie Kay as Peter Pan please!

    I still really want him to return in OUAT too!


  7. I would love to see a Once Upon a Time in Neverland!
    I like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, altought I don’t think it is as good as Once Upon a Time itself. But I would really like to see more of Robbie Kay as Peter Pan because he did a great job portraying him, so I would like to see a bit more of him. I would also like to see more of the backstory of Neverland, I want to know what happend between the time when Rumple’s father transformed in Peter Pan ’til the time they went to Neverland to save Henry.
    I think if the writers come up with a great story for Neverland, it will actualy turn out well.
    And I would certainly like to see more of Tinker Bell’s, Hook’s, young Baelfiire’s, Peter Pan and his lost boys’, and the Darlings’ story in Neverland.

  8. Yes yes yes to a spinoff. That would be amazing.

  9. It would be awesome! I think Robbie Kay is one of the best actors on the show.
    THere’s so much more that needs to be filled in!
    Baelfire life on Neverland, the Lost boys, how Peter got the flute, why Felix is so loyal?
    Not to forget how did he find out about Henry? I’d love to see Wendy’s time on the island, as well as the rescue attempt.

    What I also want to know, is more about Rumple’s mother, and why there aren’t any lost girls.

    What also would be nice, is to know more about the shadow, because I still don’t get it fully… Is it Peter’s, or not?

    Finally some more about the mermaids would be nice. I mean we saw one turning into wood/stone.

    Seeing that the series we’re talking about in ‘Once Upon a Time,’ there will be many, many more surprises…

  10. Maybe not sloppy writing, but definitely stupid

  11. I really love Once upon a Time, but thought the whole Neverland was getting a little boring and I am glad to see them out of there… so with that said I think a spin off in Neverland would be a very bad ideal!!!

  12. YES I think a spin off to Neverland would be awesome. I hate however that they made Pan be Rumpel’s father. I’d rather the original shadow belonged to an original Pan and something happened to him and Rumpel’s father just took over his body. With Rumpel’s dad now being dead the spell was released and the original Pan (still played by Robbie Kay of course) comes back. I’m not a fan of OUAT in wonderland…but with these characters having been on the original OUAT I find myself wanting more neverland or at least more details. What happened to Felix to make him such a loyal lost boy and how blinded was he by his devotion to not see who Pan really was. I feel like there should have been a lot more story between wendy and Pan, Tink and Pan and of course Hook but they could have another pirate in his place with a more canon story. while I have loved this season of ouat I’m left wanting more details – especially with such awesome actors. The show could use a teen presence – Pan and Felix and Wendy would certainly have provided that.

  13. https://www.change.org/petitions/once-upon-a-time-writers-once-upon-a-time-in-neverland-spin-off

    Go here to sign the petition for the spin-off! I would love to see this happen!

  14. Rebecca Darling

    YESS!! I got back into the show when my friends told me about the evil Pan in Neverland arc. And I LOVED it! Robbie Kay did an AMAZING job as Pan, and it was certainly a shame they killed him off! I really want to learn more about Neverland and the characters involved in that story. Like Pan, Hook, the Darlings, Rumple, and young Bae!! PLEASE MAKE A NEVERLAND SPINOFF! That would be amazing! I love Pan to death and I would love to see him again! I refuse to accept the fact that he is dead!

  15. Shoshana Rosenhouse

    I personally think Robbie Kay is an amazing actor and would do very well in a spin-off. Interactions with Tinkerbell and Hook would be much appreciated, along with the Darlings when they were younger, and Baelfire.

  16. A Neverland spinoff! That is the best thing I have heared of in times! I agree that the Wonderland spinoff wasn’t really as good as Once Upon a Time itself, but (as earlier mentioned here) there just wasn’t enough plot for that. neverland tho is a complete other thing. In season 3 there were a lot of things just not finished yet. Like Wendy’s story, Felix’ story, Hook’s time on Neverland, Bea’s time on Neverland, and not to forget Tinkerbell’s story and bond with Pan. I really hope the will make this spinoff become true. Not just because of this, but also because I am dying to see Robbie Kay again. This is a very good plan!

  17. I love the whole never land idea! Rates have been higher since season 3 has aired. It’s one of the reasons I got back into the show. I really want to see Robbie/Peterpan come back and I want him to fall in love along with him and the other lost boys in never land and more about the mermaids !

  18. A Neverland spinoff? I WOULD BE SO HAPPY.
    I just started Ouat because of Peter and i really love it.
    Season 3 is my absolute favorite. 🙂
    It would be great to get to know more about Neverland. About Hooks and Peter, Tinks and the lost boys past.



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