“Snow wants nothing more than to explore a provincial kind of suburban life with Prince Charming…and of course you can therefore assume there will be conflict because not everyone went through what Emma and Snow went through on that journey. They’re kind of separated by worlds metaphorically when they return because they were separated by worlds literally before,” Ginnifer Goodwin said when LA TV Insider Examiner visited the Once Upon A Time set in Vancouver* last fall.
However, that may be an immediate hurdle to jump over, but series producer Steve Pearlman previewed for us many, many more to come. Including, of course, what to expect from Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), as well as a new mystery man to arrive in Storybrooke.
Though first nine episodes of Once Upon A Time’s second season were all about a race to come home and reunite a family, Pearlman previewed the second half of the season wouldn’t be so easy to define.
“I can tell you that kind of the middle part of the season is Cora and Hook and all of a sudden they’re in Storybrooke and what does that mean? From episode 2.09, which is where we end at Christmas, which is where we reveal they’re en route, to roughly episode 2.16, which would be on the air roughly in February, that kind of portion of the season would be…dealing with their presence here in Storybrooke,” Pearlman told us.
“This is the first time in the show where we’re introducing a character into Storybrooke where we already know he’s Captain Hook. It’s not like ‘Oh, is he going to be the barber when he shows up in Storybrooke?’ We already know he’s Captain Hook, so it’s a little different than with all of the other characters, and how does he integrate? We know that he has this thing where he wants to kill Rumplestiltskin because of the thing with his hand and his wife, and how does that play out?”
Neither Cora nor Hook will really be looking to “blend in” in Storybrooke. Hook will be hanging out on rooftops and having uncomfortable reactions to ordinary items like Jello, per Pearlman, while Cora will still be prancing around in her royal blue gown because “that’s just who Cora is.”
“It’s really about relationships…What happens when Cora meets up with Gold and what happens Cora meets up with Regina and what happens when Hook meets up with Regina?” Pearlman said.
But very soon (as in episode 11, only the second episode back from hiatus), a mysterious stranger comes to Storybrooke, twisting the story just a little bit further. This is the character already announced to be played by Ethan Embry.
“Ideally, that story with that character that is something we’re introducing in 11 that will then set up the back half of the season,” Pearlman said.
“He’s a bit of an outsider. He comes from Pennsylvania…Henry comes to the realization that ‘Frankenstein is not in my book– and if Frankenstein is not in my book, who else might not be in my book?’ So it doesn’t answer the question as to who, but it certainly sets it up that there could be others.”
Would you like to make any guesses as to who Embry will be? Feel free to do so in the comments!
Once Upon a Time airs on ABC on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. “The Cricket Game” airs on January 6th 2013 and “The Outsider” airs on January 13th 2013.
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