Many fantasy fans are on the edges of their seats, waiting for the start of season two of the TV series Once Upon A Time. I sure am! So much so, that I poked around for a few hints about what to expect in the coming season. I found tidbits, but even those are enough to make me even more eager for episode one, which premieres on September 30th.
There are plenty of new cast members slated for episodes.
Julian Morris, a British actor known for his role on Pretty Little Liars, will guest-star as Prince Phillip.
Irish actor, Colin O'Donoghue will play Captain Hook, the Peter Pan villain. Best known to American audiences for a role in Showtime's The Tudors, O'Donoghue will show up for at least one season two episode. Captain Hook that will be a part of Once is said to be a character who is a violent and arrogant pirate when working but a stylish and polite gentleman the rest of the time. Sounds intriguing to me!
Last month, it was reported that True Blood’s Michael Raymond-James had joined the season's recurring cast in an unknown role, described only as "mysterious.” Fans have speculated he may portray Baelfire, Rumpelstiltskin’s long-lost son who fell into a portal from the fairytale world (and presumably to our reality).
As a Lost fan, I’m super excited with the news that former Lost star Jorge Garcia will rumble into Storybrooke as The Giant, of Jack and the Beanstalk fame. I loved his acting on Lost. Not much is known about Garcia’s role or who he’ll end up allying himself with, but it’s rumored he’ll most likely appear in a multi-episode story arc. Garcia will reunite with fellow Lost actress Emilie de Ravin (Belle) – who has been promoted to a series regular this season. It’s no surprise Garcia has been hired, since the creators of Once, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, wrote all the Hurley-centric episodes of Lost.
And what will the plot be like in season two? According to the creators, regret and redemption will be a theme for the season.
Things are going to change in the little town where time stood still due to the Evil Queen Regina’s wicked curse. In a Lost-esque nod to the black smoke monster, a wave of thick purple smoke surged through Storybrooke in the season one finale when Emma Swan finally fulfilled her destiny by shattering Regina’s evil curse. Emma’s action restored the resident’s former fairytale identities and started the ball rolling for magic to enter the town.
The first focus will be on the relationship between Emma and Snow White in an episode titled, “Broken,” and will pick up right where the season 1 finale left off—minutes after magic has been released into Storybrooke.
Co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis commented about the consequences of the first season finale’s events, stating, "Magic as we know always comes with a price and we are introducing it to a world where it has never been before and I think that’s going to have unpredictable results. It’s going to affect everybody this season because that’s what’s more fun." said Kitsis. Concerning what happens when everyone in Storybrooke suddenly regains their memories of the past, Horowitz said, "One of the things that’s interesting to us to explore is this notion that just because the memories have returned does not mean that the past 28 years did not happen. Those memories, the Davids, the Mary Margaret, the Mr. Golds, all those people, who they were existed and what they did actually happened and those are the things that will have to be dealt with." This sounds wonderfully complex to me!
Okay, I’m pumped! And if this doesn’t get you thoroughly amped for the upcoming season of Once Upon a Time, then you may be suffering the effects of a curse and should avoid questionable looking fruit. Are you ready?