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Sheila / March 18th, 2016

The search for Hook continues on Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 14 this Sunday.

However, one of the big challenges will whether Hook will do what Hades wants and actually kill one of his friends.

Also, will Gold be the one to help Emma, Regina, Henry, Robin, Charming and Snow bring him back?

I was on the Vancouver set during filming of this installment and talked with Jennifer Morrison (Emma) and Colin O’Donoghue (Hook) to get some insight into what each of them are going through in this journey to the Underworld.

“They feel like a family that’s gone down there together to get a family member back. It really does feel that way,” Morrison told me about the team assembled to bring Hook back to the living.

Morrison added that she’s not leaning on just one person on this journey:

“It really does feel like there’s moments where she’s teamed with Charming, and Snow and then times where she and Regina are doing stuff together. It really feels like a team.”

For O’Donoghue, Hook is going through a lot in the Underworld.

“He’s just physically, emotionally, he’s just a wreck,” the actor said. “He’s tired, he’s been constantly tortured in the underworld so he’s a bit of a wreck.”

Meanwhile, someone from his (and Rumple’s) past is also in the Underworld: “Milah is here so it’s interesting to see what happens with Milah and Rumple.”

In the quest to the Underworld, Emma isn’t the only one who’s going through a great deal.

“Snow is going through her own personal growth and dealing with certain things, and that forces Charming is going through certain things,” Morrison explained. “Regina [obviously went] through everything with her mother and father being down there and all the people that she has unfinished business with.”

Is Hook aware that our team is trying everything they can to save him?

“He doesn’t know exactly who and he doesn’t know exactly what they are doing,” O’Donoghue shared, “but he senses that somebody trying to save him but they’re in the underworld and he doesn’t know how that’s going to happen and how they could possibly do it.”

Once Gold steps up to help in bringing Hook back, don’t think this means Emma actually trusts him. ”

I think Emma, knowing how it is to be the Dark One now, assumes that he has ulterior motives but she’s going to ride those ulterior motives to get what she wants until she has to do something else about it,” Morrison said. “It’s sort of like deal with each problem as they come instead of dealing with all of them at once.”

Greg Germann is clearly having a blast playing Hades with flairs of comedy and horror …. but O’Donoghue enjoyed working with him in these episodes.

“He’s incredible,” he said. “[Greg] has so much playing him. It’s really, really good.”

Morrison explained that having been a Dark One, Emma is at a better place with herself than ever before.

“I think she’s changed for the better in a lot of ways for being a Dark One,” she said. “She’s more at peace with who she is and what she wants and being honest about it instead of feeling unworthy of having her own wants and desires.”

At the end of the day, what is keeping Hook from completely giving up? The answer isn’t surprising.

“It’s Emma,” the Irish actor said simply. “As Hook believes, he thinks he’s in the underworld and he’s dead. That’s all he sees. After he senses that they are there, he has a glimmer of help. But it’s his love for Emma that keeps him going.”

Emma also has some insight into what other villains are going through when she comes face to face with them, Morrison teased:

“I think she also has a new empathy for the people around her who have been villains at times or have done villainous things at times and I think she has a different understanding and empathy for when they come up against other villains. She sees it from a new perspective.”

O’Donoghue praised the show for going to such dark places this season:

“I genuinely think this season is one of the best seasons, if not the best. Writing wise, I think it’s dark and it’s just really, really good and it’s been a great season to work on.

Of course, O’Donoghue praised his co-star for the work she’s done this season.

“Look, Jen is absolutely brilliant all the time and we have a great working relationship on set and we enjoy doing our scenes together. It’s been fun playing two completely different characters trying to relate to each other in the way that old Hook and Emma related to each other but they keep missing the mark because they’re Dark Ones so it’s been interesting to see that.”

Once Upon a Time Season 5 airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

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Sheila / March 11th, 2016

Once Upon a Time has gone to hell! Now that our favorite heroes and villains are wandering the Underworld in a bid to right some wrongs, EW has decided it’s time to put Once Upon a Time executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis in The Hot Seat, where they have the option of answering your questions from Twitter with “Yes,” “No” or “Can’t say.” Get the scoop below:

Will Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) magic work the same in the Underworld as it does in Storybrooke?
EDWARD KITSIS:
It will work similar.

If Emma gives Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) half her heart, will that make Hook a Savior too?
ADAM HOROWITZ:
Can’t say.
KITSIS: Only if it works!

Does Emma still have the darkness if the dagger still calls to her?
KITSIS:
We all have darkness within us.

Will we see more of Emma’s past?
KITSIS:
Yes.

Will conflict arise between Milah (Rachel Shelley) and Emma over Hook?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.

Is the passage of time in the Underworld different than in Storybrooke?
HOROWITZ:
No.

Can ghosts from the Underworld kill living people?
KITSIS:
Yes.

Did Hades (Greg Germann) ever go to our world in disguise?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.

Will Once Upon a Time have a version of Queen Persephone?
HOROWITZ:
Can’t say.

Does the well in the Underworld work the same way as it does in Storybrooke?
KITSIS:
We don’t even see it.

Will the fallen clock tower have an important role in this arc?
KITSIS:
It has a symbolic role.
HOROWITZ: Yes, it does.

Will the five rivers that we saw in Hades’ cave play a role in the back half of the season?
HOROWITZ:
Yes.

Will James try to come between Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas)?
KITSIS:
He will try to get between Charming and his life, yeah.

Any moments between Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Snow addressing the whole “I murdered you with a candlestick in the pawnshop” thing?
KITSIS:
No.
HOROWITZ: It’s more a focus on Cora and Regina (Lana Parrilla).
KITSIS: What we will be able to say is we will see Barbara return again.

Since Cruella (Victoria Smurfit) is in the Underworld, does that mean the Author’s magic restriction is gone and she can kill people now?
KITSIS:
No.

Is Regina the savior of the Underworld?
KITSIS:
I think everyone is trying to be. It’s a place where heroes have a chance to be heroic. It’s a place where sometimes our pasts come back to haunt us, and you have a chance to find closure. Everyone has an opportunity to be a Savior at some point in their own history.

Will we ever see Regina’s childhood?
HOROWITZ:
Yes.

Will we see Daniel (Noah Bean) in the Underworld?
KITSIS:
Nope.
HOROWITZ: But he is referenced.

Will Henry (Jared Gilmore) be using his writing skills in the Underworld?
KITSIS:
Yes.

Will an Underworld Marian (Christie Laing), actually being Marian, cause even more complicated feelings for Robin (Sean Maguire)?
HOROWITZ:
No.

Is Hook a particularly important soul to Hades?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.

Are the Storybrooke children in danger with the parents in the Underworld?
HOROWITZ:
Can’t say.
KITSIS: Let’s be honest, they’re in danger of being orphaned.

Is Belle (Emilie de Ravin) in any danger with a potential dark bun in the oven?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.

Will Arthur (Liam Garrigan) be making Storybrooke the new Camelot while the family is gone?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.

Will we learn what kind of world Dorothy (Teri Reeves) is from?
KITSIS:
Yes.

Will we see Glinda (Sunny Mabrey) and/or the other Witches of Oz again?
KITSIS:
No, but we will be in Oz. You will see munchkins.

Is Zelena (Rebecca Mader) lying about who is her baby’s father?
KITSIS:
No.

Will we see Maleficent (Kristina Bauer Van Straten) and Lily (Agnes Bruckner) at all in the back half of the season?
HOROWITZ:
No, but they’re not forgotten.

Is Dopey (Jeffrey Kaiser) still a tree?
KITSIS:
He is right now.

Did Merlin (Elliot Knight) create the author quill/ink/book?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.

Are we going to see Papa Hook (Adam Croasdell) again?
KITSIS:
No.
HOROWITZ: Not this season.

Will Mulan’s (Jamie Chung) appearance involve finding out how she and Aurora (Sarah Bolger) saved Phillip’s (Julian Morris) soul after the wraith?
KITSIS:
No.

Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) can travel all realms. Does this include the Underworld?
KITSIS:
It probably does, but unfortunately we won’t be seeing her this half. As much as we wish we could.

Has The Force Awakens changed your opinion about not incorporating Star Wars?
KITSIS:
It has not. We still remain huge fans. It is our fairy tale. I just don’t know if going to Tatooine is going to be a land we visit.

Will we meet The Fates and will they share some glimpses about the future of the OUAT characters?
KITSIS:
We will not.

Will we revisit the magic gauntlet from camelot?
KITSIS:
Nope.

Will we get a Judy Hopps from Zootopia reference?
HOROWITZ:
Not this season.
KITSIS: Definitely next year. We have her. We have Judy Hopps.

Will Dracula ever come to Once Upon a Time?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.
HOROWITZ: I love Dracula, but can’t say.

Seven characters went to hell. Will seven characters also leave hell?
KITSIS:
You’ll have to tune in Sundays, live at 8.
HOROWITZ: That’s a lot of math.

Could we actually see any other character bring someone else to life from the Underworld?
KITSIS:
Can’t say.
HOROWITZ: That’s a great question though.

Will there be death in this arc?
KITSIS:
Yes.
HOROWITZ: Probably.
KITSIS: There will be.

Have questions for the Once bosses? Hit the comments below or send them to @natalieabrams with the hashtag #EWHotSeat.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Sheila / March 10th, 2016

What is the story with Once Upon a Time’s Hades and Hook? –Emily
“Theyyyyy… are very much aware of each other,” Colin O’Donoghue allowed, when I asked about Hook’s dynamic with the Underworld overlord. “And that’s about all I can say! But they definitely are aware of each other.”

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Sheila / March 9th, 2016

Prepare to swoon, Oncers!

Over the past 101 episodes, Once Upon a Time has proven to be one of the most action-packed, yet incredibly heartwarming series on TV. We’ve watched as our fairy tale favorites have embraced the magic of True Love’s Kiss, brought iconic dances to life, and sacrificed everything to save another.

To celebrate all of these unbelievably sweet moments, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the spellbinding cast and creators at Once Upon a Time’s 100th episode celebration and asked each of them to reveal their pick for the most romantic moment from the entire series.

Spoiler Alert: You’re about to feel all of the feels…

Josh Dallas: Well I’m going to be biased! It’s got to be when Prince Charming wakes Snow White up — when he first sees her in that glass coffin and all of the dwarves are around her. We filmed that in the first season and I remember we were way out in the woods, and it started to snow that day when we went to film it, so it was actually pretty special.

Colin O’Donoghue: Honestly, I think the most romantic moment was when Charming woke Snow White up with the kiss. I think that’s what this show is about. It’s about hope, it’s about love, it’s all the good things in life, and that’s what the show does really well.

Adam Horowitz: I would say the opening of the series, you know, Charming waking up Snow. We wanted to start with the most iconic True Love moment of all fairy tales and everything sort of comes out from there.

Jennifer Morrison: There’s so many great moments with Hook and Emma. I feel like I can only talk from my own experience. I mean, there are other characters who have also had very romantic moments, obviously. Rumple and Belle have had really beautiful moments together, and Regina and Robin Hood have had really beautiful moments together as well. I definitely like the moment where when we went on our back to the future little adventure when Emma taught Hook how to swordplay. I thought that was a fun moment.There’s been several really sweet moments between them, but I’d say that one stands out as a little bit different and it had its own little spin to it.

Jared Gilmore: Romantic moment on Once Upon a Time? Oh man, there’s been a lot! It’s really hard to say, but I think some of the more romantic moments are the romantic moments between Hook and Emma. I think they’re just fantastic. In episode 99, that moment before Hook has to sacrifice himself is just so amazing.

Rebecca Mader: There’s been so many! I have to say, I’m a huge Emilie de Ravin fan and I love the whole Belle dance. [When] we finally got the Beauty and the Beast dance, that made my heart swell, but the show makes me cry all the time and I’m in it! But that one really stuck out for me — I love Belle and Rumple.

Eddy Kitsis: I think that’s hard to say, but maybe the season four dance between Belle and Rumple.

Sean Maguire: Oh gosh, there’s been so many! I think Hook and Emma going on a date was really kind of cute. I think when we got to dance at the ball that was kind of sweet [with] Miss Lana Parrilla. Also, we giggle a lot together. Us rehearsing the dance stuff, we make each other laugh a lot, so I’ve just got really happy memories of kind of goofing around with her.

Lana Parrilla: I’d say really towards the end of last season when we all started to become a family — I think that’s the most romantic of all.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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Naomi / March 7th, 2016

Once Upon a Time has officially aired its 100th episode!

“It’s amazing,” co-creator Edward Kitsis recently gushed to ET at Once Upon a Time’s 100th episode celebration in Vancouver, Canada. “No one is more surprised than us, believe me. I thought we were going to be done after six episodes, so we’re shocked!”

Fellow showrunner Adam Horowitz added, “We’ve had incredible fans that we’ve had incredible support from. We cant believe that we are here.”

To celebrate this huge small-screen achievement, we’re spilling exclusive love-filled scoop straight from Once’s executive producers on what’s coming next in the second half of season five.

Just a heads up, Oncers — For this installment of ETonline’s Romance Rundown, we caught up with Kitsis and Horowitz on the red carpet — where things move very quickly — so we has to do a “speed round” of swoon-worthy scoop. Enjoy these little nuggets for now, and get ready for more in-depth descriptions later this season!

Captain Swan: Now that we already know that Emma would “rather die” than not be with Killian, we’re currently floating on a Captain Swan cloud, so anything extra from our Once EPs is just icing on the cake. “Emma said she’d ‘always find him,’ and I think we know by now that she’s a woman of her word,” Kitsis teased with a coy smile. Horowitz followed his co-creator’s cagey words, adding, “They’re going to the underworld to find him. I think that shows some sort of dedication.”

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Naomi / March 6th, 2016

The ever charming Colin O’Donoghue talked about Hook’s journey in the underworld and how he still has Emma very much in his heart. Don’t give up hope, Hook!



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Sheila / March 5th, 2016

Magic truly comes alive for Once Upon a Time’s 100th episode. Smoke machines blanket an entire icy warehouse, forcing cast and crew alike to don gas masks. Dry-ice bubbles rise from the depths of an 80-foot-long pool, over which a wooden barge skims the dark surface, guided only by dim lanterns. It’s eerily quiet. That is, until someone starts synergistically singing “It’s a Small World.”

The crew has jumped aboard the ferryman’s boat, which will eventually take heroes and villains alike to the mouth of the Underworld. “You must be this tall to ride this ride,” jokes one crewman, who will spend the day retracting the ship in order to send it on the brief but slow journey into depths of Hell. Unable to see five feet in front of them, the weapons-clad cast boards the ship, ready to stuff their respirators away once cameras start rolling. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is back in her hero gear, the requisite red leather jacket cutting through the haze, as she lies prone in the boat, waking up with a start upon their arrival.

“All we know so far is there’s a lot of smoke,” Morrison says between takes. “Visually, what I understand is that there’s going to be a more film-noir feeling and something darker, with more contrast in what you’re seeing.”

However, this is but the entrance to the Underworld. As an actual location, the Underworld looks very familiar: it’s a twisted version of Storybrooke, where its denizens aimlessly wander the town. “It’s almost identical to Storybrooke,” Lana Parrilla says. “It reminds me of when Marty McFly goes back to his old neighborhood; it’s just different and torn down, and there’s graffiti everywhere. Storybrooke doesn’t look the same at all.”

“It’s Storybrooke in the apocalypse,” Josh Dallas adds. “The place is [filled with] burned-out cars, the clock tower is smashed on the ground, and there are zombies walking around everywhere. It’s hell. It’s absolute hell.”

In a bid to put their OUAT twist on it, the producers aimed not to make it look like the fire and brimstone we’ve come to expect of Hell. “It couldn’t just look like regular Storybrooke, everything had to be slightly off,” says executive producer Steve Pearlman, who explains they mulled different iterations of the Underworld before bringing it to life. Among the early ideas they considered: Having a boiling red sky (the price tag was a little too steep), only filming at night (nixed for the sake of cast and crew) and literally flipping everything on its head (they went for slightly off-kilter instead of full on topsy-turvy).

“We’ve been going through literally each of our regular sets — from Granny’s dinner to Mary Margaret’s apartment to the library — and figuring out what is the Underbrooke tweak on the set,” Pearlman says, hinting that there’s a specific reason why Underbrooke looks so familiar, which will be revealed when the show returns. “For everything, it’s been a little different. The concept in the diner is that there are other patrons there, but we’re playing with the idea that everyone that’s in the diner is there not for any kind of social reason, not because they enjoy the food, it’s just what they do. They have to eat, and they’re eating for sustenance only. It’s little touches like that that our loyal viewers will notice that are slightly off. In Regina’s office, we thinned out a lot of the knickknacks and we put urns, noticeably dead flowers where they would normally be live flowers, we put black apples instead of red apples. In Mr. Gold’s shop, we’ve taken out all of the display counters and we’ve put in the pedestals like we have in his castle. Each pedestal has one item on it. We have the spinning wheel there.

“Everything is lit with a red hue also,” he continues. “It’s definitely noticeable. It’s all natural, believable. We’re not putting fire everywhere. Our design outside of Storybrooke is not that there’s fire everywhere, but smoke stacks. It looks normal for an urban city, it’s very unusual for Storybrooke. What we will eventually find out by the end of the 100th episode is that underneath Storybrooke is the Underworld where Hades is living. He’s in this cavern where the steam is emanating from.”

Unlike the Storybrooke above, however, this one is populated with characters of the past who have unfinished business. Among them, Cora (Barbara Hershey), Peter Pan (Robbie Kay), Milah (Rachel Shelley), and Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit), enabling “us to relive some of the original Once Upon a Time season 1 themes,” Ginnifer Goodwin says.

“It turns out that we’re calling it Hell and the Underworld, but it’s a place of purgatory and a place of lost souls who are damned,” Dallas says, teasing that David and Mary-Margaret will come across a very familiar face (find out who here). “It’s the weigh station on their way to hell. Once they get there, they’re going to discover that possibly some of these people can be saved and brought out of there, because maybe they’re misplaced in this world.”

But also maybe some of those people don’t want their help, and instead look to realize what they couldn’t do in the land of the living. “We are facing people that have unresolved business with us — mostly with Regina or Gold, but Emma did kill Cruella,” Morrison says. “Snow has done her share of dark things in the name of good in the past as well, and so has David. We’ve all done things in the past that would put people in limbo and have unfinished business because of us. We start to realize there may be more of a mission in Hades than just getting Hook back.”

“It’s a scary place for Regina, because she’s killed so many,” Parrilla says. “We know that she’s going to be confronted with a lot of these souls, and a lot of people that she has harmed. She’s terrified. Also, having Henry [Jared Gilmore] there makes her even more vulnerable because that’s her son. If all these people are out to get her, then his life is in danger. That’s why all these souls are down there, because they have unfinished business. For a lot of them, we’re that business. And I would say, I’m probably most of that, as is Gold. We’re going to be confronted with a lot of angry souls.”

Don’t expect to see everyone OUAT has lost over the years in the Underworld, however. “There absolutely are rules and that gets outlined very quickly at the start of the second half of the season,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says, possibly indicating how Michael Raymond-James is returning as Neal.

For the time being, Emma and the gang are solely focused on finding Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), who sacrificed himself in the fall finale to rid the world of the Darkness only to have Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) once again become the Dark One. “There’s a deep resentment, obviously, because [Gold] took away what Hook’s sacrifice was meant to mean,” Morrison says. “It’s doubled her fury toward him, in a sense that he’s now betrayed them all, betrayed Killian. It’s the ultimate betrayal of this family, basically. There is a deep, deep fury there.” Still, “She needs to get to Hook,” Morrison adds. “She understands the power of the Dark One. She’s going to use him to get what she wants, because she knows how to use that power now.”

Having used that power herself as the Dark Swan will certainly affect Emma moving forward. “I do believe that she’s changed having been the Dark One,” Morrison says. “I think that there’s no way she could ever be the same knowing that she’s capable of doing some of the things that she’s now done. Yes, they were because there was a Darkness within her, but I think she’ll be humbled by that. She will be someone who is more apathetic to some of the other characters in a certain way because she will have also experienced what it was like to be driven by that kind of Darkness.”

And while Emma is less than pleased that Gold is now the Dark One, the cast is beyond excited for Carlyle to step back into that role. “It’s always good to go home,” Goodwin says playfully. Adds her real-life husband Dallas: “Maybe it’s in its rightful place. I think a world without Dark Ones would probably be good, but it wouldn’t be a balanced world. Who knows, maybe we actually need Dark Ones in order to see the light.”

“That’s what he was hired to do, and he’s just so good at it,” Parrilla concurs. “But we’re also really pissed at [Gold], because he set Hook up. It’s classic Gold, classic Rumple to pull an act like this. But we need him. We need him to navigate us through the Underworld. Him being the Dark One is almost kind of a good thing for us, because he is on our team. Even though he’s always pulling these tricks and schemes, he is on our team. Henry’s his grandson. There’s that connection. I don’t think he would do anything to hurt Henry at this point, but I think we’re all pissed at him.”

Even with the Dark One on their side, rescuing Hook won’t be so simple. “Hook’s experience of the Underworld so far is slightly different from everyone else’s,” O’Donoghue teases cryptically. “He’s not with them. He’s in a very complicated and difficult situation, which is really all that I can say about that. He’s not having a great time, to be honest. There’s a definite feeling of a prison. I don’t think Hook really knows what the entire Underworld is like. He hasn’t really seen a huge amount of this. He’s in a place where he hasn’t seen that Storybrooke is the Underworld.” As for why he’s there, O’Donoghue wasn’t yet clued in. “At this moment, I don’t know exactly his unfinished business or what it is, so as much as I would try to be cagey about it, there’s no point because I don’t actually know.”

Making matters more complicated is the fact that Regina’s focus is split upon coming face-to-face with her mother for really the first significant amount of time since Cora’s heart was returned. “She’s super conflicted, because she loves her mother,” Parrilla says. “Where we left off with Cora and Regina, they were in a really good place. They were in cahoots, they were working together. Once Cora got her heart back, she actually saw her mother for who she really is and the love that Cora has for Regina. It’s bittersweet. She sees her mother and she’s super excited to see her, but she’s also sad, because she’s in hell. She had hoped that she were in a better place.”

But that sweet mother-daughter moment won’t last long with new villain Hades (Greg Germann) none too happy that these heroes and villains have entered his domain. “He’s as scary as anybody can be,” Dallas says of the flame-flicked dictator of darkness. “He’s a serious contender for the ultimate villain.”

While eccentrically unpredictable, this villain actually has a sense of humor. “If you were the Devil, how much fun would that be?” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “We’ve had a lot of angry British villains and we’ve had some very wicked witches, and I think the thing about Hades is he’s a very dangerous fellow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun being the devil.

“Hades is such [an] endlessly creative challenge,” Germann adds. “Anything goes. The creators bring him to life on the page with the same out-of-the-box unpredictability that they bring to the rest of the show.”

With that said, the heroes actually have a leg up this time around. “He is Hades, the minute you meet him you know he’s the villain,” Pearlman says. “For our characters, it’s going to be figuring out how to maneuver in a world where they know who the villain is from the get-go.”

Even with heroes and villains aligned, however, that doesn’t mean everyone will make it out of the Underworld alive. “There are seven of us who go down there,” Carlyle says. “I don’t know if seven will be coming back.”

“When you go to a place that’s surrounded by death and you think you can get out, maybe that’s not so easy,” adds Kitsis. “The main thing that they’re going to realize in the Underworld is the physical threats are there of course, but what’s more, the emotional threats. That is to say, think of your past coming back to haunt you. Who would you not want to see in the afterlife if you were the Evil Queen or Rumplestiltskin? What are the unfinished business that you now have a chance to repair? For us, the second half of the season is going to be very similar to the first season in that we’re going to see Storybrooke is going to be a place with people with unfinished business and we have to wonder if we can’t help them find their happy endings, even in the afterlife.”

Hitting 100 episodes is a happy ending in itself for Once Upon a Time, a show most doubted would be here this long. “If you go back and look the week before [we debuted], we were the No. 1 to be canceled, according to all the critics,” says Kitsis, who calls the 100th episode a love letter to the fans. “ ‘Sundays at 8 is the death slot!’ ‘This show will never make it!’ We got accused for being too hopeful. I remember people were saying, ‘It’s too earnest and hopeful. We’re in a world of dark people!’ To get here, we feel like it is because of the fans, because there are believers out there.” That belief also just helped score Once Upon a Time another season. Looks like, as per usual with OUAT, hope has once again won out.

Once Upon a Time returns Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. In the meantime, the OUAT cast shares their memories of filming the pilot here.

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Sheila / March 4th, 2016

You asked, and they (for the most part) answered!

During my time on the bitter-cold red carpet for Once Upon a Time‘s recent 100th-episode party in Vancouver, I not only unabashedly sought out intel on Season 5B (premiering Sunday at 8/7c with the episode “Souls of the Departed”), I also hand-delivered some questions submitted by readers — covering topics such as Regina, Robin and “the L-word,” the Darkest One’s new dagger and Emma’s meaningful fashion accessories.

The ABC series’ stars and creators also weighed in on Charming family moments to come, wicked Zelena’s “happy ending” and whether Storybrooke will be hosting another wedding anytime soon. (For those seeking outright Season 5B scoop, I point you to my in-depth preview Q&A, plus this teasey overview of the midseason premiere.)

Once Upon a Time: Reader Qs Answered!

Do Snow and Charming still have reservations about Hook, considering what he did (and almost did) as the Dark One? –Marissa
“I think they came to accept him a while ago,” says Josh Dallas. “Their daughter loves him, so they take to him kindly.” As for Dark Hook’s aforementioned actions, “We all do bad things,” Dallas notes. “Nobody’s either black or white, which is the point of many of these characters. They’ve seen the humanity in [Hook], and that’s an important thing to remember.” (As for Henry’s own reversal-of-opinion on the “dirty pirate” since Season 4A’s “Shattered Sight” episode, Jared Gilmore said, “Henry was maybe a little protecive of his mom in the beginning, but Hook makes her happy, and that’s what Henry wants.”)

Can you tell us a bit more about the episode in which Liam, Hook’s brother, shows up? –Manuela
Details are scarce on Episode 15, “The Brothers Jones,” but Colin O’Donoghue confirmed, “We do see Liam (played by Bernard Curry) at one point, and it’s the one we’ve met before” (as opposed to the recently revealed namesake from another mother). “We get to explore more of that relationship prior to Killian being Captain Hook. And we’ll also get to see Captain Silver (played by Costas Mandylor), which is a fascinating thing.”

Even though Emma and Hook are not confirmed “true love,” do their characters believe that they are? –La Shawna
“Yes is the answer” — at least in the opinion of the pirate’s portrayer, Colin O’Donoghue. “That’s what I think, and that’s what we’ve sort of established. They both declared [their love] to each other, so….” O’Donoghue then reminds, “Hook gave up his ship [for Emma], the one he had for 300 years! He is all in.”

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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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Once Upon A Time
Colin as Hook/Killian Jones
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'Once Upon a Time' tells the story of a new world, one in which fairy tales and modern-day life collide.

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Colin as Peter
Status: Post-production
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After the loss of her family, a young woman struggles to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease; but when a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him.
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Creation Entertainment Vancouver – March 16-18, 2018
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