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Sheila / October 14th, 2017

For the Once Upon a Time fans who were fretting over Emma and Hook being separated by a new curse and thus losing their happy ending, suddenly everything is clear.

Or clearer.

For as revealed on Friday night in the second episode of Season 7, Seattle police detective Rogers is not a cursed version of the Captain Hook we know but instead is actually the Wish Realm’s version of the infamous pirate.

Though Wish Hook was in the same, sad (rotund) shape as when we met him in Season 6, a bit of blood from his KO’d doppelganger and a wave of Lady Tremaine’s fairy wand turned him into an exact Xerox. He then aimed to derail Henry’s pursuit of Cinderella and take claim the other Hook’s life and wife. But once the news that Emma had been waiting to share with Henry got out — she is pregnant with her and Hook’s first child together — the pretender pirate had a change of poisoned heart and aborted his plan.

Henry meanwhile will continue to seek out his own story, now teamed with Wish Hook and Regina, who didn’t return to Storybrooke with Emma and her husband.

Following their New York Comic-Con panel, here is what Once creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis shared with TVLine about the decision to tuck a bundle of joy into Jennifer Morrison’s final appearance as Emma. Plus, does the swashbuckler switcheroo mean that Roni and Weaver aren’t who we think they are either?

TVLINE | Talk about the decision to reveal Emma as pregnant. Was it in part to get the most bang out of Jennifer Morrison’s final appearance?
EDDY KITSIS | Given the ending that we came up with last year — that happy endings are everyone living their life with the people they love and doing what they love to do — this was really the next step in the relationship between them. They’re a newly married couple and it’s the cycle of life. The audience was worried we’d kill Emma or do something crazy, but the truth is they’re living their lives in Storybrooke, happy.
ADAM HOROWITZ | This was an extension of the happy ending you saw between Emma and Hook last year, but another thing that’s really important to understand, and will become more apparent as the season goes along, is this is not a replacement for Henry. In Emma’s mind, Henry will be back sooner or later.
KITSIS | It’s like someone who moves from New York to Milwaukee and comes home for Thanksgiving.
HOROWITZ | The other thing to realize — and this is a tricky thing to get your head around, but if you think about it, it makes sense — is that in the timeline where Once Upon a Time exists this season, it’s not like Emma has been away from Henry for 10 years and Lucy has completely grown up. [In this episode] she is seeing Henry right around the time when he’s first met Cinderella. It’s not like Emma is just sitting on her Hands going, “I wonder what happened to Henry?” She’s gone off to have this life, and as Eddy said, it’s like your son moved to New York. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have their off-show interaction. Because as we’ve said, this is the last time we’re seeing Jennifer — she was gracious enough to give us this episode — and for us that was a continuation of the happiness.
KITSIS | The family grows.

TVLINE | People have been wondering about the math of it all….
HOROWITZ | To everybody scratching their head doing math, our hope is they go on the ride and when they get to the end of the season they’ll look back and go, “Ohhhh, this makes sense.” And Emma and Henry are still a family unit. It’s important for the audience not to feel like she’s abandoned Henry to go off and do whatever. Sure, we’re not seeing Emma on the show going forward, but luckily we do a show that deals in magic and different realms.
KITSIS | They FaceTime off-screen through a magic mirror.

TVLINE | How does this pregnancy reveal inform Rogers’ storyline?
HOROWITZ | It actually has a massive impact on Rogers, and you saw that in the episode. He was there to kill Hook and take over his life, because he has a poisoned heart that he thinks Emma can heal it. But when he discovered that Hook and Emma are having a child, it awakened the bit of good inside him.
KITSIS | And the reason Wish Hook is doing all this is because he has a daughter he’s been separated from through a curse, and he’s trying to find his way back to her.
HOROWITZ | Wish Hook’s path to redemption in Hyperion Heights is about finding this daughter and reuniting with her, and healing his poisoned heart. In Hyperion Heights, he doesn’t know he has a missing daughter or who he is, but this missing girl case is the analog for the missing daughter in the fairy tale realm.

TVLINE | Does this Rogers/Wish Hook twist mean that Weaver and Roni aren’t actually new personas for Rumple and Regina?
HOROWITZ | No, Rogers is the only one we’ve done with this. By Episode 4, Weaver being Rumple and all that becomes clear — Regina/Roni and Weaver/Rumple are who they are — and you’re going to find out the whole Belle and Rumple story, as well.

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Sheila / October 14th, 2017

So that‘s how Hook is sticking with Once Upon a Time!

Sunday’s Hook-centric episode revealed that the Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) we thought we were watching in Hyperion Heights during last week’s season premiere wasn’t actually the one-armed pirate we’ve come to know and love since season 2.

When Henry (Andrew J. West) called upon his family for help in Enchanted Forest flashbacks, Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Regina (Lana Parrilla), and Hook all answer the call — but so does Wish Hook! Remember that drunken, bumbling Wish Realm version of Hook we met last season? Well, he momentarily aligns with Lady Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar) to make him look like our Hook in a bid gain Emma’s heart, which he believes will help heal his poisoned heart so he can then find his missing daughter. Yup!Ultimately, Wish Hook discovers Emma is pregnant, so he lets her and Hook-Prime return to Storybrooke to get their happy ending. It’s then Wish Hook and Regina who continue on this journey with Henry, thus answering the question of how O’Donoghue is sticking with the show, but Morrison is not.

“I was really happy that they got their happy ending, to be honest,” O’Donoghue tells EW. “It had been such a long journey for those two characters, and such a difficult journey that I was glad to see that, in the end, they get their happy ending, because that was the whole point of the musical episode, and the big number with a happy beginning right before the Black Fairy’s curse hit. For me, I think it was the right way to go for those two characters.”

Knowing he’d be playing a different version of this character is actually one of the reasons the actor decided to continue on with the show. “I knew about Wish Hook from early on,” O’Donoghue says. “I had spoken to Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] about that. Also, because Wish Hook — not the younger version of Wish Hook, but the older version of Wish Hook — was one of my favorite versions of him to play, so it was exciting to get to do that. Trying to bring elements of who that crazy old man was into this younger version of him has been fun.”

“It’s good because it also allows Hook to move on, because it’s a different version of him from the Emma-Hook relationship, which has been such a huge part of the show,” O’Donoghue continues. “It’s a very clever way of making sure the Captain Swan fans — fans of Hook and Emma — get their happy ending after going on such a big journey with them for the last few seasons. I think it’s a clever way of us being able to move on with a new version of Hook.”

But how different is this version of Hook? As O’Donoghue reveals, Wish Realm Hook and Hook-Prime both have similar backgrounds, but where their experiences differ is that the Evil Queen never cast her curse in the Wish Realm. “They had the same journey up until that point, so they are similar,” O’Donoghue says. “Wish Hook has a whole different set of rules and agendas that the original Hook didn’t have. Whereas his main thing was to get revenge on Rumplestiltskin, Wish Hook has a separate thing.”

That separate thing is finding his missing daughter — twist! — which actually gives him a similar M.O. to the original Hook in a surprising way. “We see that that’s where Wish Hook’s main motive lies in him wanting to find his daughter,” O’Donoghue says. “I guess it’s similar to original Hook where he was motivated by love for Milah, everything that Wish Hook does is motivated out of love for his daughter. It’s been fascinating to try and explore how to make Wish Hook the same as the other version of Hook that I played. That’s been a big thing for me for the season is trying to figure out how do I keep this character similar enough for him to be the same character on the show, but different enough for him to be interesting and kind of new?”

Naturally, one of the burning questions is: Who is Hook’s daughter? Alas, O’Donoghue won’t reveal that just yet. All viewers know is she was locked away by an evil witch. But even more pressing: Who is the mother? Again, O’Donoghue is mum. “No,” O’Donoghue says with a hearty laugh. “But I can tease that we will get to find out.”

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

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Jasper / October 6th, 2017

Once Upon a Time is undergoing a major overhaul heading into season 7, which means new characters, new locales, and even a new curse. To keep track of all the big changes, EW will bring you interviews with the cast — new and old — along with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis over the next two weeks until the ABC fairy-tale drama’s return.

It’s been one of the big burning questions since Once Upon a Time‘s reboot was announced: How is Captain Hook returning, but Emma Swan is not?

OUAT fans will have to wait until the second hour, which features Jennifer Morrison’s “emotional curtain call,” to get a better sense of why Colin O’Donoghue is continuing on with the show, but here’s what you need to know in the meantime: Like Regina (Lana Parrilla), Hook is among those who answer Henry’s (Andrew J. West) call for help in the Enchanted Forest. However, we’ll find a very different Hook in Hyperion Heights — a despondent cop named Rogers. Just how different is he? EW turned to O’Donoghue to get the scoop.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is Hook’s mindset when we pick back up with him? How different is this guy?
COLIN O’DONOGHUE:
So, this is a whole different mindset than you will have seen Hook have before. There is a sense of loss there and a wonder of what that is for him without him realizing it, if that makes sense. Because of the curse, he doesn’t know a lot. He obviously doesn’t know who he is, he doesn’t know what’s gone on in his past, he doesn’t know any of that stuff, but there’s a thing there that is needling at him and that’s what’s making him who he is at the minute. This version of Hook, as the uniform cop, definitely wants to do the right thing. He wants to be the right person and do everything by the book. Through the course of things, we’ll see that it’s not as cut and dry as that in Hyperion Heights.

How different does it feel on set without so many returning faces? Is it refreshing a bit to have some new blood around?
Yeah, honestly, it’s not even just cast-wise, it’s like half of our crew are different now as well. It really is like we’re starting a whole new show, which is incredibly exciting. Also, because you know the pedigree of the writing and you know you already have the fans who are passionate about the show, so you have the security of knowing that’s there, starting basically what’s a new show. On set has been fantastic. I’ve gotten to work with Andy now quite a bit. To have people be so excited to be there, to be a part of what I do genuinely feel is a very special show, is really refreshing. Also Lana, Bobby, and I essentially are creating new characters and that’s always exciting and terrifying at the same time, which is great, which is what you need. That’s what actors need to be able to thrive. Bobby said this at Comic-Con, and I think it was such a great take on it, he said, “For the show to progress, it had to change in a drastic way.” For it to be able to progress into a seventh season, eighth season, ninth season, or whatever it’s going to be, you need to have those drastic moments. Also, what’s great is you see that Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] and all the writers are really stoked to have incredibly talented actors coming onto the show who are really excited about where it’s going.

I mean we obviously miss, as actors and as friends, the cast who aren’t coming back, who aren’t here full-time. I know quite a few will be back in, which is great too. I’ve spent nearly every day working with Jen [Morrison] for the last five years, so you obviously are going to miss that, but for me it’s equally as important as remembering to look forward to what the show is about to become. Because, genuinely, the writing this season is some of the best I’ve read. Episode 4 is stellar, it’s incredible. For me, for the fans, I just think it’s really important to reiterate and reassure the fans that Eddy and Adam are super excited even more so because there’s so much enthusiasm about creating this new world. I’m super excited to come back and play a different version. It’s the same team that just want it to be even better than it can be or has been and it’s been great to this point.

Was there something the OUAT bosses said to you that was key in you wanting to return?
For me, if I’m completely honest, I’ve always loved playing Captain Hook, also because I’ve gotten a chance to play so many different variations of him, so I haven’t just been playing the same guy day in, day out. I’ve gone all over, all through the gamut of emotions, and one minute I’m a villain, next minute I’m a hero, next I’m a buffoon, drunk, and I’ve been so lucky. Every episode is different, and I was just excited to see — I spoke to Eddy and Adam they talked me through roughly where they wanted Hook to go, and I was super excited about it, and I was even just more excited to see where the show was going to go. I love working on the show. I love getting the scripts because we know about as much as the fans know up until we read the script. That’s the great thing is that every time we get a script, you learn something new about your character and it’s just a great show to work on.

How is this curse different from what we’ve seen on the show before?
Obviously it’s different because it’s hit us in a real place, it’s set in Seattle, whereas the previous curse created a whole town and place for these characters to live, which was independent of the rest of the world, where they couldn’t leave. This curse, they’re actually in the real world and there’s no magic. It’s similar in the sense that they don’t remember who they are. That’s the main difference, for me.

Talk about the dynamic that Rogers has with Henry.
Their characters, I would say, are very similar in Hyperion Heights. They’re obviously different, but they’re both, at the minute, at a bit of a loss. They recognize the same needling thing in each other.

Hook and Rumple have had a long-standing feud. What does their dynamic look like this season?
This season, you’re going to see a completely different dynamic between Hook and Gold. They have to work together at points and figure out how that will able to work, I guess is the way that I can put it.

Is there anything that surprised you about the Hook-centric episode, in which Emma returns for an “emotional curtain call”?
Yeah, it’s going to be a big surprise to a lot of people, a lot of what happens in the episode. You’ll see Emma and Hook, and it’ll address them. There are other things that happen that are quite surprising that I didn’t suspect, but was very, very happy to partake in. I have to be honest, it’s an episode that I really, really, really, really don’t want people to be spoiled on, because one thing we learn is essential to this character’s make-up, but also who we see is such a huge, huge part of who he is in Hyperion Heights that I’m hoping that it doesn’t, in any way, get spoiled. I think that a show like this thrives on the surprise for the fans. There are certain things you just kind of go, “Wait until you see, and you’ll get much as a surprise when I did when I read it.”

Once Upon a Time returns Friday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our primer of the new season here, our full Q&A with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis here, our interview with Lana Parrilla here, our interview with Andrew J. West here, our interview with Dania Ramirez here, our interview with Gabrielle Anwar here, our interview with Adelaide Kane here, our interview with Mekia Cox here, and our interview with Rose Reynolds here.

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Jasper / September 13th, 2017

September 13, 2017 | In fall of 2016 ABC’s fairytale series “Once Upon a Time” returned for its sixth season which was full of additional fairytale characters and new adventures for the old ones. On the 13th of September season 6 of “Once Upon a Time” premiers in Germany at RTL Passion and in this interview we had the chance to ask actor Colin O’Donoghue about his character Captain Hook and his acting career so far.

You’ve been part of “Once Upon a Time” for quite a while now. Did you think six years ago that a character like Hook would be one of the good guys?

I always knew that Hook was a bit more complex than an out and out villain, but didn’t expect him to become who he became!

How did you get the role of Hook?

I auditioned for the role, fully expecting to not get it, thinking I was too young to play Captain Hook! I went in with a very clear idea as to how I’d want to play him. I feel very lucky!

Is there another fairy-tale figure that you would like to embody?

Maybe the Wolf from Red Riding Hood!

You had an accident and broke a foot during filming of the musical wedding episode in season 6. What was the biggest challenge for you during that time? Hopefully you feel fine now, did everything heal well?

Haha! Yep, I broke it dancing. All is mending now thanks. It was challenging dancing on it for 8 hours after!

Can you tell us a little bit about the origination of your song “Revenge is gonna be mine”?

I know the writer wanted it to be a kind of Pirate shanty, but in the style of Queen. I think Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner did an amazing job on all the songs.

What was your reaction when you found out about the big wrap at the end of season six?

I was happy for both the fans and the characters that they got their happy endings. The show took people on an amazing journey over the 6 seasons and I think they deserved that ending.

For the first time you get a cursed counterpart in season 7. What will be the main differences between Hook and Rogers?

I have a prosthetic hand! I’m a cop, and that’s about all I can say at the minute!

What kind of ending do you wish for Hook / Rogers?

Haha! You won’t catch me that easily! Happiness!

Is there a fairy-tale or a story you would like to see on “Once Upon a Time”, which hasn’t been picked up on the series yet?

I’m not sure what we haven’t done yet! We’ve had a lot on the show!!

Some years ago you were member of the Irish band “The Enemies”. Do you miss the musical activity?

I definitely miss playing music, but I love being on the show. I have a guitar at work I play around with when I’ve time.

You do a lot of theatre. How do you handle both, theatre in Europe and your TV show in America?

I used to do a bit of theatre, but the show shoots for 9 months of the year, I haven’t had a huge amount of time. I do miss it though.

What are your plans for the near future? Are there new projects in theatre, TV or movie that you can tell us about?

At the minute I’m busy shooting season 7. It’s hard to look past the next 8 months.

You and Sam Heughan from “Outlander” dressed up like the other one. Was it fun wearing a kilt? And can you imagine playing a role on “Outlander”?

Haha! That was fun. I love a kilt! Who doesn’t?! Not sure my Scottish accent is good enough! You’d have to ask Bobby!

Since myFanbase is an online magazine about TV shows we would like to know what your favourite shows are?

I loved “Hannibal”. I don’t get a huge amount of time to watch TV.

Thank you so much for making time for us, Colin. We wish you all the best and are excited to see you in the new season of “Once Upon a Time”.

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Jasper / August 17th, 2017

The news that Jennifer Morrison would not be returning for Season 7 of Once Upon a Time was pretty devastating for fans, especially fans of Emma’s relationship with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). How is he supposed to go on without the love of his life?

Never fear, Captain Swan fans — Colin O’Donoghue is here to put your worries to rest.

“We saw at the end of last season, Hook and Emma got married and it was a happy beginning as they called it, and they are happy together,” O’Donoghue says. “That’s a definite, for the fans that are concerned about that; Hook and Emma are happy together. The Hook that we meet in Season 7 is different than that Hook, and we will address Hook and Emma I think around Episode 2 of the show.”

It’s still hard to make sense of how Hook’s story will continue without his wife, but at least we can rest easy knowing that there’s no breakup or deaths on the horizon to explain away her absence.

Beyond the mystery of what happens to that couple, there’s the exciting new mystery of what this new Hook will be like and where his story will go now that it doesn’t have to revolve around his romance with Emma.

“For me it was exciting,” O’Donoghue says of his new storyline. “Obviously we’ll miss the cast who aren’t returning, and the show is going to be very, very different without them. But equally, I’m as excited to get to work with like [Andrew J. West] or [Dania Ramirez] or [Gabrielle Anwar], so it’s kind of equally as exciting to do that.”

Once Upon a Time premieres Friday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Sheila / August 7th, 2017

The Rumple will not have fallen too far from the tree when Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 “reset” arrives on Oct. 6 (now airing Fridays at 8/7c).

After holding court at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, Once co-creator Adam Horowitz told TVLine that just as the Evil Queen and Captain Hook (played by Lana Parrilla and Colin O’Donoghue) have been cursed with new personas in the Seattle neighborhood of Hyperion Heights, Robert Carlyle‘s Rumpelstiltskin will be a bit (though not entirely) different, too.

“He looks menacing, doesn’t he?” the EP said of the Comic-Con trailer‘s glimpse of Carlyle, seen above. “There’s always that element of menace and mystery, and [Carlyle’s character] is involved in many of the goings-on in this neighborhood in Seattle. It’s a lot of fun and it’s another layer and color for Bobby to play.”

During the actual panel Q&A, Parrilla shared that the Evil Queen’s Seattle persona isn’t even named Regina (which she said is “cool”) and that she is a bar owner who instead of pantsuits wears “denim and rock t-shirts.” Added the series vet, “It’s fun to be a part of something that’s constantly evolving.”

O’Donoghue meanwhile said that the pirate now known as uniformed Seattle policeman “Rogers” feels “a sense of loss, and he doesn’t know what it is, what’s missing” — other than, that is, the left hand the lawman is managing without. “He does not have his hand,” Horowitz confirms. “We do get into [why that is].”

Episode 2 of the new season will shed light on what became of Emma, to be played one more time in that episode by Jennifer Morrison, while Episode 4 (in which Emilie de Ravin guest-stars) will do same for Belle. “We know the characters inside and out, but [it’s like] we’re playing them for the first time,” said O’Donoghue, who hailed Season 7’s first four scripts as among the best he has seen.

Parrilla also revealed that Regina and Henry (now played by new series regular Andrew J. West) “reunite after many years in a flashback [and] she’s taken aback” to see his grown self for the first time. “He is no longer this little boy. How does she deal with him as a man?” When they cross paths in Hyperion Heights, however, mom and son will be strangers. “It’s cool and exciting [to play] an entirely different relationship,” said West.

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