The cast of Once Upon a Time talk with The Hollywood Reporter and answer the most pressing season 4 questions unrelated to the Frozen story arc.
Can Captain Hook and Emma be in a healthy relationship?
Things were looking good for the happy couple at the end of season three but in Storybrooke, that bliss is only temporary. “They’ve really invested in maybe wanting to be together,” Colin O’Donoghue tells THR. “Emma is The Savior and Hook is a 200-year-old pirate — it’s never going to be plain sailing or easy going. But they’re going to try their best to make their relationship work.” In doing so, Hook — who will “do whatever it takes, good or bad” to maintain their romance — will be forced to decide whether “he can find a place for Emma within his heart when she’s so busy trying to save the world,” O’Donoghue adds.
Morrison echoes that sentiment, saying that though Emma and Hook both desire “to be the better versions of themselves and vulnerable enough to be close to someone romantically,” it’s easier said than done, especially when more immediate threats like Elsa’s snow monster loom. “There’s a lot of trying to work out a relationship in the midst of a lot of chaos, which is funny at times and heartbreaking at times, and causes them to really figure out how this could or couldn’t work,” she says.
Who will Robin Hood choose: Marian or Regina?
After the unexpected return of Marian, Robin Hood is now faced with a major dilemma, one that is addressed head-on in the show’s return. Does he honor his vow to Marian or does he start anew with Regina? A decision is made. “I have a certain living situation I have to deal with, with a current romance and a wife coming back from the dead,” Sean Maguire tells THR. “That seems to be the situation last season ended with. Suffice it to say, Robin Hood does come to a truce of sorts.”
Regina is understandably frustrated by the sudden turn of events, which may veer her off her path of goodness. “We’ll see Regina really battling the two sides of good and evil. She’s been on the road to redemption for the last couple of years and yet she’s been evil for most of her life,” Lana Parrilla tells THR. “Where is she really comfortable living? And is she going to continue down her old habitual ways or is she going to surprise us all and do the right thing?”
How do David and Mary Margaret navigate parenthood?
“It’s hard because they’re finding this all out as they go. It’s basically the first time they’ve [raised a child]. They don’t want to lose [baby Neal] like they lost Emma,” Josh Dallastells THR. “Emma has suffered a lot of psychological repercussions because of it. She’s isolated herself because of it. They want to raise Neal right and still honor Emma as their child.” Says Ginnifer Goodwin, Snow and Charming “are confronting a lot of their exceptionally guilty feelings in having lost the opportunity with Emma, who has a remarkable story with Hook.”
What is Mr. Gold and Henry’s dynamic this season?
Henry will find himself under Mr. Gold’s guise, which may not be a good thing. (He’ll also go on a quest with Regina; Parrilla teases, “You’ll see them working together in ways they haven’t before.”) “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Jared Gilmore tells THR of Henry and Mr. Gold’s story. “Henry is going to learn a lot this season, which is going to be great for him because he’s going to learn what he’s meant for.”
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Once Upon a Time premieres this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.