In fact, we’re going to be traveling back in time a lot this year in order to discover new sides to some of our favorite characters. “With our flashbacks this season, we’re excited to explore the times before,” Kitsis said. “We’re going to get more into Emma growing up as a teenager, Charming before he met Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) when he was on the farm and many more.”
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The most enigmatic and intriguing title is for 4×5. “Breaking Glass” could refer to Sidney Glass (returning Giancarlo Esposito), magic mirrors, and many other things. But I can’t help but think of the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” In said story, a goblin creates a mirror that makes everything that is beautiful appear ugly. When the mirror breaks, it shatters into millions of pieces, some as small as grains of sand. If they land in your eyes, you can no longer see any beauty or the good side of things. If they land in your heart, it becomes frozen. Unlike the film, this frozen heart does not kill you, but rather your heart freezes in a more metaphoric way, making you cold and unfeeling. Given the show’s penchant for plot points involving hearts and the fact that the film’s “Only an act of True Love can thaw a frozen heart” is such a significant part of the story, I cannot help but hope to see something similar to this on Once. As they are my favorite characters, my first thoughts went to Emma and Hook and Snow and Charming. If you recall, Snow and Charming now share one heart and there must be repercussions for that. Moreover, I truly believe it must be significant that Hook is the ONLY current main character to have never been cursed with false or missing memories. It would be a dramatic turn of events if Hook’s heart was frozen, he became cold, and he forgot his love for Emma. Firstly, this would parallel what happened to Snow White in the Season 1 episode “Heart of Darkness.” But it would also be emotional and beautiful to see Emma fight for his heart as he has done for her for so long.
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Rumbelle Romance: If you thought last season’s Rumbelle wedding was swoon-worthy, you might want to take a seat for before you read this next sentence: “All the Rumbelle fans should be excited because in the premiere they’re going to see the honeymoon,” Kitsis spilled. Did you guys hear that?! The Honeymoon! And that’s not all… “There is going to be a very iconic scene that the audience is going to go, ‘I can’t believe they haven’t done that yet!’ It is iconic [scene] from the film, but [set] in our modern world,” he said. Our money is most definitely on the legendary Beauty and the Beast ballroom scene!

Additionally, the OUAT showrunners exclusively revealed to us that fans are in for an incredible treat when season four debuts. Horowitz explained, “In the premiere there is going to be a nod to something very iconic in the Disney lore that we have not talked about yet and we haven’t yet referred to on the show.” Adding to his partner’s tease, Kitsis continued, “I would say Rumple (Robert Carlyle) is going to come into possession of something very iconic to Disney, and launch a story in a world that the audience is not expecting.” Okay, who else thinks it could be the magical red rose with the withering petals? (Shout out your theories in the comments below!)

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Emma and Hook are in a happy, love-filled place and will be going on their first official date. But they will need to learn to navigate their new relationship, especially when internal struggles, insecurities, and wounds are so difficult to heal.”

"Actors Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue revealed that not only will Elsa and Emma form a friendship (surely formed from a shared possession of magic difficult to control), but we will also see parallels between Anna and Kristoff and Emma and Hook, as well as Anna and Elsa to the couple. Perhaps we will see Emma’s magic go awry as Elsa’s did, and see her back away from Hook, only to discover that fully embracing their love will help her to ultimately control her power and be happy.

"Right now we can only speculate, but there have been seven episode titles revealed thus far that might give us a clue. 4×1 “A Tale of Two Sisters” will focus on the introduction of Elsa and Anna (radiantly perfect Georgina Haig and Elizabeth Lail), while 4×2 “White Out” will most likely be Snow White-centric. 4×3 “Rocky Road” will reportedly shed more light of Emma’s past. For being the main character, she has had the least amount of backstory revealed and I have been longing to see her life in the foster system as well as her life just after prison. Chances are my wish will be granted.

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First Date Jitters: Calling all Captain Swan fans, this one’s for you! Now that the obstacles between Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) have finally vanished, it’s time to watch the chemistry-charged couple experience some adorable firsts. “Captain Swan fans can look forward to seeing their first date,” Kitsis triumphantly revealed to ETonline.

However Horowitz warns that you shouldn’t freak out just yet! “Like most first dates, things don’t go as smoothly as you’d hope,” he said. Yikes! Kitsis added, “It is still a drama and as much as we’d like to just have the two of them order pizza and watch Netflix, I think our fans – even though some of them would like to see that scene – would be bored.” Ummm…. No we wouldn’t. Give us pizza and Captain Swan cuddles!

Adding to the awkwardness of a new relationship, Emma is going to have a tough time getting her charming father to approve of her new bad boy beau. “What I’d like to see is Captain Hook get the father speech from Charming (Josh Dallas),” Kitsis teased. “I wouldn’t let my daughter date a pirate!” Hmm… but would you let her live with one? Since the Jolly Roger is still M.I.A., will we get to see any Captain Swan sleepovers? “I would say [moving in together] is a bit fast,” Horowitz said. “But I think Emma is going to realize this year that she needs her own place.”

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What I really want is to Killian find out that Charming is not actually a prince by birth. That he was a shepherd once. Because we know that Killian thinks that he isn’t worth of Emma and of course her royal origin doesn’t make it easier for him. So I think that it would make him more comfortable if he knew that the icon prince Charming wasn’t always a prince. And with more Charming’s shepherd backstory, it could be addressed.

Because don’t tell me that this look doesn’t mean: “Oh shit, she’s a real princess”.

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Royal Problems: Last season we were crushed when Regina (Lana Parrilla) lost her happily ever after with Maid Marian’s introduction, and it looks like we’re going to start off this season where we left off. “We’re going to pick up right after that and so she’s really stunned,” Horowitz revealed of our beloved queen. “She never though Marian was going to come back. She certainly didn’t think Emma would travel back in time and ruin her life.” Dun dun duuuun!

So what’s next for our broken-hearted Regina? “It’ll be interesting to see how she’ll deal with this tragedy in her life because in the past, this would’ve been handled very simply: She’d go up to her, rip her heart out and that would be the end of it,” Horowitz laughed. “Now she’s got three seasons of growth and she’s going to be tested for the first time and that’s kind of what her arc is for the first ten. We’re going to see how she handles that.” All we know is we want plenty of Outlaw Queen moments, stat!

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