and now regina will get a new love interest

The Hot Seat: Once Upon a Time bosses answer your burning Qs


With Once Upon a Time on the precipice of a rebooted seventh season, EW put executive producers Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, and David H. Goodman in The Hot Seat, where they have the option of answering your questions from Twitter and Reddit with “Yes,” “No” or “Can’t say.” Get the scoop below:

Is Hyperion Heights invisible to the outside world as Storybrooke was?

Is the curse caused by something that happened during a past season?
Can’t say.

Was someone’s heart crushed for Hyperion Heights to be created?
Can’t say.

In this new town, will Rumple/Mr. Gold, the EQ/Regina and Hook/Killian have different names?

Do the returning trio have any memory of Storybrooke?
Can’t say.

Is the evil or darkness that is after Henry someone/thing we’ve known before?
Can’t say.

Will the villain of the season be related to our original characters?
Can’t say.

Will the Dark One curse come back into play?
You never know.

Is Rumple still affected by the Dark One curse?
KITSIS: Once you’re cursed, it’s like mono, you always have it with you.

Will we get an update on Belle?
Oh yes.
KITSIS: Episode 4. In fact, we can say in episode 4, she’s coming back.
HOROWITZ: Emilie is coming back.

Will the absence of most of the original cast be explained in the first episode?
It will be explained in the first few episodes.

Will there be references to the original story book throughout the season?

Any plans for Emma to return for more than one episode?

Will Henry be visiting places from multiple new storybooks?

Will we see multiple new versions of characters?
That’s a complicated question. The answer is we will see new iterations of characters we may have met, but there will not be like six Cinderellas going around. We are not going to go to seven different worlds where eight Cinderellas band together to fight eight different Lady Tremaines.
HOROWITZ: We’re also not seeing six Reginas. It’s our Regina.

Will we see original Cinderella this season?
Can’t say.

Does Henry remember his family?

Is the Henry who’s Lucy’s father the same Henry we know and love?
I would say he is.

Will there be other main couples besides Henry and his wife?

Since Henry is grown, will we get to see his uncle Neal or cousin Robin?
Can’t say.
HOROWITZ: You never know.

Did Emma regain her powers as Savior after the Final Battle?

Will we see bonding between Hook and Henry?

Will Regina have a new love interest?
Can’t say.

Will we see the Evil Queen again?
Absolutely. Wait, which Evil Queen?
HOROWITZ: Let’s leave it at that.

Will Regina get to meet Lucy?

Does Henry’s daughter Lucy have the heart of the Truest Believer now?
You don’t know. Who knows?

Will we know what happened with Maleficent and Lily?
Maleficent and Lily are always asked! By the way, if we do five shows after this, I want you asking this in every show.

Will we ever meet the real Morpheus?
Probably at some point.
GOODMAN: Can’t say.

Could we meet another Peter Pan who is evil?
HOROWITZ: We could.

Will we get a nod to Wreck-It Ralph?
That’s a great idea.
KITSIS: Probably. That’d be amazing.
HOROWITZ: Could we do that?
KITSIS: We should absolutely have a video game of Wreck-It Ralph. That’s a great idea.

Will we learn more about Evil Queen and Robin Hood in the Enchanted Forest?
Can’t say.

Will we see any new realms?

Once Upon a Time returns Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Once Upon a Time: Regina's new name revealed! — exclusive

The mystery behind why Regina’s new name was being kept under wraps has been solved: It’s the name of her bar! And EW can exclusively reveal that Regina’s cursed persona name is Roni.

“It’s the new Granny’s — with alcohol and cassettes,” executive producer Edward Kitsis tells EW of Roni’s.

As revealed earlier Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, Regina is very different when we meet her in Hyperion Heights. ”I’m no longer in pantsuits,” Lana Parrilla said. “I’m in denim and rock T-shirts. When we meet her, this other version of Regina, she’s working in a bar. She’s a bar owner. She’s a little rough around the edges… This version feels really different. She’s no longer in charge. We’ve always seen Regina in charge, and then she redeemed herself, but this Regina is something else. I’m having a blast playing her. We’re all still discovering who she is. It’s refreshing, it’s different.”

The Once Upon a Time bosses tell EW it’s likely that Regina — erm, Roni — will get a new love interest this season, though it’s not necessarily the main focus of her story line. “It is something that we’re actively wanting to do, but right now some other things are going to take center stage before we get to it,” Kitsis says. “When the season starts, Henry is going to need help, so obviously she’s going to go help her son. Then, in Seattle what you’ll realize is she runs the bar, and she realizes that it’s up to her to stand up to the bully, who is Lady Tremaine [Gabrielle Anwar].”


Regina Retrospective: At the End of OUAT

(pre-reboot/retool ouat anyway)

People who read my criticisms of OUAT probably think I hate Regina Mills. I don’t, not really, beyond some moments of venting. I post in the anti-regina tags sure, but that’s because in our hyper polarized fandom any analysis that isn’t glowing praise, any hint of criticism needs to stay in the anti tags. Main tags are for gush, anti tags are for any level of criticism, measured or firebrand. Thing is, looking at how things started I do honestly feel Regina could easily have been the richest character on this show.

And she wasn’t. 

Due to a combination of rushing her redemption, refusing to allow her character to grow, an over-reliance on the Evil Queen aspect of her character, and outright whitewashing her crimes Regina ended up an utter waste of character potential.

Season 2 set her up so, so well. We got reasons for why she is the way she is, she actually sought therapy, there were bigger bads to face allowing her a chance at heroics, she acknowledged her wrongdoings and tried to make up for them. Even her backslide could be forgiven as we know she was scared of Cora.

But things started to go wrong after Cora died. Even ignoring the disservice it did to both Snow and Regina’s storylines (Snow angsts over killing someone who was going to kill them all while Regina snaps back to blaming Snow for Daniel’s death instead of ever putting the blame where it belonged, on Cora) we then got the stupid “kill magic” plot which a) once again showed how awful Regina was back when she was evil and b) ended up hinging on a superweapon that Regina herself made. Regina’s big redemption moment in the season finale is essentially cleaning up her own damn mess.

Imagine, if you will, that Greg and Tamara aren’t here causing issues. That instead Greg really was some random guy who drove into SB and the town doesn’t know what to do about it. Tamara is just Neal’s fiance, nothing more. Cora faked her death and tries to use Neal to get to Rumple or does something else to stay in the big bad position for the whole season. Instead of saying “well, Snow killed my abusive mom and my son still doesn’t want me to have custody of him, I’ll just kill everyone” Regina instead finds the strength to oppose Cora herself, to confront her abuser, the woman who killed her true love.

Now does that sound cool or what?

(Now we can’t be too hard on the end of s2, there were some hasty rewrites due to everyone’s favorite pirate’s actor getting injured, but notice the lack of Hook in the plot I just described? It could have been done. Hell Neal could have swung by the hospital to see Hook and they could have dealt with their relationship and history outside of how they relate as Emma’s love interests. And we still could have had Neverland be next.)

Ah, Neverland. More wasted potential for Regina. We already know she hates Emma, writers, having her be a bitch to Emma Swan is nothing new and just makes her look bad. Regina frees herself from a trap by declaring she has no regrets which, um, yeah, not good for someone who is technically on a redemption arc. We do confront and have her fix one of her misdeeds (Ariel) but also have her confronted by Tinkerbelle who rightfully calls her out. Such wasted potential for a friendship there by Tink just kinda vanishing.

The pattern after this is essentially Regina acts like a terrible person (usually in the vein of whining, being ungrateful, being ill-tempered, or taking very cruel actions the other heroes would never get away with but for her are excused) except in isolated moments when we’re supposed to feel sorry for her. She repeatedly wangsts about how she’s good now and thus should get what she wants while a) not really being all that good and b) being good just to get what you want isn’t being good. Add in constant flashbacks to her Evil Queen days of her doing awful things and you’ve really got to wonder what were the writers thinking? he never really progresses beyond that point. She might look like she’s going to but don’t worry, a backslide will put her right back where she was.

And I’ll admit, I have no idea what the writers thought they were doing in doing that. There is such a disconnect towards how everyone acts around Regina and what Regina has actually done that I have to imagine that several sombodies doing the writing thought something had gone down to fully redeem this woman in all ways and that she was a changed character…while they kept adding to her crimes and having her act like a terrible person. It feels like there are whole chunks of the show missing where Regina atoned for all her evil offscreen or something…which still does not explain her bad attitude and meanness to people who have done her no wrong.

And then we got to the ULTIMATE insult plot that was her season six storyline. In some bizarre acknowledgement that Regina still has a lot of the EQ in her (without acknowledgement that maybe she should start trying to make up for all the shit she did) the show literally splits off the EQ from Regina…while still having Regina act like Regina. Officially the potion splits off the part of yourself you don’t want people to know about so…Regina doesn’t want people to know she’s still evil…? Yeah, never addressed. And instead of finally learning to accept her history as an evil despot who ruined lives that she can start trying to make up for at any time there is a whole town of people you have hurt right there Regina sends her other self off to…live a happy life with an AU Robin? Huh? Split!EQ was practically a cartoon character at times I don’t expect he rto be capable of a full relationship…so yea you just sicced your worst aspects on the dream world. Assuming she’s not executed by AU!Henry.

So Regina got the magical retcon 4B denied her after all, she gets to be seen as totally separate from the bad part of herself (it should be noted again that Regina’ behavior does not change, nothing had in fact really been “removed” from her and she is not acting “good” without the EQ bit) and…yeah her arc’s over with that. That is the last bit of character development Regina really gets this season. We end on the weirdest version of redemption ever “just split off the part f you that did bad things and now you don’t have to feel guilty and no one will treat you like the bad guy anymore (not that very many people were treating her like one anymore anyway).

Something constantly reiterated in seasons 3 and 4 was “villains don’t get happy endings.” The show for some reason never took this to the conclusion of “but if you work hard to redeem yourself you are no longer a villain and thus can have a happy ending” which would have been the best route for Regina. Regina got her first happy ending with the curse, and when that was broken she seemed to associate “happy ending” with “get whatever it is I want right now” (Henry, Robin, a child to raise with Robin, and so on) and anything roadblocking that even slightly, even in a way that could be overcome with work, was treated as the whole universe being against her because villains are some nebulous group that just gets denied happy endings as the way of the world (instead of, say, as consequences for their actions). 

Well Regina got her happy ending and if you ask me, she was still a villain at the end of it all just one who managed to get in enough with the good guys somehow to where they and everyone else utterly ignored it. At most she mellowed a bit. This is a woman who a season ago was threatening to murder another woman’s true love out of sheer jealously and got no pushback for it.

It reminds me of how Rich Burlew described the character development that Token Evil Teammate Belkar Bitterleaf underwent in The Order of the Stick thru the fifth arc: that of a sociopath progressing to a higher functioning sociopath who can at least work well with others to get what they want (Belkar even faked in-universe character development to stay relevant!). Regina is similar: she did not change; she simply learned how to play along enough to count as a member of the good guys. And apparently that was all the narrative dared ask from her.

‘Once Upon a Time’: Lana Parrilla Teases Regina’s Romance and New Outfits in Season 5

The Evil Queen is dead. Long live hero Regina!

When Once Upon a Time debuted four years ago, Regina, aka the Evil Queen played by Lana Parrilla, was the villain of the story. Her foe was Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), a hero who’d swooped in to save Storybrooke, son Henry, and the day.

Now, in Season 5, which premieres Sunday night on ABC, the tables are turned: Emma is the Dark One. She’s the villain, and Regina is the hero. Not only that, Regina’s got love in her life thanks to Robin Hood (Sean Maguire).

Of course, this is OUAT, so even a happy ending can have a wrinkle in it — and that wrinkle is named Zelena (Rebecca Mader), Regina’s half-sister, who duped Robin into impregnating her. And as we all know, three’s a crowd when it comes to love.

So, how will Regina deal with the Wicked Witch? Yahoo TV chatted with Parrilla to learn that, and more about season 5:

What would you say is the theme for Season 5?
It’s really family-oriented, as it always has been. It’s about us trying to save Emma — trying to save Emma from the darkness and pull her into the light.

Regina got her happy ending, or mostly. She started out as this villain, and now she’s one of the heroes. What’s it like for you playing that evolution?
The last couple of years, exploring the lighter side of this character has been a ton of fun. I don’t think Regina ever thought she’d have family in her life. I think she accepted that she’d be alone. When she got to Storybrooke, this world that she had created was not really amounting to much for her and wasn’t providing her much happiness, and that’s why she adopted Henry. But she’s never had a support system or a team of people who are banding together to fight for her happiness. I think for Regina, she’s touched by this, overwhelmed by it, and also uncomfortable about it.

At the same time, she’s genuinely happy. She has turned a corner and the woman she once was — she isn’t that person anymore. She can never really go back to being that evil, dark character — unless something horribly dramatic happens and pushes her back into that darkness. I really have enjoyed it; it’s given me as an actor so much to play and so much to explore. And I’ve loved her evolution, and that she’s constantly fighting to grow and be a better person.

Regina and Robin are together, but there’s a big complication in the form of her half-sister, Zelena, aka the Wicked Witch, who’s pregnant with Robin’s baby. How will that play out?
I have a feeling that this situation is going to take time. [Zelena] is going to be pregnant eight to nine months, and I think the story is going to be told over the course of that. At this stage, right now, everyone is trying to jump on board to help Emma. Regina’s feelings about the pregnancy, we’re going to get to that — obviously this is a big issue — but it’s secondary to Emma going dark.

I think this season Regina is less threatened by Zelena. In Regina’s mind, she’s already won. It’s complicated, but we’ll figure it out. She feels like she and Robin can get through it together.

Speaking of Robin, it must be fun to have a real love interest, finally! What will we see from their romance this season?
It’s a lot of fun! It’s a little crazy because this season we are in Camelot, and there’s a lot that takes place there. Regina and Robin might sneak in a kiss while they’re running off into the woods chasing monsters [Laughs].

We’ve always loved seeing Regina’s Evil Queen outfits, but now she’s a hero, so will we see some new looks?
You’re going to see me costumed in a whole new look, a Camelot look. It’s not fairytale-land attire, it’s not Storybrooke attire. We’re now in medieval times. So, we’re going to see a whole new look for all these characters. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m dieting at the moment [Laughs]. These are VERY form-fitting, revealing costumes!

Season 5 of Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC. And be sure to check out our OUAT aftershow, Superfan Live, on Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. ET.


S5E05: Dreamcatcher

Let’s talk a little about this. Even tough dreamcatchers have their own implications related to swan queen, they are wide known among the fandom as a swanfire thing, we could start speculating about the meaning of the title now. I had many ideas but this theory really hit me: let’s asume dreamcatchers are pure swanfire, we all know Neal isn’t coming back, A&E said several times that if appeared again it would be on flashbacks, that seems legit to me, episode five has Neal/Emma flashbacks. Now, the only time we saw that was in Tallahassee where Emma’s relationship with Neal was paralleled to Emma’s new love interest aka Hook, that episode gave us a vison of two different relationships and established captain swan as potentially canon.
But this is episode five we’re talking about, and we all know that fifth episodes kinda have a reputation of being crazy swan queen, so my money is on it being a Tallahassee 2.0 with Emma’s relationship with Neal paralleling Emma’s relationship with Regina and maybe this time finally getting the whole audience to realize what swen has kown for many years now.

Plus points on A&E writting it, I mean if your gonna give the first big impulse on the primary endgame relationship of your show, wouldn’t you want to be completely on charge.

I feel some kinda way...

I think I’m over OUAT.

I love Regina, she is the reason I stayed watching this show past episode 1.

I was cool when she didn’t have a love interest.

And after 2a I was like ‘screw all them Regina. Leave Storybrooke and start over’. I said that during the Cora arc. I said that during the Neverland arc (only this time I wanted Henry to be with her). I said it at the end of 3B and 4A.

But now I really mean it. Like I want Regina to leave Storybrooke with a fresh new identity (Eva Zambrano) and be happy.

Why is she the only character to get crapped on. EVERY. SINGLE. BREAK???!??!!?

•Season 1 finale= curse broke. Left alone crying in Henry’s room.

•Season 2A= absorbs a death curse -lives- and gets left alone forgotten by the heroes she just saved.

•Season 2b= tortured and then within a few hours, tries to sacrifice herself to stop Storybrooke from disappearing. Henry gets kidnapped.

•Season 3A= Neverland. And then having to say goodbye to Henry (again) and erasing his memories of them.

•Season 3B= finally finding her light. She’s happy and pinche Emma has to bring back her new love’s/soulmate’s first wife.

•Season 4a= has to say goodbye 'forever’ to her soulmate so that his not so dead first wife can live. *forever bitter towards Emma*

•Season 4B= can be reunited with soulmate, only to find out that he’s having a BABY with his first wife who is *SURPRISE* HER SISTER???!!?!?!

Don’t get me wrong, some of the other characters suffer at the end of breaks too, but she’s the Only one who has to suffer every. Single. Time.

Like, I get it Lana’s acting is dynamic. She can deliver heartbreak like no other. But I’m starting to notice a difference in Lana’s acting lately too. There’s like a disconnect, IMO. I watch season 1 and the watch the latest episode and something’s different.

Outlaw Queen, despite how great they were in 3B (I fangirled everytime they were on screen together), it’s just not enough to hold me.

And sadly, Regina might not be enough anymore either.

Adam and Eddy really screwed up with this storyline and I just don’t see how they can recover from this.

I just want to take Regina and run. It’s just like, damn girl! You need an all expenses paid vacation for a year in St. Bart’s. Where you can drink with Trina Decker and have some fun with a guy like Chris Deleo.

CS and Regina in The Price.
  • Killian: I want true love.
  • Dark Swan: I want my sexy pirate.
  • Killian: Can't. Must resist seductive evil girlfriend.
  • Dark Swan: Please stay. I need a hero I can keep tied up in my basement, so he can help me get hold of something. Interested?
  • Killian: Tempting, Swan.
  • Dark Swan: New me, same kinks. :)
  • Killian: Will the dark one be joining us? Because I draw the line at threesomes. Sorry. It's not you, it's me.
  • Later...
  • Regina: My boyfriend could die.
  • Dark Swan: Yeah? Well, my boyfriend turned me down. And now that I can't get laid I'm gonna take all my frustrations and anger out on you. Sound familiar?
  • Regina: Bitch, don't you try to steal my logic.
  • Dark Swan: Too late. I blame you for everything!
  • Regina: Stop making sense. The old Emma would never have called me out on my shit.
  • Dark Swan: I'm the new and improved version.
  • CS Fans: Can we keep her?