optimistic cynic

The Same Coin

different sides of a single sign

aries: defender/destroyer- you either defend the weak and helpless or destroy everything in your path to get your way

taurus: tired/tireless- you are either incorrigibly lazy or ridiculously, irrationally, impressively persistent

gemini: talker/listener- you either never shut up or always let others lead the conversation

cancer: giver/taker- you either demand people’s time, energy, and attention until they resent you, or give everything you have while secretly resenting them

leo: elevates self/others- you either make yourself, and only yourself look and feel special, sometimes at the expense of others, or try to bring everyone “up” with you

virgo: nervous wreck/practical genius- you either let fear cloud your thinking, or are so detached and clear-headed that you come up with brilliant ideas

libra: isolation/partnership- you’re either obsessed with finding the perfect partner or determined to never rely on another person for anything

scorpio: honest to a fault/pathological liar- you may abandon tact and flout social norms with brutal honesty, or lie excessively to protect yourself

sagittarius: optimist/cynic- you either wear rose-tinted glasses or think the world is a festering dung heap

capricorn: criticizes/improves- you either bring other people down with harsh words and disapproval or genuinely try to help them by building on their work

aquarius: lone wolf/mindless sheep- you either forge your own path or lose yourself in the crowd and do things just because “it’s the norm”

pisces: heartless/bleeding heart- you’re either the world’s biggest sucker or completely apathetic to others’ pain

which one r u?

pessimist, sees the glass as half empty: capricorn, virgo, gemini, scorpio
optimist, sees the glass as half full: pisces, sagittarius, libra, aquarius
realist, knows it is just half a fucking glass: cancer, taurus, scorpio, leo, aries

Sound Horizon Story Summaries
  • Chronicle: The goddess of history cannot actually control history and would really like it if this cult that followed her would stop bringing about the end times.
  • Thanatos: A little girl thinks thanatos will come kill her if she falls asleep so she daydreams about death to keep herself awake.
  • Lost: An optimist and a cynic observe a bunch of really depressing vignettes.
  • Elysion: People need to stop falling in love and killing people over it. Seriously, this is becoming a problem.
  • Roman: A consciousness that's unaware of its own origins asks two other mysterious consciousnesses to find out how he was born. One or both of them are fucking with him.
  • Moira: A greek guy's life sucks, so he decides to kill the goddess of destiny.
  • Jihad of Iberia: A half-spanish-half-muslim girl alive during the reconquista loses both of her parents. She accidentally brings a demon back to life, they fall in love, and then they kill everyone.
  • Marchen: The spirit of a man who just died can't remember how it died, but remembers that it wants vengeance. Since he can't remember who to enact vengeance on, he helps a bunch of dead fairy tale characters get vengeance.
  • The Story of Halloween and the Night: A man dies a shitty death and the fact it's halloween doesn't make it any better. Meanwhile, a kid has his first halloween and then dies immediately after.
  • Vanishing Starlight: A man who may or may not be a self insert of the author runs into the author and they shred some sick guitar solos together.
  • Nein: Aforementioned self-insert buys a pair of sunglasses from a mysterious antique shop that turn him into a cat-themed vocaloid, doomed to forever write shitty fanfiction about all of the other Sound Horizon musicals.

where are the val/diana shippers … yall cmon … where are you.

  • both lost the blonde loves of their life to a pointless war
  • optimist vs cynic outlook
  • finding reasons to fight again
  • val absolutely fought with diana’s mother before the valkyrie were wiped out
  • val’s snark vs diana’s quips
  • diana’s sincerity cutting through val’s hard exterior 
  • the wrestle with the idea if their people are worth fighting for anymore, and they both do
  • and obviously they are a battle couple

stop sleeping on this you fools!!!!


Jaunty whistling filled the small space, accompanying the sounds of the Ghost hacking the control panel.

“Will you stop?”

The whistling died out and the Guardian crossed their arms. “You have to admit it went well with your hacking.”

“I will admit nothing other than the fact that I can’t concentrate on this firewall with you making so much noise. Do you have any idea how complex this encryption is?”

“More difficult than the–”

“It was a rhetorical question,” the Ghost snapped.

The Guardian tsked and shifted around so they could lean a shoulder into the wall by the console and look at their Ghost. A brief glower was the only acknowledgement they got. They bumped a finger into the end of one of the Ghost’s tines with a soft “boop” and it shifted away.

“Stop that.”

“Aww, come on, Monday. You can’t be grumpy forever.”

“I’m not grumpy. I’m just the only one on this team with any sense.”

“You’re stressed and grumpy. You just need to take a break and enjoy the little things.”

“I have rezzed you six times today and it’s not even noon. Now be quiet so I can finish this hack and we can get out of here, hopefully with a minimum of death and violent mutilation.”

Silence lasted for about ten seconds before the Guardian smiled softly and gently poked their Ghost again.

“Looks like someone’s got a bad case of the Mondays.”

The hack stopped and Monday stared at the console for a moment before turning, ever so slowly, to glare at the Guardian. Beneath their helmet, the Guardian’s smile only grew.

“I am going to kill you.”

The Guardian snorted in laughter, as they had the past dozen or so times Monday had declared that, and pushed off the wall to step back from the console. Monday held the glare a second longer before going back to the hack.

What Your LOK OTP Says About You:

Korrasami: Outgoing, forward and invested in your hobbies. You are so proud of your OTP and lets face it, you probably crack-shipped it back in book 1. Very very defensive of your precious canon lady ship, maybe even to the point where it can be off putting. But your fellow Korrasami friends will always have your back. You’re independent, hardheaded, and brash. Optimistic, but mildly cynical about society. You have to learn to pick your battles, but you are good at winning the ones you do.

Makorra: You hold a deep, seething sad hole inside of you after the finale that just can’t seem to be filled, though you try and try again with AMVs, fanfiction and fan-art. These two will probably be the literal death of you. Low-key emotional mess but you cover it pretty well with sarcasm. You believe that Mako and Korra need to be protected at all costs. You long for the days when book 1 was see-all end-all. A nostalgic piece of garbage with a great sense of loyalty, love, and humility.

Bopal: A real softie with a heart of steel. Your endless love for Bolin gives you a sense of peace when you realize he landed himself a quality lady. You’re warm and fun to be around, even if you have a bit of an emotional side. Generally a lovely person and a top-notch friend. Your relationships tend to look big picture rather than in the moment romance.

Kainora: You cheesy little shit, you. Nothing makes you smile more than seeing two people who are perfect for each other finding one another. You’re a sucker for good girl/scoundrel romances (Hello! Lady and the Tramp? Aladdin? Classics man!). You’re quiet and maybe a bit reserved around large groups but with your friends you’re quite the jokester!

Masami: You are drawn to the “love at first sight” AUs, even if you don’t really believe in it yourself. You’re a rare breed, but that just means that those of you who remain aboard the ship are loyal to a T! You’re pessimistic in love, but that doesn’t mean you’re bad with relationship. It just means, you’re more cautious. You don’t throw yourself at just anyone! Driven and passionate in your career.

Borra: Love that buds from a close friendship is your biggest relationship goal. You are drawn to people who are as hilarious and outgoing as you. Quite the romantic, you tend to fall for people easily. Your celebrity crush and you? You still totally have a shot! Never say never! You remain optimistic and loyal in your friendships. Like the big sister of your friend group. You’re a riot and a grand time, but you know your limits.

Bosami: Nothing hurts more than the sad, sick pain of seeing their beautiful friendship fade away as the books progressed. The end of book one opened so many doors for them that you saw mildly explored in book 2, but your dreams were smashed within a few episodes. However, you are still a strong believer that good people will find each other. You are very protective of your friends and family. You don’t actively seek romance, but if it finds you, you will go with it! You’re very open-minded and understanding.

Tahnorra/Amorra: Everything after book 1 was a lie.

Korroh/Irohsami: Like Tahnorra and Amorra, except you feel a little more betrayed. You are personally offended at the lack of Iroh in the later seasons. Professional and mild on the surface, but a super exciting person underneath. Tbh, you still have hope (maybe naively, but still).

Boleska: Book two was probably your favorite. You loved Eska and the idea of the Andy Dwyer/April Ludgate relationship between she and Bolin. You are sarcastic, a little childish, and you really enjoy balance. You’re a sucker for opposites attract relationships. The little brother of the fandom that everyone at least likes enough to admit it happened and maybe just look the other way, rather than hating on it.

Zhurrick: The only ship that really mattered in your opinion at the end of the series. Sure everyone else was nice, but THIS! You’d been waiting for their wedding, hell, just their confessions of love since book 2! You are optimistic, witty and tactical. A planner, but willing to throw that all away every now and then when the situation calls for spontaneity. The funky uncle in the friend group who everyone loves, but will just sit back and watch things go down. 

Wuko: All of that potential for a queer ship with depth, RUINED! You’re more than convinced that these two had romantic feelings for one another. You’re goofy, but well mannered when you need to be. Your friends can come to you for anything because you’re a great listener, although you would talk their ear off if they let you. Lucky you, both Mako and Wu ended the series single, so ship on! So much potential to explore!

Korpal: Like a more intense and sadder Bopal shipper.  

Korvira: A natural born leader. You are loud and in charge and full of energy, that is, when you feel motivated. When you lack motivation, you can be really lazy. You are ok with settling for Korrasami but your heart will always belong to Kuvira.

What your _____ OTP says about you series: [ATLA] [Harry Potter]

anonymous asked:

Patton and Virgil switch clothes for the day and act as each other to see who can spot the difference - Virgilient~

@virgilient I just saw this at the bottom of my asks and I’m making asks a priority tonight so here’s a rough little idea list.

  • It was Patton’s idea. Anxiety hates it, but he decides to humor him because he’s decided to try to at least attempt to be a team player.
  • They practice in the main mind palace together while everyone is getting ready for bed. They practice for several weeks.
  • Both of them don’t like it and are starting to question it, but they’ve put in too much work already, might as well do it.
  • It kills Virgil to stand up straight for that long. Patton does not like slouching. Says it hurts his back and pouts about it, making Verge roll his eyes every time.
  • They pick a day when they know Thomas won’t be on camera or around a lot of people in case they make him act weird.
  • Thomas has been feeling weird lately.
  • The most optimistic cynicism ever. Oh my goodness Thomas is crying because he thinks he’s going to fail at simple things and he’s having a terrible day but then he gets it right and he’s so happy in the saddest of ways.
  • They look the part and act the part very well but them doing each other’s job is like that bit in inside out when fear, anger, and disgust try to act like joy.
  • Patton breaks first. He saw a dog.
  • As soon as Morality breaks, Anxiety changes back immediately and then sinks out because he needs some time alone after acting that happy for that long.
  • Imagine happy emotional Virgil wearing glasses for a few minutes because that’s what Patton looks like. That is a very comfy hoodie.
  • Logan and Roman are not amused.

What happens when a character casts such a long shadow that pop culture can’t entirely leave him behind, but at the same time that character is firmly rooted in a time and place from which pop culture has itself moved on? The somewhat less than reassuring answer can be found in the film “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze” (1975), the TV series “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” (1979-81), and the TV series “Flash Gordon” (2007-08). In all cases, it’s probably fair to say the Pulp Era characters in question simply didn’t successfully transition to the modern era.

Even the cult film “Flash Gordon” (1980) produced by Dino De Laurentiis succeeded only insofar as it created an over-the-top campy and color-saturated reimagining. A lot of fun to watch? Absolutely. But it didn’t result in a new iteration of Flash Gordon being a serious and credible late 20th century pop culture character in the same way that, for example, Han Solo from Star Wars was. Put simply, it’s extremely difficult to reboot Pulp Era characters for contemporary pop cultural tastes.

It was with this in mind that I recently purchased “Avengers of the Moon,” the new Captain Future novel by Allen Steele.

Captain Future is my favorite pulp character. The Captain’s backstory is about as “pulp-y” as it gets. As a child, Curtis “Curt” Newton – Captain Future’s real name – was orphaned when his parents were murdered by the malevolent Victor Corvo. Curt’s father, Roger, was a brilliant scientist who had relocated to the Moon to work on his experiments. After his death, Curt was brought up by The Brain, the disembodied central nervous system of Roger’s colleague Simon Wright; Otho, an android who was a master of disguise as well as an effective combatant; and Grag, a powerful and self-aware robot.

Captain Future was universally revered by the citizens of the solar system, a solar system it should be noted teeming with sentient alien life on several planets and moons. The Captain and his Futuremen worked closely with two members of the Planet Police, the solar system’s interplanetary law enforcement agency: Marshal Ezra Gurney, a senior Planet Police official whose speech and personality seem better suited to the Old West than to outer space, and Joan Randall, an agent who had feelings for Curt although their relationship never developed into anything serious.

The stories were quite imaginative albeit formulaic. But there was just something about the chemistry of the characters that really worked, Curt Newton was the young, handsome space hero, as adept with his mind as with his fists or his proton pistol. Otho and Grag bickered and insulted each other constantly but cared deeply for each other. Simon “The Brain” Wright was the elder statesman. While not achieving the notoriety of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers, Captain Future, created by Mort Weisinger and written primarily by Edmond Hamilton, still reigned from his secret base in Tycho Crater on the Moon over his pulp science fiction empire from 1940 to 1951.

Enter journalist and sci fi author Allen Steele. Steele previously dealt with Captain Future somewhat obliquely in his 1996 Hugo Award-winning novella “The Death of Captain Future” in which a fan of the pulp hero acts out a fantasy based on the exploits of the character. In “Avengers of the Moon,” Steele attempts the impossible task of rebooting the Captain Future universe for modern sci fi fans.

The novel is set in the 24th century rather than the early 21st of the original pulp series but earlier in Curtis Newton’s reimagined timeline: Newton is not yet Captain Future but a somewhat awkward youth, understandable given his limited contact with other humans and unique upbringing by his surrogate family. Early on in the novel, Newton learns of the murder of his parents by Senator Victor Corvo two decades earlier and plans revenge.

While Steele’s Curtis Newton is credible as the man who is not quite yet the hero he will become, the Futuremen diverge to a greater degree from their pulp incarnations. Otho is harsher than the lovable rogue of the 1940s. At one point he actually threatens Simon Wright with death. An interesting plot change is that Otho was originally supposed to be the body for the brain of Simon Wright but because Otho’s own brain developed sentience so rapidly, this plan was abandoned on ethical grounds. As a result, the Brain remains in a drone that flies using ducted fans rather than the force beams of the old sci fi magazines. Grag is more robotic in temperament. Ezra and Joan initially treat Curt with disdain and the very name “Captain Future” invites eye rolls and laughter rather than the awe and respect displayed from the very first pulp story, “Captain Future and the Space Emperor” (1940).

One of the saddest concessions to modernity is that Captain Future’s spaceship, the Comet, is reduced to a 20 year old yacht that has to hitch a ride on a lightsail ship to travel from the Moon to Mars. This much diminished Comet even lacks the power to lift off from Mars’ surface were it to land there. Thankfully, a worthier successor to the vessel is hinted at near the novel’s end.

The solar system civilization from the pulps survives surprisingly intact with the assorted aliens of the worlds of the system being rebooted as human beings who have been genetically modified to accommodate failed or incomplete terraforming procedures on the various moons and planets.

I won’t spoil the plot further except to say that not too surprisingly by the end of the novel, Curt Newton has accepted the mantle of Captain Future and the name now commands respect rather than prompts derision.

Anyone picking up “Avengers of the Moon” with the expectation that he or she will rediscover the magic of those old sci fi magazine stories will be disappointed, not because of any failing by the author but because that’s not the purpose of this book. Steele could have written a novel in direct continuity with the 1940s Captain Future universe but it would have been merely a pastiche. Instead, he chose the much more difficult task of trying to capture the soul of those wonderful old pulp characters and transplant them into a grittier and harder science fiction story to appeal to modern readers. In this all but unworkable endeavor, the author probably comes as close to success as is possible.

Reading “Avengers of the Moon” is like meeting some old friends for the first time in 20 years and discovering that they are now rather different people. And that’s okay. It means you can both reminisce and get acquainted. This iteration of the pulp icon is clearly the product of a culture that is older, less confident, less optimistic, and more cynical than the culture that produced the original. But that’s exactly the kind of culture that needs a hero like Captain Future.

Old School Science Fiction recommends adding Allen Steele’s “Avengers of the Moon” to your summer reading list.

In Rooster Teeth’s Camp Camp Q&A last year Jordan suggests that in a decade Max might become ‘what he hates’ implying he works at Camp Campbell himself.

Please consider:

-The most peppy, tenacious, hippie raised kale-chips-and-hemp milk-fed kid you have ever laid your eyes on (think Angus Mcdonald or Greg from OTGW vibes) practically bouncing in place, “oh my gosh sir I’m so excited sir I love camp so much, sir!” tugging on the pant leg of 20 year old counselor Max who has FML written all over his face.
-This kid is the only one happy to be at Camp Campbell from the get-go. While at first exasperated by this, Max in all his scheming glory sees the silver lining. Overenthusiastic annoying camper, more like personal servant/free labor for this shitty non-payin job amiright?
-Max kicking back and relaxing while making this kid do stuff for him in addition to fulfilling his counselor duties. Clean the campsite, scrub the toilets, boil and bring him hot water, order him takeout, install proper plumbing, etc. 
-“What the camp activity today, sir?! Are we gonna on a hike? Or go rowing? I love rowing!” “Today’s activities arrre….adding a second story to this cabin and washing all these blue jackets. And doing my taxes or something, I don’t know.” “Oh…okay!” 
-Max getting increasingly baffled by how damn loyal this kid is. He probably asks this kid to do something pointless and ridiculous just to see how far they’d go. And they do it successfully, even if they return drenched head-to-toe and cold and bruised up. Max almost feels bad. Maybe a bit more than almost.
-Max snarking at them one day with a “you know you’re only here because your parents don’t give a shit about you, right?” The kid trying to defend their parents while listing off blatantly neglectful behaviors. And then you see the exact moment they realize how awful their home life is, and the innocence leaves this kid’s eyes all at once. 
Max’s smirk drops immediately. “…Oh fuck.” 
-The kid recovers though, with a (very forced) smile and a “I…I-I guess that’s why I love going to camp so much, sir!”
Max feels Bad. 

but hey in Dadvid AU maybe Max is inspired and adopts this kid, idk, maybe it becomes a cycle of optimists and cynics adopting each other

We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.
—  Gordon B. Hinckley
Happiness is NOT a lie

Kanan and Hera finally confirming their feelings for each other onscreen should be a joyous occasion. Instead all I feel is an impending sense of dread. Star Wars HATES happy endings (laser swords and magic abilities are fine, but happiness is unrealistic) and they’ve already starting this BS narrative that anyone who wasn’t in the OT has to be dead by the start of ANH because otherwise it “doesn’t make sense” for them not to be in the movies. It’s why Rogue One “had” to die.

Hera, at least, seems to be the exception. She was around for Rogue One and if Forces of Destiny is canon she survived through Endor and Sabine may be kicking around somewhere, too. And yeah, there’s the half-jokey stuff about Rex being on Endor, too, which kinda starts poking holes in the “everyone has to be dead” gimmick. But whatever. I’m more concerned that they’re going to kill off Kanan or at the very least have him ditch Hera and go off on his own. After all, you can’t have another Jedi around when the OT starts or it “ruins” the premise, right? Which means Ezra has to disappear, too. brb, my eyes rolled out of my head.

I’ve already seen a few clickbaity headlines hinting at “heartache” being in store for the final season and honestly I am so goddamned tired. Let. Characters. Be. Happy. Let them STAY happy. Stop marketing this bullshit idea that happiness is childish and unrealistic. Let Kanan and Hera stay together. You fuckers already destroyed Leia and Han and twisted Luke from an eternal optimist into a bitter cynic. Give us something, FFS. Prove that hope doesn’t have to be built on a pile of corpses and shattered dreams.

'Once Upon a Time' star Andrew J. West on taking up Henry Mills' mantle
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 intervi…

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.

Once Upon a Time has a new hero.

In the season 6 finale, the ABC fairy tale drama shocked and awed by revealing that the character Andrew J. West was playing was an older version of Henry Mills, the heart of the truest believer formerly played by Jared Gilmore since the show’s 2011 debut. However, Henry is no longer the wide-eyed optimist, but rather a cynical former author-turned-Uber driver. Yes, seriously. How did he end up so far away from home?

Here’s what you need to know: Henry leaves Storybrooke in search of his own tale, finding an epic romance with a different iteration of Cinderella (Dania Ramirez), with whom he has a precocious daughter, Lucy (Alison Fernandez). But the family is torn apart when a new, yet familiar, curse traps them and a trio of returning characters — former Evil Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla), one-handed pirate Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), and the Dark One Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) — as well as a quintet of new characters (see the full character rundown here) in the Seattle neighborhood of Hyperion Heights. But just how different has this new Henry become after years of traveling? EW turned to West to get the scoop.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How different is this Henry that we’re seeing?
ANDREW J. WEST: Well, it’s the same Henry, but it’s a Henry who has gone through some trials and tribulations. It’s a Henry that’s gone through some adventures, who has aged. With the passage of time for anybody, things happen and people change — sometimes drastically. It’s yet to be seen how drastically Henry has changed in the time that has passed from when we see him at the end of season 6, but there have definitely been some significant changes in his life. We’ll learn what adventures he went on in the years between the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7. There’s been a substantial passage of time. It is, in a lot of ways, a brand new character. It’s a man as opposed to this boy that we knew for six years.

What’s his mindset when we pick back up with him in the Enchanted Forest, but also in Hyperion Heights?
In a lot of ways, it’s almost like two different people. The Henry that we see in the Fairy Tale Land is more of a direct continuation from where we leave Henry in season 6. But what’s exciting about him is that he’s on a quest, he’s got a goal that he’s working toward and that’s what makes the character intriguing and fun to watch. In season 1, Henry was on a quest then, he was working towards something every episode. So that’s where we see him, but he’s still that hopeful, optimistic, heart of the truest believer guy that he’s always been.

Now when we pick him up in Hyperion Heights, there’s very much that essence in there. For the first time, we see this guy dealing with some real trauma and that has effects on the person who he is, how he behaves, and how he sees the world. That’s going to be really cool for fans, too, to see this character that’s always been the optimist, always been the one who believes — there’s been moments of darkness here and there in the third season with Peter Pan and different things, but he’s always been the bright shining beacon of hope and light. We see him really being challenged for the first time in a serious way in Hyperion Heights.

Did you go back and watch Jared’s performance and see what he did?
I went back and watched it. It was very important for me to watch it. I don’t want to mimic what Jared did, but it’s very important to understand the essences of those relationships. Really what Jen did with Emma Swan, and what Lana did, and what Josh Dallas did with Prince Charming, who are all members of obviously his immediate family, was a big inspiration for who this person becomes, too. Having those figures in his life that have influenced him so heavily. It’s more about capturing the essence of that than it is mimicking him, because he’s a different person, he’s older now, he’s grown up. But it was important to understand the essence of those relationships to be able to do the job. I couldn’t do it otherwise, there’s no way.

What do you think Henry has learned in the ensuing years?
When Henry was younger and what we saw of Henry through the six years, there were certainly difficulties that he faced and there were challenges, and there were adventures and there were all those things. But since then he’s experienced some hardships that far surpass anything that I think most children, hopefully, would ever experience. I mean, he’s experienced some very adult hardships, for lack of a better word, and it’s really tested him and altered him in some ways.

But at the same time, when we start season 7, we’re seeing him at two separate points in his life, and those are two very different Henrys too because a lot of time has passed between those two points — the person that he is in some of these fairy tale flashbacks that we’re going to see and then the person that he is in Hyperion Heights. It’s because of the things that have happened to him in the interim that are slowly revealed that we realize why he may seem a little different.

To be totally honest with you, a lot of that stuff hasn’t even really been revealed to me in detail yet either. I’ve, of course, gotten bits and pieces and stuff, but I don’t even know how all of the backstory is going to unfold either. But specifically, he’s always had the heart of the truest believer, we know that. He’s always been the one who really believes and I think what’s interesting is that when we see him, at least in Hyperion Heights as an adult, that belief has been shaken like it’s never been before. It’s really been shaken to its core. The problem with which he’s faced, and I guess the audience is faced, is: Is the belief going to vanish? Is it going to disappear? Is it going to break? Or is he going to be able to sustain it somehow? And we slowly find out why it’s gotten to that point.

Let’s talk about that Hyperion Heights version of Henry. What kind of dynamic does he have with some of these returning characters, like Roni, Gold, and Rogers?
When we meet him in Hyperion Heights, frankly, he’s a little bit of a recluse. He’s not a guy who’s got his stuff together. He lives alone. He’s lonely, frankly. He was a published author, but the writing career is not going well at all for him. He’s a Swyft driver in order to make ends meet and he’s not in a good place. Now, he’s not even really part of the Hyperion Heights community initially, but he gets drawn into this world because this child, Lucy, comes into his life and kind of forces him to venture out into this world of Hyperion Heights.

So, when he first comes in contact with some of these characters, with Roni, he essentially needs her to help him gather some information so that he can help this child that he feels for. He doesn’t really know why this child came into his life, but he can tell that she’s in trouble and he wants to give her any assistance that he can. He also wants to get her out of his life a little bit because she really throws a wrench into this little cocoon existence that he creates for himself. But he quickly forms a bond with Roni and it’s unclear to him, and I think Roni also, why they have this connection or why they developed this friendship so quickly because they’re strangers.

What about with Hook in the Enchanted Forest and Rogers in Hyperion Heights?
It’s a nice continuation of the relationship that these characters developed over the six years. The thing is that no one has really seen Henry for a while, so I think that when they’re reunited there’s this, “Oh my God, you’ve grown up, you’ve changed,” and I think there’s a finding of that relationship again in a way too.” Now, in Hyperion Heights, what’s so fun about it is that they are just new characters that are getting to know each other, they’re essentially strangers again. They’re both looking for something and I think that they find what could be an advantageous partnership. At first, there is a little bit of, “Can I trust this guy? Can I trust this guy? Who is this guy? Can he help me? Is he on my side?” But they find a way where they could help each other.

At the end of the day, I think it’s surprising for Henry to come into this new neighborhood, this new city, this new world, whatever you want to call it, and quickly meet people that he develops a connection with, because where we see Henry in his life, he’s not that kind of person. Again, he’s a recluse. He’s shut himself away. There’s not a lot of human connection in his life when we first see him at the beginning of 701, so Rogers and Roni quickly provide that for him, and it’s interesting to him. It’s sort of mysterious, like, why is it happening? He likes it, but it’s surprising to him.

What kind of dynamic does Henry have with Cinderella when they first meet? Is it love at first sight?
In a lot of ways, it’s reminiscent of what we saw with Charming and Snow White in the beginning of the series. It’s an edgier Cinderella, which is awesome to see Dania do, because she does it so well. But it also speaks to what it is that Henry is attracted to, and what it is that lights a fire inside of him. A fire has been lit.

What does that dynamic between Henry and Jacinda look like in Hyperion Heights?
There’s a real connection that he has to this woman and this little girl, and he just wants to help them. There’s a lot to unpack because first you have a guy who, again, is deep down just a truly nice, caring guy. On top of that, there’s this connection that almost feels — I don’t know what the word is, it’s a connection that goes much deeper than just, “Oh, I like this girl,” or “She’s pretty,” or “I want to help her.” It’s something that reaches further back for him. So, a lot of what we see of Henry in Hyperion Heights is him working toward helping Jacinda and helping Lucy maintain the best quality of life that they can have, and that opens an entire can of worms. It just creates all these complications in his life that he’s happy to take on, not at first, but it’s something that he quickly accepts as being very important for reasons that are maybe even beyond his initial understanding.

What has it been like on set as one of the new cast members?
We as new guys, we didn’t know what it would be like on this set — Gabrielle, Dania, you know, the new cast members along with myself. Sometimes that can be real intimidating if you come into season 7 with a show that has been very successful and that everybody’s got their way of working, and their cliques, and they’ve developed these characters — not just the world of the show, but the world of being at work, like being on set every day. But what’s cool about this and what mitigates that is the fact that it does feel so new. Colin, Lana, and Bobby have talked about how new it feels to them and how they are finding different versions of these characters. So, I think it’s helped all of us ease in and not feel too overwhelmed or intimidated and we can all find this new world together. But we have this treasure trove of seasons and material that already exist that we can use as a foundation to pull from.

OUAT fans are very passionate, so what has that been like for you since the moment you appeared in the finale now going into this rebooted season? What has the reaction been like?
It’s been surprisingly positive. I guess I only say surprisingly because your mind — I guess just as in the neurotic human being that I am — always goes to the negative place of, everybody loves this character and they’re going to hate what I’m doing with it. It’s easy to psych yourself out and think that it’s just going to be a negative thing. It’s been the opposite actually. People seem genuinely excited about it. But it’s unlike most shows that you work on. I’ve only ever worked on one show that’s had a similar feel in terms a fanbase, but most TV shows you don’t expect to see fans hanging out around location, snapping pictures, and just wanting to watch you work. You don’t really see that on most shows. There is always an adjustment period to that, but I love it because it’s a reminder.

It’s easy to start to slip into this solipsistic world of work where you may really enjoy your job, but you’re just going into work every day, you’re hanging out with the people you work with and it just becomes a job, a job that you really enjoy. We make this show and it’s fun and we have a good time and we go home or whatever, but the fan response and seeing the fans when you come to work sometimes, seeing the fans on Twitter and Instagram, is a reminder that it really means a lot to people out there, that you’re making the show for a lot of people and it really has an effect on these people. It’s not just your fun job that you get to enjoy. It’s a little bit bigger than that and that’s a great motivating factor. It makes you even more excited to come into work, it makes you excited to share the story that we’re all making and it’s just special. It’s pretty unique. You just don’t get that opportunity a lot when you work in this type of business.

Once Upon a Time returns Friday, Oct. 6 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, and our interview with Lana Parrilla here. Check back Friday for our interview with Dania Ramirez.

pride and prejudice themed asks!
  • Elizabeth Bennet: What are your top five favorite books?
  • Mr. Darcy: Have you ever been rejected by a crush?
  • Jane Bennet: Are you an optimistic, a cynic, or a realist?
  • Mr. Bingley: How many places have you lived?
  • Lydia Bennet: Tell us a story about a time you (or someone you know) got drunk.
  • Mary Bennet: What are your talents?
  • Kitty Bennet: Tell us a story about your time in middle or high school.
  • Mr. Bennet: What is the best insult/clapback/snide comment you've ever said?
  • Mrs. Bennet: Have you ever been on a blind date, or set someone up on a blind date? How'd it go?
  • Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Do people often take your advice?
  • Caroline Bingley: What are your basic requirements for a future partner?
  • Mr. Collins: What is your most annoying quality?
  • Charlotte Lucas: Do you consider yourself good-looking?
  • Georgiana Darcy: What are your top five favorite songs?
  • Colonel Fitzwilliam: Can you keep a secret?
  • George Wickham: What is the last lie you told?