What was your favorite scene from this Once Upon a Time Season 3 episode?
Robin: Jim and Gareth mentioned the best scenes, so I’ll give another for variety’s sake. I loved the scene where Emma was showing Hook her magic. The reversal of their personalities was intense; for once, Emma was joking around and light-hearted with him, and Hook was serious and miserable. I felt so bad for him.
Once Upon a Time Q&A: Colin O'Donaghue on Hook's Heart, Past With New Villains
TVF: First question for Sunday’s episode, how would you predict Captain Swan fans will react to this finale?
COD: I think they will be…intrigued. I’ll leave it at that because I don’t want to give it away. There’s a definite cliffhanger at the end of the episode. It’s very difficult especially with a mid-season finale or a finale to not give too much away because I think what’s important is for fans of the show to just go in and go ‘oh my God, that just happened!’ But I think that people will be very, very happy with the episode and it sets up the second half of the season very, very well.
TVF: Any chance we’re getting more of Hook’s backstory anytime soon?
COD: We definitely get more of Hook’s backstory in the second half of the season. Weirdly, I kind of miss my pirate outfit. I’m very, very happy with my modern clothes and I was delighted to get them but I kind of miss that big long, leather jacket.
TVF: That coat was heavy!
COD: It was heavy but it sort of gives you stature and it’s fitted and makes you feel like a pirate.
TVF: So maybe we’ll see you in that coat again?
COD: [grins] Maybe.
TVF: Any idea about the future of the Jolly Roger? Is Hook going to get it back?
COD: You definitely see the Jolly Roger again but I’m not going to say in what context. Hook misses the Jolly Roger. I miss the Jolly Roger. It’s my boat!
TVF: The fact that Hook comes from the sea and we know Ursula comes from the sea, is there any chance there’s some history there?
COD: All I can say is that Hook has history with one of the three villainesses but I won’t say which one.
TV Fanatic: Moving into this half of the season, I know people are very concerned about Bonnie. Everybody wants Bonnie back. Let’s start there..
Caroline Dries: Yeah. Poor Bonnie. She should come back. She’s been over there and in [The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 10], we actually do what we never really do on the show, is just show a character alone in a storyline.
TVF: Yeah. I noticed that.
CD: It was cool for us, because you tell a story visually and Kat [Graham] is such a good actor that she could carry the weight of that storyline. I don’t know, we couldn’t do that every single episode because it would get a little stale but it really worked for that Christmas episode. So she is kind of going to hit rock bottom and from the ashes will emerge, you know, a Bonnie stronger, badass Bonnie that when she does returns, soon hopefully in 2015.
It will be a beautiful reunion and it will come right at the perfect time when her friends really need a boost of friend energy. She’s going to be really scarred by the emotional trauma of being stuck there for so long, and Bonnie kind of keeps things close to her vest because that’s just how she is as a character, but she’ s going to be dealing with a lot.
TVF: I’ve made it very clear that I’m a Captain Swan fan, so what can you say about that relationship moving forward?
AH: I would say as far as Emma and Hook go, it’s a similar thing. The show is not something we want to turn into two people watching Netflix. They’re going to have their challenges. There’s going to be an exploration of Hook’s character that involves the past that we’ve seen of his already, that he’s dealing with. Emma’s going to be dealing with her own past as well. And the two of them, while taking big steps forward, are going to also be having to deal with some roadblocks and obstacles that are unique to their situation. But the two of them do have feelings for each other that we’ve seen grow, obviously, and those feelings are going to continue to be explored.
TVF: I know that Emma has to make a gut-wrenching
choice in this episode. How much will it actually change her, this
choice, and how will we maybe look at her differently?
EK: I think it will change her very much. Here’s the
thing. I think it’s one of those episodes that a lot of the mysteries
and the questions we’ve posed for the first seven [episodes], a lot of
them are going to be answered in that first hour and so you’re going to
look at, I think in a lot ways, the season in a new light.
TVF: How will whatever this choice is affect her relationship with Hook?
TV Fanatic: So, the first episode back, it’s jarring to see that we are suddenly in Mexico.
Jeff Davis: What we wanted to do was take them out of Beacon Hills. We wanted to open up the world a little, make it a little adventurous, start them out in a completely different area and it’s fun because the audience has to catch up. The audience says, ‘Where the hell are they? What’s happening?’
This was our sort of Indiana Jones type way back into this season and a way to show how, after two months, Scott and his pack have been together, they’ve been helping Malia, they’ve been training her a little and they’re working as a team. We really wanted to show how they really work as a team. It’s almost a super hero story really.
TVF: From what I’ve seen of the new season, it doesn’t seem that the big bad is grounded in the supernatural side of things as we’ve seen in the past.
JD: Right. He’s not supernatural. I had an idea back around Christmas, I was with my family. We were reminiscing about how my mother, a single mother, raised three boys, working two jobs and how it was very difficult. We never realized actually how poor we were. As kids you are pretty blinded to it.
I thought wouldn’t it be interesting to get our Beacon Hills kids back to very human struggles? Show how a town is hit with a bad economy and how medical bills can pile up and how we can do almost The Treasure of Sierra Madre-type story where, what if there is a temptation to money? What if we did a season bounty hunters and professional killers and assassins? Instead of doing a whole big mythology and a new supernatural creature to discuss and theorize about, we just make it really human.
So, that’s basically the theme of this season. One of our overarching themes is, not all monsters do monstrous things and what we find out is that many humans do monstrous things.