Oncers were out in force for the Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland panel at Disney’s D23 Expo. Creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis teased their fans with new characters, an extended trailer for Wonderland, and a new clip from the season premiere of Once.
In the clip, Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) meets up with the leader of The Lost Ones, revealed to be named Felix, to discuss the Dark One’s return to Neverland. Rumple, looking as dashing as ever back in his leather fairytale attire, tells Felix to tell Pan that the master of magic is indeed there for “the boy” (presumably Henry). Felix departs but not before returning to Rumple a straw doll that causes the Dark One to break down in tears.
For all the confused fans, Horowitz and Kitsis clarified that the clip comes from the ending of the premiere. Everything will make sense when we see the entire episode live on Sunday, September 29th.
The two creators also revealed that joining the cast of fairytale and literary characters are favorites Tinkerbell and Ariel. Kitsis and Horowitz teased that The Little Mermaid’s Ursula and Eric may also make appearances, “but you never know because on the show you never know who is the real Ursula,” said Kitsis. Regina perhaps?
The Evil Queen may have her hands too full to be Ursula though when she gets a second chance at love this season. Sparks may also fly for Captain Hook (Colin O’Donohue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison), especially when we learn more about Hook’s past.
Season 3 will be split into two sets of 11 episodes, with the first half focusing on Neverland. The first 11 episodes may run almost concurrently with the new spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
Speaking of Wonderland, it is going to be a heck of a fun show. Attendees were treated to an extended 19-minute trailer that showed the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and White Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow) popping up in Storybrooke. They apparently began their search for Alice in our world during the events of Once’s season two episode, “Broken.”
Wonderland will follow Alice (Sophie Lowe) back to the magical land as she searches for her lost love, the genie Cyrus (Peter Gaidot). The show, like Once, will feature flashbacks, including learning more about the sardonic Knave of Hearts. Naveen Andrews will also be popping up as Jafar and Barbara Hershey may reprise her role from Once as the Queen of Hearts but no guarantees. For now, Emma Rigby as the Red Queen is more than enough evil for Alice to contend with.
Wonderland premieres Thursday, October 10th.