The Red Queen will eventually form an alliance with Alice.She already knows what Jafar is planning for her and she is probably already plotting a way to defend herself.
The Red Queen's evil isn't entirely her faultThe Looking Glass messed her up. Maleficent warned that there would be consequences for its use and if the parent show has taught us anything, it's that all magic comes with a price and that price typically takes the form of the loss of someone you love. Will paid the price for his careless use of magic by seeing the woman he loved corrupted into the cold-hearted Red Queen.
The Old Prisoner is the SultanWhy else would Jafar keep someone alive when he has the habit of killing anyone when he gets what he wants from them? Because if the old man is the Sultan then he makes a great bargaining chip for Jasmine's in show counterpart.
Alice will use up all her wishes and the Knave will get the bottleThen he'll use all three of his wishes at once to free Cyrus from the bottle. It'll work out fine because while the wish is huge its divide by the three wishes with the price being that he could only make that one wish.
Anastasia is one of Cinderella's step-sisters.
Cyrus will get a flashback episode.So far, Alice, Will/Knave, and Anastasia have all gotten one. It's pretty much a given.
The Red Queen's mother is Lady TremaineBoth of them had been shown to have the same personality, and The Red Queen's birth name is Anastastia which as the third movie shows, is the same name of Tremaine's daughter.
Amara is Cyrus' motherShe's already implied to be older than she looks. The compass probably lost her when she was turned into a staff.
We'll be seeing more of Jefferson in this seriesIt is Alice in Wonderland after all. It would hardly be complete without appearances by The Mad Hatter, at least in flashbacks. He may even make some present day appearances, since there's some evidence to suggest that he finally got one of his hats to work. (Namely, the fact that The Dark Curse obviously didn't go tearing through Wonderland looking for him.)
The Cheshire Cat will turn out to be much more than he seems.More specifically he's Chernobog in disguise and he doesn't need to eat he's just screwing with an old friend for giggles.
The old man in the dungeon with Cyrus is a central part of Jafar's plan.Given Jafar's propensity for killing people who are of no use to him, we can safely presume that he isn't just keeping the guy in there for decoration.
The old man in the dungeon with Cyrus is going to turn out to be a Composite Character.Of characters hitherto unseen in the show or its' parent. He's either going to be this show's equivalent of Cora, or a good version of Cora.
Victorian London is under The Dark Curse or a prototype of The Dark CurseAlice, Wendy Darling, and Sherlock Holmes were hand-picked by the caster to be transported to a pocket dimension where it is always 1895. Association with Wonderland reacts badly to the curse, as seen with Jefferson.
Bottle Genies operate differently from Lamp GeniesLess wild, more based on what's been seen: while Lamp Genies (such as the Magic Mirror) can be freed easily (as seen in Once Upon a Time's first season), Bottle Genies are ruled by Someone Has to Do It. Meaning that if someone is able to free a Bottle Genie somehow, they take that genie's place. It's happened to the Knave already, and it's probably how Cyrus, who's confirmed he was once human, became a genie. This will eventually be how Jafar is defeated: someone tricks him into taking the Knave's place in the bottle via Wishplosion, making for a nice reference to the Disney film.
Cyrus will not be Aladdin's genieKnave will.I assumed Aladdin's story would be a flashback, but the winter finale opens a possibility for it to be told in the present time story. Aladdin may find the bottle and while Alice (and most likely Anastasia) and Jafar will be looking for Knave, he and Aladdin can have some adevantures. Will's snark fits really good for the humorous Disney genie known from the movies, or at least better than Cyrus' usual politeness. Plus, it would be a waste to introduce Agrabah and have Aladdin only as a flashback.
If and when the series ends, the core cast will be moved on to the main show.Despite the flaws of the series, the characters are quite good and entertaining. Alice, Knave, the Red Queen, and possibly the White Rabbit (if there's room in the effects budget) could easily get tossed into either Storybrooke or the Enchanted Forest.
Cyrus is AladdinAladdin wished his genie free and in exchange, he became the genie. Cyrus is a pseudonym he picked up in honour of someone else.
The Red Queen will make a wish to turn Jafar into the new genie of the bottleMaybe it goes something like the Red Queen wishing Jafar was dead, Jafar points out that not possible with a genie wish then the Red Queen says something along the lines of "Oh but darling, there are fates worse than death... I wish Jafar was the Genie of the Bottle." Then the group seals off the bottle in a place most would never reach it... until next season.
Lizard's last wish didn't truly kill herA genie's wishes can't directly kill (going by the Disney canon). It seems unlikely that you could loophole that by having it do so indirectly. But it is possible that the wish relocated Lizard's heart into Will, leaving her in a death-like state while he gets to feel sorrow and remorse for her "death."
Amara lied about the purpose (or existence) of the Three Genie spell.She just told Jafar it could give him more power so she could manipulate him into retrieving her three sons for her, then work out a way to free them. Unfortunately, she lied a little too well - which is why she was so surprised when he betrayed her.
Alternately, Amara planned everything that happened to her.Amara paid to have her home burned down - after all, who in their right mind would attack a sorceress who inspired as much fear as she did when Jafar met her? She expected her sons to use the Well of Wonders to save her and become the three genies she needed as a result. She then told Jafar he needed her so she could be there when he cast it so she could usurp the ritual for her own nefarious purposes.
The Jabberwocky will wind up also being the Boogieman (woman?).She seems to have a penchant for nightmares and digging into people's minds and drawing out their worst fears.
Genie bottles are the result of Solomon's magic and the original djinn's power affecting each other after a Djinn is freed.The original Djinn were spirit entities that human beings had no business dealing with. Solomon, using divine wisdom; perhaps improperly; created vessals that could capture and command them. Forget, for a moment, the power of the djinn itself, and consider the power that would be required to humble them. "Magic always has a price." Freeing a djinn results in the bottle still existing; a sizable amount of the Djinn's original power remaining; like an animal that gnawed its leg off to escape a trap. The prison refuses to be empty, and reaches out for the closest thing to its former prisoner; the person who benefited from the Djinn's wishes. They then become a "Genie", the original djinn's power and the Binding becoming something the same, yet different.
Aladdin's Genie was Cyrus, not Sidney.Since OUAT Wonderland is integrating the characters of Aladdin and Giancarlo Esposito is unlikely to return for more than a brief scene, it will likely be revealed that Cyrus was Aladdin's Genie and may have been a successor to the original Genie after he was turned into the Magic Mirror. This will allow them to explore the OUAT version of Aladdin more deeply.
The Knave of Hearts' crime is that he stole some tarts.Obviously enough, but maybe taken in a more dramatic direction though...somehow. "Tarts" could be people, and he helped them escape Wonderland, like how "Oysters" were people in SyFy's Alice.
The Cheshire Cat is under the influence of an evil curseAlice remembers him as a friend and his Obviously Evil apperance shocks her. He also mentions the Red Queen promised that Alice would be the sweetest meat he ever tasted, implying she had something to do with it.
The writers have forgotten about the 28 years the Curse was in effect.The characters in Storybrooke were in a time loop and the characters in the Enchanted Forest under Cora's bubble were in suspended animation for 28 years, which is why none of them aged in that time. Given that Agrabah doesn't seem to be effected by the Curse, it is possible that Jafar's fashbacks mostly take place in a post-Curse Fairy Tale Land but characters like the Knave and the Red Queen were present in the Enchanted Forest over 28 years ago and should now be in their 50s.
Elizabeth is supposed to be a Gender Flip version of Bill the LizardWhy else would they introduce a character called nicknamed The Lizard?
Alice is also White as Snow from The Almond Tree.Let's see widowed father, check. Stepmother, check. Half-sister, check. Tree that is or is near someplace significant to the character, check. Stepmother tries to make the elder sibling lose their head(whether literal or metaphorically), check. Suddenly the title containing Once Upon a Time makes more sense compared to most other spin offs.
Other Stories Existing in Victorian LondonSince it's been confirmed that Alice's London is a separate world and there was mention of "Mr. Darcy" in Episode 6, what 'other' stories could exist there?
Anastasia's plan to change history is doomed to fail.Due to a Temporal Paradox similar to the one in The Time Machine (see the 2003 film adapation for details on that). She went on her quest to change the laws of magic so that she could turn back the clock and undo the mistake she made in giving up Will. That means that if she succeeds, then history will change, but her reason for going on the quest in the first place will never exist, which in turn means that she will never go on the quest, so history will never change. In other words, even if she succeeds at changing the laws of magic to allow her to change the past, this particular event is set in stone.
The Mr. Darcy we saw is not FitzwilliamHe's far too polite for one, and more importantly he's been sent over by his mother - in the original novel she was deceased. It's possible that the Mr. Darcy we see is actually Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth's son, and that Elizabeth is now Mrs. Darcy. It'd make sense, since the original Alice in Wonderland story has concluded by that time in that universe, so it's likely Pride and Prejudice's plot would have finished as well.
The Knave played by Michael Socha isn't the same character played by Paul Mc Gillion on the parent show.The second probably replaced the first after he left the Queen of Heart.