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Graham and Regina never had any actual sex.Because Graham's heart was removed, he doesn't feel anything — no passion, no love, no lust, so he can't get aroused. Do all they do in bed is kiss and cuddle next to eachother in their underwear. According to Episodes 4 and 7, most likely.
Whatever Graham and Regina did, she didn't get it wasn't wholly consensual.She clearly thought of their relationship as a romantic one, seeing him as unfaithful when he spent time with Emma and trying to connect. Maybe she thought that the ripping-heart thing and changing of memories, no matter the implications, was only a way of keeping him around, and thought that the new Sheriff persona made it consensual. This seems like the most plausible explanation for her conduct.
Regina has almost everyone's heart in her vault.The whole "heart in a box" thing is how she killed Graham, and the DNA test said the heart found in the woods was Katherine's, even though she turns up alive later. Chances are, Regina has everyone's heart in her vault, save Emma, Gold, and maybe Henry, and will just kill someone off if they get too close to the truth or in the way of her plans.
Regina did not intend to be so evil.See - if we think about this logically - the only person Regina should want to take revenge on is her mother. We know that her mother is more than likely dead because she's not in Storybrooke. In Heart of Darkness, Rumple reveals that if Snow killed the Queen she would become as evil as the woman she killed. When Regina killed her mother, she became just as evil as her mother - and, at the same time, inherited her powers (which we do not see her having in the episode with her backstory) in a way similar to that of Rumple's. Rumple also stated in Heart of Darkness that Snow became the way she did - so revenge bent - because she'd forgotten her true love. The only way to be cured of that was through true love's kiss. Snow's true love was alive, so this was manageable. Regina, however, had a worse fate - her true love was killed in front of her. She didn't have someone to stop her from killing her mother, and she didn't know what the result would be. Also, why did she name Henry after her dad instead of after Daniel? But that's something else entirely. When Regina killed her mother and became as evil as her mother, the revenge took even more control. That's when everything went broke and she started going after Snow. In the same way, Regina is cursed with this power and evil just as her mother was - it seems to spread in the same way as Rumple's, and that is most certainly a curse. Therefore, Regina can be healed through true love's kiss. She would only have to be open to love again (which she is, but not in that sense, through Henry, as a previous WMG stated. So it's possible that she could love again...just not very likely).
Regina will find a second love in... Captain Hook (and vice versa).Certainly they have a lot in common, after all. Not the least of which is they're the only unpaired characters on the show and if both are sticking around as regulars, they're both certainly anti-villains. Plus, Regina can always help him with the whole... taking a heart thing.
Regina manipulated Cora.She knew Cora would fake her death. Note how Regina didn't seem the least bit surprised about Cora being alive when she heard of her. And the whole speech about how Regina still loves Cora makes no sense! It is likely Regina knew Cora was alive and made that speech to convince Cora to escape the spell as a safeguard for the curse...
Cora cursed Regina.Think about it. Going by Enchanted Forest logic, all those times Regina was sincerely trying to be a good mother and to live up to Henry's ideal of her should have paid off. The end of the recent episode should have had her and Emma acknowledging each other as worthy equals, and she and Snow would have had a silent but meaningful gaze saying all was forgiven, and that she would have gone to lunch with them. Instead, her shaggy dog was shot by an elephant gun in the most thoughtless way possible: Henry ditching her. Not even deliberately. Emma called, he left. This is in utter violation of all Fairy Tale rules and logic! Before anyone argues that since this is in the 'real' world and such logic might not apply, consider that Rumpy is slowly heading towards a happy ending despite having done more evil than Regina, because he's in Beauty and the Beast and Love Redeems. Yet Regina, who is trying WAY more than Rumpy, and with much more sincerity, can't catch a break. And why? Because Cora cursed her. Think about it. Every time she acts Cora-esque, she gains (albeit hollow) satisfaction that a shallow person (like Cora) might call happiness. Yet when she tries to act on love (for Henry, or that revenge plot on behalf of Daniel that was framing Mary Margaret) she gets screwed utterly, despite such cause and effect being completely anathema to the rules of the universe. Even when The Curse was in effect, acting out of sincere love eventually makes things, on balance, better (Mary Margaret was an exception, as Regina was actively screwing with her. When Regina was being an obstructive bureaucrat and trying to push around Sheriff Emma, love found a way for the characters of the episode). We know Cora openly and twistedly used magic on Regina to get her to follow her party line. It's not that far fetched she deliberately set up a curse that screwed with Regina's happiness if she tried to live as anything but a Cora clone. On a wide-range Meta-note, every one has the potential for a happy ending, even that ass King George, if he wasn't being willfully evil, which is a lot more than Regina is doing now. For crying out loud, he's a district attorney! That's a lot more respect and clout that Charming's "self-appointed-sheriff" and if he'd just reconcile, he'd see that he could have the family and happiness he wanted. Henry could be his grandson, sort of! But no, he was willful and he screwed it up. That makes sense. But Regina? Regina is TRYING. And something is seriously wrong in-universe if this isn't paying off.
Hook is the Dread Pirate Roberts to Regina's Buttercup.Look at the guy! Wears black. A pirate. Semi-honorable (more so than Emma even, our so-called protagonist). Single. Regina might STILL be the Princess Bride. After all, if Rumpy can be in so many stories, one of which automatically guarantees for him a happy ending, then why not Regina?
Alternate explanation for why Regina can't get her happy ending.It's the universe making her pay for her role in casting the Dark Curse. All magic comes with a price, after all, and Regina's payment is finally due. For 28 years, she took away the happy endings from everyone in the Enchanted Forest. Now the universe is taking away hers. A bit tragic perhaps, but an excellent subversion of her usual Karma Houdini status. Of course, this doesn't necessarily imply that her happy ending will never come. She'll just have to work a little harder than some people for it.
Regina has an Ulterior Motive for Trying Again and Again to Get Henry to love her.Regina needs the heart of "what she loves the most" to cast the curse, and if she can ever fully win Henry's love and love him back, she can take his heart and renew the curse.
Henry isn't the first child that Regina has "adopted".In Welcome to Storybrooke we see that Regina's desire to be a mother basically began with her encounter with young Owen Flynn. And she was perfectly willing to have his father arrested on fraudulent charges in order to gain access to Owen. Considering there's about eighteen years between that point and Regina's adoption of Henry, knowing Regina there is no way she would have sat by idly and waited that long to become a mother. For all we know, Henry could have a few brothers or sisters-by-adoption floating around out there.
Cora cast the Curse of the Empty-Hearted on Regina.Explains why, even after Daniel's murder, even after Cora forcing her into an arranged marriage, manipulating and controlling her, and even after Cora admits she killed Snow's mother, Regina still can't manage to realize who she should really be blaming.
Regina didn't actually want Emma to leave at the start of the show.We've seen in the flashback to the start of the curse that Regina got frustrated with the lack of resistance from the other residents of Storybrooke within days of casting it. When Emma turns up, she takes great enjoyment out of doing things that infuriate Emma and set her back up. Think about it: for 28 years, Regina has been an antagonist with no one to antagonise. The enjoyment she feels by annoying Emma isn't because she thinks what she's doing is going to get rid of Emma, but because she's finally experiencing resistance from someone. For the first time in decades she isn't bored to tears. It's not surprising she goes overboard in the fight with Emma, attacking her directly instead of being gently manipulative like we've seen she can be sometimes - it's the most fun she's had in years.
Regina is mentally ill.Her actions in "Evil Queen" reminded me somewhat of borderline personality disorder. Suppose she has something like that, it would mean that she is afraid of abandonment, hence sees nothing wrong in manipulating somebody to love her, but when they leave her she sincerely starts believing that they are the evil ones and she's not going to change, unless she gets some serious help.
Regina is going to destroy Snow White and Prince Charming's happiness.She's going to die in a Redemption Equals Death moment that shatters their happiness because they almost had their fairy tale ending where ALL their family survived to the end of the show and on good terms. Regina's last words will be to Snow White, where after all this she will tell her, "I'm sorry."
Robin will meet Regina and he will hate her.Robin Hood is about stealing from the rich to help the poor and downtrodden. The "Evil Queen" is everything that he is against. The pixie dust marking him only means that if Regina meets him at that time, she will find happiness.
Regina was somehow responsible for the sickness that killed Marion.Perhaps Marion was a noblewoman that Regina came to hate while she was Queen.
Regina will become "Maid Marion."The mother of Robin Hood's son was not named Marion; she was just some random chick. Regina will take on the name Marion, either as a temporary alias, or as a new name in an attempt to change her identity as she tries to bury her evil past. In at least some versions of Robin Hood's legend, Maid Marion was a noble who started out on the villain's side, but joined Robin's cause after falling in love with him. Regina is a noblewoman, who was formerly a "bad guy," but may join Robin Hood and his Merry Men's cause.
Regina and Robin potential relationship will take the slow pathSo that they can get to know one another and Robin can see that she is not who she once was.
Regina will bow out of her relationship with Robin HoodIn order to show Regina's character growth she won't revert to Evil Queen ways in trying to harm Emma or Marian. Regina will end things, so Robin can have his family. Regina will put Robin Hood before herself, showing her love for him is true. This will ultimately set ground work for her happy ending, which will include Robin Hood.
Regina will earn her happy ending at the moment she finally believes she doesn't deserve one.Despite all her Character Development, and her constant belief that "villains don't get happy endings", Regina still believes she deserves to have a happy ending, even if she doesn't believe that she will have one. The moment she believes — truthfully or not — that she doesn't deserve a happy ending will be the moment she confronts and regrets all the evil in her past, and thus the moment her happy ending can really begin.
Next up for Rumple, betrayal by Belle and Baelfire.Considering the direction the character is going in, he's either going to die in a manner somehow related to Henry, or his prophesied "downfall" is going to mean he's simply permanently de-powered. If the latter happens, at that point, there really won't be much left for the character; all his plot threads are resolved. Cue Bellefire... or Baelle... Whichever Portmanteau Couple Name works for you. This'll give him a reason to go evil again and keep his character interesting.
Mr. Gold has a third radio.No matter how tragic his story is, he's been about acquiring power for a long time and has his own agenda beyond taking a 'side' in Regina and Emma's conflict. No way he let that opportunity for additional information pass him by. He doesn't do anything only out of the goodness of his heart.
The Book came from Mr. Gold.We know Henry got the Book from Mary Margaret, but where did she get it from? If, as has been speculated, Mr. Gold does have a master plan, he could have given it to her with the suggestion that one of her students might enjoy it.
Midas got his gold-touch from Rumplestiltskin.Since the imp's responsible for every other magical fuckup. Midas' consequence might be turning his daughter into gold like what happened in the original story. Oh, and an upcoming episode is titled "What Happened to Frederick" or something. Remember what a certain king said to his knight when his glove was being removed?
Rumplestiltskin is responsible for the various evil people of the Enchanted Forest.After all... surely not everyone can get out of his deals and he certainly does enjoy asking for first borns.
Rumple in the Enchanted Forest wanted first borns in order to break his curse.See, his plan was to raise a child to adulthood and get them to kill him (nothing like getting back at your captor to motivate someone). However, given the time frame involved and the corruption of being the Dark One, he finds it difficult to stick to that plan since there's always just one more deal to be made which involves sending off said child somewhere...
Alternately, he needed a child (or army of children) to take out Peter Pan.Peter Pan has a soft spot for kids, and wants Rumple dead. The best bait, then, would be a child that Rimple "owns," perhaps with a magical tracking beacon or teather enchanted to them. Peter goes for the bait, Rumple goes for the kill.
Rumple needs Snow and Charming to stay in love.During "Heart Of Darkness" Rumple keeps on repeating to Snow "I’m invested in your future". His investment? He’s using her and Charming as his source of 'true love in a bottle', what happens to the contents of that bottle if the source material falls out of love?
Rumple made the Genie the Genie.This would be one way to spread his influence if he was the one controlling how the wishes would get messed up.
Rumplestiltskin wants Emma to become the new The Dark One but...He believes that by doing so in the real world where magic has a weaker hold, Emma becoming the Dark One will have less impact - perhaps transferring the price but not the powers (since there wouldn't be any power to transfer at the time). Thus once the curse is lifted, he keeps the power but gets rid of the price.
Rumplestiltskin's "eyes and ears" include Mary Margaret or Mr. Glass.He knew Regina and Emma would be in the mayor's office when he set it on fire because one of them owed him a favor. Margaret left the room when Mr.Gold asked her, and Mr. Glass is a pawn.
Rumplestiltskin's problem with Belle.Isn't as problematic as you might think. It's believed that if he really kissed Belle, it would be true love's kiss. Seeing as she is currently without her memories, and considering what happened last time True Love's kiss was used in a town with memory problems, it's the perfect time for a callback to what happened to The Huntsman. Thus, with the tricky coward finally finding the courage to admit to love, Belle gets her memory back, and we'll find out that Rumplestiltskin had one other name long ago: Adam. Thus making the whole Beauty and the Beast angle of his character come full circle. When this happens in the show all depends on where the plot falls in the grander scheme of things.
Rumplestiltskin's downfall...Will not be as grim as we think. It's not a death sentence, but it's possible he will lose something of deep importance. This could be either a person or an object. Possible candidates are Belle, Baelfire, or the dagger.
Rumplestiltskin and Hook are long lost (half) brothersThink about it they were both abandoned by a criminal father and have very similar personalities (even if they look nothing alike). The show also, likes to finding ways to make all the main characters family.
Rumplestiltskin gave Granny Red's cloak.And possibly convinced her not to tell Red about the wolf thing. Which would explain their "complicated relationship."
Henry will be Rumplestiltskin's undoing, but in a good way.Specifically, his undoing as a villain. And since his last act of Season Two was to strike up a temporary truce with two people he'd like to kill (and vice versa), hop on a ship with them, and start off on a journey from which he's convinced he won't return, all in the name of saving the kid, it seems it's already begun. He'll probably remain a Jerkass, though.
Henry will not bring about Rumplestiltskin's downfall
In Storybrooke, Mr. Gold's first name is Adrian.Adrian means "dark one."
Peter Pan's shadow is the reason Rumplestilskin nailed the curtains in his castle shut.Simular to how he covers the mirrors to keep Regina from spying on him, nailing the curtains shut is a preventive measure to keep out an enemy he truly fears. Belle just mistook it for him being a recluse.
Rumple's prophecy has already come true.During the episode "Nasty Habits" (season three, episode four) Rumple explains the prophecy to his son: that a boy will lead him to his son, but it will also be his undoing. Since he interprets it as him being killed once he finds his son, he'll just up and kill him (the boy, I mean). This is what Neal finds out since they're talking about his son, Henry, and any and all trust he had been building up for him has just shattered. So basically, Rumple's "undoing" is that of his bond with his long lost son, due to him wanting to kill the boy.
Rumple's not really deadtying into the theory that undoing =/= death, Rumples not really dead but rather sent himself to a magical purgatory. The way the Dark Ones Curse was said to work, is that someoneelse has to stab the Dark One with the dagger in order to claim the power. its never been discussed what would happen if the Dark One decided to Stab themselves. It quite possible that such an act would break the Dark Ones curse including the part where he has to die
Rumple and Pan have been sent to another world and must work together to escapeWhen Zoso died, his body remained while his body reverted back to human and the dagger on the name changed to Rumplestiltskin. When Rumple stabbed Pan, both of them disappeared in a flash of light including the dagger. Similarly, when Rumple was poisoned, the dagger remained but the name slowly faded. Since the dagger disappeared with Rumple, there's no solid proof that he's dead.
Gold will go through depression at some point in season 4The events of season 3B didn't give him the time to properly grieve for his son. He lost Neal in one of the cruelest ways imaginable. A well adjusted person wouldn't have gotten over such a loss that fast, let alone Gold who is known to hold everything in and attack himself for his failings.
Rumplestiltskin and Regina together
Rumple is setting Regina up to be the next Dark One.Rumple has always been clear that if you make a deal with him there will be a price and likely one that you don't want to pay. Any corruption that occurs is on your own head. Except with Regina. He went and deliberately manipulated her, beyond sending her mother to another realm, into becoming out and out evil. Even after she cast the curse and it was subsequently broken, he starts setting her back down the dark path when she is ignored/rejected by Henry even though both Regina and Gold are trying to redeem themselves. This seems very out of character, but if he was ready to give up the curse...
Regina eventually discovered the deceit staged by Rumplestiltskin, Jefferson and Frankenstein. This would explain several things. The first would be why she lied to Rumple about Belle's death and had her locked away in Storybrooke. With Jefferson, it's trickier. Assuming the Dark Curse only affected the Enchanted Forest and not other worlds like Wonderland or Frankstein's world, abandoning Jefferson in Wonderland could be payback enough. However, because this is Regina, she found a way to bring Jefferson into Storybrooke and remember who he is to double his misery. And assuming Frankenstein remained in his world after "the Doctor", she decided to use the method of retrieving Jefferson in order to bring Frankenstein to Storybrooke, but had him forget who he was. Also notice how all three are also separated from someone they love, just as she was:
Despite Cora's statement to the contrary that any child of hers would not be his, Regina is Rumple's daughter.
Rumple and Regina's feud will start up againRegina is going to find out that Rumple really did kill Zelena, which triggered the time portal opening and led to Emma bringing Marian back. She'll blame Rumple again and seek to ruin his marriage to Belle by telling her he killed Zelena. The two of them will antagonize each other again.
Peter Pan and Neverland
The reason the Shadow only abducts boys is because Tinkerbell forbids Peter from being around girlsTinkerbell is a Clingy Jealous Girl who occasionally crosses the line into Yandere. She probably got jealous of Wendy and ordered Peter to send her home.
The "Lost Ones" seen in "Straight On 'Til Morning" are not the same group as the Lost BoysFirst, the "Lost Ones" (as Hook called them) seemed a little old to be the Lost Boys, to be heard crying for their parents at night as Wendy described, or to have been snatched in the search for a boy Henry's age. At the end of "Straight On 'Til Morning," when the Lost Ones conclude that Baelfire is not the boy they're looking for, their leader says to "put him with the others." The "others" are presumably boys around Bae's age stolen in the search for Henry—the Lost Boys. Also, this would explain the sympathy with which Hook described the orphaned Lost Boys to Emma while climbing the beanstalk. It's unlikely that he would have any kind words about the Lost Ones who raided his ship and bullied his crew, but he would have no reason for animosity towards the kidnapped Lost Boys, especially with Baelfire among them.
The fact that it was 8:15 on Big Ben when Bae was taken to Neverland is meaningful.For some reason. Maybe 8:15 on at certain times allows for magic to slip from one world to the next and vice versa.
Tinker Bell will be one of the Enchanted Forests' fairies that was imprisoned by Pan.This interaction will be how the two worlds are somewhat familiar with each other.
Aladdin is among the lost boys.The reason why he never got around to freeing the genie was because he was kidnapped by the shadow before he got a chance to. That he found the lamp, but never got to use it for an unknown reason. He's a street rat, thus it's a perfect way to tie in Sidney's story which had been dropped for the second season.
Peter Pan is a True Fae.Rules his own Realm? Check. Kidnapping children and holding them there as servants/tools through force or trickery? Check. Not spoken of directly by name? (mostly) Check. Army of Loyalists? Check.
Henry will become Peter Pan's Morality PetSeeing as he's already the Morality Pet of everyone else, what's one more person to redeem?
Ariel or another mermaid(s) saved BaeIt will turn out only reason the mermaids are made out to sound so malicious is because they're being referred to by pirates and the less then pleasant Lost Boys. Ariel (and possibly other mermaids) will realize that Bae is innocent and decide to help him.
Peter Pan wields some kind of Anti-Magic.This would explain why Greg and Tamara would ally with him and why even Rumplestiltskin is afraid of him.
The Lost Ones are Peter Pan's Slave Mooks.They fight for him only because they are forced to or because they've been promised a return trip home if they do. One of Season 3's chief moral dilemmas will be whether or not to kill them in order to rescue Henry. The creators have said that while the core cast may want the same things, they might not agree on the methods. Charming, Snow, and Emma will be against killing them while Rumple, Regina, and Hook will be willing to kill them.
The Shadow is a Heartless.The Shadow strongly resembles a Heartless and the show already has hearts that literally darken when someone does something evil.
Peter was either a student or teacher to Dr. Facilier.Both have a Living Shadow.
Tinker Bell knew that the Dark Curse was coming and sought to stop it.A recently released promotional pic shows that Tink and Regina had a past relationship and it appears to be a friendly one. Tinker Bell may have hoped to stop Regina from casting the curse by befriending her. However, events separated the two with Tinker Bell ending up in Neverland with Peter. Regina may think that Tink abandoned her, which only contributed to her unhappiness.
The Dark One's powers originate from Neverland.Maybe even Peter Pan himself. In "The Return", The Blue Fairy explained to Baelfire that his father's powers weren't from the Enchanted Forest, which means they come from some place else. Peter Pan, in most adaptations, did carry a dagger.
Peter Pan had feelings for WendyThere has to be a reason the Peter Pan of legend is more of an anti-hero than a straight up villain. Maybe he sent Wendy away as a way of freeing her because he didn't like the idea of holding her prisoner on the island.
Peter Pan is going to be Killed Off for Real midway through, and a new leader of Neverland will arise to take his placeEpisode 10 of season 3 is titled "The New Neverland". This indicates a change from the old one, like if Peter were to bite the dust. I figure that unless they can figure out some way to deal with the water's price, Prince Charming will become the new leader of Neverland, able to cast his shadow as a way to talk with the others once they0 leave, but unable to leave due to the price. Either that, or as a final parting gift to that sad old fairy, Tinkerbell will take over management, and the flashback on how she ended up in Neverland will explain why such a position would be necessary.
Neverland's Jungle is THAT Jungle.
The Shadow is Lord OmbraCause that would be oddly appropriate for this series.
Neverland is an Alternate Universe Counterpart to the island from LOST.Let's list some similarities, shall we? Obviously, spoilers to both shows follow.
Storybrooke is similar to the Island from LOSTEarly on in the series, a man trying to heal Rose says that all over the world there are pockets of energy turns out The Island is one of them. Storybrooke may be one of these hotspots of power, or at least the area it is in; this could explain why the cures teleported them there exactly, and also caused the characters to age. (Also, both places have a well that leads to a mysterious energy)
Felix is Scar from The Lion KingFelix was the unfavourite prince of a family of hunters and got the scar when he went hunting. When Pan took him away, Felix asked Pan to turn everyone in his kingdom into animals as a cruel irony
Pan loved Felix a lot more than he let onPan has two big secrets to him:
Peter Pan put a failsafe into the Storybrooke clock towerWhen Henry and Pan switch back to their own bodies, they find Henry inside of the clock tower. Exactly why was he even in there? Pan's always been about contingency plans and setting up the game so he can't be beat except for an unforeseen event. He seemed rather careless when confronting his son, probably because he has a backup plan all set involving the Storybrooke clock tower.
The Home Office
Greg and Tamara's Home Office is made up of people who were touched by magic as in the related fairy tales.We saw the Darlings from Peter Pan. What about Alice, Dorothy, and other stories where a person is drawn to a world of magic?
Tamara is a descendant of one or more of the above families.She has no confirmed surname and could be related to any of them.
Season 3 will be Storybrooke VS an Ancient Conspiracy.Existing for hundreds of years, we will discover that the fairy tale land and the land without magic are more entwined than we may believe. All sorts of strange randoms events have lead to lost men, children, and confusion. Drawing their roots from renaissance witch hunt traditions, The Cabal seeks to eliminate magic, and any potential users of it. Greg and Tamara are only the branches of the order. Their reach in fact goes into many other famous characters seeking to expose magic as falsehood such as Sherlock Holmes (thus getting him into the show anyways). However, now they have a chance to really make their strike count. Through manipulation, they seek to enter the fairy tale land, and using science, destroy the land and all the magic in it. However, their plan overlooks one problem: the theory of multiverse balance. That without the fairy tale world, the worlds would become unbalanced, leading to anarchy and chaos. And besides that, both magic and science come with a price, so their price would be such anarchy and chaos.
Abraham Van Helsing was involved with the Home Office.He may have founded it, been a member, or mentored Wendy Darling before she went on to create it. He specializes in destroying supernatural creatures, making him a perfect fit for the organization.
The metals that Greg and Tamara use to shut off Regina's magic are silver, iron, or both.Both silver and iron are traditionally thought to have the ability to ward off supernatural creatures.
The mental hospital that is treating Alice in Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is controlled by the Home Office.They would have an interest in erasing the memories of anyone who sees magic sympathetically. They also say they have a "new procedure" (electroshock?) to erase memories.
Possible allies, aliases, or offshoots of "The Home Office"
The organization includes several witches and other supernatural creatures who are Hunters Of Their Own Kind.Greg and Tamara use magic (the beans and the trigger) on multiple occasions. It seems that the Home Office believes that it's okay for its members to use magic so long as their ultimate goal is destroying magic.
The founders of the organization that Greg and Tamara work for included several famous real-life authors.JM Barrie, Carlo Collodi, Lewis Caroll, Mary Shelley, and The Brothers Grimm all found themselves in either the Enchanted Forest (in the case of Collodi and The Brothers Grimm) or another world (Neverland for Barrie, Wonderland for Caroll, Frankenstein's world for Shelley). After their respective experiences, they all met up and formed the Anti-Magic organization. The "stories" they wrote were actually intended as covert methods of communicating their experiences to the operatives who worked for them, probably as means of preparing them for what they would be dealing with. Those in the know recognized them for what they were, while the general public just dismissed them as the creations of imaginative writers. Over time, the stories became known as classic fairy tales and were passed down through the generations, which in turn allowed the continued functioning of the organization long after its founders were dead. This would explain why, despite being accounts of events that actually happened, these stories are still known as classics in our world. (See Mary Margaret's comment in the Pilot.)
The Home Office made at least one attempt on Emma's life in the past.We know basically nothing about Emma's past except for her early years and a bit of her time with Neal. It's unlikely that the Home Office would have overlooked such a powerful magical being.
The Home Office controlled all the abusive foster parents that took care of Emma during her childhood.Their goal was to break her spirit and stomp out all her magic, Dursley-style.
The Home Office is going to join the hunt for Peter Pan.Owen and Tamara were operatives for the organization, and had been for years but Peter Pan just pulled a "man in the middle" attack by intercepting their orders and swapping them with his own. Once it comes to light that their operatives are now missing, last known destination Neverland, and the deception is discovered, Home Office will be pissed and gunning for Pan with everything they have.
There really was a Home OfficePeter Pan, through the Darling Brothers, piggybacked on it in order to manipulate Tamara and Owen/Greg. Malcolm/Peter Pan never worked a day in his life. It's hard to imagine him building an entire organization.
Wicked Witch and Oz
The Wicked Witch of the West we see is actually a Tragic HeroShe will be a Well-Intentioned Extremist who's actually trying to protect everyone from the East Witch's Silver Shoes Powered Dorothy.
West is part of a group a villains trying to finally take away everyone's happiness permanently.Other Villains could include Hades, The Boogeyman/ Krampus and Mephistopheles
The Wicked Witch of the West will turn out to have been behind Pan's scheme.
Zelena needs Snow's baby for a spell.Snow and Charming's baby is a symbol of their love much like how Charming's sword is a symbol of his courage. These mirror two of the things that the protagonists of The Wizard of Oz were looking for: courage and a heart.
Walsh is manipulating Zelena
The cyclones that took Dorothy to Oz are actually magical portals.They are a different kind of portal that appears spontaneously rather than being deliberately created.
The Land Without Color includes Dorothy's Kansas.Oz-land is real so Dorothy's Kansas must be.
Elsa's backstory will incorporate elements of both Frozen and The Snow Queen.Her life will be just as it was in Frozen, but the ending will be different: Anna will end up staying frozen as Elsa grows full of hate and destroys Hans. She will then become the Snow Queen who keeps Kai, who will see things differently because of the glass from the mirror of the devil. Kai will then be rescued by Gerda, and then the Snow Queen will end up in the vase in which she ended up.
Elsa will not be truly villainous.Rumple said that things in his vault were magics he considered too dangerous to keep elsewhere or ones he couldn't control. Elsa is very powerful, she may have posed a threat to any of his gambits if she was anywhere roaming free, so he sealed her in that urn. Now that she is free, her only antagonism will be toward The Dark One, and given that being trapped tends to make one rather cranky, she may not care how much damage she causes to whatever is between her and him. Various things will happen which will get people to try and put her back into The Vault, only to let loose something TRULY EVIL (fingers crossed for Chernobog) which will require them actually forming an alliance with the Snow Queen. In all the chaos, Belle will learn she does not have the true Dark One Dagger and go through some minor drama with her husband over it.
Elsa will be Will's sister who fell through the ice.In Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Will says how he had a younger sister who fell through ice when they were younger. He doesn't elaborate, so the audience, and Alice, is to infer that she died. What if, instead, the family struck a deal with Rumple. They asked that he bring her back. He does so (what they give to him in return is beyond me) but warns that there will be consequences and that she might Come Back Wrong. She comes back to life but develops her ice powers, similar to the element that killed her. In despair, and not knowing how to handle her, her parents ask that Rumple help her control her powers, which he does by putting her in the bottle. Perhaps the bottle is similar to that of a genie, so that she was still able to grow up but was isolated all that time. In the bottle she was able to harness her powers to a small extent, but once released she just ends up letting it go, as it were, and that explains why the ice spreads as she walked away in the finale. After she is put in the bottle, Will's memories are erased so that he doesn't remember her after she falls through the ice. This is done because he fought against his parents allowing her to go with Rumple. So they did what they had to do to ease his pain. This is kind of out there, but does have some supporting evidence. The showrunners have already stated that Will will become a recurring character on the upcoming season. As well, this would be a great way to connect the two shows. Plus there are the parallels between Will and his sister on the ice and Jack and his sister from Rise of the Guardians.
Alternatively, The Snow Queen is the sister Will lostThe whole WMG above is essentially the same, only Will's sister was lost in the enchanted forest, NOT in Arendelle. There might be some kind of magic alignment/prophecy/whatever regarding 2 people with ice powers, so this would make Will's sister a darker reflection to Elsa and Emma for being someone who gave up on trying to find her way back, and was only left with bitterness from there.
Elsa will provide an interesting contrast to Emma of all peopleEmma's in an interesting point in her life. She finally has accepted Snow and Charming as her mom and dad, Henry's safe, Rump's pretty much done with his scheming for now, she got her magic back (which she finally got some training with) and she has a new baby brother. The only rough spot right now is dealing with Regina feeling betrayed for Emma creating a time paradox by bringing Marian to Storybrooke. Several of these components could be used to have her contrast with Elsa. Elsa's relationship with her sister is the heart of her story, so she might be a Stealth Mentor for Emma learning how to be a sibling. Elsa never wanted her form of magic, and cold magic might function differently than the raging fire that Rumplestiltskin and all his disciples practiced. This might give us an idea what Elsa's emotional state is entering Storybrooke, and give another contrast between the 2 for where they're going with their lives. Elsa might also hold something against Rump, so whatever feelings Emma might have for her father in law (or father by association) might be explored through that. Also, a big part of Emma's character in the show was her slowly warming up to the town, her family and her former arch nemesis. A comparison of temperament between the two might be a good reality check for how far Emma's come as a character since HER beginning, just like how Zelena was a check for Regina's character last season, or what Peter Pan was for Rump.
This version of The Snow Queen will be a goddess, like UrsulaUrsula was the goddess of the sea, and this Snow Queen will be the goddess of ice and/or winter. She was sealed in Rumple's vault because, by the modern time of the Enchanted forest, the old gods were thought to be myths and legends rather than reality. As such, her magic and powers would be beyond his comprehension and he would never be able to control such a force of nature as she.
All Elsa wants is to go homeBut, You Can't Go Home Again. Not only is she 2 curses removed from the Arendelle she once ruled, but I somehow doubt it was in Cora's bubble when the first curse was cast, meaning the country got wrecked by the dark curse. Whether or not Anna turns out to be in Storybrooke might be the difference between whether Elsa can Start A New Life or turn out like so many of the other villains on the series.
That (n)ice young lady with blonde hair and blue dress ISN'T ElsaIt's Jadis and she's annoyed about all the hype this Elsa person's getting because she accidentally made winter last a few months longer than normal. For real though, all I know about OUAT's "Elsa" is she's going to be a Big Bad and misunderstood.
Frozen won't be altered, it's already the warped OUAT version of The Snow QueenOUAT's game is all about taking massive liberties with the material and loves to make sympathetic characters out of the source material's villains. Frozen did most of that work for them. The material shown thus far does indicate more of a direct sequel then anything else.
There will be allusions to fandom's fire!HansBecause why not?
Hans is already in Storybrooke
Hans's place will be taken by Prince James.Manipulative, falsely charming and ready to take advantage of "love"? Bonus points if King George takes the place of the Duke of Weselton. Depending on how long Elsa's been in that jar.
Elizabeth Mitchell's character is the original snow queen.Photos of the actress on set show her in a white snowy gown that just looks like it belongs to a queen and a blurb on the OUAT wiki(which has since been renamed)describes her character as "the snow queen" however Elsa is clearly going to be portrayed by Georgina Haig so Mitchell's character is not Elsa. Therefore I believe that miss Mitchell will be portraying the original snow queen and she will be a relative of Elsa and Anna's(though they are unaware of this) thus explaining Elsa's powers. Perhaps she did something that Elsa was blamed for and/or Rumplestiltzkin mistook Elsa for her and that's how Elsa ended up in that jar. So to elaborate on the day of Anna and Kristoff's wedding the snow queen shows up in Arendelle having heard about Elsa. She wants Elsa to join her but Elsa of course says no. The snow queen then decides that she will change Elsa's mind by force,by threatening Anna. Elsa agrees on the condition that Anna and Arendelle are kept from harm. Elsa and the snow queen leave Arendelle(which I propose is NOT a part of the Enchanted Forest). It turns out that the snow queen is wanted for terrozing a different kingdom,kidnaping a young boy named Kai(maybe her kingdom's prince?)and possibly killing him(or just leaving him Frozen solid)and she wants to frame Elsa for these crimes. Enter Rumplestiltzkin who is still preparing the Dark Curse,he hears of this snow queen and realizing she could potentially ruin his plans he seeks her out. He finds Elsa(now seperated from the snow queen because she realized that she was being set up) and mistakes her for the original snow queen,he then traps her in the jar. During this time the original snow queen returns to Arendelle and freezes it(and all it's subjects)because...well maybe she fought Elsa and lost so she took revenge on Arendelle. Oh and Hans is/was in cahoots with the snow queen. Now All Elsa wants is to return home to her sister but she hasn't a clue where she is or how to get back to Arendelle and will cause icey havoc in her quest to find a way back. Alternately Elsa got back to Arendelle after the snow queen froze it,went out of her mind with grief when she realized she couldn't reverse the damage as it wasn't her spell but the snow queen's that caused it and only the snow queen can reverse it. Shortly thereafter Rumple caught her in the jar(maybe he promised to help her unfreeze Arendelle but was lying to trick her into entering the jar)and now that she's free Elsa is hell bent on getting revenge on both Rumple and the original snow queen as well as finding a way to unfreeze Arendelle and doesn't care who gets in her way. And that concludes my WMG.
Elsa and Anna's parents were going to the Enchanted Forest to find a way to control/remove Elsa's powers.The diary only said that her powers were "terrible" and something had to be done about them. Since they never showed hatred of her in the movie, simply fear, it is likely they wanted to either help her find the control she lacked or take the magic away altogether. And whom would they have been likely to seek there but the greatest wizard known in the lands—the Dark One? Rumors of him could have reached Arendelle, or depending how long he'd been around at this point he could even be told about in history books as a legendary sorcerer who could grant any wish, make any deal, at a price...
Anna encountered the Dark One.When their parents never made it to the Enchanted Forest due to the sinking, Anna went instead. The fact that her snowflake pendant ended up in Gold's shop suggests either he did something to her, or something happened to her in the Enchanted Forest before she could reach him (and before the Dark Curse was cast), since all manner of items he never had anything to do with (like Eric's cloak) ended up there. And this in turn led to...
Elsa fought Rumplestiltskin out of grief and revenge.When Anna also never returned, Elsa went to the Enchanted Forest. There, due to him having actually done something to Anna, or her thinking he did, she fought a magic duel with Rumplestiltskin. It was thanks to this that he decided her powers were too dangerous for him to control, and so after he defeated her (because as powerful as she is, all she has power over is ice while he commands much more, and much darker, powers) he sealed her up in the urn.
Emma is going to get ice-blasted the same as Anna did.The promo for next week showed Emma turning blue/getting iced over, and even had Hook state she was freezing. Chances are she encounters Elsa and either does something precipitous or simply can't get through to her with talking, and thus she gets blasted the same way Anna did. This will mean either Hook or Henry will have to perform an act of true love for Emma, or (to parallel Frozen even more) she'll have to perform one for them.
Elsa's and Anna's parents are Kai and Gerda from the original "Snow Queen"If you remember, they were not siblings but friends, so perhaps they grew up and married in the OUAT universe. Maybe Elsa's powers are somehow related to Kai's time in the Snow Queen's palace?
The Snow Queen is not Elsa's auntShe lied just to gain Elsa's trust.
The reason Elsa's parents feared her powers so much was because they were afraid she'd become like the Snow Queen.
The runes on the urn is...
The Snow Queen does not have a Dark and Troubled Past.
The Snow Queen killed Helga.
The Ringmaster of Pleasure Island will be an eventual Big Bad.August mentions being on "an island where all your fantasies come true" during the 28 years between Emma's arrival and the present. He may have been on the actual island from the story, simply transported to a different place in the real world than Storybrooke (possibly because it was powered by dark magic). After August manages to leave, the Ringmaster will realize that he's headed towards the only person who can break the curse, and restore his powers. He and his minions will follow him to Storybrooke and attempt to gain that small amount of magic in this world for himself.
Mysterious man in New York knows Robert and Giselle from Enchanted and they will make an appearance.Very well, this is actually pretty unlikely, but to be fair, it's probably not too hard to do on a meta level. Pull Dempsey from Grey's and Amy Adams for an episode. The fairy tale to real world crossover is workable plot mechanics wise and they -are- bringing all the Disney Princesses out.
Students at Henry's school are...Deal with the Devil-making villains (every single one of the main villains made one, the only difference is whether they're the Devil or the Faust of the relationship), so why not use the Father of them all? If we look at it, Faust is sort of a grim fairy tale on its own: There's a moral to it, the simple archetypal characters that we can easily indentify are there, the easily summed up storyarc is present, the worldwide famous status of the story as well, e.t.c. Mephistopheles would work nicely as a Evil(Er) Counterpart to Rumplestilskin, and would give him a reason to join the heroes (a member of the Legions of Hell is a considerably greater problem than one dark-magic wielding Loan Shark). Adding to my own theory, Mephistopheles gave The Dark One his powers. Plus, it'd be nice to have a Knight of Cerebus around.
Some member of The Evil Queen's army is the original Black Knight.While not a fairy tale character per see, the Black Knight is a very famous character in folklore in general (hey, if they're using Lancelot, why not?). Add to that the fact The Evil Queen's Mooks are all dressed in full black and with black armor and you have perfect opportunity. Maybe he's the General of the troops and Regina's (long-forgotten) Dragon.
Possible future classical/fairy tale characters.
Count Dracula himself will make an appearance later down the road.Hell, if they can have Dr. Frankenstein show up in the series, a character who is not part of a fairy tale of any sort, why not Dracula? Perhaps even other characters like the Hunchback of Notre Dame or the Phantom of the Opera.
Dr. Thatcher or someone else involved with the animal shelter will be Doctor Moreau.Dr. Moreau was made into The Island of Lost Souls, a black-and-white horror/sci-fi film much like Frankenstein.
The Chief Bromden lookalike is from Neverland and possibly related to Tiger Lily.
We will eventually be introduced to a magical cartographer (a person who makes maps)And he will provide them with maps of what the the Enchanted Forest looked like before the curse, and maybe even a geography of all the worlds from the Enchanted Forest to Wonderland. Why? Just for kicks, and if we have a Genre Shift of the show, it could be useful to have a map if the show takes the "roadtrip" route.
Merlin will appear and will have several artifacts from The Land Without Magic.This will parallel The Sword in the Stone, in which Merlin has extensive knowledge of the modern world.
If Hercules ever appears, he will be the same one from the Marvel UniverseAfter having some adventures with the OUaT cast, Hercules will find his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and meat the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Captain Hook's father is Long John SilverHook's speech to Bae about how his father abandoned him seems too long and heartfelt not to be a set-up for something in the future, and Disney have adapted Treasure Island.
Sheriff Graham will turn out to also be the Tin WoodsmanThink about it: he has no heart, he was the Huntsman, which is rather similar to a Woodsman, and being a sheriff, he's a Tin Man as well, in the same sense as Cain was.
The owner of the house Belle and Gold have moved into is Yensid.The locked jewel box Gold was looking at had an astronomical theme to it, and when he used the dagger to activate it, what came out looked very much like Yensid's wizard hat. As support for this, one of the upcoming episodes in Season 4 is called "The Apprentice." (Does this even mean there will be some form of Mickey?!)
The Big Hero 6 will appear in the season 4 finale stinger and in season 5.
Mowgli will appear in an upcoming arc.He will be accompanied by anthropomorphic versions of Bagheera, Baloo and King Louie, and the main villains will be Shere Khan and his lackey Kaa.
The Mothman will make an appearance.The Snow Queen's name is apparently Ingrid. She's the Snow Queen, as in she deals with cold, and her name is Ingrid, which is very close to Indrid. Indrid Cold is a mythical being that is associated with the Mothman.
The Writer of the Storybook and the Sorceror are the same character....and when he appears, he will be an Expy of Walt Disney.
If the show goes on long enough, there will be a Lord of the Rings crossover.And IT WILL BE EPIC.
Worlds existing within the Hat.
There isn't a multi-verse. It's that books become real.We've seen that Oz and Wonderland are real. Certainly one could say that Oz and Wonderland's common characteristic is a protagonist that journeys from our world to theirs as way for the stories to get to our side. But this doesn't explain the Enchanted Forest which is basically self-contained. What connects all three is the fact that they're all written works - in the Enchanted Forest case, it's the works of the Brothers Grimm (more importantly, they codified and collected them into their stories). This would also tie into August Booth and his typewriter...
Quasimodo and Dracula exist within The Land Without Color
OUAT and Twin Peaks exist in the same universe.And the Black Lodge, while not its own separate world, has some connection to Jefferson's hat.
ABC's Revenge and Once Upon A Time take place within the same universe
Rumplestiltskin will be the last Dark One.Someone (Regina or August?) will attempt to kill him in order to take his place as the next Dark One. However, Belle will save him with True Love's Kiss and change him back into a human, effectively breaking the curse. He may even experience a Redemption Equals Death, effectively changing the focus of his character from being a Chessmaster that makes deals (Rumplestiltskin) to being the monster redeemed by love (The Beast).
Rumplestiltskin will be redeemed, Regina will not (heavy spoilers).While Rumple has made some horrible choices and decisions there is evidence that he is mending his fractured humanity. He immediately regrets not following Baelfire and rejecting Belle and has gone to great efforts to make things right, albeit by questionable means. Regina, however, throws her humanity away at every turn. Sacrifice the heart of the one you love the most? Sorry Daddy, you've got to die (though she did try the horse which probably reminded her of Daniel beforehand). Oh someone else is falling for me... what a convenient pawn. My 'best friend' has a spell that I need? Make that bitch give it to me. A child told a secret to my powerful mage mother that I told her not to? I will shatter that kid. The last bit of magic I have is for a picture of my beloved... sure I'll use it to power another spell. And in that last comparison we have something of the difference between Rumple and the Queen. Rumple was faced with the choice of 'reveal your true name, or lose this cup from your presumed dead beloved', he choose the cup.
Regina will pull a High Heel-Face Turn.Love has been set up as the ultimate redeemer, the magic that can break any curse. A mother's love for her child has been shown to be one of those types of love, and Regina definitely does love Henry, even if she could never figure out how to show it. In time, her love for Henry will redeem her, and the goodies can focus on the true evil: The Blue Fairy.
King George will redeem himself.We haven't gotten nearly as much background from Charming's Stepdad, and at the very least, he does seem to care for the well being of his kingdom. (even if he goes overboard for it sometimes.) As established in The Cricket Game, Snow and Charming did finally end up taking control of George's realm when even Regina couldn't, indicating that he was disposed of, but NOT killed due to his presence in Storybrooke. That indicates that despite the threats, the cursed drinks, the killing attempts and the like, the 2 of them saw fit to grant George a certain degree of mercy for all of this. Why this was the case isn't totally certain, but perhaps now that everyone has their memories back, this could be a time for the disposed king to rethink what happened to his kingdom, and maybe...just maybe he'll end up changing somehow over the course of season 3.
Henry is destined to become a Keyblade MasterSo, here's a fun theory: Henry is destined to become the Keyblade Master of the Enchanted Forest/Storybrook. For those of you who don't know what/who that is, a Keyblade Master is in charge of making sure the various Disney worlds don't overly effect each other. They're charged with keeping order in the realms, and literally wield a key-shaped blade known as the Keyblade. Why do I think this? Because Henry has several traits that the most well known Keyblade Bearer, Sora, has.
Kevin Flynn is Kurt's brother and Owen's UncleIt's already been established that ENCOM is a real company (a company banner appears on a bus stop bench in 'Welcome to Storybrooke', and Henry plays Space Paranoids of all things) and "Flynn" is hardly a meaningless name in Disney canon.
Tamara is...Ok, who is this woman?
Tamara is somehow related to Tiana.Tiana is one of the few Disney Princesses to come from our world and not a fantasy land, and with her family's experiences with voodoo curses, she would have good reason to want to see magic wiped out.
Tamara and Tiana were Lost childrenLost Children who needed to pay their debts to Peter Pan by finding Henry, that heart of the truest believer. Unfortunately, having completed that, Pan took full control of Greg, and left Tamara to be killed.
We have not seen the last of themNeverland is magical, and not even a kind of magic the Enchanted Forest uses, and it would not be the first time these writers screwed with the laws of Life and Death on a mysterious island. More exactly, I'd say Tamara is likely Deader Than Dead, but I wouldn't take Owen out of the equation just yet. We don't have enough information about that shadow-stealing spell
Regina wasn't the one who killed Owen's dadIf Regina really had just killed Kurt immediately after Owen ran away, then why did she take so damn long to just come out and say that to Owen? Why did she have to keep denying she knew where Kurt was at every turn? Her admittance to killing him seemed like a lie she came up with on the spot just to hurt Owen before he finished her, but Kurt's remains are indeed at the site Regina said she buried him. But what if it didn't actually happen the way Regina said it did? What if she had tried to imprison Kurt but he broke free and ran out into the woods trying to get out of Storybrooke and find his son? Who's good at tracking and killing things in the woods? Someone who was there when Kurt was last seen - Graham, the Huntsman. He might have killed Kurt out in the woods. Regina might have felt bad for killing Graham, so she lied about his involvement here to protect his integrity and memory. Plus since Graham worked for Regina and did whatever she told him to do, it's easier for Regina to take responsibility anyway.
The Blue Fairy wanted the dark curse to be enacted.If she didn't she could have gone to Rumple and made a deal and told him about the magic wardrobe he could use to travel to the real world to find his son, in exchange for him stopping Regina.
Emma and Regina will switch moral positions.We know magic is addictive, and Gold is encouraging Emma to use it. Whether or not her powers enable her to resist it is up for grabs.
The true love whose kiss breaks any curse will be familial in every single important case.Emma kissing Henry awake from the dead is just the first instance.
Cinderella's child is the next Emma Swan.The reason Rumplestiltskin wanted a claim on Cinderella and her prince's unborn child is because, like Emma, the child will be the product of true love, thus more powerful than any other. The parallels are really clear if you go back to episode 1x04! Why would this be important? Well, Cinderella's child is born 28 years after Emma Swan. Another apocalypse is set to happen to the fairy tale people and 28 years later, Cinderella's child will be the next chosen one to stop it.
Emma's powers stopped working...After "True North" because she lied to Henry about what happened to his father.
Snow White's father was going to divorce Regina.King Leopold stated that he wanted everyone in his kingdom to be happy and that he knew Regina was unhappy. When he learns that she has fallen in love, he wants to know who the man is but refuses to say what he'll do to that man. The genie thinks it would mean death for the man, but Leopold being the people pleasing king he is he was going to allow the lovers to be together.
The curse gets broken but people will end up wanting to stay in the real world since the Enchanted Forest is not one they know.Alternatively, they'll end up being able to cross over between worlds. Or Emma will take a Third Option and split the two worlds so that there's two of each person - one real, one fairy.
The Huntsman's curse was broken due to true love.It has already been said that true love's kiss will break any curse. This should also apply to the Dark Curse. Graham and Emma aren't fully in love when they first kiss, so it doesn't work entirely, and he gets only flashes. Also, he pulls away in surprise before it can take full effect. Later, Emma and Graham's relationship develops and becomes deeper. When they kiss, the curse breaks and Graham remembers. (And unfortunately immediately dies). Taken further, this would mean that when Mary Margaret and David finally kiss, as a couple without guilt and complications from Katherine, the curse would be broken and both would remember.
When Rump is defeated, he will try to beg for his life (or what have you) with "Please."See, he's so use to being effectively all powerful, all influencing, and able to manipulate people on a whim even in Storybrooke - even EQ. So when he's defeated, he'll keep trying with his ace in the hole even though it only works on EQ because of the curse. He doesn't fully understand what it means.
Emma will develop a Cartwright Curse.Emma's track record with romance is being set up to be pretty bad, just in the first season. Graham died. August is turned into a little, seven-year-old boy, and Neal falls through a magical portal immediately after being shot. And Walsh turned out to be the Wizard of Oz and a winged monkey, and may have been killed during one of the fights with the Wicked Witch's forces.
Everything in the Enchanted Forest has a counter part in the real world (and else where).The magic tree teleported Pinocchio and Emma into another tree so perhaps they were the same 'tree' just in different realities. So each Enchanted Forest character had a real world counter part and the Dark Curse merged things together. This might extend to other realities too so the Queen of Hearts might be Regina of Wonderland.
The Whole Show is a Giant Take That to the state of Maine.Where there are no Happy Endings!
When they break out Oz, they aren't going to use The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.When Disney took a shot at Oz, they used elements of the second and third books (there are forty in all - 14 alone are Baum's) to make one hell of a HONF-loaded Cult Classic in the form of Return to Oz. It would make for an interesting twist, especially since the original Baum could get bloody terrifying in places.
Alice and Dorothy both come from the real world.Or at least the real world that Storybrooke was created in. They were able to find other ways into those dimensions similar to the portals within Jeffersons hat, and escape as well. Their descendants could still be around and may one day find their way to Storybrooke.
Fairy tale characters all go by aliases.Since the guard warned Snow White and Prince Charming that Rumplestiltskin has power over people by having their names, it seems odd that neither one freaked out when Rumple knew their identities. The decision to reveal their baby's name seemed to have a lot more weight to it and the name in question is a lot more normal. With names having power in the Enchanted Forest, most Genre Savvy or royal/magical people use aliases. A king and queen call their son Charming in public because he's polite when really his true name is Bob. A beautiful girl is called Snow White because of her appearance when really her name is Fran. A woman is called an Evil Queen because she was smart enough to never share her real name, et c...
Alternately, Henry is Sora.There's just a little matter of Square forcing the writers into a Captain Ersatz version so they can fly it under the radar. But, he is a kid, he knows something's wrong with the world he's in, even if he can't pinpoint it, and everyone's memories are tampered with. Plus, he's the guy who's trying to free the princesses (including his mom and grandmother).
Jefferson is a Time Lord.And his hat is his TARDIS.
The people of Storybrooke didn't return to the Enchanted Forest because of a hidden clause in the Dark Curse.The reason Rumple wanted to come to Earth to begin with was to find his son, so of course he wouldn't make it possible for anyone to go back until he found him. Even though the bulk of the curse is broken now, no one can go home until Baelfire shows up again. Or more generally, until everyone from the Enchanted Forest gathers in Storybrooke — like no one goes back until everyone can.
August wanted to tell Emma who he really is from the start.He came to Storybrooke without knowing if Emma believed or not, and decided to wait until he knew that she believed before telling her who he is. That's why he avoids telling her his name for several episodes. His original plan was to skip right to telling her that he's Pinocchio. When he realizes that she doesn't believe and isn't going to believe without a lot more pushing, he gives in and tells her a name. August is probably either his pen name for writing or a name he picked up sometime in his childhood, because it's unlikely that he could get away with being named Pinocchio in this world (even though it really is his name, no one would believe him).
TRON exists in the same universe as Once Upon a Time.How else could Kevin Flynn's most popular game exist? Maine's on opposite sides of the country with southern California, so other evidence would be scant.
Magic is fundamentally evil or corrupting.Think about it. Everyone that has it or regularly uses is evil. I think there is a difference from the way you use it: The Dark One and sometimes Regina / Blue Fairy and Nova the fairy. Perhaps the Dark One is inherently corrupting to everything it enters in contact with.
Jefferson got it to work.As far as we know, the Enchanted Forest was the only land affected by the curse. So why did Jefferson, who got stuck in Wonderland, come along too? Because he got a hat to work. He and the Queen of Hearts who, as of "We Are Both", appears to be Cora jumped through. Jefferson went to find his daughter, but the curse caught up to him first. Cora ended up in Sleeping Beauty's realm, which is why she wasn't taken to our world.
The "wolves" that raised Graham/The Huntsman were actually werewolves.Werewolves are simply called wolves in the Enchanted Forest.
The fairy tale character race is related to the Carrionites.As time has passed, magic has been treated in an increasingly technical manner both in the Enchanted Forest and in Storybrooke, but especially Storybrooke. It may well be that rather than separate planes of existence, our world and the Enchanted Forest are different planets (maybe even one of the fourteen planets of the Rexel planetary configuration?) and the fairy tale characters are an alien species. The way they treat magic though is almost like their version of science, much like the Carrionites. Jefferson's hat, for example, seems like a quite advanced device designed to create wormholes. Gepetto's cupboard likewise operate by punching a hole in space time and then teleporting its occupants through. So, rather than being in Medieval Stasis, like it looks, they're actually far more advanced than we are. They just use a different kind of science.
The magical compass Hook is looking for belongs to the Pirates franchise.Or at least, it's a reference to it.
Mary Shelley traveled between worlds.While fairy tales' origins are nearly untraceable and are only passed down through authors and adaptations, the story of Frankenstein is known to have come from Mary Shelley. So how could a woman from Earth's history have written a story identical to a parallel universe? She came from that world and wrote her story as a fictional novel.
"Hart Archer" from Singlebrooke is a Storybrooke version of Eros.Think about it, his name is Hart Archer, referencing how Eros (or "Cupid" as he's commonly known) is traditionally depicted shooting arrows into people's hearts to make them fall in love. Since mythology is just a large collection of stories, Eros could technically qualify as a "storybook character", making him fair game for the show. And really, who would make a better matchmaker than the God of Love himself? Why Regina felt it necessary to include such an individual in Storybrooke is anyone's guess. (Perhaps because her need for revenge is so great that it even extends to the physical incarnation of love.)
What happens when Hook crosses paths with Belle?
There will be an evil Enemy Mine among the villains.King George hates Charming. Cora's got a growing grudge against Snow White's family (as well has her own daughter). One meeting aboard a pirate ship later, an evil king and queen are united in their quest to end Storybrooke's growing happy endings.
Nova/Astrid is really Fred from Angel.Contrary to what was said in the show Angel, her soul wasn't destroyed it was simply moved to the Enchanted Forest where she was resurrected as the Fairy Nova.
The Marvel Comics universe has also been cursed.During the Season 1 finale, Avengers vs. X-Men was among the contents of Henry's backpack. Henry himself is almost entirely preoccupied with the curse, so it stands to reason any additional reading material he has ties into it as well. It's already been shown that characters from stories outside of fairy tales are affected by the curse, so it stands to reason that comic book worlds can be affected too. This might even be connected to Disney's acquisition of Marvel.
Every Disney-owned universe is cursed.See Above for Marvel. But this might explain some of the Darker and Edgier direction Disney movies, shows, and properties have taken.
The five main villains (Regina, Cora, Rumplestiltskin, Hook and King George) are all, in part, inspired by...Demona, Xanatos and Macbeth from Gargoyles. Regina and Cora primarily represent Demona's well-intentioned and darker, nastier sides, respectively. Rumple is Xanatos, while Hook is Macbeth, with his hatred of Demona being switched to Xanatos. King George is the worst traits of all of them combined. By this logic, Cora and George will wind up the ultimate Big Bads of the series, while Regina, Rumple and Hook wind up with the good guys. Even if it does take Regina a little longer to get there than initially expected.
Jack the Giant Killer is Grace's mother.With that attitude, not very likely.
The magic of Fairies VS the magic of darkness.There is an important distinction between the way magic is used by the fairies (with the blue fairy being the prime representative), and the way it is used by the more gray/black forces (represented by Rumplestiltskin). Rumplestiltskin and the Genie and others say that all magic comes with a price, and they are right. The use of magic for them is dangerous, easily misused in its application, and not easily remedied if misused. The genie knew that wishes could backfire. Rump always had a price for his deals. Regina and the other conventional magic users could only gain power by slowly losing their souls. The fairies meanwhile have magic that is conditional, and they are right as well. Pinnochio could only be real if he stayed true to the virtues. Jimminy could only go help Gepetto if he gave up his humanity and his parents. The magic in this case could only be used if the user was willing to meet certain conditions.
There will be an episode with the fountain of youth.There are too many possibilities not to have one Emma and Henry bonding and we could have parental bonding between Snow, David and Emma. and don't say that it's not a fairy tale because neither was Frankenstein.
Greg Mendell will either attempt to experiment on the Fairy Tale creatures or arrange for someone else to attempt to do so.His name kind of sounds like Gregor Mendel.
Victor Frankenstein is also Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist.The parallels are way too many.
Giants are not a race of their own, but are instead dwarves who have grown to giant size through magical means.At the very least, the two races are very closely related. Not only do they have a similar set-up — all dwarves are male and spend most their time working, which also seems to be the case for giants — but when Anton/Tiny, a giant shrunken down to human size, grasps a dwarf axe it gives him a dwarf name ("Tiny"), something it's confirmed (by Grumpy/Leroy) to only do for dwarves.
Henry is the best hidden example of The Corruptible EVER.Henry holds grudges (towards Regina for hiding him so much and towards Emma), can slip into cynicism and despair when he is traumatized (Desperate Souls), is uncannily calculative for his age, and can be manipulative, just like Regina could be right after her Face-Heel Turn. They're also very similar as children. Both were idealistic and cute and had a controlling gender-swap Fantasy-Forbidding Father. Though Henry may be Emma's son, he's Generation Xerox of Regina. He also descends from Rumple and will be his undoing, possibly becoming the next Dark One. He also has gender issues against him. Boys from fictional works rarely remain The Cutie past 14, and turn either into a generic good guy, a Jerkass, or worse.
The last shot of the series finale of the show will be The "Charming" family sitting down to Thanksgiving Dinner.ALL OF THEM! Every extended and married into the family character, every divorced or potentially estranged family member, every friend of the family, every single one will be at the gathering. To make it a final Brick Joke and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, Prince Charming will comment, "Well, this isn't so bad after all."
The show is slowly shifting towards Grey and Gray Morality.Related to the above theory. We started off with what looked like Black and White Morality. As Character Development and revealed backstories made the villains more sympathetic, we realized we were looking at White and Grey Morality. As the main characters are driven towards darker actions, Once Upon a Time will take on the Grey and Gray Morality of its sister show, LOST.
The reason Greg Mendell could enter Storybrooke was because his father is still there.Think about this: Mendell is the one and only outside visitor to Storybrooke following the breaking of the Curse. (Not counting Baelfire, who has a connection to the FTL and could have ended up as a resident himself under other circumstances.) This implies that the town is still hidden from the outside. So why could Mendell enter? Because Mendell and his father stayed in the town before the curse hid it from the outside world. Since it's implied that Mendel's dad never left, that would make him a permanent resident. Perhaps their blood relation was enough to make the town acknowledge that Mendell belongs there.
Regina was the one who brought Kurt Flynn and his son to town in "Welcome to Storybrooke".When she realized how bored she was in the "Groundhog Day" Loop-esque world of Storybrooke, she began to subconsciously wish for someone to come to town who wouldn't be subject to the curse. The curse, being subject to Regina's will, granted her wish and made the town visible to the nearest bystander.
The dwarf race was created by the fairies for mining.They're designed to be efficient laborers without any bothersome inefficiencies like romantic feelings or childhood. They are born with the strength and intelligence necessary to work.
Alternately, dwarves and fairies are the males and females of same species.Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism and strict gender roles make for a society where the females are wielding magic, but somehow dependant on humans, which could justify why Fairy Godmother is an esteemed position. So while the magic-wielding females are in charge of relations with humans, their males (who can't wield magic) are underground, mining the diamonds that power the magic that their society needs to function. Unfortunately, a female that chooses to mate with a dwarf loses their magic, and therefore makes them unable to function in their society (or maybe unable to serve as anything other than breeding stock).
The world of the fairy tale characters was either a future version or Alternate Universe version of Westeros.A king whose sigil involves stag-antlers, marrying a woman who ends up being the death of him, and the woman is at least partly justified. Huh.
Hong Kong's Dragon is actually Mushu from Mulan.Not exactly, but parallels to The Dragon breathing red smoke were already made to Mushu from Disney's Mulan, it'll turn out in a later Mulan-centric episode where it explores her past, she met The Dragon, who helped her in whatever her endeavor was in becoming a solider, or however her individual origin story pans out.
Storybrooke is in The DCLAU.The crossover will be with Jessie since it's based in New York City and the family's likely to vacation in New England, most of the family is Happily Adopted, and both Henry and Emma's actors have opposite-sex fraternal twins which opens some interesting story possibilities.
The series finale will reveal that the show is actually a record of the actual events depicted in much the same way as the book.In effect, TV Land being a world and the Curse acting as a window from our world to theirs.
The Dragon isn't dead.One, his alleged death is pretty anti-climactic (relatively speaking). Two, he's clearly magical himself and very likely not-human. One doubts his moniker is unrelated to his nature and given what we've seen of other Dragons, a little taser seems unlikely to hurt him in the long run. At worst, he's probably unconscious or he left his human form. Three... well, he has a lot of lines for a one-off character and as the show has shown, one-off characters - especially one-off characters with lines and some relation to the main characters - usually aren't.
The black in Snow's heart isn't from Cora.It's because she's now living in our world. The storybook world is a world of black and white, while our world is full of grey. Because it's Snow White, not Mary Margaret living in this world, she's now subject to its rules and morality.
Rumple will make one final deal...That is, he will take an oath of marriage to Belle. This deal - a deal done for, by, and of true love - will be what ultimately destroys the power of the Dark One. Perhaps even replacing it with something good - a sort of very snarky Light One (let's face it, Rumple will never be the clean cut talker that Charming is).
Regina put Belle in the psych ward through the Dark Curse not because she hates her or as a tool but because she didn't really hate her at all.Belle hasn't done anything to Regina. Regina isn't really one to wantonly lash out. Perhaps then, Belle being locked up was the least cruel thing Regina could think of since, in many ways, it's what her mother did to her.
Jack's sword is the Vorpal sword.She used it to kill a Jabberwock.
At some point in the past, Neal was under the sleeping curse.That's why he wanted the dreamcatcher, which was "flypaper for nightmares."
Tamara helped Hook find Rumplestiltskin in New York.Considering that New York is such a big place, Hook found his crocodile pretty fast. Tamara could easily have been spying on her fiance, recognized Rumple from Greg's description of the guy he saw holding a ball of fire, and pieced together who he was.
The Fairies attacked the giants and destroyed the beans.Both the Fairies and the Giants are shown to live in the clouds. The Fairies declared war on the giants and attacked them in order to gain control of the Magic Beans, however the Giants destroyed them all before losing the war. This is the war that Tiny's brothers tell him about and why they now grow the Beans in secret This explains why the Blue Fairy has the last known Magic Bean and explains the origin of the Dwarves. The Dwarves are Giants that were magically shrunk down by the Fairies in order to use them as a slave race. This is why the axe works for Tiny, because the axe works for Giants, in reality there is no such race as Dwarves. This all ties in to the Blue Fairy being the Big Bad.
Henry has/will have magical writing powers, like famous storytellers before him.Call it "story weaving", if you will. The only comparison I can think of is to the characters of Drosselmeyer and Fakir from the anime Princess Tutu. They both have the power to bring the stories they write to life and thus manipulate the lives of the fictional characters around them. The world of Once Upon a Time would exist in a reality where writers like Hans Christian Anderson, Lewis Carol, J.M Barrie and the Grimm Brothers all had the same ability. When the 20th century hit, and film became the new story-telling medium, Walt Disney and Don Bluth, who were gifted with the same ability, used the medium to further influence the fairytale world, providing an in-story explanation for all of the Disney references. It is this troper's theory that Henry also has this power, but has yet to grow into it. When his powers do eventually begin to manifest, he'll have to struggle to harness them properly to help his family.
The reason the Land Without Color has so little magic is Solomon Kane, possibly with the help of Abraham Van Helsing.Solomon Kane was a 16th century Puritan and the LWC is shown to be more similar to our world than the Enchanted Forest. He could have killed off most of the magic users.
The seer's prophecy referred to the Dark One itself, not to Rumplestiltskin.When Pan strips Rumplestiltskin of the Dark One's powers and assimilates them into himself, he will take some time to gloat... and then will proceed to get his arse kicked by the rest of Henry's family, who are royally ticked at him for having Henry kidnapped. Since he took the Dark One's powers via a different manner than the usual, those powers will die with him. Thus, because of Henry, the Dark One will cease to exist, fulfilling the prophecy.
There will be a Hook/Emma/Neal love triangle in season 3.With Hook and Emma on the quest to save Henry in Neverland there's time for Hook to get over Milah and move on to Emma, the two of them bond during their quest. Meanwhile, Neal will fight like Hell to get back to Storybrooke where he thinks Emma is. Then when Emma and, presumably, Hook return to Storybrooke with Emma having moved on to Hook, thinking that Neal is dead, she will be surprised to see him there waiting for her. This will make things awkward seeing as Emma and Neal had previously admitted their love for one another. Oooh and then Neal can bond with Daddy Rumple over losing the women they loved to Hook and Henry can scheme to Parent Trap his mom and dad...
Sidney Glass is currently in a double prison.So, Sidney was conveniently locked away in the hospital basement after his actor, Giancarlo Esposito, committed to a lead role on the series Revolution. However, since magic's just come back into storybrooke, I theorize that Sidney's currently trapped twice. First, there's his cell (his first prison), but he was also given a mirror in his cell, so he's mentally trapped as well, as the parameters of his wish has him see what Regina's doing, preventing him from ever having a full break from her.
With the exception of Anton's family, the giants were all killed by Don Quixote.In this universe, Don Quixote is just as delusional as he is in the original, but in a different way. Rather than mistaking windmills for giants, he mistakes giants for Windmill Politicals, making Quixote into a Windmill Crusader.
Adultery is punishable by death in the Enchanted Forest......Because unless there's some Deliberate Values Dissonance at work, the fact that staunchly Good-aligned Belle and Baelfire don't so much as bat an eyelash at the revelation that Rumplestiltskin murdered his wife is just weird.
Maleficent is a "fallen" fairy.At some point in her past, Mal committed a crime that got her expelled by the "mainstream" fairies. In the original Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, the role of Maleficent is played by an anonymous wicked fairy godmother.
Season 3 will introduce the idea of the council of fairy tale characters.Most of the leadership/driving forces of Storybrooke is gone at this point. The charmings, regina, rumplestiltskin are all out hunting, so the remaining characters will likely form a council of sorts to keep the town going in the meantime. Belle will be chair, with Granny acting as her right hand. Ruby will act as town watch (thus getting around them awkwardly losing the actress to a different show), while the rest of the 1st council present in the pilot will also be there to help. These include Gepetto and Jimminy, as well as The Blue Fairy. Dr. Whale will also be there to allow Science a voice at the table. And, in a twist, a final seat will be given...to King George. He might be an evil monarch, but the fact of the matter is that none of the others really know how to run a town, no matter how self running/egalitarian it might be. His will be a self-appointment, but in following the theme of a "best chance", the council will give George a chance to show what he can do, since he wasn't Regina level evil (or was he?). This will give the writers two different ways to take things. The redemption of Henry's evil step great-grandfather/his attempts at being subversive or the move of the fairy tale characters away from monarchs towards democracy.
We will get an origin episode for The Blue FairyAnd it will be a Take That at the fans who think she's really the Bigger Bad of the series.
Emma was a loner in our worldfor 2 reasons. First, because she could never get over the stumbling block of never getting a real family to help her grow, and second, because as a "immigrant" from the fairy-tale land, she could never truly fit in.
Fairies cannot fall in love so they use humans as True Love factories.Fairies, like dwarves, do not appear to have marriages or family units. Fairies have a lot of magical power but are unable to produce the most powerful magic of all. Therefore, fairy "godmothers" are appointed to manipulate events so that couples like Snow/Charming and Cinderella/Thomas are formed. The fairies can then create True Love Potions similar to the one Rumplestiltskin used.
Jimminy's Parents were also Honest John and GideonBecause it would seriously make for a great twist and make Jimminy's pleading with Pinocchio far more personal than before. Not to mention, their being puppeteers would make sense on them wanting Pinocchio on their side.
The Blue Fairy brought Daniel and Regina together.This makes sense if you buy into the above theory that Blue wanted the curse to be cast.
Although the kingdoms of George and Midas were never united...The relations between the 2 of them would have strengthened after Charming took control of the kingdom. After all, Charming essentially went the Beowulf route by doing good deeds for another kingdom. Out of gratefulness for not only rescuing them from the dragon but also saving his daughter's first love, Midas might have presented him with a golden wedding present as thanks for helping make his kingdom safer and his daughter happy. We don't know if Midas survived to come to Storybrooke, but in any case, the 2 kingdoms might have even become allies during the war to retake the kingdoms depending on what Abigail and Midas thought about all the developments near them.
Midas's curse in this universe only extended to his hands and was never liftedHence how midas is still healthy enough to not starve despite the golden touch, but still can turn things to gold. The magic only extends to his hands rather than his feet or lips like in the older myth. As this was a curse similar to Rogue's, Midas learned to live with it, with his price being never able to hug his daughter again without armor on.
The gods invoked by various characters in the Enchanted Forest are the Muses.Most of the muses are goddesses of various types of poetry or literature.
The Blue Fairy was also Mary Poppins.Both Mary and the Blue Fairy are seen sitting on clouds. Travel between the Enchanted Forest and the Land Without Magic is implied to be very difficult, but if anyone could do it it's Reul Ghorm.
There will be a "What If" episode showing Emma's life if the curse had never happened.And it will turn out that things would have gone very, very badly if they'd stayed in Fairy Tale Land.
Hook was not originally from the Enchanted Forest world.
Someone from Hook's past was also one-handed.After losing his hand, Hook conveniently happens to have a prosthetic onto which he can fasten his hook.
Cora was not the original Queen of Hearts.She killed or otherwise dethroned the original queen and took her place. She wears the mask and speaks only through the Knave so that no one can tell she's not the real queen.
Rumplestiltskin's deal with Don Juan will become a Chekhov's Gun.
Graham was not only the Huntsman, but also MowgliThink about it. No known parents, taken care of by wolves... and he remembers his human roots thanks to a pretty girl (Emma).
The story behind Storybrooke will shift.This ties in with the WMG above about Henry having storytelling powers - as he turns into a teenager, the atmosphere will shift from "Grimm's fairy tales" to "early 21st century modern dystopic YA novel", with the breaking of the original curse leading to strife between those who wish to return to the fairytale kingdom and those who choose to stay.
Peter, Red's boyfriend, is the son of the Woodsman who killed the Big Bad Wolf in the original tale.The Woodsman tried to kill Red to avenge his son's death.
Phillip Came Back WrongPhillip's spirit was damaged after Mulan and Aurora rescue it from the Wraith and is no longer capable of love.
There are portals between worlds underwater
Mulan was attracted to Aurora, not Phillip, from the start.It's basically implied that Mulan has feelings for Aurora, given her reaction to the news that Aurora and Phillip are having a baby. It may seem like a bit of an odd switch, for Mulan to go from loving Phillip in vain to Aurora (even if Mulan is bisexual, it would just be a pretty abrupt and ironic transition). However, did Mulan ever confirm Aurora's accusation, that she was attracted to Aurora's prince? The awkward silence Mulan gave her could have meant something even more awkward than loving Phillip. When Phillip first kissed Aurora awake, Mulan looked away sadly because she was jealous of Phillip, not Aurora. Mulan was loyal to Phillip as a comrade, but seemed to have far more emotional attachment to Aurora. Her short temper with Aurora could be part an attempt to hide her true feelings, and part simple bitterness that she can't have her.
Frankenwolf is going to turn out to be a rare platonic shipBecause there's not enough non-romantic True Companions style ships out there. Besides their conversation could easily be construed as friendship as well.
This Show is cursedCursed with the curse of the supporting cast. Not only does it get too big to let them all show up all the time, but it prevents the writers from having a major secondary character stick around for longer than half a season. Jimminy Cricket? sporatic at best. The Huntsman? Killed Off for Real. Grumpy, Granny and the blue fairy? Not around enough, and not as important to the plot despite their recurring roles. Pinocchio? Around for half of season 1, and then aged down. Red Riding Hood? Quietly sent to the "not seen right now" folder. Frankenstein? Not enough screen time once the curse is broken. Katherine? Written out. King George? Mysteriously vanishes from the story. Belle? Clawing to hold onto her screen time. Cora? Killed. Greg? Killed. It seems that the only character they've managed to stick are Hook and Balefire, but even then, they're connected to the 6 leads in such a way that they're easier to write for. Thus there is a curse on the show that any character they try to give a major point in the story is doomed to have their screen time either lost, written out or greatly diminished overtime.
The Seer saw Pan bringing down Rumplestiltskin, not Henry
The Blue Fairy wanted her shadow removed.For reasons unknown, she needs to become a shadow so that she can move through worlds unimpeded.
Killian and Liam served King Xavier.We don't know what kingdom the Jones brothers served under and who their king was other than the fact that he was cruel enough to want to poison all of his enemies with Dreamshade. Of all the kings we've seen on the show, Xavier is the cruelest, even counting King George! We know that Killian was a pirate by the time he took Milah from Rumple, and still was by the time Rumple found them, took off Killian's hand, and killed Milah, which took place before Rumple met Cora. During that time, Xavier's kingdom was suffering from a great lack of wealth. Why might this be? Because of A: their navy turning pirate and plundering their goods, and B: them losing their feud to whatever enemy the king was planning on poisoning. So Hook might have put Xavier's kingdom in the position they were in when Cora stepped up and married Prince Henry, which would be another way of tying the villains and their family history together.
The fairy we know as Blue is actually the Black Fairy.Before being exiled, the Black Fairy switched bodies with the real Blue Fairy. This means that the fairy we've known as Blue throughout the series is actually the Black Fairy hijacking her body.
The enchanted forest is one of the Turnings of the wheel except everything has gone horribly wrongA magically powered evil dude who is connected to a magical dagger and is called "The Dark one", Sounds sorta like what Padan Fain wanted.
The whole thing was written by Drosselmeyer.Think about almost no one is able to get a happy ending good or evil, there is a lot of misery to go around. Drosselmeyer got tired of his stories and decided to rewrite others to suit his tastes. A Carol Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Maid Marian, Robin's wife, will die in Season 4.Because she was meant to die in the past, which Emma changed by bringing her into the future to Storybrooke, Marian will end up dying in some other horrible way. Reason being is that time should not be messed with. As was said in X-Men: Days of Future Past, if you throw a stone into a pond, you'll cause a ripple, but the pond will always smooth itself out. Emma meddled with events in the past, and because of that, Marian may end up paying the consequences for Emma's actions.
"Let It Go" will become Arc Words for Season 4.It is a Frozen-inspired season, after all and "Let It Go" is basically the Signature Song of that movie. Since a musical number wouldn't really be appropriate for Once Upon A Time (they've never done one before and it doesn't really fit the Darker and Edgier vibe), they'll turn that phrase into Arc Words instead.
Olaf the Snowman will be a Adaptational Badass.
It will be revealed that Elsa was a voluntary prisoner
Following on a WMG up in Future Characters, the writer of the storybook is Yensid.It would explain why his house is in the show, and why he'd even be hinted at being around at all. And someone of his magical prowess would be capable of both foreseeing everyone's happy endings and enforcing them through the storybook (rather like the Old Man of Wandering Mountain of The Neverending Story—which even parallels a previous theory of Henry being able to change everyone's stories a la Bastian). This could lead in one of two directions: 1) him being the true Big Bad whom they all have to band together to defeat (unlikely, since someone evil wouldn't be creating happy endings for everyone and the enemy is hinted at being the real Snow Queen and someone else who is noted as a guest star for the second half of the season, although he may be a bit of a Knight Templar/Well-Intentioned Extremist if Regina is right about him refusing to see her as anything except a villain); or 2) there will be a philosophical/moral confrontation in which he must be convinced to change the stories and allow for villains to change and receive happy endings. Whether it's Regina herself who gets through to him or Emma thanks to her oath remains to be seen.
The Snow Queen will form a Legion of Doom type organization with other fairy tale villains.
Emma will serve as the show's version of Gerda from the original Snow QueenThe Rocky Road revealed that Snow Queen and Emma have a past together. Rumpelstiltskin and Snow Queen are familiar with each other. Rumple and Snow Queen already made a deal in the past that involved Elsa and Anna. Snow Queen appears to genuine want Elsa on her side and implied that people treated her a monster for having powers as well. Given the series' history of giving villains sympathetic backstories the Snow Queen may have been a case of people calling her evil or monster so she gave in and became one. She was isolated. Elsa her niece has the same powers as she does. She feels Elsa is the only one who can understand and love her. She sees Anna as a threat. Snow Queen met Rumple, made a deal for him to make Anna disappear and Rumple agreed on the condition that she help him find his son. Snow Queen somehow missed the curse, found a way to travel to Land Without Magic. Somehow she found Neal during the time when he was with Emma. Snow Queen abducts Neal and Emma rescues him. The reason she and probably Neal didn't remember her is because they had their memories erased. Emma would be Gerda of the story, Neal would act as Kai, and Snow Queen is still herself.
The Sorcerer is MerlinBecause it's cool to imagine Merlin with the Fantasia hat and it could lead to the long-awaited Camelot arc in Season 5.
Rumpelstiltskin is trying to resurrect Baelfire.
Marian's act of true love...will be letting go of Robin. Regina won't find a cure for her freezing, but she'll be able to reverse the damage enough for their family to say goodbye. When Marian finds out why the kiss didn't work, she'll give Robin permission to move on with Regina. This act, releasing her husband from an unhappy marriage so he can be with his true love without guilt, will be enough to break the curse.
Lily will become important later on.She's something Emma regrets, she's also an orphan, she has a mysterious star-shaped birthmark...
There is no "Apprentice"
The Sorcerer created Jefferson’s Hat.The Sorcerer is known to turn hats into powerful magical artifacts and in “Smash the Mirror” he’s shown to have the power to create portals between worlds. Even the door he conjured to bring Ingrid to the World Without Magic is remarkably similar to the ones inside Jefferson’s Hat.
Lily's star shaped birthmark is a paopou fruit/Wayfinder
Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold's deals, contracts and items are a key element to the curse.Emma may be the catalyst to removing the curse, but its ability to affect people can be influenced by the various contracts and items that Mr. Gold has. This may be why Mr. Gold has not been as affected, if he was affected at all, by the curse. As he is the 'memory keeper' because of all the items, he did not get affected. I would not put it past him to be Crazy-Prepared for the curse.
The Dark Curse was (accidentally) created by the Blue Fairy.Although she has only appeared in a few episodes, so far she seems to have circumvented the Equivalent Exchange rule of the Enchanted Forest (Thomas' disappearance was caused by breaking the deal with Rumplestiltskin, rather than the quill's creation). However, it's possible that her powers only extend to delaying the price of the spell. After countless years of dark magic building up to balance her good deeds, but not being able to act upon anything, eventually the Dark Curse was formed and continued to become stronger and stronger.
Regina hasn't actually teamed up with Cora.She's actually still one of the good guys; she's only pretending to work with Cora until she can figure out a way to banish/vanquish her once and for all...
Regina will rip out Snow's heart and use it to control her.Just like how Cora did with Aurora. It will be the sad sign that she's once again gone back to the dark side, only in a much more sinister way.
Alright everybody, place your bets.According to the new promos, in next week's episode The Miller's Daughter, Tonight Someone Dies. And according to some spoiler premieres beforehand, it WILL be a major character. So, place your bets. WHO IS GETTING THE AX?
Eva and Cora are sisters.It kinda makes sense, since when Cora's talking to Eva when she's dead, she has a sort of behavior when two sisters are comparing their daughters. She kinda goes on about how Regina's going to be queen and Snow isn't and so on and so forth. And that would actually make Snow and Regina cousins...
A new dark force will come to replace the void left by the Dark One's destructionGood and Evil always exist in Fairy Tale world. When good forces die, new ones emerge to replace them. When evil ones are vanquished new evil appears in a different form. There has always been a weird balance for them. That's what I think the Dark One represents. The Dark One is a immortal being who can only be killed by using the dagger that is the source of its power (usually), and the person who killed them becomes the next Dark One. That system seems like its setup to keep the balance by ensuring there is a new Dark One to fill the void. Now that the Dark One line has ended completely there is a void left that has to be filled. This would explain why Blue Fairy and Rumplestiltskin have never tried to kill the other one, despite their hatred for each other. They would both know even if they succeeded in killing the other one the laws of magic or balance would have a new force come in to replace the other one. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know.
The grain merchant's daughter...Is the miller's daughter from the original Rumplestiltskin tale. However, given the universe differences, it is not likely she will go through the "guess my name" hoops as in her original story.
Emma is actually also Wendy.Line of thought: Baelfire could be Henry's father as some people think, and Rumplestiltskin also has a ton of Peter Pan trappings to his character. Baelfire as a boy fighting Hook could be Peter Pan, and if Emma is the girl who was lost to Baelfire in the real world, then that would make her Baelfire's Wendy.
Regina is going to DIE!!!Judging on what's going on with "straight on till morning" promo, I think this is going to be end of the evil queen, hence all the meta buildup over whether she can ever be redeemed. So she'll die here, in the town she cursed to appear as her final penance for her sins. A perfect loop: she brought the town into existence, and now she'll die to save it's citizens.
In the OUaT universe, Captain Hook and Peter Pan are the same person.Hook is Peter and his crew are the Lost Boys. When we first meet him, he and his crew sail to Neverland. But how did they know that Neverland existed in the first place? Because they'd been there before. Peter and the Lost Boys were somehow forced to leave Neverland for the Enchanted Forest realm, where they became pirates and looked for a way back.
This show's version of Ariel will either be paraplegic or paralyzed from the waist down.I read in Entertainment Weekly that the writers are working on adding Ariel to the cast, it would only make sense if she couldn't walk because of Mermaid state in the past.
Eric will be one of the Lost Ones.Going off the theory that Ariel is a Neverland mermaid, Eric is a Lost One (he may or may not be a prince) and will meet her that way.
Peter Pan was a person who turned into a Living Shadow.Becoming a shadow is what happens when someone's heart becomes very very dark.
The Shadow isn't evil.It just got separated from Peter Pan and is now looking for its owner, which is why it's abducting all those boys.
Peter Pan will be Asian.His last name, Pan, is a common Chinese surname.
Peter Pan is just a shadow. He had a body once, but now it's gone.
Peter Pan is BaelfireThe change is the result of Rumplestiltskin forcibly turning Baelfire/Neal into a fourteen year old again once he finds him alive. The price is that it messes Bae up and throws him outside of time in Neverland.
Henry is Peter Pan.Henry is going to be Rumplestiltskin's downfall. Let's face it, at this point, that downfall is NOT going to happen without Hook being involved in some way, which would imply that Henry has a bigger role than anyone knows.
Peter is interested in Henry because he is foretold to be Rumple's "undoing."Peter, or possibly Peter's parents, entered a deal with Rumple so that something bad will happen to Peter when he reaches adulthood. Peter fled to Neverland, putting off adulthood to evade Rumple while researching ways to kill him. He eventually found out about Henry and hopes he can use Henry to get out of the deal.
Tinkerbell was originally Peter's Fairy Godmother.Peter wished to stop aging and she brought him to Neverland.
Rufio will be Peter's Starscream.The show has announced that they will be casting "Rufio." Making Rufio into Peter's Starscream would be reflective of their relationship in Hook, in which they start off as rivals to the leadership of the Lost Boys.
Peter Pan is Rumplestiltskin's brotherHe seems to know about Rumple's past, the two are very connected, and it seems both of them were abandoned by their father.
Wendy's child runs the Home Office in our worldIf Wendy was 15 during the events of Peter Pan (original Disney movie) it would likely be her child being the boss at the home office
Wendy Darling is still alive somewhere, leading the organization that's seeking to wipe out magic.She learned her lesson from Neverland and acted on what Bae had told her about how evil magic is. She formed the organization and began trying to destroy all traces of magic.
The people in charge of the "Home Office" will be related to any of the following families...
The Home Office started in Britain.If you look at the families above, it seems pretty obvious, and it eventually spread to America as the organization grew in strength.
The Home Office helped get Henry adopted by Regina.
Eric will be one of the Lost Boys.Mermaids exist in Neverland and there's a lot of speculation that Ariel will be one of them. Her love interest could be a Lost Boy named Eric.
Snow will be pregnant by the end of Season 2.As seen in 2x10, she and David are very happy to be reunited.
The past life thing can be proven via DNA testing.If Snow White is really her mum, and Prince Charming her dad, DNA testing might just be able to convince her.
Grace is Alice.She'll go looking for her father, Jefferson, and end up in Wonderland. Unfortunately, he'll have already been driven to insanity after making hundreds of hats in a futile attempt to find his daughter and he won't even recognize her.
Alice is the Queen of Hearts (and Jefferson's lost wife).Yes I know her hair is the wrong colour, but how intriguing is it that she is so deliberately obscured during Jefferson's interrogation. We only have Regina's observation that she is unpleasant. The Queen is not angered until Jefferson confesses he left his (their) daughter alone. Then he is condemned to work unceasingly until he can open the portal again. This could be interpreted as a very angry mother saying, "You broke this. Fix IT." Jefferson says himself that Wonderland is where Grace's mother was "lost".
Jack the Giant Killer is also Alice.
Aurora, Phillip and Mulan are the only people left in the Enchanted Forest.Probably. Wonder how they're gonna live their lives.
Belle is Alice.Thanks to Regina, she's followed the white rabbit to the Rabbit Hole.
Rumple won't actually turn back to evil to win Lacey's heart......he's just Genre Savvy to realize that 'the man she fell in love with' was Evil!Rumple. So what he'll do is stage things to look like he's old fashion Dark One but not actually cause any harm. Or he'll stage all the major events in their relationship.
The home office was an ancient order the Darlings joined
After Bae escaped, the Shadow went back to the Darling house and took another boy.The shadow wanted one of the Darling boys. What's to stop him from going back to the Darlings' house to take another?
Peter Pan has precognitive powers, or is in league with someone who does.Seeking to become the Dark One, he foresaw the events that would lead to Henry's birth, and eventually returned Bae to the Land Without Magic so he could grow up, meet Emma and father Henry, who would be the perfect bait to lure Rumplestiltskin, the current Dark One, to Neverland.
Dr. Whale is also the Wizard of Oz.
Puss in Boots will be the Cheshire Cat.The Queen of Hearts sent the Cheshire Cat to the Enchanted Forest in order to find a way to spy on Regina. The boy that he helps rise to power gains Regina's favour, and Puss/Cheshire is treated as one of the kingdom's finest assassins until Regina discovers his origins.
Dr. Frankenstein is also The Wizard of Oz.There's a reference in one episode (that deals with travel between the realms, including that performed by Frankenstein) to an important pair of slippers. Frankenstein's plots deal with Science Versus Magic (and the relative pros and cons of each), which makes it plausible that if he traveled to another realm, Frankenstein might pass off Sufficiently Advanced Technology as magic. Also, the show makes a point of showing that even if seemingly different, Storybrooke personalities line up with (facets of) the real personalities of those characters. Well, Dr. Whale, Frankenstein's Storybrooke identity, is a pompous lechery who is Too Clever by Half, which is how the Wizard is portrayed in Wicked, and in Oz: The Great and Powerful (as a villain in the former and a hero in the latter).
The relationship between Snow's mother and Cora.Is similar to the story of Snow-White and Rose-Red. Their mother was a poor widow, and her husband had been a miller. The bear that the sisters meet was likely Rumplestiltskin, who offers to teach them magic in exchange for their help (also a gambit to find someone able to cast the Dark Curse). Cora, who is the outspoken, one of the sisters (also possibly the older one of the two) is eager to learn, but Snow's mother has misgivings. Over time, this results in Cora turning evil and Snow's mother steadfastly holding on to being good. This begins to drive a wedge between the sisters, and an irreparable rift happens when Snow's mother marries the King. This was likely the result of Snow's mother being courted by him, and Cora harboured jealousy that Snow's mother had caught the fancies of the king. So, Cora decided to get revenge on her goody-two-shoes sister.
Rumplestiltzkin's father was Paris.Paris is infamous for his cowardice during the Trojan War.
Eva is Dorothy Gale, or related to her/Oz somehow.In "The Doctor" the Hatter mentions a certain pair of slippers that can travel between world's aren't available. Queen Eva is buried in a rather striking pair of ruby shoes...
The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow are, respectively,
Regina will try to use People Puppets on the poor Snow White to make her murder Charming.Thus, she will reproduce what happened to Daniel and take revenge from what happened to her mother.
Snow White will make a full-blown Face-Heel Turn.She was already warned that if she succumbed to revenge, she would become just as wicked as what she fought. Seeing as she already did two deliberate Dark Side actions in both conducting the candle spell and tricking Regina into murdering Cora out of Revenge, not protection (David even points it out), then the greased slope is already wide open and ready to start sliding. Now we have Regina and Snow in one hell of a Cycle of Revenge that's liable to doom everyone. (Where's Jiminy when you need him?! Did BioWare call again?)
Lacey will be a Big Bad in Season 3.She's already proven to have few morals, and her desire for magic seems like a clear sign given this show's history with people who become addicted to magic.
The Curse was never broken.When Emma came, time began again, symbolized by the clock tower starting. But when she 'broke' the Curse, time stopped again (symbolized by the clock tower stopping). The bringing of magic, the breaking of the first Curse, and so forth only powered a second one... one that serves much like the first but has no master/mistress and serves no cause but to make sure no one has a happy ending. It has become the embodiment of Status Quo Is God.
Eva and her kingdom destroyed King Xavier's -and Cora's- kingdom.Think about it. Cora hated Eva to the point of murdering her and wanting to corrupt her daughter as further revenge. Why? It can't just be because of that one incident of Eva tripping her in "The Miller's Daughter". That wasn't enough to make Cora hate Eva to that degree; she and Eva barely interacted during it, not to mention Cora didn't bring it up too much for the rest of the episode (she was more angry at King Xavier for her situation than Eva). Now combine this with the fact that at the end of "The Miller's Daughter", Cora belonged to a kingdom, one which Regina would one day be Queen of, hence her name. But by "The Stable Boy", Henry, Cora and Regina are rich aristocrats in the middle of nowhere, with no sign of Xavier or his kingdom. It would make perfect sense if Eva was the downfall of that kingdom. It would explain why Cora hates her so much and why making Regina the Queen of Eva's kingdom by marrying her off to Eva's husband is so important to Cora, as is corrupting Eva's daughter.
Belle's true memories will be restored, but not by Mr. Gold.It'll be Maurice who restores them. As the end of Season 1 pointed out, True Love's Kiss can be administered even when the love isn't romantic in nature. The love between a parent and their child also qualifies as true love.
After Belle gets her real memories back......she'll apologizing for destroying the chipped cup. Gold will answer "It's only a cup."
Anton is also Little John from Robin Hood.I think that Anton might also be Little John from Robin Hood. His dwarf name of 'Tiny' does fit that theory.
The original Dark One was the Wicked Witch of the WestThis troper can't remember if her skin was green in the original Baum books, but it is in nearly every adaptation, which draws a parallel between the powers of the Dark One. It's possible that her "death" at the hands of Dorothy was just an illusion to go into hiding.
Emma actually did keep HenryOkay so I don't know how the writers are planning to explain how the heck Gold got Henry to Storybrooke. So here's my theory. Emma did not give Henry up for adoption. After she got out of jail, she got herself together and got Henry out of foster care. Then, in an attempt to make a fresh start, the two of them set off on the road and ended up in Storybrooke. Regina, seeing an unwed teenage mother with an infant, couldn't resist. So she kidnapped Henry and used some leftover fairy dust or whatever to screw with Emma''s memories and make Emma think that she'd given her child up for adoption. Emma leaves Storybrooke and doesn't come back until Henry finds her in Boston ten years later.
Tinkerbell is dead or otherwise out of commission
Rumplestiltskin had a hand in whatever happened to Tinkerbell.
The Blue Fairy is Tinkerbell
Charming will attempt to become the Dark One.Self preservation has already made him act out of character with how eager he was to aggressively capture Tinkerbell and get her pixie dust. As he becomes more and more desperate to stay alive, he will stumble upon the Dark One dagger and after much agonizing will attempt to kill Rumple with it hoping that the Dark One curse can cure him.
Rumple will sacrifice himself to cure Charming.Either through something similar to the candle and Cora, or by surrendering to Peter in exchange for an antidote. Neal will see this, finally realize that Rumple's changed and forgive his father.
The first name of Hook's brother is Davy
Rumplestiltskin is not actually dead.
West is Rumple's child conceived at some point after he lost Bae but before he met Cora.Her appearance can be explained as a trait inherited by the circumstances of her birth. Her mom could be Glenda for extra Irony.
Regina, Emma and Belle will share the role of DorothyEmma is the one who wants to find home. Belle is the one who wants to find the wizard, which in this 'verse will be Rumple. It's no accident that advertisement for early season three described him as a wizard. Lastly, Regina is the one who dropped a house on the Wicked Witch's sister's house. When Regina stopped Peter Pan's curse and sent everyone back to their land, the Enchanted Forest residents landed on the house of WW's sister by mistake.
Rumplestiltskin was in Another Dimension or another world and Zelena pulled him out.
Season 3's second villain is going to be one of the people still in StorybrookeApparently, team Henry is going to be leaving Neverland soon, but this show also buckles in on itself too often without a good villain to drive them along. Thus, upon their return, we're going to see the rise of another villain for the rest of the season. I suspect that either King George is going to get his time in the spotlight again, or that The Evil Blue Fairy is going to become canon. Either that, or there'll be a new Disney Villain that arises as a new threat. After all, there's still plenty to work with.
The Black Fairy is the true big bad for Season 3 not the Wicked WitchTwo episodes in to the second half of season 3 and we learned more about Zelena than we did any other main villain in the same span of time. She's Cora's eldest daughter, she was abandoned in Oz, she was Rumple's former apprentices, he abandoned her in favor of training Regina to cast the dark curse. Her goal and motivation are explained right away, she wants to take everything Regina has out of jealousy. The fact she is older than Regina means there is a high probability that she'll be Rumple and Cora's daughter, which would probably mean Neal is on her list for being the kid Rumple sacrificed everything for to get back, while she grew up in Oz without either parent. Aside from a few details on her life in Oz we have everything we need to know about her. There is not a whole lot left for her to carry the season. It goes against the writers style of slow reveal, misdirection, and tying it all together in shocking fashion, such as Rumple manipulating Regina to cast the curse to find his son (which was revealed in the middle of season 1) or Regina's true reason for hating Snow being the part Snow played in Daniel's death (which we found it near the end of season 1). ABC has made no effort to keep the Wicked Witch a secret and the writers gave us all this info so early makes it feel like Zelena is distraction or red herring for us. The conclusion of Neverland story arc mentioned the mysterious Black Fairy in a throwaway line to seemingly explain how Rumple could return Henry and Pan to their own bodies. The way Blue and the fairies treated the wand and the mention of Black with such fear and caution that it appears she is very powerful. The fact that her wand is what let Rumple perform the switch suggests his own magic couldn't do that. After the conclusion of Pan arc we jump right into the Wicked Witch and her plans, keeping us from thinking about the Black Fairy. My theory is Black is manipulating Zelena, possibly even trained her in Oz, to get her wand back to restore her full powers. We know without wands fairies are limited in magic or powerless. She plans on using Zelena to distract Blue, Emma, and the others while she works behind the scenes. Possibly the season will end with Black regaining her wand and set things up for season 4 (if the show gets renewed again).
Regina is also the wicked witch of the eastLet's look at all the traditional or adapted marks of the wicked witch of the east. She has a sister (like in the adaptations). she was called by snow at her wedding, "nothing more than an evil witch." She uses magic (duh). She was powerful. She and her sister have a complicated relationship. She even got a metaphorical "house" dropped on her that has killed her somewhat. (That house being henry. His being there with her is slowly changing her into more of a good guy.) And the witch of the west wants something of hers for more power. (more in line with the original books) Whether this works since we have no idea if regina ever went to Oz and they would know about that, I don't know, but it is worth considering.
Rumplestilskin will be revealed to be the Cheshire Cat as well.Let's see: Holds more power than any other character (the Cheshire cat can disappear and reappear at will, avoiding being caught or killed and when it most benefits him; Rumple is all but called the absolute most powerful magic user, shows up when it's time to make a deal which would benefit him in the long run). Knows more about what is going on than anything else (Cheshire in Wonderland, Rumple in Storybrooke). No one is sure whose side they're really on. To further this WMG, this troper theorizes that Rumple will find a way to Wonderland, maybe making a deal with Jefferson to get him back to his daughter (by making the Dark Curse affect all Fairy-tale-landians across the multiverse of worlds) in exchange for a favor (which would have been repaid in the Season 1 finale).
Rumple's undoing.In a twist, Cora could try and kill Henry in order to drive Regina further into the dark. Rumple, who is under Cora's control, refuses to kill him however (Henry's his grandson after all, and he loves Bae too much to do that). Refusing the power of the dagger could have a nasty effect on him which almost causes him to die, but his curse is broken by either Bae (who admits he still loves his father despite everything) or Belle (who has been brought into this in an attempt to calm Rumple down, and her kiss also restores her memories). And with the Dark One's curse broken, Cora loses her edge and loses the partnership with her daughter, who pulls another Heel-Face Turn.
The Wicked Witch of the West is the Black Fairy.
The Wicked Witch of the West is Rumpelstiltskin's mother.Having both villains of season three be a parent to Rumple would be an interesting way to tie the season together.
Zelena is Rumple's daughter.When Cora and Rumple were together, Cora broke things off with Rumple she was already pregnant. Zelena was the result of their union, and Cora sent her away so Rumple would never find her.
Zelena isn't really Regina's sisterIn "New York Serenade," the winged monkey gave Zelena a drop of Regina's blood, which could presumably have broken the blood magic. As to why… speculate away!
Zelena will succeed in going back in time but when she finally meets Cora it won't be prettyEveryone is probably thinking the same thing, despite what Regina said, Zelena still seems under the impression that she will be able to convince her mother to not give her up and doesn't understand how awful Cora truly is and when she does Zelena will probably truly go off the deep end.
Zelena will succeed changing the past, but Emma will escape the effectsThe near the end of the season Zelena will actually succeed in changing the past. Some character like Gold or Mother Superior will have some solution to protect Emma from the effects, so she can find a way to undo Zelena's changes. The season end with Emma being unaffected, but stuck in altered timeline. This will set things up for next season where we'll see how Regina being absent has changed all the characters and worlds.
Dorothy will show up in StorybrookeThe show usually has been pretty good at introducing characters from other stories. Last year they showed the Darlings when Peter Pan lore was introduced into the show. With Wicked Witch of the West as the main antagonist there is a good chance they'll introduce more Wizard of Oz characters. She could possibly be from the World Without Color like Whale.
Zelena is the new Dark OneWhen Rumplestiltskin stabbed her with the dark dagger, something from when Balefire brought him back triggered, meaning that he accidentally transferred his power to Zelena, allowing her to fake her own death just like how she did with Dorothy in Oz.
Regina will redeem herself.To prove that she wants what's best for Henry, Regina will cross the town border. She'll lose all her memories from the Enchanted Forest(and thus her motivation for being bad in the first place) in order to become the real Regina, mayor of a small town and mother to an adopted son.
Belle and Red will become the sheriffs of Storybrooke for season 3.George will be the Big Bad of Storybrooke for that season. The other two parts (Enchanted Forest and Neverland) already have their villains and heroes.
All of Storybrooke (minus Henry) is trapped in a modified time loop.So here's how it would work: the time loop makes sure no one ages, but it also adjusts to the time period so no one inside Storybrooke suspects anything, which could explain why why Storybrooke isn't stuck 28 years behind the times. The only person immune to the time loop is Henry (because he wasn't born in Storybrooke), Emma (because she left before the Dark Curse hit), and August (ditto). Regina and Mr. Gold don't age, but keep their memories because they cast and made the Dark Curse, respectively.
Season 2 will end...With Cora kidnapping Henry and taking him to another world. Regina, Emma, and Baelfire will then take the Jolly Roger and the magic beans and go on a multidimensional road trip to find him. Because that would be awesome. And we'd get more stories that way. And because the two part final is called "The Second Star to the right and straight on 'til morning". That just screams multidimensional road trip. Some people would have to stay back to look after Storybrooke (probably Snow and Charming being rulers and all) but other potential road trip members are Hook (because it is his ship), Gold and/or Belle (because it's their family), Mulan and Aurora (it would be a great way to bring them back into the series) and the Mad Hatter (because world hopping is his thing).
Owen and Tamara will kidnap Henry for a season (or mid-season) cliffhanger.Seeing as the pair of them seem to be part of a larger crusade to eliminate magic and magic users (possibly due to some abuse of Muggle-kind), they will make a big, nasty strike on Storybrooke to eliminate the threat it represents. Owen wants his dad back, but he might be able to settle for revenge on the Witch with a Capital B who stole his father if he can't have daddy back. Owen might also see himself in Henry; an innocent boy being manipulated and used by these arrogant magic-folk. So, he'll take matters into his own hands and kidnap the kid right in front of Regina, dragging him past town lines and daring her to try and get the boy back. We don't know enough on Tamara's motives yet, but if she's merely a mage-hunting Knight Templar, she'll go along with the idea of "rescuing" the kid against his will, and maybe forcing a Sadistic Choice on Henry's family - save the kid or save the town. In theory, they'd only have to worry about Emma and Neil.
Regina can fly Peter Pan-style.Regina was apparently friendly with Tinker Bell in her youth and possibly learned how to fly. However, we've never seen her fly because she doesn't have enough happy thoughts.
Peter Pan will also be the Pied Piper.And instead of rats it was homeless boys (street rats).
There's a real, flesh-and-blood Peter Pan somewhere...or was.In the Disney version of Peter Pan, Peter sometimes became separated from his shadow, which then moved with a mind of it's own. The Disney shadow was more-or-less harmless, but the OUAT shadow is a more malevolent version.
Season 2 will end with another "wiped clean" slate.Namely, that like season 1, some great event in the 2 part finale will be another Game Changer. Something that again fundementally alters the way the show works, like how the original curse was broken season 1.
The Wicked Witch will reveal that she and Rumplestiltkin have a historyRumple and Jefferson were discussing the magic slippers (can't remember if ruby or silver color was mentioned) in one episode. Rumple has been known to travel to different worlds and made alliances with people of that realm like when needed Dr. Whale/Frankenstein to help him push Regina into villainy. There is a possibility they formed an alliance in the past, but it went sour. That would explain why he sent Jefferson to try to steal the slippers and not trying to make a deal with her to obtain it like he normally does. The Wicked Witch emerges after Rumple's death seems too coincidental, when there was no hint of her in the Enchanted Forest when Neal was there in the same season she is set to appear in. It does keep the tradition of Rumple having a connection to every major antagonists in the series.
Agrabah was originally a separate world from the Enchanted Forest.Similar to Wonderland and Oz, this was a world of stories (from 1001 Arabian Nights) that was contained in its own plane of existence. However, somehow this world and the Enchanted Forest were conjoined, or at the very least travel between the two became very easy. That's why we see very few Agrabans in the Enchanted Forest, but all residents are aware of its existence and can at the very least obtain items from there.
Regina will betray Cora.As Snow White noted in "The Queen Is Dead", Regina doesn't fully trust Cora. There has to be a part of her that wonders if Cora will attack Henry too. When Cora does, Regina will be displeased.
Emma will get her memories back before Henry.This will result in a role-reversal. Emma as the believer and Henry as the skeptic.
Baelfire will restore Emma's memories of Storybrooke
Snow is either pregnant or they've had another child over the timeskip.They want another baby and a year is more than enough time.
Eric really is in Storybrooke.
A main character is going to die in Neverland.This is season 3. The season where typically big things start happening in a show, including removing major characters from the equation. And given that Peter Pan is supposedly the most dangerous foe the team has ever faced, it would make some sense for one of the main 9 to bite the dust in their efforts to show the seriousness of the threat they face.
Princess Eva who tripped Cora is Snow White's motherI watched "The Miller's Daughter" with subtitles and noticed that Snow's mother was named Queen Eva and the girl who tripped and was a bitch to Cora was also named Eva. This would explain why Cora was so bent on getting rid of her to place Regina on her throne, but not how Eva had a major personality swap.
The blackening of Snow's heart will be purified.There is a heavy theme of Regina seeking redemption, off and on anyway, through season 2. After she noticed the blackness in Snow's heart, it seemed to vindicate her. She took great pleasure in that it was all but a proverbial death sentence for Snow - that her heart will continue to blacken until she's no better than her own. However, Regina never really considered redemption seriously until the curse was broken. Snow is actively fighting her corruption. I foresee her managing to purify herself, redeem her sin, proving to Regina that she's not too far gone. Admittedly a little Fairy Tale-esque, but if ever there was a place for it...
The 3 episodes before the Season Finale are character studies.On Pinocchio, Belle, and Regina. Hence their self-titled episode titles.
The Candle as a catalyst.Cora gave it to Snow to corrupt her. However, having taken Cora's life with it, Snow will then use the other side of it to heal Rumplestiltskin. The life of Snow's Step-grandmother in order to keep her brother-in-law going. Being healed will give Gold a fresh perspective on how this blood feud has wrecked all their lives, and thus he will go to Regina, asking that she let it go so that there aren't any more casualties of war. Or, to put it another way, "Revenge is a sucker's game," going off the WMG about the villains being based on Gargoyles villains.
We're going to see versions of Anna and Elsa eventually.The themes in the movie and the themes in the show are quite similar. Magic comes with a price? Try manipulated memories and social isolation. The "wicked sorceress" being a misunderstood young woman with Power Incontinence? The "act of true love" that breaks the curse being familial love. The feminist stylings of the heroines? The nasty subversion of the Prince Charming trope with Hans, whose scheming would fit right in with a universe where King George works on blackmail and murder and where Cora slept and murdered her way to the top? Frozen's themes would fit Horowitz and Kitiss's darker, feminist-styled Disney AU almost perfectly!