Emilie de Ravin (Belle) talked about her character’s relationship with Rumple/Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle, unfortunately, was unable to attend Comic-Con this year). She said that Belle will not likely “presume to change this guy who obviously has a lot of problems.” Instead she will try to bring out the light side of Rumple—the part that is “hidden away.”
Emilie explained that Belle fell very hard for Rumple. What Belle sees in him is a wounded soul. (I think we can all relate to that!)
Lana Parrilla told us that she believes Regina is an “unlucky soul” with a good heart at her core and would like to see her character redeemed at some point—but not too quickly. Perhaps in season seven, as she suggested. Although she added that by then either Regina will have a halo round her head or be six feet under. But right now Regina’s main focus will be on how to redeem her relationship with Henry, whom she truly loves—despite everything that’s happened.
Lana also talked about Regina’s relationship with Mr. Gold. There’s a lot of history, she revealed, and we will get to see a lot of it this season. “It’s juicy and it’s fun,” she said.
Finally, Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitses explained that the second season is really a new chapter. Although the curse has now been broken, the characters have not returned to the enchanted forest. They are stuck in Storybrooke, but now with magic. "What has that cost them?" the show's creators asked intriguingly. Does the Enchanted Forest even exist anymore?
We will learn the identity of Henry’s father. Although they’re not saying who it is, or even if we've already met him, the show’s creators do know the identity of Rumple’s son. They reminded us that Rumple has gone through a lot of machinations to find Baelfire, and he's unlikely to stop searching for him. The loss of Baelfire is Rumple’s biggest regret and in a sense, believe Adam and Eddie, the moment he lost his heart.