Once Upon a Time premieres next Sunday with “Broken.” Presumably referring to the now-broken curse, which Emma shattered in the season one finale, “Broken” will begin to unravel the effects of the curse being lifted—and also begin to explore the consequences of Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) bringing magic to Storybrooke. As the curse broke, Fairy Tale Land characters began to awaken to their true selves. Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) found her Charming (Josh Dallas), Belle (Emilie de Ravin) remembered Rumple and that she loved him. All of the characters seemed to be coming out of a dream state.
But with a last remaining vial of “the most powerful magic” bottled, retrieved from the belly of Maleficent’s (Kristin Bauer) dragon, Mr. Gold brings into the real world powerful magic, and the entire town of Storybrooke is engulfed in a purple haze (apologies to Jimi Hendrix), and only Gold and a wickedly grinning Regina seemed pleased.
The season finale leaves many threads dangling and new possibilities (and dangers) waiting in the wings. So let’s take a look at where things stand for the residents of Storybrooke as the season opens.
Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) has fulfilled her destiny and lifted the Evil Queen’s (Lana Parrilla) curse. With town likely turned against Regina (also Parrilla), including her adopted son Henry (Jared Gilmore), Emma is likely to pick up full time Mom duties along with her role as sheriff. But Emma also has some fairly heavy emotional issues to deal with. As Ginnifer Goodwin told me at Comic-Con in July, Emma is going to be trying to cope with the understanding that her best friend Mary Margaret (Goodwin) is also her mother Snow White—and they are the same age!
Unlike the other Storybrooke residents, Emma is a product of this world (more or less), will she come to accept that she really isn’t, and is in fact a being from an entirely different world? I could see her spending significant time on Archie’s (Raphael Sbarge, who also plays Jiminy Cricket) couch. In fact, I can see Archie doing quite a lot of business as these conflicted (literally) characters try to cope with their new fantastical reality!