It’s that time of the year again. When you can feel premiere season in the air, and you know that it means only one thing; your favorite television show is about to come back with all new episodes.
Once Upon a Time, last season’s hit drama from ABC, premiered its pilot in October of last year, and now it’s returning for its sophomore season. Created by the genius LOST writers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Once Upon a Time centers on six primary characters and a wonderful ensemble to follow. Through a series of flashbacks and modern time scenes, viewers get a deep knowledge of who these characters are, and how they came to be in the little town of Storybrooke, Maine.
The story begins on the 28th birthday of a woman named Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), whom viewers soon discover is the daughter or Snow White and Price Charming, sent to this world to save them. On the night of her birthday a young boy named Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) arrives on her doorstep, announces that he is the son she gave up for adoption at age eighteen and he insists that she take him home; to Storybrooke, Maine.
As viewers are given a look into the fairytale-land-that-was they see that the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) has vowed to destroy the happiness of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her new husband, Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) warns them that the queen has built a curse to send all of them to a world without magic that will keep them trapped, with no memories, and separated from their happy endings. The baby is their only hope. A magical wardrobe is constructed and the young couple is forced to send their daughter through the portal immediately after her birth.
A majority of the season follows the arc of Emma’s journey toward believing in the curse, Regina’s quest to rein in the unraveling curse as a result of Emma’s presence, the fight between the two women over Henry, the journey of Snow White and Charming’s real world counterparts to find each other again, Rumpelstiltskin’s dealings that all are working toward a greater purpose, and a multitude of smaller arcs for characters like Red Riding Hood, Jiminy Cricket, the Magic Mirror, and so on. And all of these eventually lead up to an explosive finale.
So where will our beloved characters go from here? How will the Charmings react to having a daughter their own age? Now that magic has returned, will Regina and Rumpelstiltskin gain the upper hand? Is Belle going to stick by Rumple if he turn’s dark once again? And what will happen to August? How about Red, with magic and a full moon? And who is Dr. Whale, where is Bae, and who is Henry’s father? All of these questions will be answered, and more, in the upcoming season of Once Upon a Time, premiering next Sunday, September 30th at 8pm on ABC.