Arguably the most original and ambitious freshman series of last year, "Once Upon a Time" struck a chord with a mass audience with its mixture of fantasy and drama. With the season premiere right around the corner, Entertainment Weekly spoke with showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, addressing rumors for Sunday's show as well as what's to come in the ABC hit's sophomore season. Hint: think 'bigger and better.'
The first season ended on an up-note, with the curse on the town of Storybrooke seemingly broken. The curse was presumed to be a long-running theme for the series, but the producers thought otherwise. "We never thought of this show as the “breaking the curse” show. There were places we wanted to go beyond that. We knew people would think that [storyline] is something that’s going to drag on for years," said Horowitz. "There’s so much we feel like we can do with these characters now that the curse is broken, now that they know who they are. Whereas season one, to us, it felt like it built to get us to this place."
With the curse broken, the producers confess that the magic of the series could spread outside of Storybrooke. Kitsis explains, "What happens when you introduce something new to a new place is exactly what the first couple of episodes will deal with."
Adds Horowitz, "Whether [the characters] can come and go and what leaving means is something that we’re addressing pretty much out of the gate...The emotional intensity is ratcheted up. So now there’s three characters that most of the actors will play in season two. There’s their current new post-curse Storybrooke selves and, in flashbacks, their pre-curse fairy tale land selves and their cursed Storybrooke selves."
Don't forget to tune in for the second season premiere of "Once Upon A Time" tonight on ABC!