14 Things That Will Happen on the Second Half of Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time has officially returned, and while the 100th episode certainly left us with a lot of different emotions, it's already obvious that this season is unlike any other. So far, the show's creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have provided us with several different hints. As you mentally prepare yourself for what's to come, we've rounded up everything you can expect from the second half of this season.
It's Going Back to Its Roots
The show may have gone to mystical realms in the past, but the creators stated that the Underworld is going to be quite different. Kitsis added that fans are "going to be surprised at how similar it is to season one in its own weird kind of way."
A Lot of Characters Are Returning
While we've already seen a lot of characters resurface in the Underworld, other OUAT alum like Amy Manson (Merida) will be making an appearance later on.
There Is a Rumbelle Baby on the Way
During "Devil's Due," it was revealed that Belle is actually pregnant. Unfortunately, there will be trouble in paradise this season as Rumple made a shady deal with a healer — which has now been transferred to Hades — to give up his second child.
Regina "Might" Be the New Savior
After Regina successfully helped her father find peace in the 100th episode, a lot of fans were left to wonder if this meant she was the new Savior. Kitsis settled to rumor by explaining that all the characters have a chance to find closure saying, "Everyone has an opportunity to be a Savior at some point in their own history."
Henry Will Become the Author . . . Again
In the episode "Labor of Love" Cruella de Vil revealed that Henry has the opportunity to be the author again since his pen is actually in the Underworld. Kitsis even confirmed that he will be using his writing skills again this season.
Rumple Will Handle Being the Dark One Differently This Go Around
While Rumple may have achieved hero status this season, he quickly blew it all to flames in the show's Winter finale. Now that he is the Dark One again, people were worried that he was just repeating his same mistakes, but Kitsis assured fans that is not the case. "I think that if fans are like, 'Oh, are they going to do the same thing again?' — absolutely not," he said. "He's learned a lot."
Hercules Is the Next Big Disney Story to Tell
While the first half of this season focused on Arthurian legend, this time it's all about Greek gods. Not only is Greg Germann portraying Hades, but Meg and Hercules also made a special appearance in the episode "Labor of Love."
We're Going Back to Oz
While Regina banished Zelena to the Emerald City at the end of the season, that certainly won't be the last time we see her. Jamie Chung revealed to POPSUGAR that Ruby and Mulan will be heading to Oz in the episode titled "Ruby Slippers." Chicago Fire alum Teri Reeves has also been cast as an adult Dorothy.
More of Emma's Past Will Be Uncovered
This season, we will get a better look at how exactly Emma came to be the feisty Savior we all know and love when the show flashes back to before she was a bail bondsperson.
There's a New Captain in Town
While the quest to find Killian is everyone's main focus, there is a new Captain joining the crew. ET revealed that Costas Mandylor will be playing Captain Silver, a character rumored to be Captain Long John Silver from the 1883 novel, Treasure Island.
We Will Get to See Belle's Life Before She Meets the Beast
In an upcoming episode, we will flashback to a time before she knew Rumplestiltskin. Not only will the episode be Belle-centric, but it will also feature one of Disney's most memorable villains, Gaston!
There Will Be a Same-Sex Couple
Fans secretly hope that the new couple will be Mulan and Ruby, and Horowitz and Kitsis have already emphasized that the LGBT relationship will be handled no differently than any of the other love stories on the show.
Regina and Zelena's Relationship Will Be Explored Even Further
Not only will we see the Wicked Witch when she heads back to Oz, but we will also get flashbacks of her tween self as well. Ava Acres and Isabella Blake-Thomas have already been cast as a young Regina and Zelena for the episode, “Sisters.”
Someone Will Die This Season
Here comes the worst news of all — both Kitsis and Horowitz have stated that there will be a "death arc" this season. No word yet on when and where it will happen, but if we know anything about the writers, it will surely be heartbreaking.