It did start from a good place.
Though we know Regina (Lana Parrilla) as the Evil Queen who tore apart the Charming family, destroyed the lives of countless fairy tale characters and is guilty of numerous other offenses, there was once hope for a young girl who fell in love with a stable boy — and maybe there could be again...
Once Upon a Time's Charming family reunion was painfully short-lived and that won't change any time soon.
In last Sunday's premiere, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was sucked into a portal to what was left of fairy-tale land after the curse. Unwilling to lose her daughter again, her faithful mother Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) jumped in after her, sending them both directly into the clutches of presumed enemies Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Aurora (Sarah Bolger).
Once Upon a Time: Now that the curse has been broken, the real trouble begins
So now what? The journey back to Storybrooke will be a long one, according to consulting producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), who penned this Sunday's outing, in which we also learn the origin story behind Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Rumplestiltskin's (Robert Carlyle) troubled relationship. Get the scoop:
The return of Once Upon a Time is less than two weeks away! Soon some of our more burning questions will be answered, like how Regina (Lana Parrilla) will deal with a town full of people who now hate her with a passion — that won't be fun! — or how Emma's (Jennifer Morrison) reunion with her parents will go — that will be fun!
Once Upon a Time Photos: Regina's magic woes, the Charming family reunion!
Still, there are some questions we're sure the Sept. 30 premiere may not answer, including some of the more spoilery ones — like who is Henry's father?! We grabbed your fan questions off Twitter and hit up executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis for a lightning round of scoop, in which the producers had the option to answer, "Yes," "No" or "Can't Answer." Some of their answers, and possible non-answers, are pretty telling, so check them out below:
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Question: I was wondering if you have found time to tune in or catch up on MTV's teen supernatural drama Teen Wolf or the comedy Awkward. I have been back watching both again recently and am officially hooked. With Teen Wolf being picked up for a 24-episode season next year [and Awkward for 20] and the laundry list of new scripted dramas on the horizon, what do you think of MTV scripted shows and are they in it for the long haul? — Sharday
Looks like Political Animals' Bud isn't the only Hammond who's been embroiled in an affair.
In this exclusive flashback clip from Sunday's episode, Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) yells at her son T.J. (Sebastian Stan) for being involved with a married man — who also happens to be a Congressman. And when the press goes public with the story it threatens to destroy everyone involved.
Political Animals Exclusive Video: Georgia Gives the Scoop on T.J. and President Garcetti