Jane Espenson: When we started the season with the three threads instead of two, we were all tentative. Will this work? It really quickly became evident that it was not just going to work, but it was going to step everything up. For the first time, you have story lines that are happening contemporaneous with each other. We always had those fairy-tale story lines from the past. We just felt this excitement when we got to the end of Episode 201, when we do that reveal that these two stories have been happening at the same time. We can still tell stories from the past, so we've got three different colors of story on the board; we write on the white board with different color ink. We've totally fallen in love with these stories.
In Sunday's episode, we'll see how Regina met Rumple, which kind of sounds like When Harry Met Sally... in a way, though I'm sure it's very different.
Espenson: [Laughs] Can an evil queen and a wicked sorcerer be friends? They are the main focus of this episode, but there's an awful lot going on in town with David (Joshua Dallas) as well. They're sharing the spotlight. I'd listen carefully to what Rumple says about their first meeting. Maybe this is their first meeting, but maybe they go even further back.
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