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“A Bitter Draught” — When a mysterious man from the Land of Untold Stories, who has a past with the Evil Queen, arrives in Storybrooke, David and Snow work together with Regina to neutralize the threat. Belle seeks Hook’s help finding a safe place to hide away from her husband, Mr. Gold. The Evil Queen continues to try to win Zelena over to her side, while Emma resumes her therapy sessions with Archie and shares her terrifying vision of the future, on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Raphael Sbarge as Dr. Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Craig Horner as the Count of Monte Cristo, Andrea Brooks as Charlotte, Andrew Kavadas as Baron Danglars, Craig Ericsson as butler, Olena Medwid as partygoer #1 and Nadeen Lightbody as partygoer #2.

“A Bitter Draught” was written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan and directed by Ron Underwood.
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Is there a lot of backstory with Saviors that we'll learn this season, or is it just encapsulated by Aladdin, Emma, and this oracle?

Kitsis: The first batch of episodes would be that. We're not going to really meet any other Saviors for the first half.

How will Aladdin and Jasmine be incorporated?

Horowitz: They get incorporated into the Storybrooke world within the first batch of episodes and there's slightly longer term arc plan for them.

Kitsis: We're going to be doing our spin on it, so episode five is going to be their backstory with a different take on what the movie was.

Lastly, Cinderella is returning this season. What is her arc like?

Horowitz: With Cinderella, it's less an arc than she returns in an episode and we may or may not see her more because we love the character. Her episode is very impactful on what's going on with Emma and Regina and all of our core characters.

Emma’s fate hanging in the balance is all part of the show taking a deeper look at what happy endings really mean. “What we really wanted to do was get inside Emma’s head,” Kitsis says. “Six years ago, when we met her, the very first thing she did to Henry is she said, ‘I don’t believe any of this.’ She even denied having a kid. We’ve seen her grow and fight and [go on] all these travels. We thought, what would happen if you really did all this? Is it fair to return the happy endings to everyone else and be told yours doesn’t come? Would you still keep doing your job? Are you doing it out of the sake of duty or because you believe in it? What kind of role model are you? We really wanted to get into Emma’s head this year, in a character way, and really explore what it means to have this responsibility.”

“Belle really is kind of in a place where she’s given up on Rumple,” says Kitsis, “but they have a child and that makes things messier, because you actually have to put aside your own feelings and put the child first,” no matter how “severely disappointed” she is in her mate.

Rumple meanwhile “truly loves Belle, he truly wants that child and truly wants to be a good dad,” Kitsis adds, “but he is a gangster and he’s not giving that life up.” As Horowitz notes, “When they’re in the dream world and she asks if he would change for her and he says, ‘For you, I would be the best man I can be,’ it’s a very carefully chosen set of words. He’ll be the best man he can be, but he can’t quite get to that place of actually being a good man. [T]hat’s the push/pull in that relationship, because she does love him and see the good and the bad in him and sees the potential, and it’s that frustration that continues to grow.”

Will Morpheus continue to play a role in his parents’ predicament? “Yes, we’re going to see him again,” answers Horowitz. “This was a taste of an introduction.”

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