Last week in LA we went over to the ABC studios building to catch a preview of the Season 6 premiere: The Savior and interview the creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. We will get to my thoughts on the season premiere after the interview:
Co-Creators and Executive Producers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz truly believe that the show is about hope. I have to agree #abctvevent
— kasandria (@SBellasWays) September 20, 2016
AH: I’d also add, you know, the show remains a show about hope. Our characters are going to fight for that hope and to see if that is a faith that is in line with that.
EK: I think what we really wanted to do was get inside Emma’s head. 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 in all these travels and we thought, well what would happen if you really did all this? You know, what is it? Is it fair to return to the happy ending to everyone else and then we told yours doesn’t count? 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 role model and what does this take on you? So 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.
Q: Can you explain the concept of the untold story and how it is going to affect our regular characters?
AH: You know, with untold story to do, in the past we’ve seen the characters within the storybook who have been effected by the curse, whose stories intersect with our characters, in the case of characters whose happy endings have been ripped away by the Evil Queen and her curse. With the Land of Untold Stories, it’s a little bit different, and what we’re exploring is characters who have run away from their stories, who have left them and gone to this other place. Now they find themselves in a storybook in stories that may have been put on pause and resumed. So rather than stories that necessarily that have ended in a certain way, these are stories that were kind of midstream that for whatever reason these characters didn’t want to see it continue.
It’s kind of a different way into kind of looking at what some of these classic characters have gone through, and finding another way that they can kind of intersect with our characters.
Q: What was the selection process like for choosing the untold stories? How deep are you going? And how much of that time will be focused on those untold stories?
AH: We have a dart board.
EK: Yeah, we still do. Like so for instance, the second episode is The Count of Monte Cristo and The Count of Monte Cristo was a master of revenge. You’re going to see the story unfold where The Count of Monte Cristo, we realize has a past with the Evil Queen, who we also know was interested in getting revenge. So for us, when we bring in new characters it is the fun of telling that story. Also though, how it filmatically links back to our characters. I think what you’ll see in this first bunch, or actually the first 10 episodes is it really is, we’re back to just our characters. The villain is obviously the Evil Queen, Rumple is not looking very heroic right now, and, Zelena is caught between two sisters. So we’re going to see some chaos in Storybook unfold, but really it’s, a lot of it is going to be between our characters.
AH: When we talk about, and again this is the first ten episodes, we’re not talking about it as a distinct arc, in the way we’ve done the last few years. It’s where our arc is in production right now. Kind of design some smaller arcs and larger ones that kind of go over the season.
Q: What are some other characters we can expect to see this season, besides like Aladdin and Cinderella?
AH: We are going to be seeing Captain Nemo. Count of Monte Cristo, Cinderella, Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar.
EK: We’re going to meet the Evil Stepmom from Cinderella, the wicked step sisters, or evil stepsisters. We’re going to see a lot more of Archie, this year, Jiminy Cricket. We’re going to see Elroy and the Dwarfs, our normal group of people.
AH: What’s been really fun is kind of what Eddy’s just saying about these other characters who have (not) been on the show in years popping back up is that in the last few seasons our characters have been going on journeys whether it’s to Neverland or the Underworld, now they’re back in Storybook trying to make a life for themselves there. So we’re trying to dig more into what daily life is, what normal is. In an early episode you’re going to see Snow White ask the question of what is normal and how do we get back to it? That’s something that she kind of strives towards and in doing that it allows us to kind of see these characters that we’ve grown to love writing for and hopefully the fans enjoy seeing as well, pop in and out of all of their lives.
(It) will hopefully kind of create that-that big sense of community in a sort of way.
Q: Can you also talk about the tension in their (RumBelle) relationship? What Belle is really hoping to achieve this year?
AH: I think that Belle really kind of is in a place on where she’s given up on Rumple, but they have a child and so that makes things messier. Once a child is involved you actually have to put aside your own feelings and put the child first no matter how much you hate the other person and that is going to be tested. I wouldn’t say that she hates him though, I would say she’s severely disappointed and she seems very angry with him, but no, no, and that is very true.
I think that anyone who’s been in a relationship usually can experience that like when you love someone that the strongest reactions you can get are veered on hate and that terrible disappointment. Because they’ve had that love between them, what’s happen to them is so terrible and has ripped them apart in such a difficult way, she’s really struggling now with how to move forward in life. Rumple has positioned himself in a position where it appears to be an unbendable relationship. So Belle really has to figure out, how do I give birth to this child? How do I raise it? What do I do about his father and the fact that I love this man and have these feelings.
EK: There’s the psychological, the fact that Rumple lost his child and so it’s clear that he truly loves Belle, he truly wants that child, he truly wants to be a good dad, but he is a gangster, he’s not giving (that) life up. And that’s what he said to her. He’s like, I like the life. So you either have to realize that this is what I do. As far as Rumple’s concerned, this is art, you know. These deals and screwing people over is what he does best. What he kind of came to last year was this is who I am, and if you want me to be a better man, I am, but I can’t be a different man, and I have to accept the fact that this is who I am.
— kasandria (@SBellasWays) September 20, 2016
Seasoon 6 Premiere Sunday, September 25 at 8|7c on ABC.
Now, for my thoughts on The Savior…Once Upon A time is always good about a premiere or a finale. They know what the fans want and we pick up pretty much where we left off. I’m excited to see just how the Untold Stories come to life and flesh out. What I saw of Rumple/Belle dynamic had me on the edge of my seat. There’s of course a twist in the first episode that I won’t spoil, but MAN did I not see that coming!! I’m also excited to see the Jafar/Aladdin story come to life as it’s one of my favorites. You will not be disappointed! Remember to tune in tonight!
***Disclosure: I attended the #QueenOfKatwe + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***