All summer long we have been eagerly anticipating “Once Upon A Time’s” season premiere, which will introduce a cool new cast of characters from Disney’s animated smash hit, ‘Frozen.’ As we saw in the finale, Elsa makes a chilly entrance into Storybrooke (refresh your memory with a detailed recap HERE.) Now, ABC has made it very clear that “Storybrooke has frozen over.” During the first half of this season, it will be fun to discover why Elsa was locked away in Rumple’s lair of dangerous possessions and what she wants now that she is finally free again.
ABC has released a synopsis of the Season 4 premiere, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” accompanied with promotional stills from the episode and eye-catching new posters (one of which was revealed today) teasing Storybrooke’s chilly fate.
Here is ABC’s Season 4 press release:
A SCARED AND CONFUSED ELSA FROM ARENDELLE FINDS HERSELF IN STORYBROOKE AND CREATES A POWERFUL SNOW MONSTER FOR PROTECTION, REGINA WONDERS IF HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ROBIN HOOD HAS BEEN COMPLETELY QUASHED NOW THAT MARIAN’S BACK IN THE PICTURE, AND IN ARENDELLE OF THE PAST, ELSA’S SISTER ANNA WANTS TO COMPLETE THEIR PARENT’S FATEFUL JOURNEY AND DISCOVER IF THEIR QUEST MAY HAVE HELD THE SECRET TO CONTAINING ELSA’S OUT OF CONTROL ICE POWERS, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME”
John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) Voices the Grand Pabbie
Giancarlo Esposito Guest Stars as Sidney/Magic Mirror
Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) invite everyone to join Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, The Evil Queen, Hook and all the other resident fairytale characters as they prepare to defend themselves against a magical force from the past that’s too unpredictable even for Rumplestiltskin – Elsa, the Ice Queen from Arendelle. And now that Emma has brought back Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, and possibly sparked the end of Regina’s relationship with him, will Regina return to her old, evil ways and do everything in her power to get even? And newlyweds Belle and Rumplestiltskin continue to be deeply in love with each other. But Rumple is hiding a secret from Belle — one that, if found out, could destroy their happiness – he continues to be the master of the dagger that calls upon him to be the Dark One. Can Emma and Hook commit to one another, and can these two damaged people take their love to the next level? Mary Margaret and David have a new baby, Prince Neal, and are looking forward to raising him into a proud, brave and loving adult. But they are still sad that they were not able to do this with Emma, instead helping her escape the curse when she was first born and not meeting her again until she was 28 years old. Henry is very happy to have both of his mothers back in Storybrooke. But with biological mom Emma and paternal grandfather Rumplestiltskin’s blood running through his veins, he will be tested by both the light and the darkness. Finally, Will Scarlet (Michael Socha, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), a former member of Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men, has traveled across many lands to make his way to Storybrooke. He finds himself intertwined in the goings-on in town for the first time as his mysterious past pushes him to an unknown future.
In the season premiere episode, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” a scared and confused Elsa finds herself in Storybrooke and, fearful of the intentions of its residents, creates a powerful snow monster for protection. With Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, back in the picture, Regina wonders if her “happily ever after” with the former thief has been completely quashed; while on their honeymoon, Mr. Gold finds an intriguing object that makes him question whether or not he should officially give Belle control over the dagger that makes him The Dark One, and Hook is dismayed to discover that Emma seems to be avoiding him while she tries to help comfort Regina after being the one responsible for bringing Marian back from the past and into Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, as Elsa’s sister Anna’s wedding to Kristoff nears, Anna discovers that their parents – who died on-ship during a violent storm – were heading to a mysterious destination in a quest that may have held the secret to containing Elsa’s out of control Ice powers. And against Elsa’s wishes, Anna wants to finish their journey to find out what they were looking for, on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) 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 Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Giancarlo Esposito as Sidney/Magic Mirror, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Georgina Haig as Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, Oliver Rice as noble man, Pascale Hutton as regal woman, Raphael Alejandro as Roland, Jason Burkart as Little John, Christie Laing as Maid Marian and John Rhys-Davies as Grand Pabbie.
”A Tale of Two Sisters” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
This synopsis has fans really excited. There are always so many characters and storylines to follow on “Once Upon A Time” and clearly, Horowitz and Kitsis aren’t shying away from adding more loveable characters to their already impressive, if not overwhelming, repertoire. If you never jumped aboard the ‘Frozen’ bandwagon, you can see that there is still lot of other fascinating stuff to look forward to.
It will be very interesting to see how Will Scarlet (Michael Socha) will make a reappearance in Storybrooke. If his future is unknown, then it should be safe to assume that his storyline picks up after the events that transpired on “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.” Socha was one of the highlights of “OUAT’s” ill-fated spin-off, so it will be a joy to see his character live on in Storybrooke. What role do you think the Knave will play in this season? Will he butt heads with Robin Hood again?
Speaking of Robin Hood, the poor archer is in quite the conundrum. After Marian’s death, Regina was destined to be his new soulmate. Now that both of his True Loves are alive, who will he choose? Who do you want him to pick? Do you think Regina will return to her evil ways if Robin decides to be with Marian? Or has Regina’s evil ship sailed now that she has finally become the mother Henry hoped for?
Captain Swan fans are also in for a treat now that the formerly scorned lovers are finally trying to have a “real” relationship. Will things work out for Emma and Hook? Are they still slow to trust one another completely? Or will they be Storybrooke’s new power couple? Maybe they will be inspired by Snow and Charming’s relationship.
Storybrooke’s reigning King and Queen have ushered a new royal babe into the “Real World.” Prince Neal, unlike Emma and Henry, has his birth parents by his side, so it will be interesting to see what kind of difference that makes in his upbringing. He will have full knowledge of who he truly is and you can’t help but wonder what kind of power the little boy will possess. Like Emma, he is the product of True Love, so you already know he is something extra special.
RumBelle is definitely in for a bumpy ride this season. Rumple is keeping a very dark secret from Belle and his new bride would be devastated if she learned the truth. For now, let’s focus on the positive. The embedded new promo shows an adorable snippet of RumBelle paying a sweet homage to the classic cartoon. Rumple is even dawning the Beast’s blue blazer. How cute!
And of course, ‘Frozen’ fanatics can’t wait to see the spin “OUAT” will put on the frosty fairytale. Will Anna and Kristoff appear in Storybrooke and help Elsa keep her cool (pun totally intended)? Does Elsa have a bone to pick with Rumple for imprisoning her? Or is the Snow Queen simply scared of the damage she may unwillingly cause on the New England town?
Take a look at the slideshow for images from “A Tale of Two Sisters” and watch the new promo to see all of the excitement heading our way!
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“Once Upon A Time” returns on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.