The third season of ABC's Once Upon A Time begins Sunday, September 29, and the cast and producers made their way to Comic-Con recently to promote the upcoming Season 3.
We spoke with several of them at a Comic-Con press room, and we will be spreading those out over the coming days. But first, here are Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook) and Michael Raymond-James (Neal) on what is coming up in Season 3, which O'Donoghue tells us "starts off right where it left off."
"The ship falls down to Neverland, and Neal goes to the fairy tale land," Colin says. Despite the different locales, Raymond-James points out that all of the characters have the same goal. "All of us are trying to get to the one single point, and that's wherever Henry is," he says.
For O'Donoghue, the notion of all of the characters on the same ship should prove to be interesting. "We've got three villains and three goodies on the ship, so they all have to try and band together in some way for the greater good, to get Henry. It will be interesting to see, from that perspective, how that works out," Colin says.
For Michael Raymond-James' Neal, his showing up in the fairy tale land comes not too long after his character found out that he's Henry's father, so a lot is going on. "Literally, in the overall timeline, it's just a few days ago. I say at one point 'not bad for Day 3 as a dad,' and I screw up as dads are prone to do. So it's really been a very short amount of time. But for Neal, that was the thing that he's been looking for, through all of it, was that sense of family," Michael says, showing how important it is for Neal to get back to Henry and Emma. Will Neal (formerly Baelfire) use magic to get what he wants? "It's a means to an end, and the ends justify the means, I think, for me. Not in terms of killing or anything like that. I don't like magic, but if it helps me to get to my son and the woman that I love, then I'm not going to withdraw on moral obligations," he says.
O'Donoghue himself asked Raymond-James if Neal has the power to do magic. "I didn't have any magic at 14 when my dad became the Dark One, and I wasn't interested in magic," he answers. "I saw him become this monster that wasn't my Dad. I wanted my Dad. That was it. I was a kid who was scared, and he let me go... if he has any in him, he hasn't cultivated it."
Over in Neverland, fans can look forward to all of the characters you would expect to find there. "It's a magical place," O'Donoghue says. "It's also very different in a way that only Adam and Eddy can do. A spin on it. It's very different. People will be interested to see how dark it is. The Lost Boys and stuff like that are there, and they're very different from the Lost Boys we've known from before. From Hook's point of view, it's not a place that he wants to go back to. He doesn't want to be back there. It's not a nice place."
But, enough about locations. We want to know the more pressing question: Which character is a better suitor for Jennifer Morrison's Emma?
Michael Raymond-James gives a safe answer. "I don't think either one of us could answer that. I don't think that's for us to decide, either," he says.
"I think they both, in their own minds, have [an idea]. First off, I'll preface it [with] I don't know if Hook and Emma are a thing or not. I know that they have a connection. But I think both of them would feel that they both deserve to have love," Colin adds.
"If that were to be a debate, it would be spirited, to say the least, I'm sure," Raymond-James admits.
Once Upon A Time Season 3 premieres September 29 on ABC. Come by our Once Upon A Time forum, and be sure to come back soon for more interviews!