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Once Upon A Time: Seven Things About “The Heart Of The Truest Believer”

We just got back from an ABC screening of the first two episodes for Season 3 of Once Upon A Time.

COLIN O'DONOGHUE, JENNIFER MORRISONThe premiere is called “The Heart Of The Truest Believer” and as we like to do here at KSiteTV, we have a few teases to share about the season opener. Hopefully not enough to ruin things, but enough to satisfy appetites for more info.

Are you ready? Let’s go…

It all begins with a birth. Once Upon A Time Season 3 opens with a flashback to the birth of Henry, showing the first time Emma lost Henry, leading to now, when she has lost him yet again.

JENNIFER MORRISONNot-so-smooth sailing. The show’s creators liken the journey into Neverland as being like a road trip. At first, people want to work together, but the next thing you know, they’re at each other’s throats. Everyone seems to be annoying everyone else, with the appropriate sprinkles of snark coming especially from Regina and Captain Hook. It’s going to be a stormy ride, with some creatures and situations we haven’t seen before from Once. And yes, someone is going to have to unite them all.

Emma has doubts. She also points out how much her parents’ lives have “sucked” since the curse broke.

Captain Swan. Yes, there is some Captain Hook flirting with Emma in the cabin of the ship. They share a drink, and do a toast to Neal, showing a rare sentimental side to Hook.

Speaking of Neal… Someone calls him out for taking the “easy way” rather than facing his feelings for Emma. He ends up in a few locations we’ve seen before on the show, including a potentially surprising one. The joy of having a character like Neal, who lived for so long in the “real world,” means we have a character who is well aware of the… “other media” versions of the characters. There’s a shoutout to one of those animated movies in the premiere; the first two episodes also reference how Captain Hook looks in the Peter Pan movie.

We do find out more about the “Home Office.”

“The Heart Of The Truest Believer” is a title that will hold some huge meaning and implications for Season 3. Believing is a very good thing in Neverland.

All in all, the Once season premiere is exactly what it needed to be — surely, the show needs more Storybrooke stuff, but we can wait until the second half of the season for that, right? This one, though, is action packed, exploring and not ignoring the series’ regular cast of characters, and it stays true to the show’s mythos. I think writers/creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz did a great job on this one.

The Once Upon A Time season premiere airs Sunday, September 29 on ABC. Take a look at some preview images!

About Craig Byrne, Editor-In-Chief

KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.


  1. Captain Swan <3 looking forward to the build up and more of their connection and understanding of each other

    Neverland will brings alot of characteritics to other the characters we know which will be interesting…

  2. Can’t wait to see all the Emma scenes, she’s my fav! So happy we’ll see Henry’s birth.

  3. Can’t wait to see the Emma and Henry stuff. Can’t wait for everything actually.

  4. When they make the comment of her going from someone choosing not to be a mom vs now…when she wants to be one even though both times involve losing him.

    The wording for the first losing him I get its the giving up for adoption, is the second losing him the him being kidnapped she’s referring too.

    I don’t liket the wording for chose not to be a mom vs now…when she wants to be one. That wording almost makes it sound like she never wanted him than all of a sudden does. I thought the reason why she chose not to be a mom when he was born was because she couldn’t give him the life she wanted to with her so she gave him away.

  5. Great point… I should reword it, because I don’t want the wrong impression to go through. Thank you for your comment!

  6. I dont care about Hook & CaptainSwan.
    For someone who has just lost the man she loves, and whose son was kidnapped. Emma should think a bit before being mired by someone who does, sexual innuendos to women including married. Like he did to her mom Snow. (remember that Hook sexually harassed Snow in front of Charming in ‘Tiny’ episode?)

  7. Cant wait sounds amazing may be best season yet I’m looking forward to captain swan and never land

  8. So happy about the Emma spoilers, but so tired of Hook, go awaaay.

  9. Your welcome Craig. Which wording are you referring to is it the one with Emma chose not to be a mom one.

    Also if u can give a yes or no answer. When she gave him away it was so he’d have the life she wanted him to have with her but she couldn’t give at time right. She actually did really love and want her son then.

  10. So will we be seeing Storybrooke at all in the first episode?

  11. Thanks for all the OUAT scoop! Holy Cow….the season looks AMAZING! I’m really excited for it and for some fiery sparks between Hook and Emma, love them together!