10:30am PT by Marisa Roffman
'Once Upon a Time': Lana Parrilla Teases the "Remnants" of a Spell, Robin Hood's Choice
A large part of Once Upon a Time's Frozen arc came to an end with the Dec. 7 episode as the Snow Queen/Ingrid (Elizabeth Mitchell) sacrificed herself to put a stop to the Spell of Shattered Sight, restoring things back to normal. That came after she read a note from her now-deceased sister that professed just what she had been searching for: her love and acceptance.
But while Storybrooke may be quieter now that its residents have stopped seeing the worst in each other, Once Upon a Time star Lana Parrilla cautioned things aren't entirely calm yet. "There is something else happening, where there are remnants of the spell lingering," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "There are a few people who are still affected by the spell. Not so much the Spell of the Shattered Sight, but some other spell I can't really say."
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Luckily for Regina, she isn't among those impacted by the lingering spell antics, but she might be facing something even tougher: Robin Hood's romantic angst is coming to a boiling point. "I will say that Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) is going to have to make a very difficult decision between Regina and Marian (Christie Laing)," Parrilla teased. "He's been in that position for quite some time, but this will be even more difficult and heartbreaking. That's what's happening in Regina's world."
As Regina navigates her romantic future, she remains unaware that Rumple is planning taking Henry and leaving town. "There's something going on with Belle and Rumple. Something happens between Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin), and you'll see the flashbacks to when she was his maid and they were living together in fairytale land," she said. "I don't think [Regina]'s very much aware of what's up Rumple's sleeves. He's always up to no good, and the fact that he wants to take Henry (Jared Gilmore) and Belle out of Storybrooke is definitely unbeknownst to Regina. She has no idea this is part of the plan. The only one who knows is Hook."
Regina's own growth — and her lack of awareness of Rumple's plans for Henry — has led to a shift in her already complicated relationship with Rumple, Parrilla acknowledged. "I think she's somewhat empathic, and feels he's delusional. And probably wishes he wouldn't revert to his old ways," she said. "But right now I think she looks at him as if he's a lost cause — the dark side is always going to control him, and he's going to want to be the Dark One … he'll always choose power over anyone else. I think somewhere inside of her, she wishes he would choose a different path, but I don't think she has much faith in him. He's controlled by his danger, and how does he [free] himself from that? And that's his quest."
Unfortunately for Regina, Rumple isn't sympathetic to the quest she's been on this year: finding the author of the fairytales to try and get her own happy ending. "There's a scene coming up this Sunday between Gold and Regina where they talk about the author," she previewed. "I think Gold just thinks she's kind of nutty. That she's just crazy to conjure up this plan, and that this quest is probably near-impossible and won't amount for much. But that's kind of his perspective on it."
Going forward, Parrilla shared, "we will learn new clues that will give us a great lead to who the author is. I'm uncertain about if the author will be revealed this season, but we will definitely be on the quest to find who the author is, and [have them] be forced to write Regina a happy ending."
Once Upon a Time's midseason finale airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Stay tuned to THR's The Live Feed for more on the episode and what's ahead.