ONCE UPON A TIME: Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis Tease the Wicked Witch Versus the Evil Queen, Going to Oz, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

ONCE UPON A TIME: Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis Tease the Wicked Witch Versus the Evil Queen, Going to Oz, and More

February 14, 2014 by  


ONCE UPON A TIME has been on an extended hiatus (so the show could run in two nearly uninterrupted batches), but its return is just a little over three weeks away.

To get a little intel about what viewers can expect from ONCE UPON A TIME season 3.5, I spoke with co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis to see what they could tease…

What can you tease about what’s in store for fans during the second half of the season?
Eddy Kitsis: Well, it’s Wicked versus Evil. The Wicked Witch versus the Evil Queen.

Since a year has passed, will we be getting flashbacks showing what everyone was up to in the time we missed?
Adam Horowitz: We are getting flashbacks.
EK: What happened in the last year will definitely be shown. You’re not going to feel, like, “Wait a minute!” We’re going to see Emma’s life, and we’re going to see what happened in the Enchanted Forest, and who they encountered.

In the past, when characters are separated, it has taken a bit of time for them to be reunited. How long should fans expect it to be before Emma and Henry reconnect with the people they left behind?
EK: I would say it happens in an unexpected way in an unexpected time. But if you’re saying, will it be 12 episodes before Emma sees her parents, no, no.
AH: We are in the age of Twitter, we do see the pitchforks.
EK: One of the things we loved about the first half of the season was that we felt we told one story through character, and we intend to do the same in the second. We’re really focusing on the core characters and their journey, and everything they have come so far [for]…for us, it’s just continuing that.

Is the Wicked Witch the new foe for the second half of the season, or is she, perhaps, their new antagonist going forward for the foreseeable future?
EK: The second half of the season. Just like Pan, or Cora last year.

Is she related to anyone that we know?
AH: Yes. She absolutely is.
EK: She’s connected to a few of our characters.

Interesting. Since it’s been such a long hiatus, are you looking online to see what all the fan theories are about her, and what’s to come?
EK: [I] stay away, because it tends to not do the greatest things for my psyche. It’s hard to write a [story] with everyone commenting all the time. What happens is there are so many contradictory thoughts, that it ends up just making me cry. And so my wife has pulled me from the internet.

No crying!
EK: At the end of the day, you hear certain things, you write this for the fans, but at the end of the day, you have to have a vision and stick to it, and if it fails and people hate it, you have to deal with it.

Well, there’s also literally no way to make every single fan happy.
EK: Zero. Impossible. [It’s] too fast, too slow, not enough, too much. So for us, it’s like, let’s do what we like, and as long as we’re happy at the end of the day, you hope other people are. But at least you don’t look back and say, “I only did this because Chewbacca20 said he hated this!”

This was the first time you guys were able to officially split the season in half and tell different stories with each arc. What lessons did you learn from that first half of a season that you’re now applying to the second half of the year?
AH: We loved it. We loved doing it, because it allowed us to tell a complete story, and then do a launching pad at the end to set up another complete story we wanted to tell this year. It was a lot of fun to focus in on the characters and allow a complete journey in the first half, and then take them to a new place in the second.
EK: You’re going to see the second half of the season feels like a different season.

Did you have to pitch both halves of the season at the same time to ABC? Or did you get to pitch it a half season at a time?
EK: We had to do it all at once.
AH: At the beginning of the year, we had to lay out a big picture plan.
EK: ABC has been very supportive. They really support us and let us do our vision. They’ve been great as a network. No matter what crazy thing we say: “We’re going to take the show, and we’re going to go to Neverland, and we’re barely going to show Storybrooke.” And they said, OK, you know.

Are we going to be seeing Oz?
EK: Absolutely.
AH: Not in the way that we saw Neverland, in spending [a large amount of time there].
EK: Much in the way in season 1, we went to Wonderland for an episode, [we’ll visit Oz]. We’re going to find out how the Wicked Witch became green.

Oh, that’s awesome. What has Rebecca Mader (Wicked Witch) brought to the show?
EK: Oh, wickedness. She is a Wicked Witch who knows how to get hers. She is like delicious and evil and wicked and sexy and strong. And the Evil Queen just hates her…Rebecca, we wrote for her on LOST, and we always loved her, and we always had her in the back of our minds as someone and then we knew this was perfect. We just wanted to see what would happen if we put her with everyone in a room together and let them go at it…she’s a real talent.

How are Snow and Charming dealing with losing Emma again?
EK: Twice!
AH: Their life sucks!
EK: They always have faith, they always have hope. What’s interesting is Regina just gave up her child for his best chance, the way that Snow did. So what’s interesting is we have a scene where they talk about it, and how they deal with it.

Given the loss Regina went through, where do we find her, emotionally, when the show picks back up?
AH: Regina is neither hero nor villain.
EK: She’s Regina.
AH: She’s her own unique creation. She does what she does for a very specific reason that goes beyond simple good and evil. And I think she continues that way. We saw her uneasy alliance with the characters, and I think that will happen, but what I think will continue to happen is when she encounters the Wicked Witch, there are some major sparks that will fly.

Since Ginnifer Goodwin is pregnant in real-life — and Snow and Charming talked about expanding their family earlier this season — can you say whether or not that will be written into the show?
EK: I will say, whatever [happens,] Ginny’s real life copied us, because we wrote it first. Whatever we do in the second half of the season, we were first.

Fair! What are you most excited for people to see?
AH: The Wicked Witch. In addition to Rebecca just being wonderful and all that, what she does to all our other characters, and how they react, and what it brings out in everybody, from Snow and Charming, Regina, Belle, it’s fun. It’s exciting for us as writers, and we hope the audience agrees.

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14 Responses to “ONCE UPON A TIME: Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis Tease the Wicked Witch Versus the Evil Queen, Going to Oz, and More”

  1. Anne on February 14th, 2014 6:51 pm

    ‘Is she related to anyone that we know?’
    ‘AH: Yes. She absolutely is.’
    ‘EK: She’s connected to a few of our characters.’

    Urg, you guys need to stop. It’s clear that WW is Regina’s half sister by Cora and it’s ridiculous. Haven’t they learned anything from the mocking and bad feedback they got from making Peter Pan Rumple’s dad?

    Also disappointed there was no question asked about Belle and Neal.

  2. Sid on February 14th, 2014 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the interview

    Cant wait to see Emma back, and Hook who went to find her and will bring her back, like Henry did in season 1 😉 also i like their build up and i am rooting for them to be together.

    I am waiting to see Snow and Regina interact more

  3. Twisites on February 14th, 2014 9:33 pm

    Glad to see an interview that focuses on the actual characters, as opposed to the ridiculous shipping drivel the show has been reduced to.

  4. Frivolouswhim on February 14th, 2014 10:55 pm

    Thanks so much for this lovely interview, it was a good read. I’m looking forward to the second part of the season.

  5. userjs on February 15th, 2014 1:36 am

    I was just thinking about the same thing! No questions about that shipping nonsense. Very good interview!

    so, WW and Regina are probably sisters. Disappointing and simply unnecessary. I really wish them well, and I hope this storyline will give us some good character development. But right now it really looks like a major “jump the shark” moment.

    also, The Wicked Witch will be only in 12 episodes, so what’s the point?

  6. Kali on February 15th, 2014 2:00 am

    Thanks so much for this great interview!
    To be honest, I feel so sorry for Adam and the cast who still are on twitter. There are so many “fans” complaining non-stop and even hating on certain characters because the story is not what they want it to be; it’s rather upsetting 🙁

    I respect Eddy so much for saying “at the end of the day, you have to have a vision and stick to it” – he is a very wise man. Personally, I believe that the greatest gift for a true fan is knowing that the creators will NEVER deviate from their story and will always stick to their vision – no matter what fans say and how many pitchforks they attack them with.

    I’m one of those fans who loves ouat for the story that is actually being told – I loved the Neverland arc of S3A because it gave us a chance to get to know the characters even better. The Echo Cave episode was a feat of GENIUS. All of their confessions were so heartbreaking – I especially came undone with Colin’s fantastic performance and the sincerity and vulnerability he exposed in Hook.
    Such great storylines, relatiosnhips, complex and intruiging characters. Can’t wait for the rest of the season!

  7. userjs on February 15th, 2014 2:55 am

    hey @Kali, I agree, it’s good they have their vision etc., but if this vision is inconsistent, fans are allowed to speak their opinions about the show.
    Sure, what’s happening on twitter, not only with OUAT, but also with Scandal, TVD, Teen Wolf etc. is a little bit too much.

    I still enjoy the show, I really like the concept, but the are moments when some plot twists and storylines disappoint. It happens. Personally I thought that Neverland story arc had a great potential but very poor execution.

    But season 3B looks much more interesting, mainly because women will be the main focus again: Snow, Regina, Emma, WW, but also Belle, Rapunzel and Glinda! And of course Cora is back! One episode, but it soooo good to see her again. She is fascinating.

  8. Sarah on February 15th, 2014 4:55 am

    “What happens is there are so many contradictory thoughts, that it ends up just making me cry. ” The crying is a product of too much self absorbtion. That’s Hollywood’s problem. It’s all too much about itself, and is why there are so many unsatisfied people in the profession. Eddy, instead of focusing your heart on your own artistic vision, and your own story, or even on the druthers of others, get to know your audience. Try to care about people. Learn our stories, and how your story impacts our lives, and why our backgrounds make certain aspects so important to us; why certain characters chime with us, and what helped make us who we are, to thereby appreciate what you do. If you did this, I think you’d be much happier. Self-love will never make you happy. It cannot, it will not, and anything said to the contrary is a lie.

  9. krystal on February 15th, 2014 4:53 pm

    To the people dissing Regina and WWW being sisters….shut up. I am very excited to see this. And Sarah….the creators of this show are just that. They don’t create just for you. They do what they like because its their creation. Smh. People are unbeleivable

  10. Hayley on February 16th, 2014 8:08 pm

    I like how theyre bringing the wicked witch on and the series just seems like its at a really good point. The only problem is that the villian is ALWAYS related to someone…. Cant a character just be evil or wicked for other reasons. I mean, most villians are evil because they DONT have family. But other than that, the show is going really well.

  11. Rose on February 17th, 2014 11:12 am

    I see both sides here. The writers should write whatever storylines they want and fan’s shouldn’t be rude to them or the actors over ships and storylines. The writers can’t please everyone and they won’t no matter how hard they try. At the same time I also understand why fans get frustrated with the same old stuff. What needs to happen is they need fresh and creative new ideas. The person being multiple characters and the crazy family tree need to stop or else the show will lose more viewers and I want this show to last a long time. Also there needs to be screen time for all the characters not just one or two.

  12. Joanna on February 18th, 2014 9:22 pm

    “We do what we like”?

    I highly have my doubts. I swear that some decisions were made to shut up the vocal minority who have been after them about the supposed lack of diversity on the show. However, they’re alienating a lot of the fans doing this. And more importantly, they are using many of DISNEY’S characters. And you would think they would be more overprotective of them instead of being okay with changing their sexualities or giving them racelifts when it’s wholly unnecessary. I really think whoever’s been okaying this at Disney needs to be fired.

    I would not have a problem if this was NOT a show made by Disney, but show some respect to the characters.

  13. Nate on February 18th, 2014 10:12 pm

    Eddy is the worse.

  14. Booker Plant on March 5th, 2015 9:47 am

    I admire what you might have done here. I love the part exactly where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all of the comments that is working for you as properly. Do you have any far more info on this?