“Once Upon a Time” took a big chance last season by tackling a Disney movie still fresh in everyone’s minds. However, it looks like bringing “Frozen” to life is going to make season four of the TV series more fun than building a snowman (and bringing him to life).
Fans have a lot more to look forward to than seeing live-action versions of Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa (Georgina Haig). Let’s take a look at what we know so far about “Once Upon a Time” season four:
1. There might be a wedding.
According to E! Online, “Once Upon a Time” will pick up where “Frozen” left off by showing Anna and Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) planning their wedding. However, there’s no word on if we’ll get to see the ceremony or if any Storybrooke residents will score invites to the fairy tale affair. Josh Dallas revealed Charming once had “an unlikely friendship” with one of the “Frozen” characters. He and his family could be headed to Arendelle if this unlikely friendship was with Anna, Elsa, or Kristoff.
2. Six “Frozen” characters will be on the show.
Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff won’t be the only “Frozen” characters who appear during season four. Villainous Prince Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) will reportedly be part of the story arc, so Anna might have to worry about a wedding crasher. Executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz described Hans as a sociopath and said we’ll get to meet his 12 brothers.
Sadly, Horowitz revealed Olaf the snowman won’t make an appearance on “Once Upon a Time.” “It wouldn’t fit, and it’s so beautiful, his story in the movie,” he said. “The story we want to tell doesn’t involve trying to expand upon that, nor do we think it should.”
However, two other cute “Frozen” critters will pop up on “Once Upon a Time.” Kristoff will be joined by his friends Sven the reindeer and Pabbie the Troll King. Pabbie will be voiced by “Lord of the Rings” actor John Rhys-Davies.
3. Elizabeth Mitchell will be playing one of two characters.
There’s a possibility a seventh “Frozen” character will appear on the show. According to Kitsis, Elizabeth Mitchell’s mysterious character will either be Anna and Elsa’s mother or the original Snow Queen from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “Frozen” is based on.
I’m guessing Mitchell will be playing the latter character. Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) probably locked Elsa in his vault after mistaking her for the evil ice queen. After Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch, Prince Hans doesn’t seem like much of a Big Bad; however, a sinister Snow Queen would make a formidable foe for Storybrooke’s fairy tale heroes. While talking to TV Line at Comic-Con, Jennifer Morrison seemed to hint that the Snow Queen is coming by revealing that the next threat to the Charmings’ happy ending will be “very cold.”
4. We’ll get to see Arendelle.
In “Once Upon a Time” set photos, we get a glimpse inside of Anna and Elsa’s Arendelle castle and Sven’s cozy barn. “We plan to show you Arendelle and plan to show hopefully, a redefinition of it that feels faithful to the movie but also feels not animated but real,” Horowitz said.
5. No “Frozen” characters will stick around after their story arcs end.
The “Frozen” arc is a “close-ended story,” so don’t expect to see the Arendelle sisters during season five. Elsa won’t be getting a love story during season four, but obviously she and Jack Frost would be perfect for one another. If this season performs well, perhaps Horowitz and Kitsis will consider doing a “Frozen” spinoff all about Queen Elsa.
6. The Knave is returning.
The best character from “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” will be returning to Storybrooke. But how does the Knave (Michael Socha) fit into the “Frozen” storyline? Here’s an idea: Perhaps Mitchell’s Snow Queen is also the White Queen from “Through the Looking Glass.” This would be a fun way to link Wonderland to the “Frozen” story arc.
7. The Magic Mirror is returning.
Regina (Lana Parrilla) will visit the man behind her Magic Mirror (Giancarlo Esposito) during season four. In a clip shown at Comic Con, the Evil Queen makes a sinister statement while consulting her old adviser. “I need my mirror,” she says. “There’s someone standing in the way of my happiness. I need your help getting rid of them.” Could this “someone” be Maid Marian?
Regina’s budding relationship with Robin Hood was threatened by the return of his dead wife. If Regina is visiting the mirror to get rid of Marian, hopefully she’s not planning on killing her. Perhaps the kinder, gentler Evil Queen will just try to send her romantic rival back to the Enchanted Forest.
8. We’ll see more of Maid Marian and Robin Hood’s back story.
If you were a bit confused about how Robin Hood lost Marian, you’ll be glad to know season four will clear things up. “In season three, Robin Hood talks about how he lost his wife — not from the illness but a whole separate thing,” Horowitz said. “So something clearly happened that we’ll explore next season, where they were separated and she died — and he certainly didn’t think the Evil Queen killed her. There’s a story there to be told.”
9. The Rumbelle honeymoon will be short.
Carlyle revealed Rumpel and Belle (Emilie De Ravin) will have a lovely honeymoon. Unfortunately, it won’t be very long before things start to go “all wrong.” Obviously this will have something to do with Rumpel lying to Belle and killing the Wicked Witch at the end of season three.
While Belle is refusing to speak to Rumpel, he’ll have plenty of time to bond with his grandson. According to TV.com, Kitsis said Henry (Jared Gilmore) will spend some quality time with Mr. Gold. “Henry’s going to go into the family business for a little bit,” he said. “I’m talking about the pawn business. Mr. Gold looks upon Henry and says, ‘This is my son’s child,’ and I think that he has a deeper affection.”
10. Hook is getting a makeover.
Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) is finally going to ditch his 50-pound pirate coat. There’s no word on what modern-day clothes Killian will start wearing during season four, but I’m betting Emma will take him shopping for a lighter, black leather jacket to match her red one.
“Once Upon a Time” returns to ABC on September 24. What are you looking forward to most about season four of the series?
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