“The initial reaction to realizing who everyone is is to get some sort of revenge on Regina,” says Morrison. “There’s two factions in town. There’s the faction that very irrationally decides they’re going to go after her and make her pay for this, and there’s a small faction that says, ‘Wait, we’re not like this, we’re not going to go that route.’ We immediately start in the midst of a tremendous conflict.”
But the conflict amongst the people of Storybrooke is perhaps not the biggest conflict for Emma personally. She just found out who her parents are after all these years.
“The entire writing staff did an incredible job to really being sensitive to someone suddenly finding their parents after 28 years,” says Morrison. “There’s a lot of push and pull there. There’s times where Emma opens up to it and starts to accept it and there’s times where it’s too much for her.”
“She’s been so guarded her whole life. She doesn’t have a very advanced emotional skill set. It’s definitely a journey for her to work through her issues,” Morrison continues. “For Emma, Season 1 was about falling in love with Henry and Season 2 is now Emma dealing with her relationship with her parents.”
But that’s not all — “Also finding the ability to allow romantic love in her life,” teases Morrison.
We’ve seen in the description for the second episode of the season that David is searching for Emma and Mary Margaret, so we had to ask what exactly that means.
“All I can say about that is in the midst of all this chaos of everyone being after Regina, it’s really Emma and David and Mary Margaret who are saying we aren’t like them, we aren’t going to stoop to her level,” says Morrison. “And the conflict that comes out of that definitely opens up the possibility of Emma and Mary Margaret being on the run.”
Intriguing. Morrison also tells us that the excitement of the first episode does not take a break as the season progresses.
“These episodes have been so huge. Every episode feels like a season finale for us in terms of the magnitude of the storytelling. There’s a lot going on,” says Morrison.
“Once Upon a Time” returns Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. For more information on the show, check out ABC’s official site.