Once Upon a Time showed no magic in Storybrooke until the first season finale, but Rumpelstiltskin has made sure that the next chapter will be different. There will be magic in the altered Fairy Land, because "magic is power."
"Season 2 will be different than Season 1," consulting producer Jane Espenson confirmed to TVLine.
Main writers and executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have also answered some questions on the future of Once Upon a Time, and they seemed ready to introduce more fairy tale characters into the existing mix.
In Q & A format, below are some of the things you can expect from Once Upon a Time Season 2. Stop reading if you don't want spoilers.
How will Season 2 begin?
"We're picking up right where we left off, but where we left off was in the middle of a veer in a different direction," Espenson said.
Will there be additional fairy tale characters next season?
"We definitely would like to do The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel and Aladdin," Kitsis told TheVoiceofTV.
"I would hope Ariel would join the show," Espenson told TV Line, adding, "She's one we've definitely talked about."
Will all the main characters come back in Season 2?
Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming and Rumplestilskin will definitely come back. Kitsis call them the "core characters" of the series.
Will we find out what happened to Emma Swan after Pinocchio left her?
"We saw a first little snippet of baby Emma in her crib... There's always room for more," said Horowitz said.
Now that magic is back, will the series still exist in two worlds?
"We don't want to abandon either world," Horowitz told Zap2it.
Meanwhile, ABC led last season's genre shows with Snow White, Emma Swan, and the rest of the characters in Once Upon a Time.
The interwoven tales at Fairy Land and Storybrooke topped the season's genre shows with a 5.7 rating/9 share, according to Fast National average overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. It is followed by "Touch" on Fox with a distinctly far 4.7/7 rating.
In Australia, the story of Jiminy Cricket will be seen on Tuesday night's episode on Seven. The fairy tale series did not hit the one million viewership rating last week. Will more Aussies tune in to see Jiminy Cricket and hear his wish to the blue fairy?