All this "Once Upon a Time" Season 6 talk about the Evil Queen, Hyde, and the Land of Untold Stories has kind of overshadowed Belle's (Emilie de Ravin) latest drama. But, thankfully, the pregnant beauty won't be stuck under a sleeping curse in Pandora's Box throughout the 2016-2017 season.

Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis told Zap2it that they will get right into Belle's storyline in the September 25 premiere. "She won't be trapped for long. Belle's going to be up and about soon and part of the action very quickly." De Ravin added, "She comes out of the box. She's back in Storybrooke. And you learn a lot about Belle and her family in the process. And there's some cool obstacles she has to face and questions that are posed toward her future and her decision-making about what she shall do."

Very interesting. What, specifically, about her relationship with Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle)? Entertainment Weekly had a Q&A with the showrunners and here are some of their Rumple/Belle answers:

Does the fact that Rumple didn't wake up Belle when he kissed her mean something?

HOROWITZ: It does.

KITSIS: It means they're in a bad place.

HOROWITZ: But not a hopeless place.

Will we see the return of hero Rumple?

KITSIS: Boy, I don't know.

HOROWITZ: I think we're going to see hopefully a growth in Rumple that involves him coming to a new place, which we started to see at the end of last season. Whether heroism is involved in that probably is in the eye of the beholder.

Will we see the chipped cup again?


"Once Upon a Time" Season 6 premieres Sunday, September 25 on ABC.

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