Oh dear, Dearies. "Once Upon a Time" Season 6 starts this Sunday, September 25 on ABC, and the Episode 3 storyline will include the return of Cinderella (Jessy Schram). However, Entertainment Weekly revealed that we'll also meet Ella's evil stepmother and stepsisters this season. The actresses haven't been revealed yet, but we're anticipating the best of the worst.
Plus, Cinderella's story will once again be a reflection of what's happening with Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), and that's not the best of news. Here's what Executive Producer Edward Kitsis told EW:
"That was Emma's first happy ending she actually returned. That was the very first time that Emma, at the end of it, decided to stay in Storybrooke. She saw herself through Cinderella. Now we're in a situation where what if someone could undo all the happiness you've done, would your life matter? [She's] faced with somebody out there that's trying to undo the ones [she has] done."
Poor Emma tries so hard and just can't catch a break.
Episode 3 is called "The Other Shoe," and TVLine said that's when Cinderella will return. That's also when it will be revealed, the site added, "that the maid-turned-princess has a connection to the Land of Untold Stories, which in the Season 5 finale relocated its many denizens to Storybrooke. The same episode will also explore the origin of the friendship between Cinderella and Snow White (played by Ginnifer Goodwin), which was first established in Season 1, Episode 4 flashbacks."
So that's something to look forward to in Episode 3. What about Episode1? Here's ABC's synopsis for Sunday's Season 6 premiere, "The Savior":
"As our heroes set out to stop Hyde, Emma develops a mysterious side effect, and Storybrooke becomes a haven for refugees from the Land of Untold Stories. Meanwhile, Regina and Zelena embrace their newfound sisterhood by becoming roommates, while Rumple tries to free Belle from the sleeping Curse with the help of a stranger. In flashback, Jafar confronts an afflicted Aladdin in Agrabah, and a secret about the Savior is revealed."
One pretty open secret at this point is that Aladdin was a Savior. As Kitsis also told EW, "So we can say that through Aladdin we might learn a lot more about Saviors. We are going to be seeing a lot of our version of Aladdin's story in the first five episodes." Deniz Akdeniz guest stars as Aladdin, with Oded Feher as Jafar.
Here's a sneak peek of Episode 1:
The showrunners teased a whole bunch of other character details to EW, so check that story out.
Also, if you had any hopes for Robin Hood to return, the showrunners have seen your pleas and responded to them ... but don't get your hopes up.
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