Once Upon a Time’s fourth season comes to an end this Sunday in a two-hour finale. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with executive producer’s Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis about what we can expect.
What can you say about the Author’s (Patrick Fischler) journey in the final episodes? Will he be handling his grief over losing Cruella (Victoria Smurfit) in a healthy manner?
Horowitz: The Author is dealing. He’s mourning the loss of Cruella, as we saw. But boy, are we going to see him activated in a way we have not yet seen.
Kitsis: He may wonder what it could have been like. But let us not forget, she did want to kill him. In the beginning of the year, Regina said in the premiere, “I want to find the Author, Operation Mongoose, and make him write me a happy ending.” Our finale is called “Operation Mongoose, Part 1 and 2” — we’re going to make good on what happens when the Author starts writing.
Will we be seeing the Authors who came before this current one?
Kitsis: You are going to see how the Author got the job.
Will that be the theme of the flashbacks for the finale?
Kitsis: That is a bit of the flashback of the finale. The finale is a bit of a two-hour concept movie.
Horowitz: It’s structured a little bit differently than we’ve ever done before. There will be journeys into other worlds, times and places, but not quite in the way we’ve done it.
The norm in previous seasons was to intro the next arc in the final episode of the current one. Will that plan still be in effect this year?
Kitsis: We certainly are setting up for what next season would be at the end of the finale this year, but we’re doing it in hopefully a different way than we’ve done before. It’s probably a little more reminiscent in a way to season one, where a condition [was set out] that magic is coming, versus having a new villain of the year or a journey to a different world. It’ll be in a slightly different a way, but hopefully just as earthshaking or changing than we’ve ever done, if not more so.
So is that to mean we won’t be getting any new characters for this upcoming arc?
Kitsis: We’re not introducing any new characters [in the finale], we’re just changing the condition of the town.
Interesting. What else can you share about the final episodes?
Kitsis: We’re going to see some familiar faces.
Horowitz: We’re going to see August (Eion Bailey).
Kitsis: We’re going to see some of the people we’ve seen this year. The dwarves, the Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy), but in ways we’ve never seen them before.
Horowitz: It’s one of our favorites.