This Sunday’s episode, “Manhattan,” is poised to be one of the best of the series. Many surprises and game-changing twists are in store as we dive deeper into Rumple’s past. In this week’s fairytale flashbacks, we will discover what really caused his marriage to collapse, how he got his limp and find out what a blind seer had to say about Rumpy’s future. In the present day, Rumple, Emma and Henry track down Bae in New York City. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, Cora, Regina and Hook begin searching for “The Dark One’s” dagger.
In an interview with TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich, Jennifer Morrison discusses the importance of “Manhattan” and how it will bring major changes to ‘Once Upon A Time’:
“When I first read this script, it sort of felt like a season finale,” raves Jennifer Morrison, whose onetime bail bondswoman helps suss out Bae. “So much that has been building up for so long happens all at once in this episode. It’s definitely a payoff to a lot of questions.” …
Of course, forever-speculating Once fans have their theories on Bae. But as Rumplestiltskin (played by Robert Carlyle) learns this week in flashback, just because you think you know what’s going to happen, that doesn’t mean you know what’s going to happen. “That is really true,” Morrison affirms. “[Series creators] Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] did an incredible job of setting up the circumstances for everything to come out in a very particular way. I didn’t see it all coming this way at all.” …
All told, Morrison says that when father and son do come face to face, “It’s incredibly emotional” — for Rumple, at least. For Bae, however, “It’s everything he’s worked so hard to avoid for his entire life. So, there’s conflict and love going on at the same time in that moment.”
… the episode’s flashbacks pack as much of a punch as the New York City story, when Rumplestiltskin’s stint in the Ogre Wars is rerouted by a run-in with a blind seer. That storyline plays out in a way that not only explains how things went sour between the spinner and his wife Milah (and reveals where he got his limp), but also drops in viewers’ laps a bombshell they never saw coming nor thought to expect.
“It definitely puts the audience in a very tumultuous situation, in terms of being in on that piece of information and constantly sort of waiting for this thing to jump out around the corner,” Morrison teases. “It’s an incredible element of suspense that’s been built into upcoming episodes.”
In a teaser from Entertainment Weekly, executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, reveal more about the episode:
“I would say that ‘Manhattan’ is going to be the showdown that everyone wants to [see],” says Kitsis, referring to Mr. Gold’s reunion with his son. (Also, there are some amazing flashbacks that explain at least one major burning question fans have Gold for a very long time and the ending of the last flashback will send a chill through your spine.)
Kitsis adds that Gold’s confrontation with his son won’t be the only emotional turmoil we should expect in this week’s hour. “Emma is going to be dealing with a lot of emotional baggage [in the next few episodes], I’ll say that,” Kitsis says. “There are a lot of things she needs to get through.”
After reading what Morrison, Horowitz and Kitsis have said about “Manhattan,” take a look at the extended sneak peek in the video attached. In the preview, Emma uses her bounty hunter skills to track down Baelfire and Gold calls in a favor when their man makes a run for it. Take a good look at the expression on Emma’s face when she catches up with who we presume is Rumple’s son. She recognizes him, which would support the long-running fan theory that Henry’s dad and Emma’s one time love, Neal Cassidy, is also Rumple’s son. We already know MichaelRaymond-James returns as Neal Cassidy in this episode and he plans to stick around for the rest of the season. With that in mind, Bae’s identity won’t be as huge of a shock, unless ‘Once’ has another mind-blowing twist in store. After all, Emma has spent a long time tracking down all sorts of people and she had a full life before Stroybrooke, so it could be another guy from her past.
If Neal is Bae, then Henry is going to be one powerful little dude. Between the Charmings and Rumple, there is major mojo bottled up in that boy. Now that would definitely make things very interesting moving forward in the series.
Do you think Neal is Bae? Is that why he didn’t seem too surprised when August told him about Emma’s past and destiny? Neal’s apartment was loaded with fairytale trinkets, so has he been collecting tokens of his fairytale past all along? It may also explain why Neal hasn’t come to Storybrooke yet. August sent him a postcard so he could go to Emma when the curse was broken. If Neal truly loved her, then why has he not appeared in Storybrooke yet? Has he been avoiding an unwanted reunion with his father? What other familiar face could Bae be?
Back in Storybrooke, the trio of evil-doers is plotting their vengeful coup on Rumple. In another scoop-let, TVLine reveals:
Hook proves adept at translating treasure maps but less so at fending off witchy women; David and Mary Margaret have a rather hilarious conversation about their family tree and what Thanksgiving dinner might look like this year; a three-month-old mystery is solved; Cora, sporting a modern-day Maine makeover, has a tender talk with Regina; and a grim fate is surprisingly revealed for a major character.
Thanks to ABC’s sneak peeks, we can see two of these scenarios unfold before Sunday.
In the first clip, Hook interrupts Cora and Regina’s heart-to-heart- and expresses his immediate desire for revenge. He wants to hunt Rumple down out in the real world and rip his heart out, but Cora and Regina propose another plan that will help them gain the upper hand in the long run.
The second video goes on to show us what the threesome finds while searching for “The Dark One’s” dagger in Belle’s library. Do you think Hook will be able decipher Rumple’s map and find the dagger? Could Rumple have planted the map as a decoy?
Lastly, here is some bonus scoop on Eion Bailey’s return as Pinocchio/August, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
In related Once news, as I told you this week, August will make a reappearance later this season, and says Horowitz, “We can’t wait for you to see the next phase of his story.” But the rest of the season won’t just be returns from favorite characters. Two words: —i- -o–.
Do you have any thoughts on those cryptic two words? Do you think August’s return will be tied to Neal?
“Manhattan” truly sounds like it will be a groundbreaking episode for ‘Once Upon A Time’ and expectations are running really high for this one. Take a look at the slideshow for images from the episode to see Rumple’s past with Milah and more.
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‘Once Upon A Time’ airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.