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As we reported earlier this month, Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills/The Evil Queen) told TVLine that “Eion may be coming back as a wooden figure ... And he may not!” — but that was before Episode 2 aired, so it was unclear if she meant he'd be returning for more than that brief CGI cameo.
However, now Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) has taken to Twitter to answer fan questions, and she's given a much more definitive answer.
When a fan asked Jennifer "Will August come back? we saw in the first episode that he disappeared but will we ever see him again?," Jennifer replied, "you will see him again :)"
Being the star of the show, Jennifer is a very reliable source, and you can't get a clearer answer than that. August will definitely be on our screens again! (Though whether or not he'll still be made of wood is up for debate.)