What can we expect from the second half of the season? We've gathered all of the juiciest spoilers and hints about what comes next right here.
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Regina's redemption? So, is Regina (Lana Parrilla) really on the path to redemption? Lana Parilla told TV Fanatic that in some ways Regina is relieved to have a reason not to use magic anymore, because it "has left a really bad taste in her mouth." On the other hand, Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) warned that she's not sure if Emma and Regina will be able to stop feuding over Henry (Jared Gilmore), and in the preview of 2013 we see Regina use magic against Emma, saying, "You will not keep my son from me." So it looks like the road to redemption, if she is still on it, is not smooth.
Emma and Hook: Everyone wants to know if Emma and Hook's (Colin O’Donoghue) obvious sexual tension will eventually develop into something more than snarky enmity. So far, the cast has been evasive about whether or not they'll have a relationship, but Colin O'Donoghue did suggest Emma and Hook are "kindred spirits," and Meghan Ory (Ruby/Red) hinted that she thinks "we're going to see some romantic inklings between Emma and Hook for sure."
Something big for Rumbelle: Emilie de Ravin told TV Fanatic that "something big is coming up" for Belle and Rumple, noting that while Gold wants "love over magic ... the magic has been a part of him for God knows how long.” The synopsis for Episode 12 hints that the couple runs into romantic trouble, and Robert Carlyle teases good stuff coming up for his character, saying "you actually will feel sorry for Gold." Plus, it sounds like Season 2, Episode 11: “The Outsider” is pretty Belle-centric!
Baelfire: Speaking of Rumple, we can certainly expect to hear more about his missing son. In the preview for the season Gold actually tells Emma that he's looking for his son, and the showrunners told TV Guide Bae will return this season.
What about the Charmings? While we're pretty positive Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming will have their happy ending, Josh Dallas warns TVLine that "there are some things happening that the Charming family has to deal with," so their family reunion probably won't be smooth sailing. He has also hinted that Charming might want to return to Fairytale Land, instead of staying in Storybrooke forever, and we know they go looking for a bigger house. Interesting. However, it looks like for now Charming might stick with helping out as Sheriff.
Coming up for Archie... Raphael Sbarge (Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket) told us that we can expect to see more direct interaction between Archie and Henry, which has been missing this season. He also hinted that we might get a look at Archie's love life, and promised we'll see more Jiminy Cricket in flashbacks. The first episode after the break, Season 2, Episode 10, is called "The Cricket Game," which suggests that Archie/Jiminy is heavily involved.