As Kitsis continued, “Aurora and Mulan are off to save Phillip, and we are hoping to return to that, at some point this year. But, for the first batch of upcoming episodes, we’re focusing on the Charmings, the Rum-Belles and the Cora and Regina family. Family dynamics is really what’s going on.”
WHO ARE YOU, MRS. PATMORE? It was recently revealed that Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore on Downton Abbey, would be joining the cast. “We’re all big Downton Abbey fans,” Kitsis said. “[Her character] has a connection to Snow White and her family, and that will be explored in Episode 15.” Lesley herself had teased to “think servant, maybe” in regard to her role, but added she is not playing Mrs. Potts of Beauty and the Beast.
ARIEL UPDATE: What about Ariel from The Little Mermaid. When is she coming? “Probably not this season,” Kitsis said. “We’ve taken a lot of toys off the shelf, so we’re probably not going to see her this year. We do have a plan for her, if there is a Season 3.” Of course there will be a Season 3! Right? “Ariel is a character that we love,” Horowitz added. “We have a story in mind, but we don’t want to overload with too many characters at once.” Smart. We’re already feeling pretty overwhelmed with the current group.
Are you excited to see Mulan again? Do you have theories about the new character with a connection to Snow White's family? The Episode 15 title is "The Queen Is Dead," so that's probably when we meet Snow White's mother. You don't think she's playing Snow's mom, do you?