Once Upon a Time Season 3 just kicked off production in Vancouver, but unfortunately, we still have months to wait until the fairy tale drama returns to our screens. In the meantime, we’ll be dreaming up what we want to happen, hoping to put a bug in the writers’ ears about our ideal scenarios for our favorite characters.
We’ve already made wish lists for Emma, Rumplestiltskin, Regina, Belle, Captain Hook, and Snow, so now we’re moving onto another familiar face: Prince Charming. Though he’s a core character on OUAT, there is still so much we don’t know about him. Hopefully, that will all change this season.
Here are three things we want for Charming in Season 3:
1. Backstory, backstory, backstory. In Season 1, we learned a bit about Charming, mostly as he and Snow fell in love and took over the kingdom. Since then, we’ve only seen him in Storybrooke, both struggling to find his identity (pre-curse) and rekindling his relationship with Mary Margaret/Snow (post-curse) — and not much else. Though we love Charming, right now he serves as a deputy to his daughter Emma’s sheriff and husband to Snow. We saw a bit of “badass Charming” come out when he punched Hook and then teamed up with him to save the magic beans, but other than that... not much. We’d love to find out more about his life before Snow and in general not have all of his storylines be so couple-centric. In Neverland, anything can happen, and hopefully Charming does more than just tackle a few people.
2. Become more of a father to Emma. OK, so we get that the age difference (or lack thereof) is weird given that Emma is actually Charming’s daughter, yet they look like they could be siblings instead. But when we saw the family bonding as they cried and hugged in the Season 2 finale, it warmed our hearts. We think they could team up without it being weird, and she doesn’t necessarily have to call him “dad.” (That could be sweet, though, if you think of it purely from the standpoint that she was “abandoned,” then found her family and is their savior.”) This could solve the problem of Charming not taking charge often, too, as with them working together, big things could happen — especially in Neverland.
3. Form relationships with people outside of Snow and Emma, too. Remember when people like Ruby and Archie and Dr. Whale were around? Though Ruby is gone on a new show and the others are less prominent, we think that Charming should have some friends outside of his family. This doesn’t mean some buddy comedy in which he pals around with the dwarfs, but seeing him calm down Tiny and work with them on the magic bean crops was great, and portrayer Josh Dallas hinted that he could team up with Hook if the circumstances are right. There could be new characters, too, and that could mean more opportunities for Charming to shine solo rather than sharing the spotlight and being constantly attached to Snow and Emma. Hey, maybe Neal will return? As long as he doesn’t sit him down for some talk about treating his daughter right, we’re good.