The white board only has one line visible: “Regina with Archie.” Last we saw the erstwhile cricket, he was in flashback mode back when the curse first fell on Storybrooke. Off-screen, portrayer Raphael Sbarge has been busy with other projects, guest-starring on shows like Castle and Necessary Roughness. Hopefully this means that he’ll be back on OUAT in a more full-time capacity, or at least for a satisfying arc.
We also recently discovered that Episode 7 is titled “Dark Hollow,” and we’ve speculated that it may feature the Dark One’s father. Rumplestiltskin’s father, Colin, will appear in Episode 8 in flashbacks, so this episode could focus on Rumple beginning to think about his family back in Storybrooke. While we won’t see Mr. Gold with Archie, it could explain why the doctor is with Regina in some capacity.
Are you surprised that Archie will be back? Excited? Sound off below, and catch the Once Upon a Time Season 3 premiere on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.