Once Upon a Time is a land full of mysterious fairy tale characters, and that is particularly apparent in the show’s latest adventure to Neverland. With an evil version of Peter Pan dead set on stealing Henry’s magic-believing heart and a team of Lost Boys who are content with killing anyone in his way, it’s a long way from the Disney classic. However, we will see a few familiar faces in upcoming episodes, including the return of the Darling family and everyone’s favorite fairy Tinker Bell.
When Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis at a Q&A in L.A. on September 24, they revealed that there’s more than meets the eye with Pan. While Adam notes that “evil isn’t born; it’s made” for him and all villains, Eddy was quick to point out that all in all, Peter is a “sick, twisted kid.”
“If you saw the fact that Rumpelstiltskin — who we all can agree up until this point is probably the nastiest of our villains and the most clever — says it's someone he's frightened of, I'm frightened of him,” Eddy admitted, later adding, “He gets in your head, and he says, ‘Oh, what are you most insecure about? I'm going to really exploit that.’”
And while it seems like Peter is the polar opposite of how fans know him from the 1953 Peter Pan animated film, Eddy notes that there are a “lot of Peter Pans out there” and theirs “came from a character place, which is somebody who refuses to grow up and has to have a lot of problems.”
Overall, Pan’s mission is to get Henry’s heart — no matter the price. “He wants that heart, and there's something in these games that he seems to be playing that's all tying into what his ultimate goal is for both Henry and for everyone else,” Eddy explained ominously. In order to do that, we’ll have to meet some familiar faces, which the co-creators promise includes the Darlings and Tinker Bell.
Adam also promises that in Episode 3, we’ll meet TInker Bell, whose story will “have a spin on it that's a little bit different than what you expect,” and she’ll have a “connection to some of our characters that you've already met.” We’ll also have the return of the Darling family at some point, who Adam notes are “so integral to the Peter Pan story.” To that, he concludes, “We have not forgotten about them, and there is a connection and a tie into what we're doing with them as well.”
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