One of the biggest questions headed into the second half of Once Upon a Time Season 3 is which series regular will die. We know one of the main characters — though definitely not Rumple — is going to be saying goodbye to this and every world before the season is out, but beyond that, the specifics are still anyone's guess.
PopStop recently spoke to Rose McIver (Tinker Bell) about the big death, and although Rose refused to dish on who it is, she did have a very interesting to the question, "Is it the person that everyone's kind of expecting?"
"I don't know that there's one person [that everyone's expecting]," Rose replied. "I've heard a few suggestions. It's actually not a person that I've heard people assuming." She added that the death will be a shocker.
Hmm. We have no idea which rumors Rose has actually heard, so this tease doesn't really rule anyone out. Still, as far as we've seen there are three characters fans think are most likely to die: Neal, Belle, and Hook. If Rose has been hearing the same speculation that we have, her statement suggests those three are actually safe.
Of course, if that's true, it would mean Snow, Charming, Regina, Henry, and even Emma are suddenly in a lot more danger. However, we still have a really hard time believing the writers would kill off such key characters.
If one of those five were to die, we'd put our money on Charming. We just don't think the show would off Henry because it's too sad, and Regina, Emma, and Snow are so central to the main emotional conflict of the series — which has often focused on Regina vs. Snow in the past, and Regina vs. Emma (or, more recently, Regina and Emma teaming up) in the present — that we can't imagine the show without all three.
It's also worth mentioning that we've seen a lot more people guess Neal or Belle than Hook. So maybe we should take Rose's statement as a hint that the Enchanted Forest's hottest pirate is in danger? Gosh, this is stressful.
What do you make of Rose's statement? Does it make you rethink your prediction, or do you think she's just trying to lead people away from the answer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.