After meeting menacing Peter Pan on Once Upon a Time, it was only a matter of time before we met his sidekick, Tinker Bell (played by Rose McIver). And based on the promo for Season 3, Episode 3: “Quite a Common Fairy,” she’s got quite a few tricks up her sleeve — including ones that tie to a complicated past with Regina.
In the new promo for next week’s episode, we first see the gang getting introduced to the mere idea of Tink, which has Emma the most shocked. Given that she was just teasing Captain Hook about his animated self in the real world, she can only imagine the fairy as a flying blonde who causes trouble with Peter. Apparently, there’s much more to her story in this twisted version of Neverland.
“Our Tink is very strong, a lot of fun, and not afraid to go out and have a few shots,” co-creator Eddy Kitsis recently said when a photo of Tink and the Evil Queen in flashbacks surfaced. He also noted that the “mischievous” fairy’s heart is usually in the right place, but she has a mysterious past — including history with Hook, which prompts him to seek her out.
Things don’t work out so smoothly, though. Although we see Regina and Tink flying together and looking happy in the past, their present-day relationship is darker. “Come get me, Tinker Bell,” Regina says, to which Tink listens, blows fairy dust in her face, and watches as she passes out! Uh-oh.
Looks like we have a new potential villain on our hands. Check out the full promo below, then catch “Quite a Common Fairy” next Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.