Romance is often a part of our favorite shows, but rarely does True Love play as important a role as it does on Once Upon a Time. So, while we wait for Season 2 to finally start, let's take a look at the juiciest romance-related spoilers for the new season.
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Charming and Snow: Let's start with the show's signature couple. Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White) promises the Charming's relationship will be "titillating," and "satisfying, and frustrating," for "totally different reasons" than last season (obviously!). But shippers should be warned: Though we're sure this couple will have some nice premiere moments, it sounds like Mary Margaret/Snow and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) will be whisked off on their Lost-esque adventure by the time Season 2, Episode 2: “We Are Both” rolls around, which doesn't leave a lot of time for lovey-dovey moments between the newly reunited Snow and Charming; at least not right at the beginning of the season.
Rumplestiltskin and Belle: It sounds like we can expect a lot more Rumbelle now that Emilie de Ravin (Belle) is a series regular (woo!). Now that Belle is back, Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) will once again be confronted with the choice between love and power. Will he pick love this time? What will Belle make of the man he's become? How will his search for his son Baelfire — still his driving motivation — factor into the equation? No matter what happens in the long run, we do know this: We're in for a Rumbelle kiss in the premiere.
Romance for Emma: There's definitely romance in the air for Emma (Jennifer Morrison), but who's the lucky guy? Jennifer Morrison teases that we could end up seeing The Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) again in flashbacks, and that Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) and/or August Booth/Pinocchio (Eion Bailey) could even end up coming back in Storybrooke, given the introduction of magic into our world. Plus, we know Jefferson/The Mad Hatter (Sebastian Stan) is back for three early episodes, which has sparked the hopes of Mad Swan shippers. And there's always Henry's (Jared Gilmore) mysterious father, or one of the many new characters.
Regina and Daniel? Regina's (Lana Parrilla) true love Daniel (Noah Bean) is back, so you can expect some romance for her, even if it's only in flashbacks.
Newbies: You can also expect new romances for the characters who are introduced this season. Most notably, we already know Prince Phillip (Julian Morris) will enlist Mulan's (Jaime Chung) help finding his True Love, Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger). Anyone else already shipping Philip/Sleeping Beauty on the basis of them looking great together?
Once Upon a Time Season 2 premieres on September 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.
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