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TV.com Interview w/Horowitz and Kitsis

Posted on the 11 May 2012 by Bittersweet1975 @onceupon_fans

Have I mentioned how awesome TV.com’s Once Upon a Time commenters are? A couple days ago we put out a call for your burning questions going into the finale and I got an amazing flood of really hard-hitting, interesting questions to consider and incorporate. Seriously, there were too many good questions to choose from in the five minutes I had on the phone with OUaT producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Also, they were understandably tight-lipped about details but they were clearly describing a fully built world to me that both of them understand inside and out, like a tangible country they’ve often visited. They’ve poured a lot of thought into this show, and their answers were honestly illuminating; they really helped me get a better handle on the multi-reality madness that holds us in its thrall every Sunday, although I’ll confess I have basically no idea what is going to happen in the Season 1 finale (one of my biggest predictions was blown completely out of the water by one of the answers below!). So I can’t wait to see how you interpret their answers. Ready? Here we go!

Why hasn’t Regina used Belle to bargain with Rumpelstiltskin?

Edward Kitsis: That is an interesting thing because if you’re going to enter into a negotiation like that, you need to have extreme leverage, because if you came to him, like, in the last episode, and said, “I’ll give you something that YOU want if you do this, I have Belle locked up,” and I’m Mr.Gold, I would probably just choke you and then go release her. So I’d say that for Regina to unveil that information has to be done in a way that won’t lead to her death. Because once he finds out what she’s done, God help us all.
Are we going to see Rumplestiltskin’s son, Bae, in the finale?

Kitsis: No.
If the curse were ever to be broken, would the people in Storybrooke age forward? Would Snow and Charming be 28 years older?

Adam Horowitz: The questions of what happens when and if the curse is ever broken, we have answers and we are excited to share them with the audience at the appropriate time, but we want them to experience it on the show.
What do you consider your most successful episode of the first season and why?

Kitsis: It’s hard to say because you always love the new episode best, it’s new, it’s fresh, it’s exciting. I don’t know that I could pick my favorite but I can say we really love the Mad Hatter episode and we love the Red Riding episode and I start realizing I’m happy with all of them…it’s like saying, “Which child is your favorite?”

Horowitz: It’s kind of the way we write the show is, we’ve got an amazing group of writers and we sit in a room and we kind of come up with these stories and these big arcs and this stuff for an entire season, so it’s kind of like one giant episode. So the most satisfying thing for us is to look back at the season and say, there was a story we set out to tell and we told it the way we wanted to. And we’re excited for the audience to see how the season concludes.
Well I know I personally want the show to go on forever, I love watching it and I know my readers love watching it, but how many seasons do you see it running for?

Horowitz: Oh, you know, it’s—that’s up to the audience. We have a lot of ideas for how we’d like to continue forward.

Kitsis: I think that, you know, for us we want to do something surprising that moves forward. It’s also an interesting thing that people are already calling for the end of a show that they love. So no, we don’t want to go Season 12 where we don’t recognize any of the cast members. But we’re only in Season 1 right now, we feel like we have a few seasons left in us.
So I have another question about the logistics of the curse: If Henry is the only kid aging in this town, how have the other kids and parents not noticed that he’s progressively aging while everyone else is still frozen in time?

Horowtiz: Well, that’s the curse!

Kitsis: In Episode 2—the clock started moving forward in the pilot, and time started to move forward and everyone started to age, and previously to that everyone kind of lived in what we call a “constant present.”

Horowtiz: The way we think about it is, the curse is an organic, active thing that was working on all these residents for these 28 years, and keeping them in this state of a constant present, and adjusting itself for Henry’s growth and aging. And so when Emma arrived and the clock ticked, that’s when all bets were off and things changed.
So Henry’s been kind of trapped in that constant present and vaguely aware of it?

Kitsis: Yes, and it wasn’t until he got the book and started to question it that he started to wake up. And when he started to wake up is when he started to look around and notice that no one was aging and things started to seem the same, like time was frozen, and he wanted Emma. And it wasn’t until the book that even he himself knew it.
Should we assume that August wrote the book because he repaired the pages?

Kitsis: I would not assume that.
Last question. They were able to snatch the apple in the last episode. Are you going to introduce any sort of time-traveling element to the logic of the show?

Horowitz: No, it’s not about time travel so much as, Jefferson says very carefully to Regina, think about a time and a place where this thing is, and that’s how magic was able to reach across time and space to bring it. It’s not about travelng back and forth in time or changing the past or the present. These are the things that happened.

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