[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Sunday’s midseason premiere.] Wicked is coming on Once Upon a Time, but Emma (Jennifer Morrison) has a far more pressing matter.
Is Rumple still alive? The midseason return failed to answer whether Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is still breathing, but Kitsis and Horowitz promised that the question will be answered in episode 13, “Witch Hunt.” “There’s discussion of him in [episode] 12, but I’d say the discussion moves to another place in 13,” Horowitz said.
Belle’s piece is coming: Belle (Emilie de Ravin) will have a big arc later this season, and it keep her closely tied to Neal. “There is a significant story that is being launched [with Sunday’s episode],” Horowitz said, revealing that “more iconography from Belle’s story” will also make their way to the universe, like Lumiere (“showing up very soon”). “You’re going to start seeing her come into her own by using her brain,” Kitsis said.