By the time ABC’s Once Upon a Time closes the book on its third season, someone will have been definitively denied his or her chance at a happy ending. Because that character will be — gulp — ended.
Series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis tell TVLine exclusively that the fantastical series will be killing off a major character during the second batch of 11 episodes (launching March 9), resulting in the exit of a series regular. “The character dies, for real,” Kitsis makes clear — at which point his/her portrayer will, make no mistake, leave the show.
Every series regular cast member is a possibility – except for Robert Carlyle. The EPs have agreed to rule out that one candidate, seeing as Rumplestiltskin is theoretically already “gone” (having sacrificed himself in the name of vanquishing Peter Pan).
Emma / Jennifer Morrison
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HER | Come on -- it's Emma Swan, the heroine of our story. The heart, the soul. The non-believer turned believer (...turned non-believer) whose journey this is.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HER | Um... maybe J-Mo has waved the white flag in her ongoing battle with the Vancouver cold...? (Honestly, I've got nothing. Can't be her. Right?)
Snow White / Ginnifer Goodwin
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HER | Snow's go-to motivational word is "hope." If we lose her, we'd lose precisely that.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HER | Hook did say that Emma's family was in "danger"...
Prince Charming / Josh Dallas
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HIM | Who will "always find" Snow if her prince ceases to be? Plus: Emma/Dad scenes = WIN.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | Losing her husband at the hand of an evil or wicked foe would make Snow even more determined in her fight for good.
Regina / Lana Parrilla
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HER | The Evil Queen is the yang to Emma's yin. It'd be like a Reese's peanut butter cup minus the peanut butter. In other words: sacrilege!
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HER | Perhaps a certain green witch wins Season 3B's epic battle between "Evil" and "Wicked"?
Henry / Jared Gilmore
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HIM |This isn't some dreary indie film at Sundance. They're not gonna kill off the rugrat. (Besides, didn't he just "die" a few weeks ago?)
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | What if Henry's death -- tragic as it may be -- serves as a catalyst of sorts for Emma, prompting her to embrace her magic... and perhaps in a dark manner? (Ooh, I like that one. Goosebumps.)
Belle / Emilie de Ravin
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HER | Belle has already endured so much (imprisonment, amnesia, distance) and been so patient, waiting for her and Rumple to get their "happy ending." With his return presumably somehow on the horizon, surely her resolve was not all for naught.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HER | It'll probably take some hefty hocus pocus to bring Rumple back to "life." And you know what the Dark One always says about the cost of magic...
Hook / Colin O'Donoghue
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HIM | Hook presumably traveled back to our realm, to find Emma and Henry, at the risk of great peril. How tragic were the pirate to perish after all that heroic effort!
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | Or... would such an outcome be more ironic than tragic? After all, we have oft been told, villains don't get happy endings
Neal / Michael Raymond-James
WHY IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE HIM | So much of the past year has been about Henry's parents laboring to reconnect, to find the time (or at least be in the same realm!) to smooth out their thus-far rocky romance. Plus, as Neal said before Emma departed the vanishing Storybrooke: "This isn't over." Ergo, he can't be over.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | Hmm, in reviewing all that Neal and Emma have endured -- yet to little romantic effect -- maybe these two are simply not meant to be?
I cant stand Hook and would love for him to die, but a have feeling Ginny or Josh might want to b a fulltime mom or dad.. So I'm guessing Snow or David is going to kick the can