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Once Upon a Time winter finale: First look photos

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Can the residents of Storybrooke stop the Evil Queen?

As revealed in EW’s exclusive first look photos from Once Upon a Time‘s winter finale, the heroes have found themselves turning regal once again. Is this just a dream? Have they returned to the Enchanted Forest?! Or could that lamp discovered by Aladdin explain what’s going on?

First, here’s the logline for the winter finale: “When she learns that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin’s magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the Savior forever. Unwilling to wake Snow while Emma is missing, David works with Hook and Henry to hold the Evil Queen at bay in Storybrooke as Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son.”

Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis also provided this tantalizing tease about what’s in store: “In a season that’s seen a returning Evil Queen, a Savior in crisis, and a renegade genie all facing a dire prophecy, hope returns to Storybrooke in the form of a magical wish,” the OUAT bosses tell EW. “But of course, like all magic, it comes with a price — and this price upends the world of all of our fairy tale heroes and villains as they are thrown into an adventure involving new worlds, old loves, and an impending destiny that can no longer be ignored.” Ruh-roh!

ABC/Jack Rowand

ABC/Jack Rowand

ABC/Jack Rowand
ABC/Jack Rowand
ABC/Jack Rowand
ABC/Jack Rowand
ABC/Jack Rowand
ABC/Jack Rowand

To read more on Once Upon a Time’s winter finale, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands, or buy it here now – and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

Once Upon a Time‘s winter finale airs Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.