The cast on how the 'Land of Untold Stories' affects their characters

By Evan Slead
July 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Once Upon a Time has been melding classic storybook characters into its own world since its first season, but now with the inclusion of “The Land of Untold Stories,” everyone is facing their own challenges and trials.

Stars Jennifer Morrison, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, and Rebecca Mader stopped by EW’s studio at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday to discuss the details of the upcoming season, what plagues each character, and how dark the show could get.

When audiences last saw the inhabitants of Storybrook, the Evil Queen was split in two and Belle was suffering a sleeping curse. “I can’t say a lot about that,” states de Ravin on what to expect from the spell. “You do find out a lot about her past, present, and future through it.”

With the fate of many characters up in the air, the heroes and villains still have the link of needing to confront their own problems. “I think when you come back home you have to deal with yourself. We’re all facing our own baggage,” reveals Morrison on the emotional toll that characters will feel this season. “Regina’s doing that in the most obvious way because she’s literally split in two, but metaphorically that’s at work in all of us.”

It seems as time goes on, the characters are bound to experience more struggles, causing a darker tone than before. “I think the first season was probably the darkest,” answers Parrilla. “Then after that they backed off.”

Watch the full interview above. One Upon a Time returns Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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