'Once Upon a Time' Spoilers: What's Coming Next in the Story?
'Once Upon a Time' Spoilers: What's Coming Next in the Story?
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If there's one thing you can say about Once Upon a Time, it's that the show always keeps you guessing. Where (and when) will we next see the fairy-tale characters? How will relationships unfold in the real world? What could possibly explain everything that is Rumplestiltskin?

Fortunately, we can do a little better than guesses. Keep reading for a whole bunch of Once Upon a Time spoilers.

WARNING: Once Upon a Time spoilers are, by their very nature, spoilers. In other words, please don't blame the author of this article if reading spoils something for you. Thank you.

Rumplestiltskin and the Curse
As we have now found out, there's someone else in Storybrooke -- other than Evil Mayor Regina -- who knows about the curse. And that someone is Mr. Gold, formerly known as Rumplestiltskin. That makes sense, of course, seeing as Rumplestiltskin created the curse and was in on its deployment.

The question is, what does this mean for the character of Mr. Gold?

For one thing, it means that the relationship between Gold and Regina is "definitely going to change," as executive producer Edward Kitsis told TVGuide.com. Kitsis also brought up the idea that the whole curse may have been designed to benefit Rumplestiltskin and not the Evil Queen. "Why would somebody create a curse that they didn't themselves employ and for what reason?" Kitsis asked.

"That is a question we're going to answer this year." Robert Carlyle added when talking to TVLine. "You realize that maybe Rumplestiltskin [didn't create the curse] for her at all. Maybe he was doing it for himself."

Which brings up the biggest question in all of this: What benefit could come to Mr. Gold in the cursed world of Storybrooke?

Once Upon a Time, the Evil Queen Wasn't So Evil
There have been hints throughout Once Upon a Time that the Evil Queen wasn't always as evil as she became. In the distant past, she may not have been evil at all.

According to TVGuide.com, a younger and non-evil Regina will appear in a fairytale flashback episode airing on April 1. Lana Parilla explained, "You'll meet young Regina. I look totally different -- fresh-faced, doe-eyed, young, fun, excited about life, in love. And then it just gets really dark."

When exactly was this pre-evil period? And what caused the change? There's a possibility that a young Snow White was involved in some way: E!Online has reported that a 12-year-old Snow White would appear in an upcoming episode.

New and Returning Characters
So many Once Upon a Time fairytale characters, so little time... But we will be getting a new character soon. TVLine reports that Noah Bean (Nikita, Damages) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Once Upon a Time.

In the show, Bean will play a handsome stable boy, caring for royal horses. A romantic sort of lad, Bean's character believes that, through love, anything is possible -- even if it means overcoming social barriers.

Existing Once Upon a Time characters will be returning as well. Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told E!Online that Emilie de Ravin's Belle will return to the show. As for her Storybrooke life stuck in a mental institution's padded cell, Kitsis hinted, "God help whoever did that to her!"

Another return is less certain but more exciting to Once Upon a Time fans. Jamie Dornan, who played the dearly departed Sheriff Graham, may just reappear on the show at some point. Edward Kitsis told E!Online that they are "trying to move heaven and earth to hopefully make it happen." If the scheduling works out between Once Upon a Time and Dornan, a return is likely.

What do you think Rumplestiltskin gets out of the curse? Will Belle escape her cell? Would you like to see Sheriff Graham or the Huntsman again? Leave your comments below!

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