"Be careful what you wish for" has never been more pertinent on Once Upon a Time than in the upcoming Winter Finale.
When the heroes of Storybrooke uncover a weapon that can harm the Evil Queen. She in return charges new Genie Aladdin with granting Emma's wish to have never become the Saviour.
"One thing that people have always wondered is what would happen if the Curse was never enacted and Emma grew up in the Enchanted Forest? That's what we're going to show," show creator Eddie Kitsis tells EW of the Winter Finale.
This AU (alternate reality) of sorts, is very different from what viewers know happened in the Enchanted Forest.
"It's the world where there are no villains," Kitsis notes, "The big villain was defeated. There was no Curse and peace and joy got to flourish,"
The episode, therefore, runs like a blast from the past - familiar faces and locales included. "Some of the fun of this first half of the Season is we've really tried to do that Season 1 vibe," Kitsis says, "What's fun about what we do in the alt-reality sis they are that wish fulfillment. For the people who always ask what Emma's life would be like, it's fun to see what the characters are like, what would happen. For us, we always wanted the show to be the kind of show that wasn't just rigid in what we did. You could go to Oz, you could go to the Underworld, you could stay in Storybrooke, you could go to New York, or you could create an entirely different world where Snow White is the biggest villain in the world. This actually follows in that line."
This new challenge aside, Emma is still faced with a grim prophecy that apparently cannot be stopped, "Emma is fated to die, and that is the destiny we learned all Saviours' face. That is going to be coming to a head - it is going to resonate in the finale, and it will definitely come to a head in the next half of the Season when we return."
The Once Upon a Time Season 6 Winter Finale airs Sunday, DeDenver 4th, 2016 at 8/7c on ABC.
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