Barbara Hershey, The Mad Hatter Headed to ‘Once Upon A Time’

Barbara Hershey (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Once Upon A Time” fans: get ready to meet Peter (as in “and the Wolf”), the Mad Hatter, and the Wicked Queen’s mother. These were among the revelations the cast and crew made at the show’s panel at PaleyFest this weekend. “Gossip Girl’s” Sebastian Stan will play the Mad Hatter, who, purists will note; is a Lewis Carroll creation, not a fairytale character. Barbara Hershey will take on the role of the Evil Queen’s mother. Said Lana Parilla, “I did say to her, ‘Can’t we have one Beaches moment?'”  Jesse Hutch will play Red Riding Hood’s true love. According to executive producer Edward Kitsis, Kristin Bauer will also be back as Maleficent. “I think it would be disappointing if we never saw Maleficent again.”

Kitsis also revealed that there have been hints in several episodes about about how to break the curse that has has made all of the residents of Storybrooke, promising, “We are moving story forward.”

The tortured relationship of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) has hit a road block with the disappearance of Charming’s wife, Katherine. Said Dallas, “He’s certainly in a place where he feels very guilty and responsible for her disappearance. Yeah, it’s an obstacle… but there is love and an unexplainable attraction.”

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According to executive producer Adam Horowitz, “The Katherine thing will last a couple episodes. But then it will be somewhat resolved. Then there will be other obstacles.”

More residents of Storybrooke will have their heads shrunk. Rafael Sbarge, who plays the town’s therapist Archie revealed, “We have some new patients with Prince Charming, and Mr. Gold.”

Horowitz elaborated, “David’s got problems. He’s got a lot to figure out.  I mean, the guy was in a coma for 28 years… and all of a sudden, there’s a woman saying, “I’m your wife. You used to love me.’ He’s trying to figure out why he doesn’t love her the way that he used to and dealing with his feelings for Mary Margaret and why he has this blinding love for Mary Margaret that he doesn’t have for Katherine.”

Viewers will learn more about the Stranger’s agenda. “Before we get to the finale, we’ll be pretty clear on who he is, what he’s doing, why he wants to do it, said Horowitz. “There’s a lot of theories out there. Someone’s got it right.”

Kitsis promises that, eventually, the show will come back to the fairytale flashbacks that were unresolved. “I feel like we left Snow White at the dwarves hovel and she drank her potion and had no idea who Prince Charming is. So we’ve got to pick that up because as Rumplestilskin reminded us, all that comes with a price. So, to drink a potion, and forget somebody you love, has a price.”

As for the motivation for the Evil Queen’s hatred of Snow White, according to Goodwin, “I think that the complications is what’s so beautiful about it. It’s not black and white. I think that it really adds a richness to the relationship.” She revealed that she knows exactly what happened, hinting that when she found out, she was surprised, but once she thought about it, it was obvious.


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