Check out the promotional stills for the Once Upon a Time episode after next, entitled “Tallahassee.” It’s an Emma flashback, and [spoiler] returns!
We have previously reported that the episode description of “Tallahassee” features all three fan favourite choices for Henry’s dad: Neal Cassady (Michael Raymond-James), August (Eoin Bailey) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). And unless some major twist is planned, we’d say that these promotional images released by ABC pretty much cement that Henry’s father is Neal:
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The images show flashbacks to the time Emma spent in Tallahassee (two years – which is a longer time than she’s spent anywhere else), and we’re very surprised by how mousy she seems to have been back then!
We also have a few new behind-the-scenes images:
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Read the official description released by ABC:
With the hopes of finding a magical compass that could help her and Mary Margaret get back to Storybrooke, Emma takes a journey with a not-too-trustworthy Captain Hook up a treacherous beanstalk in an attempt to steal the item from a murderous giant (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”). Meanwhile, Emma’s past is revealed to be anything but magical when she meets up with a fellow thief who wants to make an honest woman out of her.
Got any theories based on these pictures? We know that Henry’s dad wasn’t a standup guy like Emma told Henry in Once Upon a Time‘s first season, so maybe (even if she was already a thief) this was the time when Emma changed from being trusting to being the hard-edged survivor she is today. Perhaps she falls in love with this guy, Neal Cassady, and then he frames her for some crime they commit together, and she takes the fall and ends up in prison (where she then gives birth to Henry).
But if he did all this to her back then, what is he doing now? As we saw in the first episode of season 2, he is very much aware of Storybrooke and the curse, and seems to have some kind of plan set in motion.
Could he be working with Regina?! Or maybe Rumpelstiltskin? Share your theories in the comments.