A nearly packed house of "Oncers," "Charmers" and others hoping that fairy tales do, indeed, come true enjoyed their Sunday afternoon with the cast and creators of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" as PaleyFest continued at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Participants included thesps Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla and Robert Carlyle, as well as co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, and producer Steve Pearlman.
Getting a head start on the at-home viewing audience, the crowd was first treated to Sunday's episode (an explanation of why Grumpy is so grumpy) followed by a 10-minute sneak peek of next week's episode where Horowitz and Kitsis promise to reveal the identity of the Big Bad Wolf.
Among the series tidbits released during the panel:
-- Carlyle said a part of his Rumplestiltskin voice is based on his young son.
--When the question is asked, "When will we begin to learn how the curse can be broken," Kitsis responded with, "How do we know they haven't been dropping hints already?" Ginnifer Goodwin added: "What breaks the curse makes perfect sense."
-- Jiminy Cricket will be leading an intervention.
-- There will be more frank conversations between Regina and Mr. Gold.
-- Viewers will learn the identity of the stranger — currently referred to as August — before the season wraps. Kitis and Horowitz admitted someone on one of the fan boards has already figured it out.
-- Why the Evil Queen hates Snow White so much is a plot point to be examined over the next few weeks.
-- Horowitz and Kitsis — the exec producers who honed their writing skills on "Lost" for six seasons — admit Jamie Dornan's character in Story Book Land is still alive. However, his Storybrooke, Maine character (Sheriff Graham) was killed, so there is a chance he may reappear.
The loudest ovation of the afternoon came after a woman from the audience thanked Dallas for helping her 12-year-old granddaughter find someone other than Justin Bieber to adore.