Season 4 of Once Upon a Time will premiere Sunday, September 28, at 7cst on ABC with the Frozen-themed episode “A Tale of Two Sisters.”
Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) invite everyone to join Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, The Evil Queen, Hook and all the other resident fairy tale characters as they prepare to defend themselves against a magical force from the past that’s too dark and unpredictable even for Rumplestiltskin – The Ice Queen. – abc medianet
I say this every time, but we love Frozen here. It’s an indellible part of our family. Long after we’re tired of watching it, when our toddler is grown and embarrassed, we’ll unpack the memories and handle them reverently. So it was a relief when producers Kitsis and Horowitz recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to explain that they love it, too.
Thematically we can say the first half of the season is about how you never give up on the people you love.
They confirmed that the Frozen arc would be discrete. Season 4 will open with Elsa, but the story line will wrap up by midseason. None of the characters will carry over into season 5.
Elizabeth Mitchell’s character is connected both to the world of Arendelle and the world of Storybrooke. While Kitsis did not reveal exactly who she would portray, he did admit that the character was one of the two most popular speculations: Elsa’s mother or Andersen’s original Snow Queen. My money’s still on the latter.
Fan favorite Olaf will not be a part of the show. However, Horowitz did reveal that a fifth character from the movie had been cast. Sven will be played by an actual reindeer.
They plan to show a realistic looking Arendelle. There will be no musical episodes. Like Olaf, they just wouldn’t fit.
While the first episode will be written by Horowitz and Kitsis, the second, titled “White Out,” will be written by veteran Jane Espenson. And Sven isn’t the only surprise. TVLine broke the news that a sixth Frozen character will be joining the cast. Prince Hans will debut in episode 3! Anna’s (Elizabeth Lail) one time love interest was one of the biggest surprises in any Disney movie and he practically belongs in this setting.
So far, only the casting call has gone out. We don’t know who will play the thirteenth in line to the throne of the Southern Isles. But we do know that he’ll have the same closely cropped hair as all of the other royals.
Set photos have begun circulating. Georgina Haig as Elsa looks very good for someone without anime proportions.
And we’re pretty sure Time released an unlabled image of Scott Michael Foster’s Kristoff opposite her.