‘Once Upon A Time’: Rumbelle, Pandora’s box and Zelena, Regina’s sisterly bond

‘Once Upon A Time’: Rumbelle, Pandora’s box and Zelena, Regina’s sisterly bond

Rebecca Mader (Zelena) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) discuss Season 6 of "Once Upon A Time."

Rebecca Mader (Zelena) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) discuss Season 6 of “Once Upon A Time.”

At San Diego Comic-Con, Rebecca Mader (Zelena) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) gave us insight into what’s next for their characters in Season 6 of “Once Upon A Time.”

When we last saw Belle at the end of Season 5, she was under a sleeping curse and trapped inside Pandora’s Box. Her father, Moe, refused to wake her and given the history with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), she was certain he wouldn’t be the one to revive her with True Love’s Kiss. We saw the box sucked through a portal and Hyde promising Rumple he had information to wake her if he would be willing to make a deal.

With the addition of the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus (Giles Mattheny), Ravin said we will be seeing some dream stuff while Belle is still under the curse. She says the way Belle is extracted from the box and everything involved in that is “really cool” and reveals a lot about her relationship and past/future.

For Zelena, Mader said all she’s ever wanted was a family and with the return of the Evil Queen, she now has two sisters.

“So it’s a lot … I’ve got Regina and the Evil Queen and a baby and I’ve just killed my boyfriend. I’ve made an appointment with Jiminy Cricket for next week,” she quipped.

“It’s a lot that Zelena has to deal with and I think it’s going to be really fun as we move into Season 6 as we explore the relationship, the sister relationship and the dynamic and the struggle between having a Regina and a Evil Queen.”

Season 5 was one of redemption for Zelena, with her saving Regina from Hades. Mader said she wasn’t sure if this season could be more emotional than Zelena killing her first love (Hades). And with Robin Hood’s death, both Zelena and Regina have lost their loves at the same time. After Hades’ deception, Mader said she didn’t know if Zelena would be able to take her walls down and trust and love again.

“I like the fact that I’m going on a journey and I don’t ever want to lose my wickedness completely,” Mader said, “I think she’ll always be very sarcastic and snotty and dry, but then so am I.”

For Belle, Ravin said we will see her assert more of her independence once she’s awakened since Rumple can’t part from the Darkness. She said having the baby and being responsible for another person is a “game-changer” in their relationship.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Ravin said, although she can understand where Belle is coming from and that she can now take action with a little more confidence.

“She’s able to take care of herself more emotionally now, now that she’s pregnant and now that she knows that it’s not just about her anymore, that she has to take care of this other little person. And that’s sort of making her head spin a little bit ” she said.

Mader and Ravin said they would love to perhaps see characters from the Chronicles of Narnia pay a visit to Storybrooke. Ravin added that having strong female characters such as Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking or Pollyanna would be great. Although, she said “Once” did already have great female characters.

Since different characters can go in and out of Storybrooke, having the Land of Untold Stories opens up a whole new world of possibilities, Mader said.

“It brings it back to its roots more this season,” Ravin said.

Season 6 of “Once Upon A Time” premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 on ABC.

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