‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 4 Primer: 10 Things You Need to Remember

Once Upon Time Season 4 Primer

Magic is coming back to Sunday nights when 'Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, September 28, but you might need a spell or two to remember everything that went down in season three. In the show's 22 episodes, we went from Neverland to Storybrooke to the Enchanted Forest and back again, with timeline shifts, deaths, and romances along the way. And now, season four introduces a whole new land and cast of characters, thanks to Disney’s 'Frozen' and the icy kingdom of Arendelle.

Whether you’re tuning in for the first time to see Elsa & Co. on 'OUAT' or a longtime fan scratching your head trying to remember all of last season’s insanity, we've got you covered. Here's a primer of 10 things you need to remember to prepare for season four:

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5. Emma and Hook brought back more than one unwelcome guest.


When Emma and Hook came back from the past in a portal in the season three finale, they brought along Marian, Robin Hood’s long-lost wife. This was great for the reunited family (Marian, Robin, and their son Roland), but not ideal for Regina, whose relationship with Robin was starting to grow serious. The other person who slipped through the portal was Elsa, who will be featured prominently in the Frozen storyline, of course.

6. Emma and Regina are enemies again, and Regina is in Evil Queen mode.


Emma and Regina were finally getting along, but now that Emma brought Marian back, they’re officially enemies again. The look in Regina’s eyes hints that she’s back in Evil Queen mode, ready to wreak havoc in her search for happiness, but she may be distracted by Elsa’s arrival.

7. Rumplestiltskin killed Zelena, but lied to Belle about it.


Deep down, Rumplestiltskin is still a lying murderer. He stole his Dark One dagger back from Belle, turned Zelena to porcelain in her jail cell, and smashed her to pieces — but he kept this from Belle. He also altered the security footage from the prison to instead show Zelena killing herself with magic to cover his tracks.

8. Emma and Henry are staying in Storybrooke.

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Emma wanted to take Henry away from Storybrooke and all its drama, but after coming back from the time portal, she decided they are going to stay with their family. Plus, now that she has Hook, how could she leave?

9. Red Riding Hood is back.


Not a huge plot line, but Red was back in the Enchanted Forest, and it looks like she’ll be sticking around in Storybrooke, too. The reason? Actress Meghan Ory’s CBS show Intelligence was canceled.

Bonus: The Knave of Hearts is coming to Storybrooke.


Remember the hot guy with an accent from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland? Yeah, he’s coming to Storybrooke. Will Scarlet (aka the Knave of Hearts), who was one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, is coming to Storybrooke this season. He wasn’t seen yet, but it’s good to know about him before watching season four.