With the start of season two less than a week away, ABC has released photos from Once Upon A Time‘s premiere episode, “Broken.” The photos are surprisingly heavy on the Dr. Whale (David Anders) front. Dr. Whale was a relatively minor character in the first season, but there has been much speculation about who his fairy tale alter ego might be. His true identity is still a mystery, but looking at the images it seems he has a connection to Regina (Lana Parrilla)–but perhaps not a happy one. He appears to be leading a mob to her front steps in one photo and taunting her in another. Who do you think Dr. Whale really is?
“Broken” will see “reality and myth” colliding as the characters remember their fairy tale pasts. Expect their readjustment period to be complicated even further thanks to Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle). In last season’s finale he unleashed magic in Storybrooke, and his actions are going to have serious consequences for the town’s residents.
Storybrooke won’t be the only action packed location in the premiere though. If you were worried that we wouldn’t be treated to any of the fantastical fairy tale land flashbacks that made season one so special, fear not, we’ll still be splitting our time between the past and the present. “Broken” will introduce us to Prince Philip (Julian Morris), Aurora (Sarah Bolger) and Mulan (Jaime Chung) whose journey will be interrupted by a “dangerous foe.”
You can see all of the season premiere photos in the gallery below. Season two of Once Upon A Time premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8/7c on ABC.