The Wicked Witch of the West has a definite presence in new Storybrooke, as evident by the spoilery images released for tonight's all new installment of Once Upon A Time, entitled "Witch Hunt". Her given name is Zelena and there is a reason she oh-so green!! Lana Parilla spoils that fans will soon get the wicked witch's complete backstory.
"There's some real deep-rooted issues there, with this Zelena character," she said. "It manifests in jealousy, it comes out in envy, but there's some deeper issues there that I can't share with you."
With everything from broom sticks to shape shifting flying monkeys, Creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have completely re-imagined their Oz characters for the Storybrooke backdrop.
However, don't look for our favs to be spending a lot of time on the yellow brick road. Horowitz gives us the magical deets for how the land of Oz will factor in to the second half of season 3.
"It's very different in its conception," he says. "The Wicked Witch is a big part of the second half and a driving force as an antagonist, but the world of Oz is not. It's a place that you will see and we'll spend a little bit of time there, but it's not a everybody-gets-on-a-ship-and-goes-there kind of thing."
"We'll see a little bit of King Leopold when he was younger," executive producer Adam Horowitz says, adding that the then-prince will cross paths with characters we already know. Plus: We'll learn a lot more about Snow's ill-fated mother.