We’re in the thick of finales, folks! I never thought it’d get here (and part of me hoped it never would!), but that’s indeed the case.
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But it’s also been a ridiculously busy week, with a rush of renewals (O. M. G.), cancellations (R.I.P. Alcatraz), and pick ups (welcome, newbs). Next week? More madness, as the networks have their annual Upfront presentations here in NYC. But the good news for you is that I’ll be trolling around getting answers to your burning questions! So send them my way. Usual means works great: firstname.lastname@example.org and @EWSandraG on Twitter!
‘ONCE UPON A TIME’: JOSH DALLAS PREVIEWS FINALE. WILL STORYBROOKE STEP UP?
After working on Lost, Once Upon a Time executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsiss know how to tease finales. Proof? This timely characterization of Sunday’s season finale: “They are the gang. They are the Fairy Tale Avengers,” they told EW in a chat earlier this week. Take a moment to take that in. Squeal with excitement. Now, compose yourself long enough to take in some elaboration, straight from Josh Dallas, who stopped by the office just yesterday.
“There’s a lot going on,” he says. “Charming’s in prison, Henry back in Storybrooke has eaten the pie. We don’t know what’s going on. He’s in a coma right now. They’re trying to convince Emma that all this is real so that she can be the savior. There’s a lot of things to deal with in the finale, and it’s like a train that will not stop. It just keeps on going.”
But how will all of these moving parts intersect in the finale? And will it possibly involve a situation that mirrors Regina’s dream in the penultimate episode? “I can say that the people in Storybrooke — some people have already started to wake up and realize what the deal is and what’s going on,” Dallas says. “We also know that some people in Storybrooke know who they are and what’s going on — like August, who is Pinocchio. We know something is stirring in Storybrooke and hopefully some things happen in the finale.”
Cagey, I know. But there’s a lot to protect here. As has been said, the finale is a classic Lost-style reset that will deliver answers, questions, and, surely, frustration, since we have to wait months for a new episode. “You get a lot, and you get a lot taken away,” he says.
More from Dallas on Sunday ahead of the finale. And make sure you come back to EW on Sunday for a ViEWer chat, hosted by Prince Charming himself!
WHY THE PENULTIMATE EPISODE OF ‘HOUSE’ IS A TEAR-JERKER
For the longest time, I refused to accept that the end is near, but I’m slowly coming to peace with it. That’s, oddly, the theme I took away from the penultimate episode of House, which I checked out this week. While I’d largely like to preserve the integrity of the episode (after all, it’s one of only TWO left!), here are a few teasers for you:
– THIRTEEN is back and takes a meeting with Wilson and House separately that are both everything I could have wanted from their respective reunions. Her interaction with House is particularly poignant. (And her one-line assessment of their relationship made me laugh out loud.)
– HOUSE DOES… something for Wilson that will make you cry. But as always, everything is not as it seems. Just remember his heart is always in the right place.
– THERE’S a cliffhanger. A huge, juicy, “OMG” cliffhanger that sneaks up on you. Well, it snuck up on me anyway. All I can say is pay very close attention to everything going on in the episode.
‘BURN NOTICE’ BOSS PREVIEWS SEASON 6 AND FIONA IN PRISON: ‘SHE’S IN THERE FOR A WHILE AND IT’S A BIG DEAL.’
“There’s a flash forward of five minutes, if that. You could pretty much hold your breath in the time between when the last season ended and when it picks up,” Matt Nix told me this week after we wrapped up the very first Spoiler Room Live Chat. Little did he know, that’s exactly what fans have been doing since last season ended — holding their breath. But the payoff for our wait will be huge. Not only will Fiona spend some time in prison this season after turning herself into authorities, but, Nix says ominously, “She’s in there for a while and it’s a big deal.”
“In the early years in the show, for a lot of reasons — some of them having to do with how the show was structured, some of them having to deal with the fact that it was early [in the show’s run] — most things that happened in the finales had to sort themselves out in one episode so we could more or less get back to how the show worked. In season 6, we realized we didn’t have to do that anymore — and we didn’t want to,” Nix says. “We wanted to do an event that would have a real impact and serious, longer term repercussions.”
In a sense, he says, for at least the first part of the season, Fiona is the gang’s client — with the mission being to get her out of her sticky situation. “So far this year — we’re six episodes in — we haven’t done any ‘I’m a client. I need help’ kind of episodes. Not one, which used to be every episode,” he says. “They might help someone or do something along the way but it’s in service of a larger goal.”
Burn Notice returns June 14.