The world is about to become a much more magical place in season 2 of ABC’s hit storybook drama Once Upon a Time – but for those who think magic entering the real world is a good thing, remember just what kind of people wield it.

Last season saw Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) finally live up to her long-ignored destiny by shattering Queen Regina’s wicked cures that suppressed the true fairytale identities of the bewitched residents of Storybrook, Maine. Despite the restoration of their memories, things are still not golden for the little town that time forgot – in fact they might be worse.  Although they finally know who they really are, the mythical inhabitants are still unable to return to their enchanted homeworld, and are also stuck in their current fully-human forms.

According to series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, regret and redemption will be a major theme for the season 2, most notably for Regina (Lana Parrilla). That is almost certainly easier said than done, as a lot of angry townsfolk might quickly turn into a full-on lynch-mob to repay the perceivably powerless Queen/Mayor Regina for her past and present crimes. Regina’s possible saving grace might be that bigger baddies are on the way – including her much more villainous mother Cora (Barbara Hershey) and Peter Pan’s dashing nemesis Captain James Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) – not to mention, the increasingly unstable Jefferson /Mad Hatter (Sebastian Stan) still on the loose.

Check out the new photos from the Once Upon a Time season 2 premiere titled ‘Broken’ – that shows the Evil Queen may need to find herself a new kingdom (click to enlarge):

Besides herself (and now the entire town), Queen Regina’s biggest enemy is Mr. Gold/ Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). The two have been locked in a continuous battle of one-upmanship for years and it seems that she places the blame of losing her adopted son Henry (Jared Gilmore) squarely on Gold. Actress Lana Parrilla had this to say on her character’s ambitious new motives for the approaching season 2:

“[Regina is] an ‘unlucky soul’ with a good heart at her core, and I would love to see her redeemed at some point. I’m sure she’s going to use magic to find a way to get [Henry] back, whom she truly loves. And also probably destroy Mr. Gold.”

Considering the fairytale world fell to the wicked temptations of magic, it will be interesting to see how our world will endure what is shaping up to be a full-blown magic war, and which of our favorite characters will end up becoming casualties.

Catch the season 2 premiere of Once upon a Time September 30, 2012 @ 8 p.m. on ABC.

Source: TV Line