While Oz was foreshadowed in last season’s Wonderland-themed episode, “Hat Trick,” turns out the home of Emerald City was also referenced in the very first episode.
EP Edward Kitsis explains (via TV Guide):
“What’s interesting is if you go back and look at the pilot, there’s a page of flying monkeys in Henry’s book. If I would go back and re-watch it — or buy the DVD coming out in August — and you pause on the book, you might see it.”
The aforementioned scene is when Emma crashes her. Fellow EP Adam Horowitz adds:
“The book flips through a number of pages. There are glimpses of images, one of which are the flying monkeys from Oz.”
While the producers nor ABC were drawn on whether the story will visit Oz in Season 2, it certainly looks as though it’s in their overarching plans. If that happens I imagine Dorothy or someone from that realm would be introduced ala the Mad Hatter.
One of the clever things OUAT has done, in a similar vein to LOST and Fringe, is seed clues and possible storylines early on. For shows of this ilk (highly visual, puzzle-geared seriables) it provides interactivity for viewers and a certain ‘connectedness’ later in the game. Not all of these seeds grow into a beanstalks, but for those that do it delivers a deeper viewing experience.
Elsewhere, the show also has plans to resolve August/Pinnochio’s story. The character apparently died after turning into wood in last season’s finale, but with magic now in Storybrooke: is dead, dead? Horowitz told TV Line:
“We gotta figure out what happened to him. We started the story and we intend to finish it.”
Could be wrong but that sounds like they plan to round-off his story, which I think wood be about right. As mysterious as he was, he served his purpose and unless we’re talking flashbacks I’m not sure how useful he would be. Something has to stick. That said, maybe Emma can plant him in her garden?
Once returns to ABC this fall.