'Once Upon a Time' Season 3 premiere: Hook-Emma, evil Peter Pan and more from star Ginnifer GoodwinAdd to Favorites | Once Upon a Time
"It's combative, but the only way we're going to save Henry is if we pool our resources," says Goodwin. "It's really wonderful to see the more admirable qualities of the villains coming out. They're letting go of some of their darker characteristics in order to help us come together."
"It's everything I ever wanted it to be," she continues, about the experience of working with such a small group. "It's getting back to these integral relationships between this very small group of us."
Part of the exploration into the relationships is definitely addressing the Charmings, i.e. the fact that Snow and Charming are Emma's parents whom she grew up without.
"We were so desperate to address this relationship, the Charming family dynamic," says Goodwin. "Because now we're stuck together on a boat and we all have the same objective, it is an excellent time to be really investigating this relationship."
There are, of course, other relationships to explore on the journey as well. The Hook-Emma dynamic "will have to be addressed at some point."
"I think it's fairly obviously that he would like something to happen," teases Goodwin.
And the Gold/Regina dynamic is also in play.
"Those egos absolutely have to be checked in order for us to find Henry. They're going to have to put their egos aside in order for us to be useful in any way," says Goodwin.
After all, the primary objective remains finding Henry and saving him from this demon version of Peter Pan.
"Peter Pan is someone that even Rumpelstiltskin fears," says Goodwin. "The rules of Neverland are completely different and so we're going to have to learn how to survive in a more sinister realm. Getting to Peter Pan is clearly a goal. We reach our intended destination fairly early on in the season."
"It's interesting," she continues. "Our villains all have different strengths and weaknesses. Some villains are more violent, some are more manipulative. Pan has some powers that are more disturbing than some of the powers of the other villains."
That covers Neverland, but what of Fairytale Land, where we saw Neal land in the finale, or back in Storybrooke?
Goodwin teases for us that Neal is traveling through the Enchanted Forest, recovering from his wounds while Mulan helps him try to get back to Emma and Henry. But as for Storybrooke -- "I'm not sure that we want the audience to know the state of Storybrooke at this point. It will be addressed."
"Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. For more info on the show, check out ABC's official website.