Once Upon a Time: Michael Raymond-James Is Returning!


Excellent news for you Once Upon a Time fans out there. Michael Raymond-James (Terriers) is returning to the show for a visit, where he'll reprise his role as Neal Cassidy, according to TV Line. He'll be back for the March 6 Season 5B premiere.

But how will Cassidy—who was killed off in Season 3—return to the show since he's, you know, dead? Ahhh, the magic of television! Details aren't out in the open yet, but Season 5B will see certain members of the Once gang touring the Underworld in order to save Hook's life. So it's possible Cassidy will be down there somewhere getting poked in the bottom by a pitchfork. And of course there's also the popular reanimation technique of bringing a character back through a flashback. And also time travel, long lost evil twin, cloning, shapeshifters, dopplegangers, a guy who looks just like the character, and retconning. 

One other thing of note: TV Line's report is interesting in that it lays out how James' trip to Vancouver to shoot his scene was super top-secret, with the actor choosing to not stay in the hotel that most guest actors use, went incognito out of the plane in Vancouver, and filmed all his scene in a closed-off sound stage rather than a paparazzi-infested location shot all in order to keep the details of his appearance secret. Then it casually blows the big secret. Cool!

Once Upon a Time returns March 6 at 8pm on ABC. Is your body ready?


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Feb 28, 2016
From what I've heard, he'll just appear to Emma briefly, to warn her about not going into the Underworld.
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Feb 25, 2016
YES !!
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Feb 24, 2016
I'll never forgive them for killing him off without he and Henry seeing each other first, and then having Henry having an operation with Hook and then to find Hook. Hook isn't Henry's parent, and operations are for Henry and his parents. If it's not Emma, Regina or Neal, it's not okay.
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Feb 27, 2016
Yes because Neal has been there for Henry more than Hook has, oh wait no he hasnt.
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Feb 28, 2016
And whose fault is that? Emma kept him away from Neal in 3B, and before that they were constantly in trouble.
And for the love of God, the jail thing isn't nearly as bad as Hook trying to kill her whole family.
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Feb 23, 2016
Can we trade him for Hook. Can't stand Hook
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Feb 23, 2016
Really need NealFire to stay dead.
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Feb 23, 2016
couldn't have said it better myself :)
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Feb 22, 2016
wait, Neal was a fan favorite? he always kind of annoyed me lol

if they wanted a fan-favorite then the Huntsman would be back, but he's too popular now being a serial killer and BDSMer lol
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Feb 22, 2016
Hope he's back full time I hated them killing him off.
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Feb 22, 2016
I think he will win a farting contest against satan in hell to be reborn.
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Feb 22, 2016
"But how will Cassidy—who was killed off in Season 3—return to the show since he's, you know, dead?"
Hahahahaha. Tim, have you never seen OUAT?
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Feb 22, 2016
Let's see...OUAT clearly has stated that the rules of magic are if you bring somebody back to life, somebody else has to die. Rules, hahaha. No, it's not a code, it's more like....guidelines.
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Feb 22, 2016
i think what will happen is that his spirit is transported to the underworld to save emma and give her closure or save her and gets brought back to life.
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Feb 22, 2016
Yes!
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Feb 22, 2016
I like this. If they're going to the Underworld it would be cool if the confronted some characters that passed. Emma=Huntsman, Regina=Cora or Snow=Cora! Just confronting the past.

Like in Lost Girl, Bo busting into Valhalla to rescue Kenzi was kinda a let down cause they didn't have Raynor (sp?). Could've been better sicne the way they had him die.
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Feb 23, 2016
I would love to see the Huntsman, PLEASE bring back the Huntsman! And bringing back Cora would be good too.
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Feb 22, 2016
Interesting, I actually thought it might have been Sebastian Stan (given Marvel, Disney and ABC connections) as it might have been an easy enough get for him to have a day or two off and he can just have Bucky's hair. Just to provide them perhaps with a way home that doesn't require someone to stay behind, which seems to be the rule (and I know Emma has some sort of split heart workaround of that, but I have doubts it will work as easily as she thinks it might). And then just using the Hat might alert Zelena about a way back to Storybrooke and her daughter.
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Feb 23, 2016
Is there some kind of confirmation that Neal is the only one coming back?
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Feb 23, 2016
There was a list of hints on tvline and it made reference to one surprise visit we hadn't seen in awhile.
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Feb 22, 2016
Hhhhmmmm.
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Feb 22, 2016
Touring the underworld seems fun. This show is just plain silly fun. I have liked it all the way from the beginning, i like fairytales and a like creativity. Bringing this guy back for a little guest visit also seems fun.
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