"We will discover that Snow has grappled with this question her entire life, whether or not the Queen is capable of change," Ginnifer Goodwin revealed on set. "And we do learn that Snow gives her chances time and time again and the exact answer to that question is in the episode, [as far as] where Snow ends up."
Are we going to see any Emma flashbacks or looks into her past the way we saw with the fairytale characters last year? Yes, and actually it was so funny because at Comic-Con, we teased those opening sequences with those characters in the mist, and we showed a yellow bug and people thought that meant that the bug was a character, but it was actually that they were implying that we were going to flash back to Emma’s life. It was their way of symbolizing that. It’s been really exciting and it’s really fun because we’ve now done an episode where we really do get to see Emma 10 years ago and see the differences between what was going on in her life then and what’s going on in her life now and what’s changed for her physically and emotionally. We sort of see the roots of where this all came from for her.