The Mysterious Man’s room, with the “Cleaner and Hatters” sign visible on the back wall, in Episode 2×01 “Broken”
Close-up of the “Cleaner & Hatters” sign
I originally thought that the Mysterious Man was Baelfire, Rumpelstiltskin’s son, because Bae is one of the major characters we are still waiting for, who we know will have to show up at some point.
But then I started thinking more about the odd objects in the Mysterious Man’s room, especially the “Cleaner & Hatters” sign. That certainly seems to suggest the MM has some connection with Jefferson (the Mad Hatter) and/or with Wonderland, and is therefore unlikely to be Bae — unless Bae, for some reason, likes to collect things that could refer to other worlds — or unless Bae does have a connection with Jefferson/Wonderland — or unless the clue itself is a red herring, meant to take us down the wrong path.
The man in New York City in the beginning of the Season 2 premiere episode is listed in the credits as “Mysterious Man” (not to be confused with the Mysterious Stranger, August W. Booth, who we now know is Pinocchio!).
The Evil Queen on horseback, in a Season 2 scene (screencap from a new promo)
ABC has announced that the Once Upon a Time Season Two Premiere (airing Sunday, September 30, 8:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern time) is called “Broken.” It was written by show creators Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ralph Hemecker, who previously directed Hat Trick and 7:15 A.M.
More info — including the plot synopsis (which will reveal whether or not the Storybrooke characters will be transported back to Fairytale Land) and a list of guest stars — is after the jump (close your eyes if you want to remain unspoiled): Continue reading →