Wonderland fans, your wish is close to coming true: The Knave of Hearts is headed to Storybrooke. Actor Michael Socha is expected to join Once Upon a Time as a series regular next season.
This is not yet a done deal because Once Upon has not been officially renewed. While the Sunday fantasy drama is considered a lock by insiders to return, ABC hasn’t announced any of their 2014-15 pick-ups yet. When the order comes in, we’re told producers will exercise their option to bring aboard Socha, who charmed viewers on Once Upon’s spin-off this season Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
When ABC confirmed they were not picking up Wonderland for a second season last week, the top upvoted comment on our story was: “Can we at least keep Michael Socha on Once?” and the second was: “I hope some of the characters from Wonderland show up on the main show” while another was: “I will start the EW commenter petition to keep Michael Socha on Once Upon A Time: Original Recipe.” Socha played Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts on Wonderland this season, a sardonic adventurer, romantic, and thief who aided Alice (Sophie Lowe) and was enchanted into becoming a genie.
As for the rest of the Wonderland cast, we’re not hearing of any other names going to the flagship show, at least not at this time (given the expansive Once Upon universe, it’s best not to count anything out).