Even though it's a new season, the live-ratings for Once Upon a Time continue to trend lower and lower with each new episode. Last September, the fifth season premiere brought in 8 million viewers and its finale brought 5.5 million viewers, but for the Season 6 premiere, which aired last Sunday, the show could only muster 4 million viewers.
To entice potential viewers, ABC has released a trio of sneak peeks from this Sunday's "A Bitter Draught" episode.
In the "Which Sister will Zelena Choose?" clip, The Evil Queen tries to win Zelena over to her side. In the second clip, after Belle shows up in the diner and asks Emma and Hook for their help with finding a place to stay, a mystery man appears and vanishes. He left a note on the counter, and in the third and final clip, Henry tells David and Snow about the mystery man and hand them the note.
When a mysterious man from the Land of Untold Stories, who has a past with the Evil Queen, arrives in Storybrooke, David and Snow work together with Regina to neutralize the threat. Belle seeks Hook's help finding a safe place to hide away from her husband, Mr. Gold. The Evil Queen continues to try to win Zelena over to her side, while Emma resumes her therapy sessions with Archie and shares her terrifying vision of the future.
The show stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch/Zelena, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
The guest-cast includes Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Raphael Sbarge as Dr. Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Craig Horner as the Count of Monte Cristo, Andrea Brooks as Charlotte, Andrew Kavadas as Baron Danglars, Craig Ericsson as butler, Olena Medwid as partygoer #1 and Nadeen Lightbody as partygoer #2.
"A Bitter Draught" was written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan and directed by Ron Underwood.
"A Bitter Draught" episode of Once Upon a Time airs Sunday, October 2 at 8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT on the ABC Television Network.