'Once Upon a Time' Season 7 to Have a New Cinderella, New Identities for Old Characters and More
'Once Upon a Time' Season 7 to Have a New Cinderella, New Identities for Old Characters and More
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
At Disney's big annual summer event, D23, some solid details finally emerged about the next season of Once Upon a Time. According to Entertainment Weekly, season 7 of the series is going to be more than a soft reboot in name only. The world of Once Upon a Time is about to get larger, much stranger and completely different with (an adult) Henry Mills at the center instead of Emma Swan.

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The biggest cloud hanging over Once Upon a Time season 7 is the absence of more than half the main cast. It's something that the show will have to address and a workaround was presented at the D23 panel. Evidently most of Henry's family won't be around for the next chapter of the show because Henry is planning on hopping into different worlds and stories. The world of season 7 won't necessarily be the one that Once Upon a Time fans have been following for six seasons. 

Once Upon a Time executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz explained that the happy ending that fans saw in the season 6 finale was just that, the "first book" has been written and completed. Season 7 will open on a young Henry, once again played by Jared Gilmore, leaving Storybrooke, in search of new adventures. This is why the season 6 finale found adult Henry in Seattle not Storybrooke. "Henry's the author of the first book, but he wants to go to the place where the happy ending isn't written," Kitsis explained. 

"What's interesting to us is that these books tell the stories, a lot of them about these classic characters, and as you know for the first six seasons we did twists and turns on them," continued Kitsis. "New books could have different versions of some stories and ways of looking at them that maybe we've seen before, maybe some new characters as well."

It is for this reason that Once Upon a Time season 7 will introduce a new Cinderella. This new Cinderella, to be played by new series regular Dania Ramirez, will also be the mother of Henry's child and his apparent true love. "If we remember Henry's grandfather is Prince Charming, so we have the grandson of Prince Charming with a new Cinderella," Kitsis said. 

As for the returning series regulars, Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Rumple) and Colin O'Donoghue (Hook), it is not yet clear if they will be playing their old characters, new versions of their old characters or some combination of the two. It does seem that Hook will still be Henry's stepfather in some fashion however. There were some teases that Henry might have a younger half-brother (or sister) in season 7 in the form of a baby from Emma and Hook. In addition, Hook will pop up in Seattle and in the Seattle-adjacent city and new home base for the series, Hyperion Heights. It is these new locations that Hook will be doing "very interesting stuff." 

"We meet Colin in new circumstances in the premiere, but in the second episode, we really delve into what happened to him and there's a flashback story centered around Hook, which explains a lot," Kitsis added.

Once Upon a Time will clearly be a lot different in season 7 but Horowitz assured viewers that everything that happened before still matters to the show. Emma and Hook will not be breaking up even if Jennifer Morrison won't be on the show full-time. The happy ending the characters received in season 6 will still be a part of the show. It is just not the end of some characters. "They weren't so much happy endings as happy beginnings," Horowitz said. "We want to make sure we honor what happened over those six years... As much as there's new stuff and new characters, what came before still matters and is still a huge part of what this show is. It's a new chapter." 

So what do you think of these new details? Do you want to see more stories and new versions of old characters? Is that too confusing? What interesting things do you think Hook might be doing in season 7? 

Once Upon a Time season 7 will air Fridays at 8/7c on ABC in Fall 2017. Want more news? Like our OUAT Facebook page

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