The biggest shadow hanging over Once Upon a Time season 7 is the lack of more than half the main cast. It’s something that the tv show will have to address and a workaround was given at the D23 panel. Evidently, most of Henry’s family won’t be around for the next episode of the show. Because Henry is planning on hopping into another worlds and stories. The world of season 7 won’t certainly be the one that Once Upon a Time fans has been following for six seasons.
Once Upon a Time executive producers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz told that the happy ending that fans saw in the season 6 finale was just that, the “first book” has been written and made. Season 7 will open to Henry, once again played by Jared Gilmore, leaving Storybrooke, in research of new experiences. 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 revealed.
“What’s exciting to us is that these books tell the stories, a lot of them about these characters, and as you know for the first six seasons we did twists and turns on them,” said Kitsis. “New books could have several versions of some stories and ways of looking at them that maybe we have seen before, maybe some new characters as well.”
It is for this reason that Once Upon a Time Season 7 will start with a new Cinderella. This new Cinderella, to be played by new series regular Dania Ramirez. And also be the mother of Henry’s child and his possible true love. “If we remember Henry’s grandfather is Prince Charming. So, we have the grandson of Prince Charming with a new Cinderella,” Kitsis related.
As for the returning show regulars, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue, it is not yet crystal if they will be playing their old characters, new stories of their old characters or some mixture 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. And that will be in the body 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 exciting stuff.”
“We meet Colin in new circumstances in the premiere. But in the second episode, we actually delve into what happened to him and there is a flashback focused around Hook, which explains a lot,” Kitsis said.
Once Upon a Time will definitely be a lot different in season 7. But Horowitz convinced fans that everything that happened before still matters to the tv show. Emma and Hook will not be breaking up even if Jennifer Morrison won’t be on the tv show full-time. The happy ending the characters introduced in season 6 will still be a part of the tv 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 are new stuff and new roles, what came before still matters. And is still a large part of what this tv show is. It’s a new chapter.”