What can fans expect from the new season of Once Upon a Time? Recently, the cast and creators teased some major changes for season seven of the ABC TV show, TVInsider reports.
The upcoming season will see the fantasy drama reset with new characters and a new storyline that centers on an adult Henry (Andrew J. West). The cast also includes Dania Ramirez, Adelaide Kane, Mekia Cox, and Rose Reynolds in addition to returning stars Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, and Colin O’Donoghue.
At this summer’s TCA press conference, executive producer Adam Horowitz explained that season seven won’t be entirely new; it will be build upon the previous six seasons:
Episode two is going to answer what has happened with Emma and Captain Hook and episode four will answer that very question for Belle. We’re not looking to get rid of any of the happy endings that we have created or set up or ended with. We’re not taking anything away but we are moving forward and we think we have a way to achieve both things. [W]hat happened in the first six seasons of the show remains deeply rooted in the DNA as we go forward.”
And what about the returning characters? Star Colin O’Donoghue revealed some big changes for Hook:
Hook at the start of this season, he is a uniformed cop in Seattle and he’s different from the Hook and any of the ten different Hooks that I’ve played over the five or six seasons. There’s a sense of loss there in the guy and he just doesn’t know what it is that’s missing so he’s striving in some way to find who he is. The Hook that we meet is trying to be the best uniform cop that he can be. As is always the case on Once Upon A Time, it’s more complicated than that.”
Later, Lana Parrilla also teased a major shift for her character, Regina:
I’m no longer in pant suits. I’m in denim and rock t-shirts. When we meet her, this other version of Regina, she’s working in a bar. She’s a bar owner. She’s a little rough around the edges…she has curly hair. She looks very different. She feels different. Like Colin, I also have played so many different versions of this character and this one feels really different. All the other versions were evolutions of the character but this one, her name’s not even Regina and she’s no longer in charge and we’ve always seen Regina in charge or try to be in charge….this Regina is something else and I’m having a blast playing her.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time? Are you looking forward to the changes in season seven?