Once Upon a Time just ended its sixth season, but what’s next for the ABC TV show? Recently, creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz spoke with Deadline about the future of the fantasy drama.
Earlier, we reported that ABC has renewed Once Upon a Time for a seventh season. However, that new season will not feature leading cast members Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, and Jared S. Gilmore. Instead, the showrunner plan on rebooting the series, introducing new characters and new storylines.
Speaking to Deadline, Horowitz revealed this transition to a new chapter of the show has been in the works for a while:
It has been planned for a very long time, so while the announcements came today, they were a long time coming. We had reached a point where we felt like it was time to close certain chapters in the book that we were telling and to take some risks and move forward. And try to continue the spirit of what the show is but really find new ways to tell stories. That meant some characters would stay and some would go. We love our cast. We think we’ve been blessed with the best cast in television. So you know, it’s…it’s been an interesting time, you know.”
Horowitz also mentioned that season seven will center around new cast member Andrew West (who is playing adult Henry) and returning cast members Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, and Colin O’Donoghue:
Obviously those three are very important to the storytelling we have planned for next season, as is Andrew West as the adult version of Henry, so it’s really four returning characters. And then there’s Allison Fernandez as his daughter, so that becomes kind of the core we’re building around.
We’re not ready to make any formal announcements yet, but we’re planning that there will be more regulars added to the mix and probably more recurring characters as we build out the universe of this iteration of the show.”
Later, Horowitz said season seven of Once Upon a Time will continue to draw characters from fairy tales, Disney, and other sources:
We have some ideas that we think will be a lot of fun, that we want to surprise the audience with next season, but yeah, it’s that mashup quality, like the original recipe of What if Snow White was friends with Red Riding Hood? That kind of stuff is so much fun to us, and it’s cool that we’re going to continue that kind of storytelling.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Once Upon a Time? Will you watch season seven?