‘Once Upon a Time’ will return for season 7 minus most of original cast

ABC has renewed its Sunday night staple “Once Upon a Time” for a seventh season. However, the show will be much different going forward as co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis move the story in a new direction. Indeed, this Sunday’s two-hour finale will introduce two new characters including a young man who has lost hope and now lives as a recluse.

Could he be a grown-up version of Henry (Jared Gilmore), the boy whose search for his birth mother Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to the dismay of his adoptive mother Regina (Lana Parrilla) kicked off the series back in 2011. Morrison announced Monday that she will only be returning for one episode next year to wrap up her character’s storyline. Last week, Emma finally got her happy ending with Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) on a musical episode.

O’Donoghue, Parilla and Robert Carlyle, who plays Rumpelstiltskin, are said to be in talks to return. But other original cast members — including Gilmore as well as Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, who play Emma’s parents Snow White and Prince Charming — are thought to be exiting.

Sorry, Dan Stevens (‘Beauty and the Beast’):
77% say Robert Carlyle (‘Once Upon a Time’) is the better Beast

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