ABC recently 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, last month’s two-hour finale introduced two new characters including a young man who has lost hope and now lives as a recluse.
He is said to 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 will only be returning for one episode next year to wrap up her character’s storyline. In this season’s penultimate episode, which was a musical one, Emma finally got her happy ending with Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).
O’Donoghue, Parilla and Robert Carlyle, who plays Rumpelstiltskin, are the only members of the original cast set to return. And they won’t be playing the parts that have made them fan favorites. Other original cast members — including Gilmore as well as Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, who play Emma’s parents Snow White and Prince Charming — may return like Morrison for one-off appearances.
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