In the pilot, Eion will play James Burk, a State Trooper who serves as the by-the-books partner of the more unconventional main character, KJ Flaxton (played by Mira Sorvino). With a cast like that, we're already interested!
However, this raises the question: What about August? We've been hoping to see his return on Season 2, but other than his appearance in a flashback in last week's Season 2, Episode 6: “Tallahassee,” he's been totally MIA. Does this news mean he won't be back?
For now, we'd say not to worry about that. There is always a long period between a pilot being cast and a show getting picked up — if it does get picked up, which is not guaranteed. Eion should still be able to fit a recurring role on OUAT into his schedule, at least this season.
Now, if Tropper does get picked up, we might see less of August later down the line. However, since Trooper's a cable show, chances are it will have a shorter season than a network show, so Eion might still be available to appear on OUAT.
So don't panic yet, August fans!
Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, November 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.