What ‘Once Upon a Time’ Showrunners Have Planned For Season 7
Fear not, Oncers, the crew has it all planned out.
If you haven’t seen Sunday’s Season 6 finale beware of spoilers ahead.
After an epic battle that finally saw the end of the Black Fairy’s reign of terror, the storybook was nearly burned but mended itself and ended its story.
The show we have seen so far has simply been one story in one book. There are multiple books featuring these very same characters.
Naturally, the “multiple books” angle allows for the series to continue to use and recast familiar characters and introduce a few new ones to make up for the departing actors… a contingency the showrunners planned for.
“What we’re really interested in is [...] it’s like a new book. So we’re starting with new stories. Although it’s going to have some of the people that we’ve loved for six years at the center of it, we are going to meet new people and new worlds,” Executive producer Adam Horowitz revealed to Entertainment Weekly.
Both Adam and executive producer Edward Kitsis maintain that Jared Gilmore’s Henry Mills was a treasure.
“Henry has been the heart of the show from the beginning. Jared was amazing, and we couldn’t love him more; watching him grow up has been amazing,” Adam says.
But the new storyline (and Jared’s departure) will see the character recast with an older actor.
“Also, what we see is, a new hero is leading us into a new world, which is an adult Henry Mills,” says Edward.
“We saw that in what we realize are flash forwards, and then at the very end, Henry has grown up and he looks like he left home. He was an Author writing everyone else’s story, so to me it looks like he left home to find his own story and then something happened, and now he’s got to be the hero.”
“Now, we’re going to see what that character becomes in a 10-years-older version,” Adam agrees.
Appropriately — after such a huge loss — Season 7 will be about the personal darkness that comes with a lack of faith.
“One of the hardest times to have hope in anyone’s life is when you’ve lost belief or faith in something.” Adam continues.
“That is a jumping off point for where we are for the next season, which is, how do you deal with questioning faith and belief and finding hope again?”
But when all's said and done, OUAT is a show about happy endings, so it won’t stray into darkness for long.
Edward promises, “The DNA of the show remains, and always will be, of hope. Each character was always looking for their happy ending, and that is no different than anyone in the real world.”