Once Upon a Time is back at last! After a five month hiatus, the hit fairy tale series is coming back to television for its seventh season and almost everything has changed. (Don’t freak out!)
Henry Mills, the little nugget we were all introduced to in season one, is now all grown up and has decided to look into the other books he found in the Sorcerer’s mansion. Since his family’s book is now closed and everyone got their happy ending (or beginning), he is looking for a new adventure. Ten years have passed and we find Henry (Andrew J. West) in Seattle, his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) at his door begging for help. What happened since the last time we saw these characters will be revealed as season 7 airs.
But that’s not all.
Viewers will also be introduced to a ton of new faces and re-introduced to old characters with new cursed personas in season 7. Here’s a quick run down:
- Rogers: Captain Hook is now a cop! (I can hear the Hook fangirls screaming from here.) Killian Jones (Colin O’Donoghue) has fallen prey to a curse and is returning as Rogers, a uniformed cop on the streets of Seattle. According to Colin O’Donoghue, his new persona will be feeling a sense of loss that he doesn’t quite understand — Rogers will try to be the best cop he can while also looking for what’s missing in his life.
- Roni: The Evil Queen’s cursed persona is a bar owner who is much less refined than the Regina Mills we have come to know and love. Roni (Lana Parrilla) will be a little more rough and edgy than the mayor of Storybrooke.
- Rumple: Not much has been said about what Rumple’s (Robert Carlyle) new cursed persona will be in the season seven, but apparently he will be just as involved in the ongoings in Seattle as he was in Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest.
- Jacinda/Cinderella: One of the first new characters we will be introduced to is the new Cinderella (Dania Ramirez). While we have seen Cinderella on Once Upon a Time before, this story has a new version of the princess. Cinderella will not just be Henry’s future wife and the mother of his child, Lucy, but also a BADASS from what the new promos are showing. Her cursed persona will be named Jacinda.
- Lady Tremaine/Victoria Belfrey: Gabrielle Anwar will be playing Cinderella’s evil stepmother and is, according to the OUAT creators, the one responsible for the curse everyone is under.
- Drizella/Ivy: Cinderella’s stepsister is going to be played by Reign’s Adelaide Kane. Kane herself has called Ivy, “buttoned-up and bitchy, petty, and miserable all the time.”
- Tiana/Sabine: Tiana will be introduced in the first episode of season seven and will be played by Mekia Cox. The creators have described her as “a princess with a mission” and someone who “has been through a lot.” The princess is also said to have made plenty of enemies while on her mission, which should make for some great episodes. It has also been announced that Robin Givens has been cast as Tiana’s mother, Eudora.
- Adult Henry: Andrew J. West will be returning as the adult Henry Mills and, while we will see Jared Gilmore at some points playing young Henry, West is most likely the Henry we will be seeing the most of. The last time we saw Henry he was living in Seattle and didn’t know he had a daughter. As little has been said about what brought Henry to Seattle, we will have to watch and see to find out what happened to our young author since his time in Storybrooke.
- And More! Alice from Alice in Wonderland (who’s cursed persona has been revealed as Tilly) will be played by Rose Reynolds and an unknown witch played by Emma Booth are a few of the other characters we can hope to see.
While many fans are still skeptical about what the future holds for their favorite hope-filled show, the cast and creators have been doing their best to hype up the new storyline and soothe fans’ many worries.
From what I have seen from the OUAT fandom, there are three camps. There is the “never-again camp” who are done with the show and have chosen to look at the sixth season as the last. Then there is the “we’ll-see camp” filled with people who are skeptical but are willing to give the writers the benefit of the doubt and see what the first few episodes of season 7 have in store. Finally, there is the “no-matter-what camp” who are sticking with the show either because their favorite character or actor is still around or because they are not willing to give up on a show they have loved for so long and want to see what the new season brings. (I am in this camp!)
Whatever camp you’re in, Once Upon a Time will no doubt push the boundaries of how we see fairy-tale characters, just like it always has. “Hope” is its mission statement and, no matter which characters come and go, hope will continue to permeate its stories.
Once Upon a Time premieres Friday, October 6th at 8pm EST (7pm CST) on ABC.