Once Upon a Time‘s loyal fanbase has really been tested over the last few weeks with all the casting culls, series regular departures and that whole will-there-wont-there be another series thing.
And while not much could make up for all that stress, this latest fan theory, if true, could go a way towards helping ease the headaches fans have been stuck with recently.
Because fans are speculating that Disney’s latest heroine, Moana, could be introduced to the series in a key role next season.
Linking the fact that adult Henry (Andrew J West) and his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) will be a main focus for season seven, following the ending of last weekend’s season six finale, fans have noted that Lucy’s mother hasn’t been revealed – or announced in any way yet.
Combine that with the fact that a Polynesian mask was spotted on the portal door in the hat during the episode too, that means the star of Moana is definitely heading to Storybrooke, right?
Well, actually, maybe not, as Once Upon a Time‘s executive producer Adam Horowitz seemed pretty quick to nip that theory in the bud.
“To examine those doors as clues to what season seven would be is not necessarily what they were there for,” he said (via Entertainment Weekly).
“It’s more of a symbolic thing that’s telling us how big our universe is and that there are many places left to be explored.”
Never lose hope though, eh? The show has used recent Disney characters from box office-busting films before, after all, as series four introduced the likes of Frozen‘s Anna, Elsa and Kristoff to the world.
[Kristoff and Elsa in Once Upon a Time]
Elsewhere, Horowitz and his pals have been culling our favourite characters left, right and centre.
Out of the door for season seven are Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas), as well as young Henry (Jared Gilmore), Belle (Emilie De Ravin), and Zelena (Rebecca Mader).
ABC has released snippets about how the show will work with only Regina (Lana Parrilla), Mr Gold (Robert Carlyle), and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) as returning regular characters – and it sounds like there will be new characters, a new curse, and perhaps new identities too…
Once Upon a Time airs on ABC in the US. It is available on Netflix in the UK.
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