Once Upon a Time‘s sixth season came to an end last week – leaving pretty much all of the characters with their happily ever after.
As part of a major shake-up for season seven (Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, young Henry, Belle, and Zelena will all not be back as series regulars), the writers decided to give everybody a warm send-off.
That includes Hook, Regina, and Rumplestiltskin – characters who will be back next season. So it stands to reason that their happy endings will be ruined, right?
Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) are happily married. But fans have started to fear that Emma will bite it to propel Hook back into the show’s narrative.
It’s a theory that makes sense, especially when you consider that Morrison has previously confirmed that she will be back for one episode in season seven, which is likely to be the premiere.
Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis were asked about this by Entertainment Weekly, but they refused to divulge any details aside from confirming that viewers will see Morrison at least one more time.
“There’s nothing to say,” Kitsis said. “That is correct, she is coming back for an episode. Their happiness is real, and people should enjoy that.
“The thing is this: right now, we’re not trying to take away the show we’ve done for six years, and we’re not trying to destroy people’s happiness right now, but we’re going to be telling a new version.
“And until [the fans] see that, they won’t understand what it is. So for us, we’d rather not whip people into a frenzy.”
Horowitz was similarly vague.
“Really, we wanted the audience to not think about what we’re doing [in season 7] as throwing away what came before, but building on and expanding from it, so that what happened and what they’ve lived with and what they’ve invested in all these years still really matters,” he said.
“It matters to us as writers, and we know it matters to so much of the audience.
“We want them to know that we do really respect that and we really do approach the story from that level.
“We’re trying to tell these new stories and expand our canvas, but also honour what’s come before.”
Once Upon a Time airs on ABC in the US. Netflix airs the show in the UK.
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