The creators and cast members from Once Upon a Time Season 7 attended the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week, and later that night, ABC hosted a party in which we were able to catch up with Executive Producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis about the show’s “requel” (reboot/sequel) season, which sees a new story being told.
In the interview we were able to confirm the name of Lana Parrilla‘s new character, which they didn’t do on the panel, and we also were able to confirm two return appearances in Season 7. Be aware spoilers are within!
KSITETV’s CRAIG BYRNE: With Season 7 we see there is now a new Once Upon a Time book. Can you talk about that and how it kind of serves as a metaphor for the series itself?
EDWARD KITSIS: There is a meta quality to it, that the book that Henry wrote is actually the first six seasons, but now in this new cursed Seattle neighborhood, he thinks that’s just his imagination, and he doesn’t realize that it was real. (Editor’s note: An earlier posting of this interview had Kitsis saying “wasn’t real.” It was a transcription error on our part; apologies!)
We have a new version of Cinderella coming onto the show. Could we see new versions of other famous Disney characters?
ADAM HOROWITZ: It’s possible. We’re not planning to do new versions of everyone we’ve seen, but we’ve opened the door to that as a possibility.
KITSIS: You’ll see a new version of Alice in Wonderland. You’ll see a new version of Cinderella. But we don’t have any plans to have a new version of Snow White or Wicked Witch this year.
Episode 2 is the big “whatever happened to Captain Swan” episode. Can you tease anything specific about that?
HOROWITZ: We’ll find out whatever happened to Emma and Hook. It’s going to fill in a lot of blanks between what happened at the end of Season 6 and where we are in Season 7. We told you the first six seasons was a love story that ended in a very happy place, and now Emma gets her curtain call.
Hook the Cop: Does he have both of his hands?
KITSIS: No, but in Seattle, he has a gloved hand, not a hook, because that’s hard to deny you’re Captain Hook if you have a hook.
Are you allowed to confirm or deny the name “Roni” for Lana Parrilla’s new character?
HOROWITZ: Regina’s first identity in Seattle is a bartender named Roni who has her own bar called Roni’s.
Was it fun to see Lana Parrilla in such completely different clothing?
HOROWITZ: There was a very set style and look to Regina as Mayor, so now this brings up a whole new world for Lana.
Is it true that we haven’t seen the last of Jared S. Gilmore as Henry?
KITSIS: No. He’s going to be in the first two episodes [of Season 7], and we’ll check in with people from time to time. We’re going to see Emilie de Ravin in Episode 4.
Just how excited are you create this entirely new story?
HOROWITZ: We’ve all been inspired and re-energized, and I think from the writers to the the cast and the crew, everyone’s really excited.
KITSIS: Look: We know it’s a risk to do this, but that’s what makes it exciting. We knew going into last year that we had that six-year plan, in addition to actors where some wanted to leave, and we understand that. Six years is a long time. So for us, we didn’t want to continue the show and pretend that didn’t happen. We wanted to end our original creative vision and then move forward with a new adventure.
Once Upon A Time Season 7 premieres Friday, October 6 on ABC. Come visit our OUAT forum to talk about the show! You can see the Comic-Con preview for Season 7, complete with new scenes, below.