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Once Upon a Time: Everything We Know About Season 7

What's going down in Hyperion Heights?

Megan Vick

It's almost time to go back to the Enchanted Forest, but it's going to look a bit different in Season 7 of Once Upon a Time.

Season 7 will be a soft reboot with some of your favorite faces gone and some new ones joining. Here's what you can expect next season.
One last hurrah: Jennifer Morrison and Jared S. Gilmore, who are departing the show, will be back for at least one episode to wrap up their storylines; however, we won't find out what happened between Emma (Morrison) and Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) until the second episode of the season. On the bright side, Emilie de Ravin will be back for Episode 4, which will focus on Rumple (Robert Carlyle) as the show reboots itself with a new story. Giles Matthey will also return in that episode as Gideon.

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Henry's all grown up:
Adult Henry (Andrew J. West) is kicking it in Hyperion Heights in the new season as his daughter, Lucy (Alison Fernandez), tries to convince him to believe in magic. His reunion with Lucy's mom/new badass Cinderella -- now being played by new series regular Dania Ramirez -- depends on it.

The premiere will show us their meet-cute, and to say Henry sweeps Cinderella off her feet is... well, it's a pretty literal rendition of the scene.
More new faces: Gabrielle Anwar and Mekia Cox are also new series regulars. Anwar will play Lady Tremaine, aka Cinderella's wicked stepmother, and Cox will play Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Robin Givens will guest-star as Tiana's mother Eudora in at least one episode. Adelaide Kane and Rose Reynolds will recur as Drizella, one of Cinderella's stepsisters, and Alice, of Alice in Wonderland, respectively.

New looks: You might do a double take when you see Hook and Regina (Lana Parrilla). Hook is now a uniform cop in Seattle. "There's a sense of loss there in the guy," O'Donoghue said. "I think he just doesn't know what it is that's missing. He's striving to find who he is still. The Hook that we meet is trying to be the best uniform cop than he can be... but as with Once Upon a Time it's a bit more complicated than that."
Regina, meanwhile, now owns a bar and is going by a new name. "She's a little rough around the edges. Not the queen that we're used to. She has curly hair. She looks different, she feels different," Parrilla said. "She's no longer in charge... This Regina is something else. I'm having a blast playing her."

Rumple's curse identity is still a mystery, but we'll get a nice little peek at him in the premiere that may surprise you.
New relationships: Yes, Regina and Henry will meet in both realms, and their dynamic will be different in each. "We reunite after many years in a flashback. Regina has not seen this grown man ever before. She's taken aback by that and is sort of finding their relationship now that he's no longer this little boy or teenager," Parrilla teased. "When we meet in the present world, it's an entirely different relationship. We're our cursed selves so we don't really know each other."
What is Hook looking for? Hook is "searching for something and doesn't realize that he is," O'Donoghue teased. You might assume that something is a person, namely Emma, but executive producer Eddy Kitsis tells us, it's actually a thing he's after. "It's a missing case," he said. "And it is not Emma. It's a brand new story."

Once Upon a Time Season 7 premieres Friday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c.