It’s the end of an era for Once Upon a Time. Sunday’s season 6 finale bid farewell to a number of beloved characters, while also setting up the next chapter of the ABC drama.
In the week before the episode aired, Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) both revealed that they would not be returning in season 7. Shortly after, ABC confirmed a number of other exits, including Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), and Emilie de Ravin (Belle). While Jared Gilmore, who portrayed Emma’s son, Henry, is also leaving, his character will take center stage when the show returns — albeit with a new actor (The Walking Dead’s Andrew J. West) in the role.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, OUAT creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed that a grown-up Henry Mills will be a central character on OUAT going forward. The adult version of Henry was teased in the finale, as the episode jumped forward to reveal that in the future, Henry has his own kid who is on the hunt for answers.
“Also, what we see is, a new hero is leading us into a new world, which is an adult Henry Mills. We saw that in what we realize are flash forwards, and then at the very end, Henry has grown up and he looks like he left home,” Kitsis told Entertainment Weekly‘s Natalie Abrams. “He was an Author writing everyone else’s story, so to me it looks like he left home to find his own story and then something happened, and now he’s got to be the hero.”
Horowitz echoed that statement, revealing that although change is clearly on the menu, having Henry (even all grown up) is something that will give consistency to the new season.
“It’s a little bit of the continuity between the two iterations of the show, which is Henry. Henry has been the heart of the show from the beginning…. Now, we’re going to see what that character becomes in a 10-years-older version,” Horowitz told Entertainment Weekly. “But he’s still going to be that character and still carry that essence of the show and be the center of the family that’s at the heart of the show.”
We will definitely miss the Charming family next season, but we’re excited to see where Henry’s story takes OUAT.
What did you think about the finale? Will you be tuning in when Once Upon a Time returns next fall?