We've been hearing for a while now that Once Upon A Time was going to go through a reboot of sorts and, now that we've seen the trailer for season 7, it's obvious they weren't kidding. This is a full on reboot, taking the show back to the beginning and changing the hero.
As we know, Once Upon a Time began with Emma Swann (Jennifer Morrison) finding her way to Storybrook, kicking off everything that followed – but what if Emma was the chosen one? What if our hero was someone else entirely? Now it's Henry Mills (Jared Gilmore) who discovers he has a child he didn't know about and that all of the fairy stories are real.
It's an intriguing, and perhaps controversial, idea for a show to go six seasons and then reboot back to season one. This is a pretty big change, but hopefully the retention of some of the original actors like Robert Carlyle (Mr.Gold/Rumpelstiltskin), Lana Parrilla (Regina/Evil Queen) and Colin O'Donoghue (Killian/Captain Hook) will soften the blow.
Fan reaction, however, has been mixed; fans are happy that the series is getting another season, but they are anxious about the idea of such drastic changes. And while some of the original cast are staying regulars like Morrison and Josh Dallas (David/Prince Charming) have left the show.
It will be interesting to see if it is a hard reboot where they previous six seasons don't exist or if some of the returning characters will know about what happened before. I think to keep the fans interested, there needs to be a connection to the previous seasons, and not complete reboot.
Once Upon A Time returns to ABC on October 6th.