Who Are The “Once Upon A Time” Season 7 Returning Characters?

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Find out which characters will be returning to ABC's hit show, "Once Upon A Time."

Who are the "Once Upon A Time" Season 7 returning characters?

Sorry, fairytale fans, but ABC’s hit show “Once Upon A Time” Season 7 won’t be the same. Almost all of the original "Once Upon a Time" cast members have been dropped from the series as Season 6 came to a close, leaving “OUAT” watchers wondering who the “Once Upon A Time” Season 7 returning characters will be.

Mainstays Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) will not be returning to Storybooke or Enchanted Forrest next season.

Instead, Season 7 will go in a much different direction, featuring a grown-up Henry Mills (now played by Andrew J. West) and his daughter Lucy (played by Alison Fernandez). Rumor has it Henry has taken his mother’s place as the Savior of the magical world.

Both Morrison and Goodwin have confirmed that they negotiated to appear in one episode of Season 7 — most likely the season premiere. Hopefully the few remaining familiar faces will play a major role in the show and keep viewers tuned in every week.

So who exactly are these lucky few “Once Upon A Time” Season 7 returning characters?

Lana Parrilla As Regina Mills / The Evil Queen

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Will Regina still be Mayor of Storybrooke in Season 7? Will we get to see more flashbacks of her as the Evil Queen? Or will she succumb to darkness and turn against her own son, Henry? Only time will tell.

Robert Carlyle As Mr. Gold / Rumplestiltskin / The Dark One

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Everyone's favorite villain-turned-possible-good-guy, Rumple, will be returning to stir up some trouble and make some questionable deals in the magical world.

Colin O’Donoghue As Captain Killian Jones / Captain Hook

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We're curious to see what storyline Hook gets now that his love Emma Swan is no longer around. Will he be able to help Henry fulfill his destiny as the Savior? Or will he slip back into his sinister pirate ways?


ABC has yet to announce a Season 7 premiere date, but episodes will air for eight weeks on Fridays at 8/7c on ABC.

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