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Once Upon Time Rumple New Identity

Once Upon a Time Creators/Cast Tease Rumple's Menacing New Identity, Regina/Henry Reunion and More

The Rumple will not have fallen too far from the tree when Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 “reset” arrives on Oct. 6 (now airing Fridays at 8/7c).

After holding court at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, Once co-creator Adam Horowitz told TVLine that just as the Evil Queen and Captain Hook (played by Lana Parrilla and Colin O’Donoghue) have been cursed with new personas in the Seattle neighborhood of Hyperion Heights, Robert Carlyle‘s Rumpelstiltskin will be a bit (though not entirely) different, too.

“He looks menacing, doesn’t he?” the EP said of the Comic-Con trailer‘s glimpse of Carlyle, seen above. “There’s always that element of menace and mystery, and [Carlyle’s character] is involved in many of the goings-on in this neighborhood in Seattle. It’s a lot of fun and it’s another layer and color for Bobby to play.”

Once Upon a Time

Parrilla, O’Donoghue and West answer TCA questions

During the actual panel Q&A, Parrilla shared that the Evil Queen’s Seattle persona isn’t even named Regina (which she said is “cool”) and that she is a bar owner who instead of pantsuits wears “denim and rock t-shirts.” Added the series vet, “It’s fun to be a part of something that’s constantly evolving.”

O’Donoghue meanwhile said that the pirate now known as uniformed Seattle policeman “Rogers” feels “a sense of loss, and he doesn’t know what it is, what’s missing” — other than, that is, the left hand the lawman is managing without. “He does not have his hand,” Horowitz confirms. “We do get into [why that is].”

Episode 2 of the new season will shed light on what became of Emma, to be played one more time in that episode by Jennifer Morrison, while Episode 4 (in which Emilie de Ravin guest-stars) will do same for Belle. “We know the characters inside and out, but [it’s like] we’re playing them for the first time,” said O’Donoghue, who hailed Season 7’s first four scripts as among the best he has seen.

Parrilla also revealed that Regina and Henry (now played by new series regular Andrew J. West) “reunite after many years in a flashback [and] she’s taken aback” to see his grown self for the first time. “He is no longer this little boy. How does she deal with him as a man?” When they cross paths in Hyperion Heights, however, mom and son will be strangers. “It’s cool and exciting [to play] an entirely different relationship,” said West.

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  1. The fact that these three characters’ aging does not correspond to Henry’s aging is very telling.

    • David Hess says:

      Rumpel never ages. Besides, Lana and Colin are only in there thirties, so even twenty years would only put them in their fifties and I know plenty of fifty something’s who still look like they’re in their thirties. In all honesty, most characters on the show never look there real age and there’s probably another magical reason to keep them from aging or at least rejuvenate them.

      • My guess is these are variations of the same people but from different stories and not quite the same ones we’ve been following for the last six years.

        • Butch says:

          Doesn’t sound like it if Hook feels something is missing but he doesn’t remember Emma so he doesn’t know what is missing. That would indicate they are the same people just under a curse. Every time Rumple is supposed to be cursed it turns out he is not or he has a failsafe so that he remembers. I wonder if this time will be different. From everything that has be said and written about it seems Henry leaves the realm of Storybrooke when he graduates high school using a magic bean to find himself. Many years later he meets a different Cinderella and has a child with her. When the child is about 10 a big bad attacks the alternate Enchanted Forest. Henry is somehow able to contact Regina, Hook, and Rumple after not having seen them in many years to help with the big bad. A curse is cast. Henry forgets his daughter. Everyone else including Cinderella, her family, Regina, Hook, and Rumple have new identities and don’t know Henry and perhaps each other. As in Season 1 it is a child who somehow is the only one who knows the truth and probably no one will believe her.

          • Kaliera says:

            My only problem with that scenario is at the end of Season 1 Lucy asked “Are you Henry Mills?” – wouldn’t she know what her father looked like if she had her memories and knew the truth? – waiting to see if that was just a plot hole because they were so determined to reuse the lines from the Pilot.

    • Brandy says:

      Rumpje immortal as DO and Regina has magic to explain that.Hook is the only I’m not sure how’d they explain that.

  2. Mike C says:

    I’m very confused. Are they playing new characters? Or the same characters but they’ve assumed new false identities?

  3. Amy J says:

    This is like when Mom and Dad try to stay together for the kids but it just becomes a big, painful mess.

  4. SamofSherwood says:

    I’m just not hopeful about this, it’s too much change all in one go, if they’d folded in the new format into season 6, maybe this would work. Wonderland didn’t do well & for me, I was expecting crossover from Once actors, instead a completely new cast of characters was introduced.
    This is a new city, another curse, a doppelgänger Cinderella & who knows who else they will do again, new identities for the staples & a host of new characters 🤔

  5. I love me this show and will continue to watch season 7. And I’m excited to see Colin, Robert, and Lana continue on with these new characters they are all so talented and it will be fun to see what the writers come up with. Adam and Eddie have such creative minds. Also can’t wait to see the new cast join my favorite three.

  6. Susan says:

    I am concerned about all these changes to my favorite show! I want to still enjoy watching it. Hope season 7 is just as good as 1-6!

  7. David Hess says:

    It’s stunning how much Andrew J West looks like Jared S. Gilmore in that photo above.

  8. Cris says:

    I’m excited! The last 2 years have been boring so they needed a shake up

  9. Butch says:

    Also mentioned was that magic will be primarily only used in flashbacks to before the curse and not in present day Seattle. Though with all the Zombies running around Seattle on IZombie they probably need magic.

  10. سيلئ says:

    I mean seasons 1-6 were not very well written either and the characters already seemed like mockeries of themselves then. What’s another season of the same gonna do? I’m still gonna watch and see what happens tho. Lana’s character is the best and I am looking forward to seeing how the new Regina faces her challenges.

  11. Emor says:

    Just, No.

  12. ninergrl6 says:

    Gotta admit, I’m intrigued.