@LizaLaRumbelle: Anything to look forward for Rumbelle? Their story is so painful so far. Agreed,
it really has been, but we might finally be able to see the light at
the end of the tunnel. “I would say that [Belle] and Rumple have had a
really, really, really difficult path,” Kitsis said. “And what I can
tell you is, deep down, Rumple loves her. It’s just very messy, it’s
very confusing, but hopefully it will be fun to watch. And they’re going
to have a baby and that puts everything into perspective.”
added sweetly, “They have a deep connection and a deep love between
them, so yeah, it’s constantly tested, but at the core of it, there is
Season 12: students face real issues such as depression, cutting,
developing PTSD, suicide, feelings of desperation for how to pay for
college, teen marriage and if it’s too early to get married,
parent/child relationships, Adam beginning his hormones, dealing with a
parent with dementia, parental abuse, moving out on your own, diabetes, sexual
harassment at work, feelings about poverty and social class, etc.
A quartet of Once Upon a Time cast members are in negotiations to continue with the ABC fairy-tale drama should the show be renewed for a seventh season.
According to sources, original series stars Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, and Robert Carlyle, along with Colin O’Donoghue, who joined the show in season 2, are all negotiating to extend their contracts. There’s no word on what that means for fellow originals Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their returns are off the table. ABC declined to comment.
The news comes as Once Upon a Time‘s future is uncertain. ABC has not yet renewed the show for season 7, though OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have previously said they don’t see season 6 as the end.
However, OUAT does seem poised for a big shift. At the Television Critics Association’s press tour in January, ABC Chief Channing Dungey expanded on her earlier comments about the future of Once, explaining that the OUAT bosses are looking at the potential seventh season as a springboard in a new direction, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back,” she said. “It’s just, how do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you an opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?” While Dungey stopped short of revealing whether any actors would exit, she did note, “Whenever there’s change, there’s always a transition.”
For her part, Morrison seemed optimistic about sticking with the show back in January. “I have a really fierce loyalty to the show,” Morrison said. “I am fiercely protective of the character. I feel like so many amazing things have come to my life because of it. It’s really made my life better in so many ways. I don’t have any interest in abandoning something that is such a special part of my life, but I also know I don’t have it in me to do it forever, so it’s more about a life decision, and I don’t even know how to make that life decision until I know what ABC even wants.”
Earlier this week, Once Upon a Time added two new actors — The Walking Deadalum Andrew J. West and Jane the Virgin star Alison Fernandez, who will both appear in the season 6 finale, with the potential for more episodes should the show get renewed. Check out our theory on that here.
Though Once Upon a Time has not yet been renewed for a seventh season, a potential season 7 could see big changes coming to Storybrooke.
At the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday, EW sat down with ABC Chief Channing Dungey to expand on her earlier comments about the future of Once, particularly whether fans should expect any radical changes to the show in a potential seventh season.
“[Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis] would be looking for the seventh season to be a springboard in a new direction from a narrative standpoint,” Dungey tells EW, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back, it’s just how do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?”
However, it’s hard to imagine that every character would survive the season if OUAT truly is heading for a big shake-up. In a recent Hot Seat with the OUAT bosses, the duo played coy to a fan question asking whether an important character will die without coming back this season. (Though Robin Hood perished last season, Sean Maguire is reprising his role for a multi-episode arc.)
“Whenever there’s change, there’s always transition,” Dungey hedges in regards to whether she expects any cast exits. “It’s just too hard to really say more of anything. Until they really get their pitch finalized, it’s hard to really be more specific.”
Earlier Tuesday, EW posted an extensive interview with Dungey, where she addressed the future of Once Upon a Time, among other shows. The OUAT bosses, “as veterans of Lost,
are fully conscious of all these things,” Dungey said of possibly
setting an end date for the long-running fairy tale drama. “They came in
and sat with us recently to talk about what their ideas would be for a
season 7 and we’re in conversations about that right now. But I think
this is absolutely a show that is beloved to us and if and when we
decide to end it, we want to do it the right way and really give the
fans the ending that they deserve. But I will say that Eddy and Adam
have some really good ideas for future seasons.”
Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.