Instead of crushing hearts, "Once Upon a Time" is hoping to win a few back in Season 6.
Once upon a time, the ABC show decided to split its season into two distinct storylines -- like Dark Swan and the Underworld with Hades in Season 5. But showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kisis just revealed to Entertainment Weekly that they are going back to basics for the 2016-2017 season, which premieres this fall.
Kitsis: "This season is going to be different from past because it's not going to be Hyde comes to town, we fight with him for 10 episodes, and then in the winter finale, he dies and we move on. We are changing around what we're doing this year and going back to that Season 1 mentality of small town stories and smaller arcs."
Horowitz: "We're also planning a 22-episode story as opposed to breaking it up into two halves this year. It's been really exciting and fun."
That is good to hear, especially since they emphasized that Season 6 would allow them to turn "inward" on a lot of the characters we've been following for five seasons. Core OUAT fans have been loyal to the show since Season 1, but overall viewers have been dropping steadily -- from around 11 million in the first season, down to 10, then 9, 8, and an average of just over 6 million total viewers for Season 5.
Anything that suggests going Old School, with more time spent with our OGs in Storybrooke, is probably the right way to go, and most of the early reactions to this format "change" have been cautiously optimistic.
Are you looking forward to a full-season story, with smaller arcs, or do you worry that it might mean 22 episodes of a storyline you don't want to follow?
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