89th Annual Academy Awards - Red CarpetIf there is another season of "Once Upon a Time" it will most likely not star the ABC show's first major couple: Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). According to TVLine and Deadline, "Once" was focused on getting four stars to extend their contracts into Season 7 -- Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Rumple), and Colin O'Donoghue (Hook).

Others, including Goodwin and Dallas -- who met, fell in love, got married, and had kids in real life while sailing the Snowing 'ship -- would only guest-star "as needed" in the potential Season 7.

The "Once" showrunners recently told TVLine that the story has been designed around who did re-sign (and who did not). They didn't name names on who might be returning, but they did assure that the Season 6 finale will provide closure for the characters who need it.

"Any changes that we have to accommodate have been accommodated," co-showrunner Eddy Kitsis told TVLine. "We planned this finale from the beginning of the year, so whoever stays and whoever goes... all those questions have already been dealt with. The audience does not have to fear [anything feeling] incomplete."

ONCE UPON A TIME - "A Bitter Draught" - When a mysterious man from the Land of Untold Stories, who has a past with the Evil Queen, arrives in Storybrooke, David and Snow work together with Regina to neutralize the threat. Belle seeks Hook's help finding a safe place to hide away from her husband, Mr. Gold. The Evil Queen continues to try to win Zelena over to her side, while Emma resumes her therapy sessions with Archie and shares her terrifying vision of the future, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eike Schroter)JOSH DALLAS, GINNIFER GOODWIN, JENNIFER MORRISONLast month, Deadline reported that ABC was in Season 7 talks with Morrison, Parrilla, Carlyle, and O'Donoghue, but not Goodwin, Dallas, and Jared Gilmore (Henry). As they added:

"It is unclear what the potential Once 2.0 would look with Emma, Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook. It also is unclear whether original stars Goodwin, Dallas and Gilmore would be part of the show going forward, if there is a Season 7. There had been rumors that Goodwin and Dallas, who got married and had two kids while on the show, had approached Season 6 going in as their final year on the show."

Season 7, if it happens, is meant to hit a reset button as the show "transitions" into a new chapter with some new characters. Two of those characters would be a cynical recluse played by Andrew J. West and a 10-year-old girl played by Alison Fernandez. They are meant to be introduced in the Season 6 finale, with potential to be regulars in Season 7. Based on that, some fans think that could be adult Henry in the start of a new story.

"Once Upon a Time" Season 6 is still continuing Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Once Upon a Time
ABCTVPGOctober 23, 2011
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