The storybook isn't closed on "Once Upon a Time," though the cast of characters will be changing.
ABC has renewed the fairy tale drama for a seventh season, which will see a major "reset" of the show. Star Jennifer Morrison already announced she isn't returning as Emma Swan for season 7, and now, more regulars are departing the show.
Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed in a statement that Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) will not be returning.
Season 7 will reportedly focus on Lana Parrilla's Regina, Robert Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin, Colin O'Donoghue's Captain Hook (who married Emma in last week's episode), and two new characters played by Andrew J. West ("The Walking Dead") and 11-year-old Allison Fernandez ("Jane the Virgin"). They will be introduced in Sunday's two-hour Season 6 finale.
Here's Mader's farewell note to "OUAT" fans.
To my Darling Pretties, First of all I would like to start by congratulating Adam, Eddie, Lana, Bobby and Colin on the pick up of Once Upon A Time! I am truly happy for you all and most importantly for the fans that will get to keep tuning in each week to see where they will take us. A lot of you have been asking if I will be joining everyone in Season 7, so I wanted to let you know personally that unfortunately I am not. This wasn't my choice but a creative decision of the shows that I totally respect and understand. The most important thing is that you all know how much you mean to me. I am told frequently both online and in person that by being a part of such a special show I have in some way changed someone's life. This is hugely meaningful to me. I am here to let you know that I am the one who has been changed. Not just by playing such a well written multi-dimensional character but by the fandom itself. I have heard your stories, your pain, your struggles, your achievements and I have truly felt you. I have learned. I have grown. I am a better person because of you, the fans and everyone that blessed me with this opportunity to play such an iconic role. Congrats all and thank you! I look forward to the next. I invite you to come with me on this journey. I am forever changed. And I'm wicked. And Wicked Always Wins. Forever yours, Bex 💚