"Once Upon a Time" for one episode in Season 7, and that episode will explain what happened with her and Captain Hook.
The Powers That Be shared new details on the Season 7 reboot during the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, plus a bunch of new photos showing off the characters in new identity curse mode.
Season 7 is set in Hyperion Heights -- also the name of the season premiere -- with Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) as a Seattle police officer and Regina (Lana Parrilla) as a bar owner named Roni.
"When we meet Hook at the start of the season, he is a uniform cop in Seattle," O'Donoghue said. "He's different from any of the other 10 different Hooks that I've played. I describe that there's a sense of loss there in the guy and he just doesn't know what it is that's missing. He's striving in some way to find who he is still, yet the Hook that we meet is trying to be the best uniform cop that he can be and do the right thing, but as is the case on Once Upon a Time, it's more complicated than that."
Episode 2 is going to be a Hook-centric episode and that's when Jennifer Morrison will return so we see why Emma is not there. It's going to be heartbreaking, no matter what the explanation.
The photos reveal show Regina behind the bar, along with her grown son Henry (Andrew J. West), his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez), and the new Cinderella (Dania Ramirez). We also see Henry and Hook doing some kind of outdoor bonding, with Hook definitely looking like the Hook we know and love.
Here are 11 more pics, in addition to the one at top with Hook:
Episode 4 will reveal why Belle is no longer with Rumple, in an episode titled "Beauty." Regina is also meant to get her own centric episode at some point, and a new love interest. "We are not looking to get rid of any of the happy endings," executive producer Edward Kitsis said, "but we are moving forward and we think we have a way to achieve both things."
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