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Season 7
Once Upon a Time Season 7

No. of episodes

22

Original release

October 6, 2017

Premiere

Hyperion Heights

Finale

N/A

Previous

Season 6

Next

TBA

The seventh season of the American ABC fantasy-drama Once Upon a Time was ordered on May 11, 2017. It will consist of 22 episodes and will air on Fridays, premiering on October 6, 2017.

This season marks a significant change for the series, as it was announced at the end of the sixth season that the majority of the main cast members would not be returning for season 7. Lana Parrilla, Colin O'Donoghue, and Robert Carlyle will be the only ones remaining. Andrew J. West and Alison Fernandez were announced as new regulars in May 2017. Dania Ramirez and Gabrielle Anwar were announced as additional regulars in July 2017.

The storyline will be softly rebooted with a new main narrative led by an adult Henry Mills, set many years after the last season's events.

Cast and characters

Regular

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

No. overall No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers (millions)
134 1 "Hyperion Heights" Ralph Hemecker Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz October 6, 2017 3.26
In a flashback, an 18-year-old Henry says goodbye to Regina as he departs Storybrooke on a trip to new realms in hopes of finding his own story. Many years later, Henry runs into Cinderella's carriage in the Magical Forest and after a string of events that almost get them captured at a ball, he offers her the chance at a new start back in Storybrooke, as he is due to return through a portal that evening. When Henry finds a glass slipper left for him at their meeting spot, he decides to stay behind. In present-day Seattle, an older Henry is reunited with his daughter Lucy, whom he does not remember because of a curse. In hopes of breaking it, Lucy leads him to her neighborhood of Hyperion Heights, home to many other cursed fairytale characters including Jacinda, Lucy's down-on-her-luck single mother who is in a contentious relationship with her powerful stepmother Victoria. Others include Roni, a bar owner who is struggling with having to sell her establishment to Victoria, and Rogers, a cop who gets promoted to a detective and is introduced to his new partner, Weaver.
135 2 "A Pirate's Life" Tara Nicole Weyr Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz October 13, 2017 2.74
In a flashback, Emma expresses her worries about Henry leaving home and Hook presents her with a "message in a bottle" that Henry can use to keep in contact. Many years later, as Henry is about to be captured by Lady Tremaine, he uses the bottle to call on Emma, Hook, and Regina for help. Hook and Regina arrive and rescue him though, unbeknownst to them, the bottle also summoned the Hook from the Wish Realm, who later appears and knocks the original Hook out to assume his place. When Emma arrives and reveals to Henry that she is pregnant, the other Hook feels guilty and decides to switch back, though the real Hook ends up stabbing him in a fight. The other Hook then reveals that he had a daughter who got trapped in a tower by a witch. After hearing this, Hook gets Emma to heal his counterpart. Afterwards, Henry does not feel like it is time to go back home yet and gets Emma's blessing to continue his journey. Henry, Regina, and the other Hook decide to travel together, while Emma and Hook return to Storybrooke. In the present, Victoria hires Rogers and Weaver to drive Henry out of the neighborhood. Rogers does not agree with Weaver's methods and helps Henry instead. Rogers, Henry, and Roni end up forming an alliance against Victoria. Meanwhile, Jacinda has to find another way to be at Lucy's ballet recital after Victoria makes things difficult for her.
136 3 "The Garden of Forking Paths" Ron Underwood David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales October 20, 2017 2.49
In a flashback, Cinderella arrives at the spot in the forest where she is supposed to meet Henry, but does not find him there. She then meets Princess Tiana, who recruits her to be part of the resistance against Lady Tremaine. She leaves one of her glass slippers behind for Henry to find. A short while later, Henry, Regina, and Hook arrive at their campsite and join the efforts. Later, Cinderella sneaks into Tremaine's castle alone, where Tremaine reveals that she has kept her almost-deceased daughter Anastasia preserved since her "death" at age 14 and needs a pure heart to revive her. She tasks Cinderella with stealing Henry's, since he has the heart of the truest believer. In the present day, Jacinda tries to save Lucy's beloved community garden from Victoria, while Lucy takes a skeptical Henry on a trip under the garden lot in hopes of finding proof of everyone's fairytale pasts. Meanwhile, Henry, Roni, and Rogers find their first lead against Victoria. Rogers captures the man working with her, but is irritated to find Weaver setting the man free to use him as a future connection. Also, it is revealed that Victoria is not cursed and has been keeping a witch as her prisoner at the top of Belfrey Towers.
137 4 "Beauty" Mick Garris Dana Horgan & Leah Fong October 27, 2017 2.44
In a flashback to Gideon's first birthday, Rumple and Belle decide to leave Storybrooke to travel the world. Years later, Rumple tells Belle that he wants to stop being the Dark One so he can be mortal again and live out one single life with her. Over the years, they search for ways to get rid of his darkness. When Gideon is 18, Belle comes across a prophecy that leads them to the Edge of Realms, where they must wait for the sun's brightest set before they can be guided to the path Rumple must take to get rid of the Darkness. They build a home there as they wait for the event to occur. However, an aging Belle eventually admits that the "sun" of which the prophecy spoke was actually herself and that her death will mark the start of his journey. When Belle dies, Rumple sets off to search for a Guardian who will be able to take over the Darkness from him so that he can ultimately be reunited with Belle. In the present day, Tilly, who is actually Alice, begins to wake up from the curse after she stops taking pills given to her by Victoria. In her new state of clarity, she tries to get Weaver to remember his true identity. Meanwhile, Ivy is tasked with taking Lucy trick-or-treating and loses her in the streets. She ends up bonding with Henry and defies her mother to give Jacinda and Lucy time together.
138 5 "Greenbacks" Geofrey Hildrew Christopher Hollier & Adam Karp November 3, 2017 2.29
In the flashbacks, Tiana seeks a prince to help save her kingdom and is guided by Dr. Facilier to a man named Robert. She soon realizes that Facilier had enlisted Robert to steal a magical ruby from her in exchange for reuniting him with his lover who had been turned into a frog. In the present day, Tiana decides to run a pop-up beignet shop out of Mr. Cluck's with Jacinda's help. Victoria sends someone to burn the place down, which then causes friction between the two roommates. Rogers comes across a detainee at the police station who he thinks is connected to Eloise Gardener, the missing girl he's trying to find. Meanwhile, Roni decides to investigate Ivy's interest in helping Henry. Ivy takes her to the top of the towers and Roni finds a photo of herself and a young Henry taken in Storybrooke. However, it is later revealed that Ivy hasn't been cursed either and has her own dealings with the witch that her mother is unaware of.
139 6 "Wake Up Call" Sharat Raju Jerome Schwartz & Jane Espenson November 10, 2017 2.37
In a flashback, Regina comes across Drizella, who is looking for magic to escape from her mother. When she reveals that she was actually born with magic, Regina begins to train her. However after Regina runs into Rumple, who tells her that Lady Tremaine must have been aware of the magic lessons, the two women realize that Lady Tremaine was counting on using Drizella's heart to revive Anastasia. Drizella ends up blackening her own heart by killing the prince, making it unusable for a revival, and vows to cast a curse like Regina's to make her mother suffer. In the present day, Roni struggles with what to believe about the mysterious photo, which is complicated by newly discovered information about "Regina Mills" that Lucy encouraged her to look into. Drizella gathers the ingredients for a plant that the witch is able to bring to life and when she serves its essence to Roni, she wakes up and remembers her life as Regina. Drizella then reveals that she cast the curse and blackmails Regina into keeping Henry and Jacinda apart, reminding her of a special contingency that was put into the curse that would hurt Henry if she didn't comply.
140 7 "Eloise Gardener" Alex Kalymnios David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales November 17, 2017 2.28
In a flashback to the Wish Realm shortly after the Charmings stopped Regina from casting her curse, Hook agrees to grant her passage on the Jolly Roger in exchange for leading him to powerful magic guarded by a witch. When he arrives at the witch's tower, he finds Rapunzel instead. She instructs him to retrieve a golden flower from the witch's garden. When he returns with it to help her, they spend the night together. The next morning, it is revealed that Rapunzel is actually Gothel and their night together produced a baby, whom Gothel leaves behind so she can escape the tower. Hook gives the Jolly Roger to Smee and decides to stay with his daughter, who is unable to leave due to the tower's spell. He names her Alice after his own mother. In the present day, Rogers is on a mad hunt for Eloise with help from Henry and Tilly. Tilly later informs him that Eloise has died, but it turns out that the news was planted by Weaver to throw him off the case. Weaver warns Rogers that Eloise isn't the person he thinks she is. When Rogers finds Gothel, he believes that she is Eloise and frees her from Victoria, who gets locked up for kidnapping. Meanwhile, Tremaine has discovered that Drizella is awake and Regina tries to put some distance between Henry and Jacinda.
141 8 "Pretty in Blue" Ralph Hemecker Dana Horgan & Leah Fong November 17, 2017 2.28
In the flashbacks, Hook is reunited with Alice, who claims that they have been cured of their curse. However, when they try to embrace, Hook gets hurt and Alice runs away in fear. Henry and Ella chase her back to New Wonderland, a place where Ella reveals that her mother Cecilia had ran to after abandoning her and her stepfather. She takes a shrinking potion and leaves Henry to head into the Infinite Maze alone to find answers. She finds Alice, who tells her that she had met Cecilia before and that the woman had also been afflicted with the same Curse of the Poisoned Heart. Drizella is also in New Wonderland with a plan to curse Henry but Alice and Ella are able to save him. Henry and Ella then share their first kiss. In the present day, Jacinda contacts Nick (a cursed friend of Henry's from Fairy Tale Land), a lawyer whom she has been cursed to believe is Lucy's father. He agrees to help her regain custody of Lucy, to Henry's disdain, and Lucy encourages Henry to fight for Jacinda. Meanwhile, Drizella and Gothel plan to revive Anastasia but when they open her coffin, her body is missing. After Regina confronts Rumple, who refuses to confirm that he has woken up from the curse, she announces to Henry that she's heading to San Francisco to meet with someone who had been pushed out of town by Victoria. He agrees to join her on the trip.
142 9 "One Little Tear" TBA Christopher Hollier & Adam Karp December 8, 2017 2.45
Victoria strikes a deal with Weaver in an attempt to free herself from jail and wake Anastasia. Weaver agrees and acknowledges her as Rapunzel, revealing Tremaine's true identity while also divulging that he is awake. In the flashbacks, Rapunzel tries to get radishes from Mother Gothel's garden to save her sick husband and to feed their hungry children. Gothel agrees to giving her the food in exchange for trapping Rapunzel in her tower. After 6 years of captivity, Rapunzel manages to cut off most of her hair and use it as a rope to climb off the tower. She succeeds in doing so only to find out her husband remarried to Cecilia and produced another offspring, Ella. Gothel reappears and tempts her into making Cecilia flee with a mushroom from Wonderland. Rapunzel at first disagrees, only to become increasingly jealous of Cecilia and ends up making her flee to Wonderland. Her husband chases her, but eventually gives up and comes back to Rapunzel to make a perfect family. One day, Anastasia falls through thin ice, along with Ella, when the former was trying to help the latter get off of said ice. Rapunzel's husband, Marcus only manages to save Ella and not Anastasia. Gothel manages to save Anastasia's last breath at the price of keeping her in the tower. Unbeknownst to Gothel, Rapunzel takes the potion that sends people to the tower and uses it on Gothel, leaving Gothel trapped in the tower until someone in her bloodline takes her place. Meanwhile in Seattle, Victoria strangely gives full custody of Lucy to Jacinda, claiming to be a changed person after jail. She then goes on a mission with Weaver to find Henry's storybook for a then unknown reason, while being knowingly tailgated by Ivy and Eloise. Ivy fails to stop Victoria from taking the storybook to Lucy. Victoria shows Lucy her family's life story. She convinces Lucy that happy endings aren't real, since Victoria didn't get hers. She also shows Lucy video footage of Jacinda and Nick kissing which completely shatters Lucy's belief in happy endings, causing her to cry. Victoria uses her tear to use on Anastasia, therefore waking Anastasia but causing Lucy to supposedly collapse unconciously.
143 10 "The Eighth Witch" TBA Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz December 15, 2017 2.29
In a flashback, baby Lucy is born to Henry and Ella, just as Drizella appears to deliver a prophecy about a curse. The heroes are able to turn Drizella to stone. Eight years later, everyone is celebrating Lucy's birthday when Gothel appears with her coven of witches, recruiting Drizella to join them as she's finally freed. With the curse looming, Regina heads off to get help from Zelena, who is now living on a farm in the New Enchanted Forest with a 25-year-old Robin. The flashforward scenes from the season 6 finale are revealed to be Henry being chased by the coven. When the heroes confront the witches, Gothel reveals that they've poisoned Henry and Regina is blackmailed into casting Drizella's curse to save his life. In the present day, Regina has located a cursed Zelena in San Francisco, who is now known as Kelly. Regina is able to give Zelena her memories back and the two head back to Seattle, knowing that breaking the curse to help Lucy would only hurt Henry instead. Rumple tests Anastasia to see if she is the Guardian. However, Gothel also wants Anastasia and severs her alliance with Drizella after the girl is brought to her, deeming Anastasia to be more useful in her coven. Gothel tells her that they need to find their fellow witches, who have all been living in Hyperion Heights.
144 11 "Secret Garden" TBA Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz March 2, 2018 TBD
145 12 "A Taste of the Heights" TBA David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales TBA TBD
146 13 "Knightfall" TBA Jerome Schwartz & Miguel Ian Raya TBA TBD
147 14 "The Girl in the Tower" TBA Dana Horgan & Leah Fong TBA TBD
148 15 "Sisterhood" TBA Christopher Hollier & Adam Karp TBA TBD
149 16 "Breadcrumb" TBA Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz TBA TBD
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