OUAT, Once Upon A Time, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue

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UPDATE: We can now add the season seven premiere date to the list of things we know about the Once Upon a Time revamp! As captured by a fan in the below tweet, the show's 2017 Comic-Con activation reveals Friday, Oct. 6 as the day to mark on your calendars! Oh, and are we in for a change of scenery come fall? We hear Seattle is lovely that time of year...

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Storybrooke is going to look quite different come fall. That is, if we're even taken to Storybrooke at all.

It's no secret that Once Upon a Time is undergoing quite an overhaul as it heads into its seventh season, with nearly all of its longtime cast departing the series (with nary a swan song—no pun intended—for anyone to boot) and a handful of fresh faces lining up to fill in the gaps. It can be a lot to keep track of for even the most fervent of fans. That's where we come in.

We've gathered all the OUAT season seven news in one handy place to make sure you're up to date and in the know!

Once Upon a Time Season 6 Finale

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The OUAT mass exodus began when Jennifer Morrison revealed that she was stepping away from her Savior duties as Emma Swan. "Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on Once Upon a Time has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show," she wrote on Instagram

"We'll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint upon Once Upon a Time is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul," showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said in a statement. "That said, just because Jennifer won't be back every week doesn't mean we won't see our savior again." Morrison is slated to return for one episode in season seven.

Once Upon a Time, Season 6

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Ginnifer Goodwin was among five additional series regulars whose contracts were not renewed as ABC ordered a seventh season of the series. "Ginny reinvented Snow White for a modern audience – there was no way she would be stuck cleaning up after dwarfs, she created an iconic empowered heroine for the 21st century," Kitsis and Horowitz praised the actress in a statement confirming the many departures. 

Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time

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The erstwhile Prince Charming was also among the five series regulars who received their walking papers once season six wrapped. "Josh mined the depths of Prince Charming – a character who in myth was just a 'type' but in his superlative interpretation became a complex man fighting for love and family," Kitsis and Horowitz noted.

Once Upon a Time, Season 6

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What's a beast without his Belle? We'll find out in season seven, as Emilie de Ravin was revealed to be among those not returning to the series. "Emilie took the character of Belle to a deep and soulful place, bringing great intelligence and warmth to the character, making her fiercely independent, strong willed but also an eternal optimist who saw only the best in all those she encountered," Kitsis and Horowitz said.

Once Upon a Time, Rebecca Mader

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Rebecca Mader broke the news to fans on Instagram that her Zelena was among the show's characters being written out come season seven. "This wasn't my choice but a creative decision of the show's that I totally respect and understand," she wrote. 

"Rebecca took us on a broomstick roller coaster ride as she re-invented the Wicked Witch of the West by finding the pain beneath the green," Kitsis and Horowitz said. "She made the character soar to incredible heights while always keeping her grounded and relatable."

However, something wicked this way still comes as E! News has confirmed TVLine's report that Mader is set to return for multiples episodes in the new season, though details of how Zelena will factor in are being kept under wraps. (Perhaps she's her sister Regina's new barkeep?) 

Once Upon a Time Season 6 Finale

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Jared Gilmore rounds out the quintet of series regular handed their walking papers once season six wrapped, though Henry Mills (albeit a grown version of the character) will remain a central focus of the series moving forward. "Jared literally grew up before the eyes of millions, from a child actor with enormous innate talent to a young man whose abilities continue to astound as he created a character who truly, as we say on the show, has the heart of the truest believer," Kitsis and Horowitz praised the actor.

Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time

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The lone female cast member returning for season seven, Lana Parrilla will be back, but who she'll be playing remains something of a mystery. "I do know that we're playing sort of different characters," she told Gold Derby back in May.

Once Upon a Time, Season 6

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Robert Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin isn't going anywhere. Or is it Mr. Gold who's staying put? He's in the same boat as Parrilla when it comes to this "different characters" development.

Once Upon a Time, Colin O'Donoghue

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Ditto for Colin O'Donoghue's Captain Hook. Will this new version remember he ever fell in love with and married the Savior, Emma Swan? Time will tell...

Andrew J. West, Alison Fernandez

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As introduced in the season six finale, Andrew J. West will star in the new season as an all-grown-up Henry Mills, who, in a twist of fate that neatly echoes the series' origin, has forgotten all about magic and his life in the Enchanted Forest. Luckily, Alison Fernandez will be on hand as Lucy, his adorable daughter who's got a book of her own and a mission to jog her father's memory.

Gabrielle Anwar, Dania Ramirez, Adelaide Kane, Once Upon a Time Casting

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Burn Notice vet Gabrielle Anwar and Devious Maids alum Dania Ramirez have joined season seven in top secret series regular roles. Additionally, Reign star Adelaide Kane, Chicago Med vet Mekia Cox and English actress Rose Reynolds will all recur throughout the season (with the option to become regular) in—you guessed it—top secret roles, as well. Count on one of them being the season's new big bad and another bringing to life the woman who stole adult Henry's heart at one point: Lucy's mysterious mother.  

"I think [Lucy's] lineage and who her mother is and how that all fits into our story is a big part of what the show will be next season," Howoritz told Deadline.

OUAT, Once Upon A Time, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue

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Per the network's official season seven logline: "After six seasons, the residents of the enchanted forest enter Season 7 facing their greatest challenge yet as the Evil Queen, Captain Hook and Rumplestiltskin join forces with a grown-up Henry Mills and his daughter Lucy on an epic quest to bring hope to their world and ours. Along the way, new fairy tale characters and old search for true love, find adventure and take sides in the ongoing struggle of good against evil as classic tales are once again twisted and reimagined."

As ABC president Channing Dungey told reporters at the network's Upfronts presentation back in May, the "reboot" will see the trio of old favorites "return but with new identities in a new city, facing a new curse." Perhaps that'll explain how Rumple and Hook can go on without the loves of their lives Belle and Emma, respectively.

Are you looking forward to a rebooted OUAT? Any early theories on who all the new faces might be playing? Sound off in the comments below!

Once Upon a Time moves to a new night and time, Fridays at 8 p.m., this fall on ABC. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

(This post was originally published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.)

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