Once Upon a Time viewers have had a whole summer to brace themselves for some sweeping changes to their favourite show, but the new era is now officially upon us.
There was understandably some scepticism and worry when ABC announced that Once Upon a Time's seventh season would be a soft reboot, set many years after last spring's finale and featuring a mostly new cast.
Show bosses were quick to assure fandom that their vision for the future would honour what came before, while refocusing on "a new hero leading us into a new world".
Except, that "new" hero isn't entirely new at all. The plot is moved from Storybrooke to the city-based Hyperion Heights in Seattle as a now-grown Henry (Andrew J. West) stumbles on a new curse stemming from the alternate Cinderella's (Dania Ramirez) evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar).
The big question is whether this new quest has the same appeal as the Storybrooke saga that viewers have watched for the past six years. Let's check with them to see what they have to say:
Jared S Gilmore popped up one more time as young Henry to set up the premise: there are alternate versions of all of the Storybrooke residents existing in separate realities... but there's only one Henry.
“I’m the only me. It’s time to figure out where I belong.” - Henry #OnceUponATime- Once Upon A Time (@OnceABC) October 7, 2017
I can't get over how not only does Andrew J. West look like an older Jared Gilmore, but he also has so many Josh Dallas/Charming vibes #OUAT- Amanda and Brittany (@onceuponpodcast) October 7, 2017
The big shocker was the revelation that Rumple's Cursed identity is as corrupt cop Detective Weaver. Even bigger news: his partner is Hook!
Shut the front door!!! Hook and Rumple!!! ]]>😱😡😡😡😍😍😍🔌😍🙌🏼👏🏻🔌