Things are about to change on Once Upon A Time! And for longstanding fans of the ABC storybook show, the switch up is actually a return to familiar territory.
The show’s executive producers, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis teased the show’s new direction during a recent panel for the Freeform show, Dead of Summer, at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX.
“This season is going to be different from past because it’s not going to be Hyde comes to town, we fight with him for 10 episodes, and then in the winter finale, he dies and we move on,” Kitsis told the crowd as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “We are changing around what we’re doing this year and going back to that season 1 mentality of small town stories and smaller arcs.”
The producers also revealed that plenty of storylines this season will center around Land of Untold Stories, a previously unexplored arc. But never fear, all these new, short-form stories aren’t going to overshadow the major players fans have come to love.
“That’s actually providing the opportunity to look at our characters in a different way,” Horowitz added, according to EW. “What’s really exciting about it is, for season 6, really being in Storybrooke again. As we hinted in the finale last year, in seeing the Evil Queen split, it’s allowing us to do that for a lot of our characters — not as literally — but it’s turning inward on a lot of these characters that we’ve been with for five seasons so far.”
First debuting in 2011, ABC’s Once Upon A Time has come to be an adulthood guilty pleasure for those of us who loved the mythical tall tales as kids. The fantasy drama’s return to the heart of Storybrooke will start in season 6, premiering this fall on ABC.