‘Once Upon a Time’ Bosses Explain Season 7 Premiere’s Biggest Mysteries and Reveals

“She’s going for a purpose, but it’s a purpose that has a lot of pain behind it,” creator Edward Kitsis tells THR about Cinderella’s shocking ulterior motives.

Once Upon a Time’s seventh season premiere introduced a completely new story for fans of the fairy-tale series. The episode served as both a reboot and a sequel of sorts, picking up with the story of how an adult Henry (now played by Andrew J. West) falls in love with a new version of Cinderella (Dania Ramirez).

The hour not only revealed the new identities of the returning fan-favorite characters — West’s Henry is a down-on-his-luck author and part-time Uber driver; Lana Parrilla’s Regina is now an easygoing bartender named Roni; Colin O’Donoghue’s Hook is a police detective named Rogers; and Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin is now a mysterious figure named Weaver, who also happens to be Rogers’ new partner — but it also introduced a new set of characters.

In addition to Ramirez’s Jacinda/Cinderella, the hardworking single mom of Lucy (Alison Fernandez), there’s Mekia Cox’s Sabine/Tiana (from The Princess and the Frog); Rose Reynolds’ Alice; Gabrielle Anwar’s Victoria/Lady Tremaine; and Adelaide Kane’s Ivy/Drizella.

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