The latest season finale of Once Upon a Time showed introduced Jekyll and Hyde (Hank Harris and Sam Witwer) and brought back the evil queen (Lana Parilla). The fantasy series has expanded past Disney characters and revealed characters from other fantasy stories and legends including the wicked witch of the west, King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, Dorothy of Oz, and Victor Frankenstein.
In a panel interview at the ATX Television Festival, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the creators of Once Upon a Time stated that the sixth season will be going back to basics.
The past three seasons of ABC’s fantasy series has showed (for the most part) two blocks of 11 episodes each, with one story in the first half of the season and a second story during the second part.
Season one of Once Upon a Time was a fan favorite and only featured one storyline which is probably why the creators of the series made the decision to do the same for the upcoming sixth season.
Kitsis stated “This season is going to be different than the past seasons. It’s not going to be ‘Hyde comes to town, we fight with him for 10 episodes, and then the winter finale he dies, we move on.’ We kind of changed around what we’re doing this year… going back to that season 1 mentality, with small town stories and smaller arcs. We’re planning a 22 episode story, as oppose to just kind of breaking it up into 2 parts.” Horowitz added “That’s actually providing the opportunity to look at our characters in a different way. 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.”
Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, and Colin O’Donoghue and the upcoming season will feature 22 episodes total.