Once Upon a Time original cast member returns in final season with a flashback episode
Jared S Gilmore is slated to return in episode 20 with his original role as Henry Mills
'Once upon a time' has always ended with "happily ever after" so it is of no surprise that the fantasy drama television series with the same name will see another original cast member take a return trip for the show’s finale.
Jared S Gilmore, who briefly appeared in the seventh season’s premiere, is sure to return in episode 20 as young Henry Mills and that means we get a flashback to Storybrooke, a fictional land without magic in Maine. On a press meet following Friday's screening, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said; “We’re very excited to have Jared back. He is, in a lot of ways, the heart and soul of this show. He grew up literally on the show, so it’s really wonderful to see him back.”
The plot now that revolves around Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Henry, flashes back to the time before Henry left Storybrooke. Seventeen-year-old Jared Gilmore, who first appeared when he was 11-years-old in this fantasy series, will once again take up the role of young Henry, the adult version of whom is played by Andrew J. West.
“At the opening of the year, when we saw him get on the motorcycle, it was like a different Jared,” Kitsis notes. “We’re going to show an episode with him before that in Storybrooke with Regina.” “We think it’s a really sweet, emotional mother-son story,” Horowitz adds. “I would be depressed if I had to go the whole year without seeing Storybrooke again,” Kitsis says. “So yes, we are going to see Storybrooke again,” Kitsis confirms.
The confirmation so far has only been of Gilmore's return and temporary episode to its roots in Storybrooke. However, the finale is an open invitation to every actor who has been on the show, Kitsis says. “We’ll see who’s available. But throughout the year, we’re going to see some familiar faces as well,” Kitsis adds to the much anticipation from the fans.
So far we have seen a return of familiar faces this year including Jennifer Morrison, Emilie de Ravin and Giles Matthey.
When asked directly about the show’s former leading lady, Kitsis quashed rumors about her return. “Jennifer Morrison has not been confirmed to come back on any level,” Kitsis says, but left the door open. “We’re very hopeful to see a lot of familiar faces to the end. We haven’t confirmed anyone.” “We expect to have some announcements in the coming weeks, but everybody is welcome back,” Horowitz emphasizes.
Kitsis sums up the finale anticipation of the ABC fairy tale drama in a sentence. “If the real question is, will the final couple hours remind us of the first six years, then the answer is yes. But does that mean everyone is coming back? No.”
'Once Upon a Time' returns Friday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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