Some major changes are coming to Storybrooke as ‘Once Upon A Time‘ is changing gears for the sixth season. Executive Producers, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis were on a panel for Freeform’s ‘Dead of Summer’ and of course their work on the show came up and they had quite a bit to say. Some of it is actually much more revealing for the direction of the show than I would have expected to be brought up. A key point being that the upcoming season won’t be split into two halves as has been traditionally done and the story of Sam Witwer’s Hyde will spill past the first 11 episodes.

According to Kitsis:

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. 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.

Horowitz chimes in that:

We’re also planning a 22-episode story as opposed to breaking it up into two halves this year. It’s been really exciting and fun.

In the upcoming season, they’ll be looking more into Land of Untold Stories which gives quite a few new fairy tales to explore. However, just because we’ll be seeing new characters doesn’t mean there will be a lack of focus on existing ones because as Horowitz says:

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 [Lana Parrilla] 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.

I know quite a few fans will love to see how our characters will be living out their lives in Storybrooke once more with how much has already happened to them.

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‘Once Upon A Time’ returns to ABC this Fall!

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

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