Once Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time's soft reboot is officially a go after last night's season seven premiere mostly managed to keep the show's fairytale magic alive despite its major cast shake-up and new storyworld setting.
But among the biggest surprises of the premiere was the new identities given to Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and Rumple (Robert Carlyle) in their new Cursed timeline home of Hyperion Heights.
Yep, the Dark One is now a corrupt cop called Detective Weaver – and his partner is none other than Hook's cursed counterpart Rogers.
Of all the police departments in all the alternative storybooks in all the world, right?
Speaking to TVLine about the new partnership, series co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis teases that there's a lot more to Carlyle's Weaver than meets the eye – so maybe Rogers should be watching his back from here on out.
"To Rogers, Weaver is an esteemed detective to look up to and aspire to," Horowitz said. "When you see his look at the end, it's kind of starry-eyed. Like, 'I'm partnered with this guy, this is going to be cool!'"
Kitsis, however, revealed there was more to the story and added: "As the season goes on, it seems to be that Weaver picked Rogers for a reason. We're telling everyone's favorite Disney fairy tale - Serpico."
Serpico is a 1973 neo-noir film that tells the true story of an NYPD officer, Frank Serpico, who went undercover to expose corruption in the police force, so watch this space to find out where Hook and Rumple will play into this particular story – although considering Weaver was seen torturing someone in the premiere, we think we can guess who the good guy is.
"We've just scratched the surface with Weaver," Horowitz continued. "You see that he's kind of straddling worlds in Hyperion Heights, but there are a lot more secrets to be revealed."
The creators also once again stressed that the happy endings we saw for Hook and Rumple at the end of season six won't be undone here.
"It's a show about hope, so to take away happy endings would be hateful," Kitsis said. "It'd be mean."
Luckily, we won't have to wait long to find out what may have happened as Jennifer Morrison will make one more appearance as Emma Swan next week, with Rumple's love Belle (Emilie de Ravin) turning up in episode four as well.
Once Upon a Time airs on Fridays at 8pm ET on ABC in the US. In the UK, Netflix will stream each season 7 episode following their US transmission.
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