Spoiler TV and Entertainment Weekly have just reported that Jared Gilmore, who all Oncers know as Young Henry, will be returning to Once in episode 20 of the final season of this beloved fairy tale drama.
The hour, which centers around Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Henry, flashes back to the time before Henry left Storybrooke, paving the way for Gilmore to once again take up the mantle of young Henry, who has been portrayed as an adult by Andrew J. West this season.
Adam Horowitz has this to say about Gilmore’s return:
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. We think it’s a really sweet, emotional mother-son story.
Eddy Kitis adds:
At the opening of the year, when we saw him get on the motorcycle, it was like a different Jared…we’re going to show an episode with him before that in Storybrooke with Regina.
EW and Kitis both note:
Whether that means we’ll see other original cast members remains to be seen…[but] Jennifer Morrison has not been confirmed to come back on any level. 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.
In the next few weeks, we could have info on who will be returning for the finale, and when we do – we will be sure to share, but until then – who is excited to see Jared Gilmore reprise a Young Henry one more time before Once ends forever?? I know I am!
Once Upon A Time returns from winter hiatus on Friday, March 2 at 8/7c on ABC.