Once Upon a Time Cast Shake-Up: Finale Will Accommodate Any Changes, No Story Will Feel 'Incomplete'

Though contract negotiations — with only some cast — have gone down to the wire, Once Upon a Time‘s Season 6 finale will provide closure where needed and won’t leave any storylines “incomplete,” the series bosses tell TVLine.

As previously reported, original cast members Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla and Robert Carlyle, as well as longtime series regular Colin O’Donoghue, had been invited to extend their expiring pacts with the fairytale-based drama, while others (including Ginnifer Goodwin and husband Josh Dallas) might only guest-star as needed in any possible Season 7.

Rumors have swirled in recent weeks about who in fact did re-sign, but ABC isn’t confirming any extensions (or exits). “We have the answers to that, which we can’t share, but the story has been designed around it,” co-creator Adam Horowitz affirms.

Although filming on the two-hour finale (airing Sunday, May 14, one week after the series’ musical episode) wrapped earlier this month, “Any changes that we have to accommodate have been accommodated,” adds co-creator Eddy Kitsis. “We planned this finale from the beginning of the year, so whoever stays and whoever goes… all those questions have already been dealt with. The audience does not have to fear [anything feeling] incomplete.”

The significant cast change is part of a “reset” of sorts for the series, to steer things in a new direction as well as make the ratings-challenged series more attractive for renewal by ABC. Part of that shift includes the finale’s introduction of a young man/cynical recluse (played by The Walking Dead‘s Andrew J. West) and a precocious 10-year-old girl (Jane the Virgin‘s Alison Fernandez), both of whom would stay on as regulars if Season 7 is a go.

Those arrivals will coincide with Emma Swan aka The Savior engaging in a recently foretold “Final Battle,” which is also the finale’s title. “We wanted to be able to complete this chapter,” Kitsis says of the season ender’s two-pronged mission, “and yet set up the next one.”

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119 Comments
  1. Val says:

    I can totally understanding wrapping up the current arc (or chapter) which has been going on for 6 seasons. The Dark Curse i assume and so on, and it seems going into a new chapter into a the show.
    I just hope some of the current cast will be in. More so i hope Emma Swan is there for sure, she is that bridge into a old story and new story. And i adore Emma/Hook coupling but also as individual characters so i am happy to see them more if we get them. Will be sad to see Josh and Ginny as Snowing go but hopefully we still see them time to time IF season 7 is a go.

    • ninergrl6 says:

      I agree. Emma is the center of the show. It can work as long as she’s still around.

      • Charlene Sasyniuk says:

        I heard she’s out too…only three people are returning…hook..
        Evil queen…and rumpled

    • A Cat says:

      Since Josh and Ginny were not invited to stay, I doubt we will see Snowing again. I can’t imagine what kind of happy ending Emma could have without her parents? Hook and Emma are not enough to keep me watching.

      • ninergrl6 says:

        According to this report, Snow & Charming (or other characters) could appear on recurring status. They don’t necessarily have to write Snowing out of Emma’s life.

        • 221bsam says:

          As far as I understand it Josh & Ginny want to step back, they want to concentrate on other things.

          • AnnieM says:

            Aren’t their kids about toddler age now? Maybe they just want to take a break and enjoy being parents for awhile. Actors are a lucky bunch to be able to afford to do that. :-)

        • Bryan87 says:

          I don’t see two actors of that calibre sitting around, waiting for this show to call them to come back. They’ll be looking for new projects to work on and assuming they find something it’s very optimistic to assume they’ll come back to OUAT whenever the writers decide they could use them again.

          • A Cat says:

            No they won’t sit around . They will get other projects as will Rebecca and Emilie. If they do find time to guest on Once, I will tune in for those episodes. As it is I’m picking and choosing what I watch. I have watched episodes 11,12,14 and I will watch tonight for the Charming family and Snowing and next week for Bex.

      • Len says:

        Emma and Hook IF married would be living their life together and whatever come their way in terms of villains and so on which they kinda have been doing. Snow and Charming leaving doesn’t not mean they are separated from Emma, it could just mean they are living their own lives with their son and we do hear about them occasionally if they do it like that. Sure Josh and Ginny would look for other projects (that’s what most guest stars who come on do so they aren’t any different) and if the show wants them in a some episodes they can do that as well. As far as I see after Snow/Charming couple, the next couple to take the reign as central would be their daughter and her true love – Emma and Hook. From a story pov that works and makes sense. For me Emma Swan has always been the protagonist.

  2. jml says:

    I’m really not interested in seeing a version of this show in which Snow and Charming are separated from Emma for an extended period, as that family dynamic has always been the most interesting part of the show to me. Although I typically love the show, I have found myself getting bored with this season and for the second time this season have a pile of episodes stacked in my DVR waiting for me to find the motivation to watch them. As a legacy show that has been on a long time, it would be sad to see the show put out to pasture prematurely, but I think it might be time for the writers to begin plotting an endgame with, instead of a reset intended to go on indefinitely, perhaps a mini-final season with the current cast to give everyone proper closure and wrap this up. Since this show used to be one of my very favorites, I’m sad to say this, but it’s been a slog to get through lately and I’m not terribly excited about any kind of reboot.

    • Nichole says:

      I feel the same way, have just caught up this week for the second time. Just finding this season hard to engage in, kinda like the Neverland storyline from a few seasons back – was okay for a few episodes, but after half a season was ready to quit! I wonder if the sleeping curse was a way to cut back on actors screen time for Snow and David, with only one or the other about at a time they may be saving money? Don’t know how they work out their pay, if it’s by screen time or lump sum for being in the episode, even if it’s just for a scene.

  3. Paige says:

    I really hope those 4 named will actually return, though I feel Rumple might be killed off in the finale. I can see them writing off Snow and Charming and getting away with it, but if they only end up with like 2-3 mains in the end, I don’t see how the audience will be receptive to that change.

  4. This probably means that Emilie has not been asked back, which makes me sad and yet makes my blood boil at the same time.

    • ninergrl6 says:

      Belle needs to get away from Rumple. If I had to choose, I’d rather her stay than him, but the writers apparently love Rumple. I’d rather Belle leave the show with some dignity & self respect than have her stay just to be subjected to the mess that is Rumbelle.

    • Rumple and Belle are my favorite draw/pairing on the show, so I’d probably lost most of my interest. My interest has already been waning for awhile with the uneven writing and storylines though – so much back and forth.

      • SW says:

        In less that give a compelling reason for Rumple or Belle to not return next season I’m finished. My favorite pairing is Rumple and Belle.

  5. David Hess says:

    I really hope it returns. Several websites seem to predict OUAT will get renewed, but what are the actual odds?

    • Brennan says:

      Deadline reported that a renewal is contingent on the 4 named signing new contracts, which means they’ll only renew it if those 4 are locked in for another year or so. But the ratings are already as low as they can be without cancellation being inevitable, and don’t they understand losing half the cast means losing half the audience? And there audience is already a fourth of what it used to be. If season seven goes ahead, I guarantee it will be cancelled and probably end on a cliffhanger because Adam & Eddy got greedy and even though they had a six season plan they don’t want it to end now that we’re here. The story should dictate the end, I LOVE the show from the beginning which is why I want it to end now. I want it to end when the story ends and now that we’re at that point it’s very exciting as a viewer. Bittersweet because I’ll be sad to see it go but nothing lasts forever and I can’t wait to see how everything ties together in the end.

      • Uhh A&E have ALWAYS said they had a 7 year plan.

      • Mark says:

        Well if they ever had a plan it went out the window as soon as they started pandering to the various ships they created for ratings, And the people that are leaving are doing so because they are tired that the story has become a soap opera and not what it started out as. A reset is needed, reset back to before Neverland…. And most of the fans would be happy as thats when I started to DVR the show instead of watching live. If Hook is back next season I doubt I will be, just saying…

    • Gilded Lady says:

      TV Grim Reaper has it at 60%, assuming successful cost-cutting negotiations.

  6. KenL says:

    Yawn. Reset? Please. Continue the story organically or end it now!!!

  7. Rob says:

    I think it’s just time to say good bye. The story never reached its full potential and Disney, in film, is in its own Renaissance of sorts. The live-action aspect of the story is superfluous now that we’re getting live-action retellings of our favorite stories on the big screen (with a bigger budget.) Either way, I’ll miss what this show could have been but never quite became.

    • kirads09 says:

      THIS. I think it was great the first season or two, but really really lost its way.

    • Lol says:

      I completely agree. As we saw with Lost, the show runners are great out of the gate and then as the seasons go on the storylines get a bit ludicrous. I’m hanging on because of some of the actors and having gotten invested in characters, I would like to see how everything plays out but this show should definitely be put out of its misery.

      • Getting tired of this show, lets wrap it up!

      • kirads09 says:

        TBH don’t think you can compare this to Lost. LOST whole different ballgame and level. I don’t think Lost ever got off track and everything played out as envisioned from beginning to end with whether fans appreciated it or not. The mistakes I feel happened here: OUAT let the Charmings lose their “I will always find you” mojo and become a boring (often arguing) married couple. Regina and Rumple went from being pure evil to just being guilt ridden shells of whatever. They stopped doing imagined backstories of beloved Disney characters. They got way too much into the “ships” especially Hook and Emma (which I always felt Neal and Emma were the true loves). I don’t see how they can say nothing will be left unfinished when I don’t think they even know where they are now. Sadly some great talent such as Robert and Lana end up being tremendously wasted. And they put someone like Raphael Sbarge on the back burner completely – Archie should be a regular weekly presence having sessions with the main characters and residents of Storybrooke. Oh, and don’t even get me started on Red, who was a phenomenal character.

        • 221bsam says:

          I agree with you about the Charmings completely, they’re the same age as Emma & yet they made them so vanilla during season 3, they dulled the spark that everyone liked from season 1.
          I only hope they don’t do that to Emma & Killian once married.

        • Len says:

          @kid rad. Emma and Hook have always been the build up story since the beanstalk and showrunners confirmed that.
          @22bsam. I think Emma and Hook are also such good individual characters that I feel even if they get married we should not lose what made them as individuals. I like them together and as individuals and their growth

          • Kepler says:

            Uh, no, they didn’t. The interview you’re talking about, the only thing they said is that they envisioned Hook as a romantic foil for Emma and Neal, not that Emma and Hook are true love. CS-ers and their tunnel vision again, lol. And I’m sorry, but in my opinion, Hook has made Emma the kind of character I just loathe. She’s *nothing* like the strong, independent, determined woman that she was when she entered the show. Emma has gotten coldhearted, selfish and cruel since getting a boyfriend. I mean, how many times have we seen her even hang out alone with her kid at all since getting with Hook? It’s just another reason the showrunners were insane to kill off Neal in favor of Hook. Hook will never be able to be any kind of father figure for Henry (does he even try?) when he’s still acting like a child himself. Running away from his problems, hiding his secrets, lying. Interesting how pretty much everyone agrees that the show got off course, coincidentally, right around the time that Neal died.

          • SW says:

            I agree turning the show into the Hook show has ruined it.

        • Pedro says:

          JJ Abrams, the creator of Lost, was only part of it in season one and says they had no idea what season two would be like or even what was in the hatch. Ben Linus was created fora three-episode arc and became a major player. They were winging it as they went along.

      • Tracey says:

        I disagree totally with OUAT being of the same as Lost. They are just two different shows and different levels. However I love them both. Not bored one second with either.
        Have re-watched both two or or three times on NETFLIX. Good tv is just good tv.

    • A. Johnson says:

      Agree

    • Rob says:

      I also just want to add one thing: what Disney (or even non-Disney) property that ‘Once’ has not covered do you think was really missing in the 6 seasons we got? And if you can name one, is it one that you trust this show to handle with the sensitivity it deserves (i.e. if you say Pocahontas I’ll scream)

      • TK says:

        The doors from “Hat Trick!” I always thought that would be an interesting way to get to another realm but it was forgotten.

      • ninergrl6 says:

        I’d like to see them really tackle Greek or Roman mythology, not the nonsense that was Hades in 5B. I’d also REALLY love to see more literary characters. Shakespeare’s works alone could provide so much material — Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream (fairies included!), Hamlet, R&J, Taming of the Shrew, etc. Maybe the Bard himself was an “author” like Henry. How cool would that be?!

  8. Michael says:

    All good things must come to an end. The last two seasons we just not strong. I wish they would have just ended the show this season and let everyone “live happily ever after”

  9. TAB says:

    I’ve enjoyed the show for its entire run and have never missed an episode, but I wish they would have just approached this season as the last when they knew that the cast may not all re-sign. It won’t be the same without everyone and it’s going to be really sad if the show reinvents itself and is then cancelled. Of course it may be brilliant but right now I’m skeptical.

  10. DebG says:

    Don’t they get it? The problem here has nothing to do with the actors. It has everything to do with the writers. Why don’t they fire a few of them instead?

  11. 221bsam says:

    I fell in love with Once Upon A Time from the teaser at Comic Con before the pilot even aired, if season 7 goes ahead, I believe that Adam & Eddy can pull off more stories to draw me in. This news has me very pleased! Jennifer is the show & Colin became it too with his introduction in the second season, as long as they’re happy to continue, im happy to keep watching.
    The rumour I’ve heard is Storybrooke will be no more, people in the town it’s filmed told some fans, so where might it be set now, New York again..?

  12. no offense but the only ever non Netflix successful reboot was Doctor Who. Xena reboot? not happening. Heroes? Cancelled after one season. X-files? cancelled. Twilight Zone in the early 2000’s? cancelled. Munsters reboot? One episode, and it was a disaster. Cancelled.

    OUAT has done things to try to get the audience back before (frozen and evil queen return) and none of them have really worked. Rumple treats belle like garbage, and that has driven the viewers away. It just has not been able to re-capture the good storytelling that first season had.

    • Hellotohangup says:

      X-files wasn’t cancelled and actually broke viewing records for any show in its 10th season. It’s a far superior show.

    • TV Gord says:

      Battlestar Galactica?

    • Shar says:

      No offense to you but Rumple treating Belle like garbage is not what is driving viewers away, CS is, ever since Hook was pushed front and center with Emma the show has tanked and that is a cold hard fact whether you like it or not and as for Belle, she’s not a perfect snowflake of human frailty she’s done wrong to Rumple as well and not once has she even uttered an apology for any of those wrongs most recently the situation that Gideon is in is entirely Belle’s fault. I would rather see Rumple leave this show than be stuck in an unequal relationship with Belle for one second longer. Belle never had a purpose of her own in the show except to try and make Rumple “as good as she is” which turned out to be laughable because she’s one of the biggest hypocrites in the show.

      • Shar says:

        The worst thing Rumple ever did to Belle was lie to er when he was out of his mind with grief and fear in season 4 and tried to protect from his enemies during her pregnancy – the same enemies that she is so willfully ignorant of.

      • Msnosey says:

        I agree. I can’t understand how the writers build his character, and also not to forget he became dark and almost killed his whole family (included David’s father ) and he still gets a pass, but let Rumple decides to kill and it’s a problem. If anything Hook is a bum and I guess Emma loves bums..

      • Chicken says:

        Absolutely CS ruined the show

    • Missy says:

      X-Files broke records and the evil queen centric episode brought in fews this whole season, i agree fire the writer’s the actors are just doing whats written, Belle and Emma list themselves when the men came. Watch the first 3 season they were strong independent women, not no more

  13. A Cat says:

    They basically blew off half their cast and we are supposed to be happy. What if my favorites are not on the list of cast invited to stay?

  14. ninergrl6 says:

    “others might only guest-star as needed in any possible Season 7”
    I support this decision because, lets face it, many characters/storylines are left unresolved as it is. If there were a smaller core cast with opportunities for other characters to pop in and out as needed, maybe the storylines will be more organic and less forced, fewer filler so-in-so-needs-something-to-do episodes. That might be wishful thinking, but… Consider a long-running show like Supernatural that has a very small core cast (2 mains with 2 other “regulars” who aren’t even in every ep) but a strong ensemble of recurring characters that have emerged throughout the series. 12 season in, SPN is still fruitful genre show with creative storylines and expanding character development. I’m not saying OUAT is SPN, but a smaller cast could lead to tighter storytelling, which I’d appreciate.

    • Ingrid says:

      Couldnt agree more with you, smaller cast is the key, but also a change of writers would be nice, sometimes you just dont know what theyre thinking… Looking back scripts of season 1 and 2 and even 3 were…. EPIC

  15. L3rish says:

    All they have to do is bring Neal back and I will be a happy camper =)

  16. Richard Alan Haugh says:

    I will consider this season finale a series finale and no longer watch. I was actually going to stop watching anyway, so this is good news for me.

  17. 221bsam says:

    Let’s face it, Snow & Charming’s story has played out, tonight looks like yet another look at an event in the past they had a hand in we didn’t know about. Which I’m sure people will be complaining about here later, I’ll still watch without these two, they’re hardly in it now if you think about it..?

    • ninergrl6 says:

      The Snowing flashbacks have been stale for years. The writers basically invent things in their past to force them into being somewhat relevant. How about no flashbacks? Focus on the current timeline and all of the dropped characters/storylines.

    • 221bsam says:

      The clip ABC just posted makes it look like Snow & Charming knew how terrible things were for their daughter & let it happen anyway. In season four the lengths they went to to make Emma turn out good & she forgave them, it would be unrealistic to think she wouldn’t be deeply hurt by these further revelations/actions. Emma is not who she was in season 1.
      Snow wanted her to get rid of her Magic is season 4 (initially)
      She wanted to control her as the Dark One in season 5.
      They didn’t raise her, they don’t get her & that has gotten clearer & clearer.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      Snow White will never play out. They just need to use the dwarfs, more.

  18. Kepler says:

    So, just to be clear, the show that was *about* Emma reuniting with her parents is considering writing them out? That is just so infuriating, I can’t take it. It kind of breaks my heart a little bit that they’ve decided that the familial love that the show was built around is nothing compared to Emma’s love for Hook! God, this show has lost its way. End it now.

  19. 221bsam says:

    I’m confused about this reaction to Ginny & Josh’s sidetracking, Emma is an adult, she has a family of her own now in Henry & Killian, is this not how it’s supposed to go? I love my Mum & Dad but if I had to see them everyday I think I’d go nuts! Poor Emma, she can’t even get a cup of coffee without the possibility of running into them, her Father is her deputy! I welcome this, it’s what adults do, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t love them or need them but they are always around & often interfering. They hated Killian to begin with, even though he risked his life & took them to Neverland! Emma was his only champion to begin with for the good in him, they see in black & white, good & bad. Emma has had a really crappy life which has given her perspective, she sees the grey. I think this is a natural evolution of the dynamic & I welcome this change.

    • Kepler says:

      Yes, dear, but you were RAISED by your parents. Emma has only had hers for a few years. Just the typical CS-tunnel vision that those that ship them have.

      • Len says:

        Emma has her own life and home which she shares with the man she loves and her son. Obviously her life would mainly be with them.

    • Rob says:

      And yet you’re not offended by the lack of ‘Henry’ in the semi-confirmed cast…?

      • 221bsam says:

        The new cast member is speculated to be an older Henry I believe, thus he would still be part of the ongoing story.

        • Rob says:

          I stand by my early prediction when the casting was announced that this is an adult Neal. The season ends with Snow/Charming in some kind of a sleeping curse and/or sent back to the Enchanted Forest with no way of returning and Neal becomes the new savior.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      Anyone who takes this fairytale stuff so to heart, like you do, should be honored…go girl/guy go! The husband and I never think of this stuff, just watch the show for the latest fairy tale thing.

      • 221bsam says:

        Well, I don’t believe in love anymore so I have to unashamedly live vicariously through fairytale characters ;)

  20. Brennan says:

    I want it to end just because this fandom is so toxic, I mean just look at all these comments. It’s disgusting. Fans attacking other fans based on ship, or their favorite character. That is NOT what a fandom should be!

  21. Len says:

    I just hope Emma Swan/ Jennifer is back. To me she is the show as in has been the protagonist of the show. Colin as Hook is excellent so I love to see him back. Also Henry as Author would be essential.
    I also think Emma and Hook are good as a couple and popular so I love to see them together and their life. After Snow/Charming as THE couple, I think their daughter Emma and her true love Hook are the couple too. I do love Charming Family but I think it could work us hearing about them occasionally in the show if we don’t see them in season.

  22. Amy J says:

    precocious 10-year-old girl = Cousin Oliver Syndrome. The show is doomed.

  23. Missy says:

    I use to love this show so much i would make sure i was home every Sunday. I can be home now a record it i fast forward to Lana’s parts. The show got away from what made it so good. I am tired of watching Emma and Hook. Emma is not the bad ass anymore who fights i mean last episode be son is in danger, so once again she puts herself in danger for a man, did the same going to the underwold. I love to watch Lana and Rebecca, and yet there story got so bad. They had her pregnant with her sister true love. Bring back the bad ass fighters who didnt let a man make them weak.

  24. Larc says:

    Sounds as if ABC plans are to keep OUaT for at least one more season, but with a drastically reduced regular cast and apparently reduced production costs as well.

  25. SW says:

    If they write out Rumple and Belle I’m done watching their my favorite couple on the show. Even though the writers have tried to repeatedly destroy them.
    I dislike Hook with Emma, they’ve made Emma so weak with him. I miss Bealfire/Neal bring him back.

  26. If, as I suspect, Rumple will finally make the right choice, & will be killed off, Im going to cry. Obviously Robert has projects he’s doing (the haircut), but I will still miss Rumple. He has been my favorite.

  27. Mark says:

    I’m really fearful of a final season of Castle. I still absolutely love this show. Yet I want it to end now while it is still on a high note.

  28. Gabrielle says:

    Be still my heart! I’m not ready for so much change not to mention a potential series finale coming in the works. I’ve never even been concerned about renewal before with Once and now I’m a nervous nelly. Even if we get a renewal, will we recognize the show without longtime core characters? I’m a mess!

  29. Mac says:

    We have stuck with the show mainly because of Lana and Robert…. Like Selena and loving the Black Faerie as well. The other characters are just boring, though Belle has struggled- her part just isn’t written well enough. So tired of Hook and Emma. Not any of the Actor’s fault; the writing has just careened all over the place….babe it’s time to Let It Go!

  30. This is it, i predict the show is over in season six

  31. This is it, Well done adios ouat

  32. My fiance and I love this show and hope Season 7 is a go. We love Josh and Ginny and pair our relationship to them (I know it sounds corny but it’s true) and will be glad to see them time to time on Season 7. I love the dimensions of Robert Carlyle (Rumple) and hope he stays as a regular. Also glad to hear Emma is staying and love the Emma/Hook relationship. As a late 50’s couple it is our date night and we love the series.

  33. Tonkin family says:

    Keep the show my whole family watches as an entire family we enjoy even out youngest 3 and 5 year Olds watch and ask when it comes on all week

  34. Mo says:

    So many good shows have been cancelled or are on their last run like Bates Motel. Do not want OUAT to be one of them. And for the life of me, I don’t understand all this hate for Hook. I have read many comments, some people even talking about rape in connection with Hook. REALLY? When has he ever raped someone? This show is about true love, second chances and redemption, so why is Hook not good enough for redemption, especially after all the times he has proven to be a changed man? If David can forgive him, then so should viewers. Is it because he is too good looking? Some critics also think that Emma is not a strong character since she is with Killian. I am not sure if we are watching the same show, but from what I saw so far, she is still her own person, does her own thing even while being in a relationship. In the beginning she did not want to believe in Storybrook and Magic or her being the savior which made her seam hard and cold, but she came around and embraced her faith. Hook has always believed in her, ALWAYS, and he stood by her – sometimes stepped back so that she could do her thing. He wanted to run but just out of shame and because he thought he is not worthy. It was his first reaction, but he very quickly realized that it was a wrong decision. He wanted Emma to kill him so that she could be with her family and loved ones. That is quite damn honorable in my books. As to Hook not being a father figure, on numerous occasions, Hook has bonded with Henry and has taken care of him time and time again when Emma was off fighting some monster and or villan of the season. Some of the haters out there are very wrong with many of their accusations and I just hope that they are not so unforgiving in real life. And I hope that they never have to deal with unforgiving people as themselves when they made mistakes. Wishing for the show to be over just because one does not like certain pairings or because of a dislike for some characters is just childish. If you don’t like a show, simply stop watching. But ruining it for those who actually DO enjoy it is not only unfair but also shows tunnel vision on their part. To me OUAT still has this special quality of a show full of hope and love and this message alone is worth keeping it alive.

    • 221bsam says:

      I agree with you on all counts! what’s more awful is I’ve seen abuse actually directed at Colin himself, he’s an actor, performing a script, playing (an awesome) part, it’s all rather odd.

      • Mo says:

        Thank you :-) I just can’t stand haters on any thread of any show. Fans are a blessing but as it turnes out some can also be a curse. For anyone to make false statements about a person, famous or not, just because they don’t like said individual is horrible, in fact, in some cases it could be reason for a court case. I don’t know Colin but I am certain that he is a fine person. Whoever directed such outrageous accusations against him is just… I have no words. Unbelievable. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but please show some respect toward all the people working hard to entertain us every week. They are all doing a great job and if anything, we should show appreciation and gratitude, BUT, even the most horrible haters are worth forgiveness. if they work for it and prove to have changed. Just the message OUAT is sending out to us with every new episode. So to all you haters, simmer down, don’t waste your energy on making others look and feel bad- actors are just that, actors, and if you don’t like their role, than stop watching the show but do not make false statements about their characters and most importantly about them as individuals. These are real people, with real lives, and they happen to do a lot for people in need, including and/or especially Colin. Haters, Use your energy to do good things, help rather than bully and spread love and joy instead of hate and rage.

    • bb7hi says:

      RIGHT! This show is supposed to be happy and romantic yet with a twist. And emma/hook are both badass which makes their story that much better.

  35. Lee Keels says:

    Anytime they add a “precocious” child to perk up ratings to a show, it means the show is dead and buried.

  36. Lee Keels says:

    Henry is old enough now that HE should be the central character to carry the story forward, not some 10 year old unknown girl.

  37. kate says:

    i agree people watched this because of Emma and hook to see if they get their happy ending you can make more watcher from Britain

    im from britain and every time there is a season has finished i buy once upon a time from tescos

    • SW says:

      I watch for Rumple/Belle and mute the TV when Emma and Hook are on. I don’t like the couple but do like that Hook seems to be the only one that really understands that he was a bad guy and it seems to easy to be forgiven for all he has done. I even admit to liking Hook but not with Emma.

  38. 221bsam says:

    I’ve just read there is to be a pre-final battle hour, then the two hour season finale, am I the only one that thinks that sounds like a send-off for the show? is all this discussion for nought, I’m starting to think sadly that this really will be the final season.

  39. Emma says:

    If they do a whole new thing with barely any of the original cast members I’m gonna stop watching, but until then I’m gonna watch until the last episode.

  40. Mariana Vidal says:

    Noooooo! Once Upon A Time has been my all time favorite show from the beginning back in 2011 and I still look forward to seeing my favority characters every season. While it is true that Bobby Carlisle and Lana Parrilla constantly steal the show, I cannot conceive the storyline without Belle,David and Snow. I simply cannot imagine Emma without her loving parents around. If the series finale is inevitable, please give Once Upon a Time a decent send off by completing all the fairy tales with a happy ending. I still remember that it all started because the Evil Queen/ aka awesome Regina took all their happy endings away. It is only fitting that every character should be forever happy at the end. And please do not tell me that happiness does not always happen. Storybrook is the land of fairy tales and it would be absolutely horrid if you do not tell us in your wonderful gifted way that they all lived happily ever after. Please, please consider my request. Thank you!

  41. Rumple says:

    I JUST want confirmation if Rumple is Dying OR not ! Is that TOO much to ask?

  42. SamofSherwood says:

    So, according to the latest, no storyline will be left hanging, it could be a series finale & they’re hoping for a season 7 but they haven’t officially been picked-up. Well that’s just maddeningly unhelpful…

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      ….which is pretty much exactly what my story above already said. (Other outlets just “playing catch-up.” It’s flattering.)

      • SamofSherwood says:

        I apologise Matt, I wasn’t trying to be orninary, I purely meant ok

        Season 1 finale – magic came back
        Season 2 finale – Henry gets taken to Neverland
        Season 3 finale – Marian?
        Season 4 finale – Emma becomes the Dark One
        Season 5 finale – Hyde & the untold stories

        If nothing needs resolving, how will a reboot work exactly (hypothetical question)

        I read it all but I only comment here, TV Line is my go-to ;)

      • SamofSherwood says:

        I meant ornery (walking & typing fail)

  43. SamofSherwood says:

    So, hang on, first they say there’s no cliffhanger & no loose threads & now they’re saying the final scenes of the finale will reveal the plan for season 7?!
    Which is it Once showrunners? have they added scenes since last night?
    are these guys related to Pinocchio?