'Once Upon A Time' finale hints at how the show will continue without 6 of its main actors


Many of these faces will be gone subsequent season.

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Warning: There are some spoilers forward for the “Once Upon a Time” season six finale.

ABC wasn’t kidding when the community chief mentioned “Once Upon A Time” will hit the reset button in the fall.

Last week, the community confirmed six of the main cast members for the series won’t return for season seven. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), Belle (Emilie de Raven), and Zelena (Rebecca Mader) will all be leaving the fairy-tale show. The quantity of large exits left many followers questioning how the show may go on for a seventh season without many of the characters who’re at the middle of the show.

The two-hour season six finale, which aired Sunday night time on ABC, gave viewers an enormous tease of what’s to return in the fall and it might really feel like déjà vu another time.

While season six could have ended with a fortunately ever after for Prince Charming, Snow White, Emma Swan, and her new husband Captain Hook, it appears like historical past will be repeating itself with the show turning to inspiration from season one for its subsequent large chapter.

What occurred

The starting of the two-hour finale begins off in the future again in the Enchanted Forest. We’re informed it is throughout “a time of nice upheaval.” What seems like a dragon could be heard roaring and chasing after a mysterious man sporting a pink cape.

We see a person holding the sword Emma has had in her possession as he prepares to go up in opposition to a beast.


We rapidly study that he has a daughter named Lucy and he tells her to run off with a replica of the “Once Upon a Time” fairy story e book Henry has all the time had in his possession all through the collection.

We’re proven a younger woman, Lucy, who now has the “Once Upon a Time” e book.


The thriller man tells Lucy that it is her job to share these tales as a result of at some point somebody will consider them or, because it normally goes on “OUAT,” will have to be reminded of them.

We see Lucy two extra occasions all through the season six finale. In the first scene, she comes throughout Tiger Lily in the Enchanted Forest. She finds her father’s sword, however he is nowhere in sight. Tiger Lily tells her to take the e book to her mom and that at some point she’ll be reunited along with her father.

At the finish of the two-hour season finale, we see Lucy once more and she or he’s clutching onto a brand new model of the e book. This time, she’s out of the Enchanted Forest and in Seattle “years later.” She heads to an condo door and we see her father inside sporting regular garments. Lucy asks him if his identify is Henry Mills – the similar Henry who has been at the coronary heart of the show for its first six seasons. He confirms that it’s certainly him, however he appears to don’t have any recollection of his different life or of his household and Lucy.

What it means for season seven

Henry will age 10 years in season seven.

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It appears like the new route for the collection will fade away from Snow White and the Charming household and focus on Henry’s life in the years after the battle we see happen in season six. According to “OUAT” government producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the Henry we see is 10 years older.

“Henry has grown up and he appears like he left dwelling,” Kitsis told Entertainment Weekly. “He was an Author writing everybody else’s story, so to me it appears like he left dwelling to seek out his personal story after which one thing occurred, and now he is received to be the hero.”

What about all of my favourite characters which might be leaving?

The six actors leaving “Once Upon A Time.” Emma Swan, younger Henry, Snow White, Prince Charming, Zelena, and Belle will not be coming again.

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Jennifer Morrison has already mentioned her character will positively be back for one episode of season seven. However, with some of the main solid leaving and others who’ve direct ties to them staying on the collection, it is unclear precisely how the show will play out.

For occasion, Morrison’s Emma Swan is leaving the show, however Colin O’Donoghue, who performs her husband Killian/Captain Hook will be again. The similar goes for Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin). Carlyle will keep whereas de Ravin will be leaving the show. Will one thing occur to their relationship or to their tales? Both pairs ended season six on pleased notes.

Emilie de Ravin mentioned she would have liked to return as Belle, however the show “decided to move in a different creative direction.” Rebecca Mader, who has performed the Wicked Witch Zelena since season three, additionally will not be again, a transfer the actress says wasn’t her alternative, however also a creative decision of the show.

It seems like followers will get some closure for his or her favourite characters.

“What occurred to those individuals, these are episodes, these are issues we will in all probability wish to show,” Kitsis informed EW. “For us, we felt creatively it was time to finish rather a lot of these tales.”

Who is Lucy’s mom?

We know one individual Lucy’s mom is not.


That’s one of the large questions the season six finale leaves followers in the darkish about. Who is the mom of the new, younger protagonist we meet? We’re sure of one factor: It’s not Violet, Henry’s highschool crush. The government producers revealed that a lot to EW.

“Who the mom is, and who Henry fell in love with, is one of the issues we’re actually enthusiastic about subsequent yr,” mentioned Kitsis. “In the custom of Snow and Charming, Henry and his spouse are a really a lot ‘Once’ epic romance.”

Why it appears a bit drained

If the finish of season six appears actually acquainted, there is a motive why. Here’s a flashback to the pilot episode with Emma and a younger Henry.


Some followers could have been groaning at the twist at the finish of season six. Henry’s daughter coming to seek out him in the actual world to remind him of his fairytale life echoes season one beat for beat. Instead, it was Henry discovering his mom, Emma, and convincing her to consider she was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming to interrupt a years-long curse.

Haven’t we seen this story earlier than, however with reversed gender roles?

The season six finale in comparison with a scene from the show’s pilot episode.

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Still, Horowitz and Kitsis inform EW the show goals to remain recent whereas staying true to its core.

“We all the time say that Emma was a personality in search of her household and discovering hope,” said Kitsis. “I’d say that Henry was the coronary heart of the truest believer, and what we noticed at the very finish is he not believes. Henry’s loss in religion and the thought of perception is the leaping off level. The DNA of the show stays, and all the time will be, of hope.”

“Once Upon a Time” will be again on air in the fall on ABC.