The fairytale is over: it’s been announced that ABC’s long-running fantasy series, Once Upon a Time, will reach its conclusion at the end of the current season. Though the creators were open to continuing, the network ultimately made the decision to cancel the show.
Once Upon a Time debuted in 2011 from former Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and followed a similar structure, revealing character’s backstories in flashbacks.
The show combined the real world with a fairytale land filled with characters and locations taking straight from many classic Disney animated films.
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Josh Dallas were the main cast members, caught up in a mystery surrounding their lost memories.
At the end of Season 6, the main storyline on Once Upon a Time came to an end and most of the cast, including Morrison, Goodwin, and Dallas, chose not to renew their contracts.
Though many felt this would have been the natural time to end the show, Kitsis and Horowitz opted to continue, giving the show a sort of “soft reboot” this season.
The story shifted to Seattle and focused on returning cast members Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, and Colin O’Donoghue, plus newcomer Andrew J. West (as an adult version of Henry).
ABC also made the decision to shift the show from its long-standing Sunday night timeslot to Friday evenings (often called the “death slot” in industry circles).
Needless to say, the ratings were nowhere near as good as they once were and the network made the financial decision to end the show.
Horowitz and Kitsis said in a new interview they went into Season 7 not knowing whether the show would be renewed or not.
To that end, they filmed two versions of the season finale: one that would allow the story to continue, and another that will serve as a series finale.