“Seven years ago, we set out to create a show about hope, where even in the darkest of times, a happy ending would always be possible,” Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, the creators and executive producers of Once Upon a Time, said in a statement Tuesday. “But we never imagined the happy ending that was actually in store for all of us — years and years of adventure, romance, magic and hope. We’re so grateful to our brilliant collaborators — the cast, crew, and writers — as well as our partners at the studio and network for making this journey possible. But most of all, we want to thank the fans. Their fierce loyalty and devotion was the real magic behind Once Upon a Time. We hope they join us for these last few hours as we journey to the Enchanted Forest for one more adventure.”
OUAT premiered back in 2011 to stellar ratings, 12.8 million total viewers and a 3.9 demo rating. During its run, it even spawned a short-lived spinoff titled Wonderland back in 2013. When it returned this season, it did so with several original cast members missing. Only Lana Parrilla (Regina) and Robert Carlyle (Rumple) remained. With a cast overhaul and a new night (Friday), the drama slid to all-time lows. This season it’s only averaged 3.8 million and a 1.1 demo rating.
“When we first heard Adam and Eddy’s pitch for Once Upon a Time, we knew it was something incredibly special. For seven years, they have captivated us with their creativity and passion while reimagining some of our most beloved Disney fairytales, creating an undeniable global hit. Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but Once Upon a Time will forever be part of the ABC legacy and we can’t wait for fans to join us in this epic final chapter.” – ABC President Channing Dungey
Since most of the original characters received their happy endings during the Season 6 finale, it’ll be interesting to see if any of them return for the series finale.
Once Upon A Time kicks off its final episodes starting, Friday, March 2. Are you going to miss OUAT? Weigh in below.