It's all been leading up to this. For six years, #OnceUponATime has charmed viewers young and old alike with its captivating stories and delightful trips down nostalgia avenue. But like all great adventures, it must eventually come to an end. And as the sixth season races vigorously towards the finish line, we all begin to wonder if it will be that end.
Recently, co-creator and executive producer Adam Horowitz - who's known for teasing fans on Twitter - shared a glimpse at the final two episode titles for #OnceUponATimeSeason6. While not entirely foreboding in nature, they still manage to make us wonder whether or not this is the end of road for Emma Swan and company.
First, The Tantalizing But Troubling Tweet
As you can see above, the final two episodes have been revealed as a two-parter titled "The Final Battle." Fans of #OUAT will recognize this almost instantly. The show has been teasing the final battle since the earliest moments of the first episode. Rumplestiltskin gleefully announced the final battle would begin once Emma Swan stepped foot in Storybrooke. Though they've had some epic showdowns with the likes of Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Peter Pan, and Mr. Hyde, they've yet to come across a force they could not conquer.
Obviously the titles hint that something big is about to go down in the town of Storybrooke. Fans will remember that since the current season began, Emma has been having visions of her imminent death at the hands of a hooded stranger - now revealed to be the time-traveling son of Rumplestiltskin and Belle. The show has played around with destiny and prophecy in the past and it usually, even after a long fought battle, ends up turning out just fine. However, as the season progressed, there has been no signs indicative of the path changing anytime soon.
Alongside the recently announced musical episode, I think it's fair to guess what remains of this season is going to be anything but uneventful.
The Cast Is Rumored To Be Getting A Bit Smaller
There are apparently negotiations going on with Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Colin O'Donohue (Hook), and Robert Carlyle (Rumple) to continue on with the show should it receive a renewal for Season 7. Though that doesn't necessarily mean other negotiations are not taking place, it also doesn't bode well for other members of the ensemble cast, though it does shed some light on what exactly is in store for us come the Season 6 finale. It should be noted that both Morrison and Carlyle have stated in past that they're uncertain that they actually will return to the series if it does indeed come back in the fall.
Rumors have been swirling that both Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming/David (Josh Dallas) are likely to perish in the Season 6 finale. While this would be a significant blow to the series, it may finally end up correcting the so many wrongs the show has put forth ever since breaking their own rules of resurrection.
Other cast members such as Emilie De Ravin (Belle), Rebecca Mader (Zelena), and Sean Maguire (Robin Hood) have come and gone from the show before, so it wouldn't be all that surprising if the network decided to axe their characters moving forward. It remains to be seen whether Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills) will come back as well. However, given that both his mothers are in negotiations to return, I highly doubt his young self will follow in the footsteps of Star Trek's Wesley Crusher.
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ABC Has Announced Major Changes
ABC president, Channing Dungey, already announced back in February that the show would undergo something of a reboot if it were renewed for a seventh season. She and the creators of the show had a long talk before the midseason hiatus about the future and what they have planned going forward.
"Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] came in and talked with me right before the holiday about what some of their potential ideas might be for season seven. There was some interesting stuff, we gave them some feedback, and they are now working and are going to come back and sit with me in a couple of weeks."
She wanted everyone to know, however, that regardless of what happens, whether the show gets a renewal or not, there will be closure in store for the fans.
"There will be a little bit of closure in this particular narrative regardless of what happens with season seven."
It appears that regardless of the show's uncertain future, at least #ABC and the show's creators have planned a finale that will bring the show to a close in a way that respects the longtime fans of the series. Considering the show's history with ratings and the many times it's already reinvented itself, we should all feel incredibly lucky that we're even getting that much.
Do you think this is the end of 'Once Upon A Time'? What might you like to see if the show is renewed for another season?