Just in case Once Upon a Time doesn’t get renewed at ABC, the season 6 finale will offer all the closure the show needs, according to the showrunners.
At this time, Once Upon a Time’s fate hangs in the balance as ABC decides whether it’s time to close the book on the fairytale TV show. Obviously, there’s a pocket of fans who want Emma Swan’s journey to continue forever, but that’s not necessarily an easy task. Because the show derives most of its plot points from existing material, it becomes harder and harder to provide the audience with a fresh spin.
(We’ve been on the Nautilus twice this season. The Nautilus is a submarine. Nothing happens in submarines.)
According to Entertainment Weekly, the show’s probably going to return. But in the off chance it doesn’t, Once Upon a Time‘s executive producer, Edward Kitsis promises closure:
"“I would say that if this is the series finale, then you will have the usual opinions on a series finale ranging from the best ever to the worst ever, because that’s the internet. What I would say for fans is it will be complete, so they will not have any dangling threads that they’re like, ‘I can’t believe [it]!’ We’re not going for a crazy ending that everyone goes, ‘Well, what did that mean? I feel unsatisfied.’ We understand that this could be the last year. We feel like we completed this story and the next chapter of Once Upon a Time will be completely different.”"
Additionally, it seems like a reboot may be in the works, if not for the better. Fortunately, Once Upon a Time features a tremendous cast of interesting characters, including the regular people and their magical counterparts.
Still, I wouldn’t mind not seeing the Charmings every week. While Mary and David are, in fact, charming, they’re not the most interesting characters on the show. When their story ends this season — or wraps up, however you want to say it — I imagine we’ll be pleased with the ending.
Once Upon a Time airs new episodes every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.