Calling all fairy tale fans out there. ABC's Once Upon a Time will end after the current seventh season, writers Variety. The show returns for the second half of the season on March 2 for eight more episodes that will round off the series run to 151 episodes (not counting specials of which there are nine).
Notable for borrowing elements and characters from the massive trove of Disney-owned properties and well-known fairy tales, Once Upon a Time is about characters of folklore (Evil Queen, Jiminy Cricket, Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Belle, Captain Hook, etc.) who are transported to the real world and wiped of their memories. The first six seasons took place in the fictional Maine town of Storybrooke and followed Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). This current season — classified as a "requel" — moved the action to the Seattle neighborhood of Hyperion Heights and shifted the main focus to an adult Henry Mills (Andrew J. West).
Speaking to Variety, the creators, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, said they're proud of the show they've run for the last seven years and that there's plenty of room for spinoffs in many forms, even if they're not directly involved. In fact, the series spawned a spinoff show in 2014, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, but it only ran for a single season.
"We hope that Once Upon a Time can live in some form whether it’s spinoffs or redos or comic books," said Horowitz. "We love our fans and we hope that they can continue to enjoy this world."
And if you're mentally preparing for the series finale, just know that some blasts from the past will be showing up in Episode 151: "The Guardian."
"There’s a chance that a few familiar faces from the original will be back, but we are very conscious of not wanting to take away the happy endings we gave last year," said Kitsis, noting that it won't be "another redo of what we did last year."