It’s Official: Once Upon A Time Is Ending After This Season

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If you were hoping for another season of Once Upon a Time, we’ve got some bad news for you. OUAT is heading for its final “happily ever after” because ABC is officially closing the book on the series after season seven. The show, which will return on March 2nd, 2017, is expected to air its final episode in May. On Tuesday, co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis released a joint statement about the big news – and honestly, their words make us want to cry a little.

“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. 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.”

Although the news comes as a bit of a surprise to fans, the showrunners revealed it was somewhat expected. In fact, ABC gave them both a proper heads-up so they could end the show the right way.

“I would say that we did not go into this season assuming there would be a season eight, so we had two paths for the finale — one where it was closed-ended, one where it was open-ended,” Edward told Entertainment Weekly. “We had been building toward it the whole year anyway, so instead of a cliffhanger, it will just be a closed-ended story that wraps it up.”

We’re kind of relieved! We’d much rather have OUAT end with grace so that fans don’t feel like they tuned into seven seasons for nothing. Fans deserves the best possible happy ending. But, that begs the question: Will any original cast members return for the season finale in May?

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“We’ll have some familiar faces from the first six years return in the finale,” Edward told EW. YES! That means there’s a good chance that Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, and other stars who left the show at the end of season six could be back!

Unfortunately the OG stars’ departure might have a lot to do with ABC’s decision to cut the cord on OUAT. According to TVLine, the show’s ratings dropped to a new low this season. It’s sad, but after seven seasons, it’s not surprising that the show didn’t have the same viewership anymore. In fact, many thought the show should have ended a long time ago. Season seven featured an extensive cast reboot and a shift in location that kind of felt like a spin-off version of the show.

The thought of Once Upon a Time coming to a proper ending (with a reunion between some of our faves) is all we ever really wanted anyway!