Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis announced that Once Upon a Time will be bidding farewell at the end of this season. ABC is pulling the plug on the veteran drama at the end of its seventh season.
The fairytale drama has been a fan favorite for the last 7 years. But all good things come to an end and this veteran show will reach it’s happy ending at the end of this season.
At the end of season 6, there was a major cast change; the new season saw a whole new cast and new storylines that weren’t received as well as they’d hoped. Add in the change to Friday nights — aka the graveyard slot — and they more or less sealed the deal.
Adam Horowitz announced via Twitter that the show will be ending this season.
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) February 6, 2018
As news rolled in, so did responses from the cast and crew.
I’ll never forget the day I walked in to audition as Evil Queen Regina for Eddy and Adam. I was wearing all black (of course) and had this crazy, dreadlock looking wrap draped over my shoulders. I had no idea where this pilot was going to go but I knew it was something special. I walked out of the audition room and down the hall was an old photograph of the OG Evil Queen herself. I knew then, something magical was about to begin. It’s been 7 years now and I couldn’t be prouder of what we all have created. Adam and Eddy had this crazy idea in their minds years ago and it turned into a fantastical phenomenon. This show has touched so many people’s lives, changed them for the better, has inspired us to grow in ways we never could’ve imagined. It’s brought hope, joy, friendships and love to so many. I am lucky and blessed to have been a part of it for 7 years. I want to thank the cast, our incredibly, hard working crew and the writers for your dedication and hard work over the years. Thank you to the studio and network for believing in us, supporting us and giving us a home to tell our stories. But most importantly, I want to thank our fans. We honestly wouldn’t be here without your love, support and loyalty to ONCE. Thank you for standing by us all of these years. We hope we’ve made you proud and that the magic this show has brought in to your lives never dies. Thank you for all you’ve given back to us in return and always remember to keep that magic alive. Signed with love, respect, gratitude and honor, Lana ❤ #OUAT 🙏
What an amazing life changing journey of magic and hope! Thank you to Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis for trusting me with Emma Swan. Thank you to the incredible cast and mostly, thank you to the creative team and crew of ONCE UPON A TIME. The endless hours of hard work and devotion that every crew member contributed to the show is what made magic possible every week for 7 years. I am eternally grateful to everyone. And a massive shout out, big hug, and giant thank you to all of the fans. You made ONCE what it is. You all inspired us every day. Thank you for all of the love and support for the show over the years. The #oncers made dreams come true. You are all heroes in my book!
Grateful. This is the first word that comes to my mind when I think of #onceuponatime This role of #Zelena came to me at a time in my life when I needed it most. The show came in and scooped me up in its arms and took me on a journey I couldn’t have imagined. I have learned so much as an artist but more importantly as a person. You, the fans have embraced me and made me feel loved and seen in a way that has changed me for the better. Zelena taught me how to be me. That no matter your past or your mistakes every day is a new opportunity to get back up, dust yourself off and keep going. Thank you Adam and Eddy for giving me the gift of playing the Wicked Witch. Thank you all for watching and being there all the way. So much love. Today and forever 💚 #mypretties
From my first day on this magical set 7yrs ago (pics) I fell in love with this incredible cast & crew, & shortly after with our incredibly devoted & loving fans #oncers. Thank you to everyone for having me along for the ride of a lifetime, & to @adamhorowitzla & @jollychan4 for creating this special version of Belle for me. So much love, Em xoxo #Belles #rumbelle #onceuponatime @onceabcofficial #robertcarlyle #firstbelleselfie #firstrumbellepic @robcarlyle_
Thank you @adamhorowitzLA and Eddy Kitsis for their incredible talent and imagination. You have the ability to make nonbelievers believers by simply allowing us to enter your mind through your scripts. Thank you for allowing me to come play in your magical kingdom! I will never forget my time on @onceuponatime and I will forever be grateful to you both and @abcnetwork @abccasting for having such an open mind in your diverse casting choices and allowing me the opportunity to be your #latina #cinderella. It is such a joy to bring her to life and I am honored to be a part of such an amazing cast. To all the cast and crew members of season 7, I have loved every moment we have shared on screen and most importantly off. You are all one of the most talented group I have had the pleasure of working with and one of the most fun and genuine group I’ve spend time with. Finally to the fans, please know that we have the 2nd half of the season to share with you and we look forward to being back on your screens March 2nd! Thank you for your continued support and loyalty to a show that has been yours for 7 seasons. Many thanks to you all for sharing this time with me respectfully. I feel so blessed to have my children, family and friends live this life knowing as a latina woman I got to play a #badass #cinderella for @disney #womenrock @adamhorwitz and #EddyKitsis You have changed my life forever. #happyendingsarereal #theamericandream
Well it was one amazing magic carpet ride that I will cherish for years to come!! Truly blessed to have been a part of @onceabcofficial and welcomed by such a lovely and supportive cast and crew. Congrats @adamhorowitzla and @jollychan4 for making such a special show for 7 years, crossing borders, and touching hearts around the world. To the amazing #OUAT fandom, thank you for welcoming me into the family and embracing my Jasmine/Shirin. Grateful for your love and kindness! 😘❤️ #ouat Photo with wonderful @colinodonoghue1 S6 Thanks @vfxsup for capturing such a lovely moment in between takes! Xo
— victoria smurfit (@VictoriaSmurfit) February 6, 2018
I had a great time on this show, with all of the lovely people on it and behind it! So enjoyed being Cora. Love to Eddy, Adam, Lana, Rebecca, Colin and everyone. And the wonderful fans of the show.
— Barbara Hershey (@BarbaraHershey8) February 6, 2018
— Merrin Dungey (@RealMerrinD) February 6, 2018
Thank you @OnceABC and @WonderlandOUAT for being such amazing shows and letting me be part of both. So sad this magical journey is coming to an end but best of everything for cast, crew and all involved.
— Milli Wilkinson (@millijwilkinson) February 6, 2018
— Jason Burkart (@JasonBurkart) February 6, 2018
Well that’s a bummer! #OUAT I had an amazing 6 years on the show! I did some fun makeup! Made some great friends. 💗💗💗
— Juliana Vit (@julesv7) February 6, 2018
— TZE CHUN (@anygivenchunday) February 6, 2018
Bye OUAT You gave me an amazing 6 years I cant thank you enough for this experience..our loyal fans that kept us going..the superb writers,production team cast and crew ❤️to all. Off to other magical adventures #OnceUponATime #OUAT #OUATCancelledParty pic.twitter.com/MJ8YdXr5Cv
— Beverley Elliott (@thereelbeverley) February 7, 2018
When I started on OUAT I had worked on a total of 8 hours of produced television. As I walk off this show it will be 74 hours. This experience quite literally changed my life, and my family’s life. I will be forever grateful. https://t.co/ZJyIufV5of
— Brigitte Hales (@InkTankGirl) February 7, 2018
Season seven of Once is going to be the last, and we are cooking up a fantastic series finale for all of you. It’s very rare for a show to last this long, and all the credit for that goes to you lovely viewers. Thank you!
— Jane Espenson (@JaneEspenson) February 7, 2018
Once Upon a Time will return this March to wind down their stories and say goodbye at the series finale in May.