The seventh season of Once Upon a Time, currently airing on ABC, will be the show’s final chapter. As revealed via The Hollywood Reporter, the fantasy show lost roughly 37% of its viewers after switching from Sundays to Fridays. This current season has only averaged a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, leaving Storybrooke’s future uncertain.
“When we first heard Adam and Eddy’s pitch for Once Upon a Time, we knew it was something incredibly special. For seven years, they have captivated us with their creativity and passion while reimagining some of our most beloved Disney fairytales, creating an undeniable global hit. Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but Once Upon a Time will forever be part of the ABC legacy and we can’t wait for fans to join us in this epic final chapter,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.
Following the exit of main cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, and Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time was prepared to end after its sixth season. Instead, the showrunners decided to reboot their fairy tales casting actors like Alison Fernandez, Dania Ramirez, Gabrielle Anwar, and more for season seven. Lana Parrilla remained for both the seventh season.
Once Upon a Time, created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, followed the adventures of classic fairy tales in the real world. The show originally starred Morrison as Emma Swan, Goodwin as Snow White, Parilla as the Evil Queen, Dallas as Prince Charming, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin, Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook, and Emilie de Ravin as Belle.