Fans of the ABC magical drama Once Upon A Time are experiencing whiplash this week as a series of announcements come down from the top brass. Deadline reports the reimagined fantasy world has been picked up for a seventh season. This should be good news. But coupled with a few bombshell casting announcements, it instead turns into a question of whether or not it’s time to put up a “And they all lived happily ever after” title card and put Once Upon A Time back on the shelf.
The ratings for OUAT have been in decline for a while, and not even the musical episode where Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) finally tied the knot was able to boost viewership. As far back January, ABC was preparing fans for the show to end with the sixth season, with ABC entertainment President Channing Dungey telling Deadline, “regardless of what we decide to do at the end of this season, I think [the showrunners will] put a little bit of a bow here, and then there is a next piece that comes after that, so they are trying to figure out what that is and how that works.” But it wasn’t until the last week that fans realized exactly what that meant when a series of prominent cast members announced they won’t be returning next year.