‘Once Upon a Time’ (Season 6): It’s Time For The End

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Back on October 23, 2011, ABC introduced TV viewers to the magical world of Once Upon a Time. The show became a huge success during its debut season, making its cast members household names and bringing the world of fairytales to life.

That first season was hugely popular with TV viewers as they learned about the future Savior of Storybrooke, Maine – Emma Swan – and how the residents of that mysterious little town were trapped within a spell cast by the Evil Queen.

During that first season the characters of Snow White and Prince Charming came to life in the form of their Storybrooke counterparts – Mary Margaret Blanchard and David Nolan; Rumplestiltskin was “reborn” in the guise of the town pawn broker Mr. Gold and Red Riding Hood was actually Ruby Lucas, the granddaughter of the owner of the town diner (just to name a few).

As that first season came to a close, the spell cast over Storybrooke by the Evil Queen was broken by Emma, allowing all of the inhabitants to remember who they really were and captivating viewers all over the globe with this magical series.

Over the next few seasons, the fairytale characters battled the Queen of Hearts, traveled to Neverland to save Emma’s biological son Henry (who brought her to Storybrooke in the first place) and dealt with the Wicked Witch of the West, who turned out to be the older sister of the Evil Queen.

But sadly, as the seasons dragged on, the stories became less enticing to many viewers, who decided to give up on the show, and the ratings for the once magical series fell more and more.

In Season 4, the world of Arendelle from the box office animated series Frozen found its way to Storybrooke and new villains – Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and Ursula – appeared in town with Mr. Gold. This was followed by the characters going on a journey into Camelot to save Emma from becoming the new Dark One and then traveling to the Underworld to save Captain Hook. This season the residents of Storybrooke have been battling Mr. Hyde and a newly unleashed Evil Queen, who was believed to be vanquished by Regina.

There have been plenty of heroes and villains introduced over the show’s six seasons on the air; there have been plenty of grand episodes that have had fans on the edge of their seats, but – unfortunately – there have been just as many less than stellar episodes that chased viewers away.

It is my belief that the powers that be behind the show are attempting to return the show to its once magical glory, but it is likely too little too late. Given that fact – especially in light of how the ratings have been dropping every year – it is probably time for the show to come to a true end. Just as the show started with “Once Upon a Time” it should come to a conclusion with “The End” – and maybe even a “and they lived happily ever after” at least for some of the characters.

Do you agree that the show should come to an end? And if so, how would you like to see it come to close? If you disagree, what do you want to see happen? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the sixth season of ‘Once Upon a Time’ will be back on ABC in March after its long hiatus.