‘Once Upon a Time’ (Season 6): The Final Battle

The Final Battle

Watching the 2-hour season finale of the ABC fairytale drama Once Upon a Time on Sunday night was very much like hitting the reset button on the series.

While much of the season ender was a story much of its own, with what seemed like an even deadlier curse than what took the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest to the small town of Storybrooke, Maine in the debut season, there were many, many nods to the pilot and scenes from that first season laced throughout.

In a twist from those first episodes, the Black Fairy – aka Fiona – was the mayor of Storybrooke and the adoptive mother of Henry Mills (instead of Regina aka The Evil Queen). While everyone in town seemed not to remember who they were, Henry had maintained his memories, and much like his younger self, he was desperately trying to get his biological mom, Emma Swan, to believe in the stories contained inside the covers of the ‘Once Upon a Time’ book that was given to him by Mary Margaret – aka Snow White.

This new situation was all due to the dreaded curse Fiona had enacted over the town just as Emma and Captain Hook had taken their vows in that rooftop wedding. Of course, Fiona was hoping to bring an end to Emma once and for all; after all, as was made clear in the last set of episodes, Fiona and Emma were fated to stand against each other in the much-talked about ‘final battle.’

But, as it turned out Fiona’s darkness could not defeat Emma’s lightness; rather Fiona pitted Rumple and Belle’s grown son Gideon to battle her instead. And it was her own son, who brought an end to Fiona. If only it had been revealed that her fairy wand could end her, then maybe the whole curse could have been staved off, but then there would not have been any story or final battle, huh?

Over the course of the two hours, which to a degree felt much more like a series ender than a season finale (which was probably a much bigger consideration at the time of filming than it was at the time of its actually airing) viewers got to see glimpses of many of the characters from the other realms, as well as a surprising reappearance of the real Evil Queen, who – along with regained “lost love” Robin Hood – had turned over a new leaf, robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

In fact, it would seem the witch changed so much that she sacrificed herself to help save all the others from Fiona’s curse, but – in the end – finally got the happy ending she had always longed for – an engagement ring from Robin.

As for all of the other characters, they all got their happy endings – or to be more precise, their happy beginnings; and as the book closed on that chapter of the inhabitants of Storybrooke, Maine, fans were given yet another surprise: the show time-jumped to “many years in the future” in a land far away, okay well, actually in Seattle with the little girl from the opening scene knocking on the door of an apartment that belonged to a grown-up Henry Mills, proclaiming that she was his daughter Lucy.

What are your thoughts on the “endings” for the main characters? How do you feel about the mass exodus of so many of the main cast members? What do you think will happen in the new version of the series when it returns? Please share your comments below.

‘Once Upon a Time’ will return to ABC for a seventh season in the 2017-2018 TV season.