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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the Land Without Magic location, see Storybrooke.
I thought my story came to an end a long time ago, and then new people came into my life... People who gave me a second chance. I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. Well, for everyone. I refuse to believe there won't be more adventures, more love, more family. And yes, there will be more loss, because that's just a part of life. And in the end, we can get past it all... with hope.
Regina Mills

"Leaving Storybrooke" is the twenty-second and final episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the one hundred and fifty-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 18, 2018.

This episode is the second part of the season seven finale and the series finale.

Synopsis

Wish Rumple's evil plan is revealed and Regina realizes the only hope to stop him is by turning Wish Henry from his path for vengeance. Meanwhile, Tilly and Margot try to get help in Storybrooke. With his hope of ever being reunited with Belle fading, Weaver struggles to find a way to defeat his evil alter ego; and when Rogers' life is threatened, he is faced with the ultimate sacrifice.[2]

Recap


Deleted Scenes

"In a Hurry"

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season.

In Storybrooke, in the newly created United Realms, Roni tries to run the engine of her car, while Kelly asks why they don't just poof where they are trying to go because they're getting late. Roni asks her what they are getting late for, but Kelly avoids the question, only saying that it's a meeting Roni does not want to miss. Kelly magically fixes the car and advises her sister to get dressed.

United Realms: Extended

The scene with Henry riding down Storybrooke Main Street in the newly created United Realms was originally accompanied by footage of Tilly, Margot and Rogers in front of Granny's Diner, and Archie and Pongo walking down the street.[3] Most of the footage was deleted in post-production, although Archie and Pongo can still be glimpsed in the lower left hand corner of the screen as Henry rides through Storybrooke.[4]

Henry Riding

Footage of Henry riding through a forest was also filmed,[5] but was deleted from the episode.

Cast[2]

Starring

Special Guest Star

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

Uncredited

Note:
*: Only in archive footage


Trivia

Title

Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

Disney

Lost

Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes


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[image begins] Cave of Wonders?
[image begins] with a deep, rumbling,
[image begins]bs my slumber?" the
[image begins]ow faced him uncertain-
[image begins] is not treasure that I
[image begins]" The Tiger con-
[image begins] allow you to pass.
[image begins] [two illegible words] never see the open
[image begins]ought. It seemed
[image begins] [two illegible words] jaws of this
[image begins]" [illegible word]? Perhaps if she
[image begins] should be clear again
[image begins] her way out of
[image begins] thanked the
[image begins] she walked into
[obscured]


  • Fittingly enough, the accompanying illustration shows Snow White in a desert (as seen in the Season Six episode "Street Rats", the Cave of Wonders is located in the desert realm of Agrabah). The caption reads "The shifting sands had Snow disorientated and heartsick with yearning."[41]
  • The story is based on Disney's Aladdin, where the Disney version of the Cave of Wonders is guarded by a spirit with the shape of a tiger's head. The cave can only be entered by a chosen individual and anyone else who makes attempts to enter are given a warning by the tiger. If they try to enter the cave anyway, they are killed by the spirit.
  • When Roni opens her own book, a micro-excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairy tale can be glimpsed.[42]
  • The illustration of Roni shows her sitting alone on a rock in the middle of the ocean, with a shipwreck in the background. The caption reads "Regina knew the most important thing was not to lose hope. She would see her son again.[34]
  • According to an alternate shot posted on the website of Gina Mackay,[43] who worked as a graphic designer on Season Seven; and prop pages auctioned off[44] or sold[45] online, the page next to the illustration reads:


Harsh sunlight beat down on Regina as
she stood on a slippery rock. She squint-
ed through the brightness, trying to get
a sense of where this other, darker Rum-
plestiltskin
had sent her. All around her,
in every direction, was an endless expanse of ocean.
Regina looked out at the horizon, but there was no land
in sight, no sign of life. She yelled out to the watery
void, "Hello? Can anyone hear me?" But there was no
response, not even an echo of her own voice. Just the
crashing of waves on this lonely rock she now called
home.
Regina knew the most important thing she could
do was not lose hope. There had to be a way to [obscured]
a way back to Henry and her family. Maybe [obscured]
she could use magic to conjure a rowbo[obscured]
her arm toward the sea, flexed he[obscured]
happened. Regina realized th[obscured]
powerless. Her magic[obscured]
Ever determ[obscured]
stop her from [obscured]
breath. [obscured]
Re[obscured]
[obscured]

ise of seeing her son. But the currents grew stronger and
stronger, until Regina became swept up in a massive
wave that took her right back to her barren rock. She
tried again. And again. But no matter how hard she
swam, the water would always pull her right back where
she started.
Regina collapsed onto the rock in exhaustion. "A
ship will come," she thought. So she watched the hori-
zon. But a ship never came. And as days turned to
weeks turned to months, any speck of hope in Regina
faded away, and she came to realize she would never
see her family again.


  • An unseen page from Roni's book contains a combination of excerpts from the Grimm fairy tales "The Seven Ravens" and "The Pink". Another unseen page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairy tale "Little Sister and Little Brother" combined with another excerpt from "The Pink".[44] Another unseen page contains another excerpt from "The Pink", while a third page contains another excerpt from "Little Sister and Little Brother".[45]
  • Kelly's book contains an illustration of Zelena looking out the porthole of the Nautilus. The cation reads "”I hate fish and I have no desire to live like one,” Zelena thought as she looked out the porthole."[46]
  • For David, Rogers and Lucy's books, green fields were used so that the illustrations could be digitally added in post-production. According to a prop photograph posted on an online auction, the captions read:[47]
  • "Charming knew exactly where he was, and yet had never felt so lost."
  • "Captain Hook climbed atop a large mushroom and surveyed the land around him."
  • "“My hair will never grow long enough. Not in a thousand years,” thought Lucy."
  • Another prop photograph from the online auction offers a glimpse of Lucy's story:[48]
Lucy looked out the window one more
time. That makes about a thousand
[obscured] despon-
[obscured]
[…]
pacing the room and exploring every inch of it for a way
out. She wondered if she'd cry herself to sleep tonight
and wowed that she would not. She wouldn't give
[obscured]
  • It also contains an excerpt from Rogers' story:[48]
Captain Hook had fought his way out of a hundred
of skirmishes. He was quite experienced in the common
tavern brawl. And the Jolly Roger had been boarded by
enemy pirates more times than he liked [obscured]
[obscured]
[…]
Bread-and-Butterflies large enough to swallow a grown
man whole. But with his cutlass by his side, this seemed
like a fight that he [obscured]
[obscured]
  • A prop photo posted on Instagram reveals that Tilly's book shows Alice in a cold winter forest with a frozen waterfall in the background. The caption reads "Alice shivered [obscured]ately to keep [obscured]". Her story reads:[49]
It was cold, Alice thought to herself. Really cold.
but Alice hadn't [illegible word] her [illegible word] like that [two illegible words]
Hyperion Heights She watched [obscured]
into the starry [obscured]
she saw the [illegible word] [obscured]
eyes adjusted [obscured]
reflected [two illegible words]
forever. Als[obscured]
[illegible word] in a [obscured]
She wandered [obscured]
than that, al[obscured]
[three illegible words] [obscured]
now it looked [obscured]
Only [illegible word] them[obscured]
[illegible word]. Startled, [obscured]
rolled toward the [obscured]
another rock [illegible word] [obscured]
another [two illegible words] [obscured]
[illegible word]. They [obscured]
[illegible word] attack [illegible word]! [obscured]
[two illegible words] know when [obscured]
rocks almost never [obscured]
see after the other [illegible word] [obscured]


[obscured]re, but
[obscured]e knew
[obscured]ence with
[illegible word]
[obscured] --
  • A behind the scenes photograph posted by Keegan Connor Tracy on Twitter reveals that the Wish Blue Fairy's book shows Blue crying in a forest. The caption reads "The Blue Fairy soon realized she wasn't in her home anymore".[50]
  • When the portals to the storybook realms are open and everyone hangs on to prevent themselves from being sucked in, pages from Wish Rumplestiltskin's storybooks are turning in the wind:
    • One page contains a blurred illustration of Sleeping Beauty lying on a bed.[51] It is called "The Sleeping Princess" and is from the 1916 fairy tale collection The Allies' Fairy Book, illustrated by the famous book English book illustrator Arthur Rackham.
    • One book contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairy tale "Little Sister and Little Brother".[52]
      • The opposite page contains another excerpt from "The Pink".[52] The same excerpt can also be seen in the storybook lying next to Weaver.[53]
    • Another page contains a blurred excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairytale.[54]
      • The opposite page contains another excerpt from "Little Brother and Little Sister".[54]
    • A third excerpt from "The Pink" can be glimpsed on another page.[55]
    • Yet another excerpt from "The Pink" is printed in the storybook next to Rogers.[56]
  • When Regina is crowned the leader of the United Realms, Wish Henry is wearing Storybrooke's deputy sheriff's badge.[57]

Costume Notes

Goofs

  • In the scene where Leroy, Doc, and Walter arrive in front of Granny's Diner to receive their packed lunches from Granny, Archie is nowhere to be seen. After Leroy accepts the lunch bags and turns around as the Rollin' Bayou comes down the street, the next shot shows Archie is suddenly there with his dog Pongo.

Filming Locations

International Titles


Videos

References

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  4. File:722HenryRiding.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 TwitterLogo @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 It is unknown if this character is supposed to be their main reality version or their Wish Realm version.
  7. The credits of the episode identify Young Robin Hood as Margot, her cursed persona.
  8. 8.0 8.1 InstagramIcon santarossa_leather. (Kevin Santarossa) May 19, 2018.  Retrieved on May 24, 2019. "So over the years I've been on camera on #onceuponatime many many many times. With all the heart rips and magic items appearing and disappearing the editors have seen my face alot....and cut me out every time lol. In tonight's final episode both I @fall3nsa1nt and my lil munchkin @sophie_rossa are actually in the episode...unless the editors just cut me out by force of habit. #mybigbreak #once #donttellmyagent #oncers @onceabcofficial" (archive copy)
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  32. File:722AroundThisTable.png
  33. File:422WhereIs.png
  34. 34.0 34.1 File:722ReginaMillsPage.png
  35. File:401HaveHappiness.png
  36. File:722SnowPrison2.png
  37. File:115ThroughTheBrush.png
  38. File:722ZelenaPrison.png
  39. File:3Promo3.jpg
  40. File:722SnowOpensBook.png
    Notice how the second page opens with the beginning of the fairy tale; "A long time ago there was a Queen, who had not been blessed with children. As she walked in her garden (...)", while the first page contains a different excerpt
  41. 41.0 41.1 File:722SnowPrison.png
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    File:722SnowPrison3.png
    File:722SnowPrison4.png
    File:722SnowPrison5.png
    File:722SnowPrison6.png
    File:722SnowPrison7.png
  42. File:722RoniOpensBook.png
    This is the excerpt in its entirety, with the words that can be glimpsed in the book set in bold:

    "the step-mother said, "If thou canst pick two dishes of
    lentils out of the ashes for me in one hour, thou shalt go with us." And she
    thought to herself, "That she most certainly cannot do."
    When the step-mother had emptied the two dishes of lentils
    amongst the ashes, the maiden went through the"

    *Note that the book contains a misprint: Between row one and two, the words "went through the" appear, even though they are supposed to appear – and do appear – later in the excerpt
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  46. File:722ZelenaPrison.png
    Picture of the Nautilus for comparison: File:606Underwater.png
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  50. TwitterLogo @keegolicious (Keegan Connor Tracy) on Twitter. "You would cry too if you got sucked into a vortex. AGAIN" (screenshot) (photograph)
  51. File:722PagesTurn.png
    File:722PagesTurn2.png
  52. 52.0 52.1 File:722PagesTurn3.png
    File:722PagesTurn4.png
    "Little Sister and Little Brother": Notice how the page on the left opens with "The little sister said, “Oh, I pray you, dear little brother, do not drink, or you will become a roe, and run away from me.” But the little brother had knelt by the brook, and had bent down and drunk some of the water, and as soon as the first drops touched his lips he lay there a young roe."
    "The Pink": Notice how the opposite page opens with the beginning of the fairy tale; "There was once a Queen, who had not been blessed with children. As she walked in her garden, she prayed every morning that a son or a daughter might be given to her."
  53. File:722WeaverHoldingOn.png
    File:722WeaverHoldingOn2.png
  54. 54.0 54.1 File:722PagesTurn5.png
    "Cinderella": Look for the words "pick, pick" and and a slightly re-worded version of "Then the girl took the dish to her step-mother, and was glad, and believed that now she would be allowed to go with them to the festival. But the step-mother said, “No, Cinderella, you have no clothes and you can not dance. You would only be laughed at.”
    "Little Sister and Little Brother": Notice how the opposite page starts with the opening of the fairy tale: "Little brother took his little sister by the hand and said, “Since our mother died we have had no happiness. Our step-mother beats us every day, and if we come near her she kicks us away with her foot. Our meals are the hard crusts of bread that are left over. And the little dog under the table is better off, for she often throws it a choice morsel. God pity us, if our mother only knew. Come, we will go forth together into the wide world.”"
  55. File:722PagesTurn6.png
    Notice how the text in the upper right hand corner on page 2 begins with "the idea came to him one day that the Prince might wish to go to his father some time, and he would thereby be placed in a very awkward position. So he took the maiden aside, and said to her, “Tonight, when the boy is asleep, go and drive this knife into his heart. Then bring me his heart and his tongue. If you fail to do it, you will lose your own life.”
  56. File:722RogersHoldingOn.png
    File:722RogersHoldingOn2.png
    File:722RogersHoldingOn3.png
    First page: Look for "The Prince stayed on at the castle for a time, thinking of his mother, and wondering if she was still alive. At last he said to the maiden, “I am going into my own country. If you like you can go with me; I will take you.” She answered, “Alas! it is so far off, and what should I do in a strange country where I know no one?”.
    Second page: Opens with (note that many of the words are off-screen; this is the text in its entirety) "The King was furious when he saw him, and ordered him to be thrown into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman said further, “My father, would you like to see the maiden who so tenderly saved my life when she was ordered to kill me, although by so doing she might have lost her own life?” The King answered, “Yes, I will gladly see her.” Then his son said, “Gracious father, I will show her to you first in the guise of a beautiful flower.” He put his hand into his pocket, and brought out the pink. It was a finer one than the King had ever seen before. Then his son said, “Now, I will show her to you in her true form.”"
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  66. File:122MyMothersRing.png
  67. File:722ClappingForRegina4.png
  68. File:710LuckyWeAre.png
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    InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) June 12, 2018.  Retrieved on May 24, 2019. "Huge thanks to Tiera for not running me over in the food truck 😂 even though I technically was standing in the middle of the road 😂" (archive copy)
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    TwitterLogo @jmarie83 (Joyce Scott) on Twitter. "We have horses, black knights and blue screen. I haven't seen any cast yet, but we've been told @colinodonoghue1 is here!" (screenshot)
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