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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.


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]


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 where Henry is riding down Storybrooke Main Street in the newly created United Realms was originally accompanied with a sequence with Tilly, Margot and Rogers in front of Granny's Diner.[3] There are a couple of lines where they say that they are heading somewhere (meaning Roni's coronation) and Rogers asks Henry, "Did you get it?", meaning Roni's crown.[4] At the same time, Archie and Pongo are walking down the street.[3] There was also a sequence where Henry is wearing the same costume and riding through a forest,[5] presumably on his way to Roni's coronation.

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.[6] While shooting the Main Street segment, Andrew J. West rode a fake horse on a flatbed truck while a stunt double rode a real horse. The actor also rode the horse while it wasn't in full gallop.[3]



Special Guest Star

Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • CAST NOTES: This episode contains the most number of guest starring and uncredited cast members in the whole series.
  • PRESS RELEASE: Sleepy and Dr. Whale's names are misspelled "Sleep" and "Dr. Wale", respectively, in the press release.[2]
  • The credit of Dr. Whale is a mistake in itself as David Anders does not appear in the episode. It is likely that the release was meant to read David Avalon instead, since Doc does appear and is missing in the press release.
  • Jakob Davies, who portrayed Pinocchio for most of the show, being replaced by his younger brother Jack Davies by the time of the Season Six episode "The Song in Your Heart",[22] accompanied Jack to the set on the last day of filming for the series finale.[23]
    • It is also confusing for Pinocchio to be there, since both August and Wish Pinocchio were adults by the time of when there were last seen.
  • ABANDONED IDEAS: Originally, Emma and Hook's baby was not going to appear on the show.[24]
  • Roni's coronation took two days to film.[25] Each side of the crowds were filmed separately.[20] According to Adam Horowitz, everyone, including Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla, worked the first day.[25] Rose Reynolds was not present when Jennifer filmed her segments[20] on the first day.[25] Ginnifer Goodwin's and Josh Dallas' portion of the scene was shot on the second day. By that time, Jennifer had left for scheduling reasons. The only interactions that had to be digitally "faked" were between Emma, Snow and David.[25]
  • At a fan convention in 2018, Rebecca Mader proposed the series finale would involve everyone from all the realms ending up all together in Storybrooke, despite not knowing at the time that this is exactly what would happen in the episode script.[26]
  • REUSED FOOTAGE: The shot of a garden pinwheel of Tinker Bell on a house lawn in Storybrooke at the end of the episode[27] is stock footage from the Season One premiere "Pilot".[28]
  • It is unclear when the ending of the episode takes place. The fact that Roni seems to cast the Dark Curse right after the events of the death of Weaver makes it a time paradox, since the events of this episode occurs before Henry graduates from high school, making it impossible for some of the characters existing in the Royal Castle. However, there is also no explanation if the group first finds a way to get back to their original timeline, or the Dark Curse that Roni casts automatically sends them to that time. Regardless, it remains unknown.
  • Kevin Santarosa, a production staff member on the show, appears as a guest at Roni's coronation.[9] He can be seen standing behind Rogers and next to Marco.[29]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

"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.
  • STORYBOOK CONTENT: An excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Pink" can be seen in Mary Margaret's prison book.[35] The translation is taken from The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, a 1909 edition of Grimms' Fairy Tales published by Doubleday, Page & New York, translated by a "Mrs. Edgar Lucas" and illustrated by the famous book illustrator Arthur Rackham (link to text). Some of the text in Mary Margaret's storybook is obscured or illegible; the following is the excerpt in its entirety (note that the excerpt on page one actually takes place before the excerpt on page two; also note that the topmost line glimpsed on the first page, which ends with "for the", is not from "The Pink"; most of the text on page one is obscured, but an identical text can be seen on the back of a prop page created for Lucy's book, auctioned off on eBay.[36] The prop page reveals that page one in Mary Margaret's book actually consists of excerpts from no less than three fairytales: "The Four Skillful Brothers", "The Seven Ravens" and "The Pink"; the top line glimpsed on-screen is actually from "The Seven Ravens". Also note that the prop page concludes with an excerpt from "The Four Skillful Brothers"; however, this excerpt does not appear on-screen. In addition, the second page opens with the words "A long time ago", which were added by the prop makers; they are not in the original fairytale.):


aside, and said to her, 'To-night, 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.' Then he went away ; but when the
next day came the Maiden had not yet obeyed his com-
mand, and she said, ' Why should I shed his innocent
blood, when he has never done harm to any creature in
his life? ' The Cook again said, 'If you do not obey me,
you will lose your own life.' When he had gone away,
she ordered a young hind to be brought and killed ; then
she cut out its heart and its tongue, and put them on a
dish. When she saw the old man coming she said to the
boy, ' Get into bed, and cover your-self right over.' The
old scoundrel came in and said, 'Where are the tongue
and the heart of the boy?


A long time ago 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 daughter might be
given to her. Then one day an Angel came, and said to
her: 'Be content: you shall have a son, and he shall be
endowed with the power of wishing, so that whatsoever
he wishes for shall be granted to him.' She hurried to the
King, and told him the joyful news; and when the time
came a son was born to them, and they were filled with
Every morning the Queen used to take her little
son into the gardens, where the wild animals were kept,
to bathe him in a clear, sparkling fountain. It happened
one day, when the child was a little older, that as she sat
with him on her lap she fell asleep.
The old Cook, who knew that the child had the
power of wishing, came by and stole it; he also killed a
Chicken, and dropped some of its blood on the Queen's
garments. Then he took the child away to a secret place,
where he placed it out to be nursed. Then he ran back to
the King, and accused the Queen of having allowed her
child to be carried off by a wild animal.
When the King saw the blood on the Queen's garments

he believed the story, and was overwhelmed with anger.
He caused a high tower to be built, into which neither
the sun nor the moon could penetrate. Then he ordered
his wife to be shut up in it, and the door walled up. She
was to stay there for seven years, without eating or
drinking, so as gradually to pine away. But two Angels
from heaven, in the shape of white doves, came to
her, bringing food twice a day till the seven years were
Meanwhile the Cook thought, 'If the child really
has the power of wishing, and I stay here, I might easily
fall into disgrace.' So he left the palace, and went to the
boy, who was then old enough to talk, and said to him,
'Wish for a beautiful castle, with a garden, and every-
thing belonging to it.' Hardly had the words passed the
boy's lips than all that he had asked for was there.
After a time the Cook said, 'It is not good for you
to be so much alone; wish for a beautiful Maiden to be
your companion.'
The Prince uttered the wish, and immediately a
Maiden stood before them, more beautiful than any paint-
er could paint. So they grew very fond of each other,
and played together, while the old Cook went out hun-

  • STORYBOOK CONTENT: 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 book contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairy tale "Little Brother and Little Sister".[37]
  • The opposite page contains another excerpt from "The Pink".[37] The same excerpt can be seen in the storybook lying next to Weaver.[38]
  • Another page contains a blurred excerpt from the Grimm version of the "Cinderella" fairytale.[39] The opposite page contains another excerpt from "Little Brother and Little Sister".[39]
  • A third excerpt from "The Pink" can be glimpsed on another page.[40]
  • Yet another excerpt from "The Pink" is printed in the storybook next to Rogers.[41]
  • Maleficent takes the form of a dragon, a mythological creature from European, Asian and Middle Eastern folklore.[42]
  • Zorro, the well-known hero first featured in the novel The Curse of Capistrano, is mentioned and revealed to be Lily's father.
    • According to Edward Kitsis, they couldn't get the rights to the character, which is the reason why he doesn't appear in the episode.[30]

Props Notes

  • The illustration in Roni's book[46] is based on a frame of Regina from the Season Four premiere "A Tale of Two Sisters".[47]
  • The illustration in Mary Margaret's book[48] is based on a frame of Snow White from the Season One episode "Red-Handed".[49]
  • The illustration in Kelly's book[50] is based on a promotional image of Zelena for Season Three.[51]
  • The text page next to Snow White's picture reads (some of the text appears on-screen,[52] while the rest of it can be seen on a prop page which was auctioned off online in November 2019;[53] text that cannot be seen (or is indecipherable) on-screen is set in fuchsia, or, in the case of links, is underlined):

Sandstorms whipped around Snow White as she
trekked through the endless deserts of Agrabah. Things
were looking dire. The oasis she imagined had turned
out to be nothing but a mirage, a cruel trick of sunlight
and fatigue, and she was in desperate need of some water.
If only her camel hadn't run off! She could have been
back in the city by now and sought shelter from this
dreadful storm. Snow looked at the ground to see
her footprints had disappeared. Now she knew not in
which direction she had come or which direction she was
going. Which way was forward and which way was
back? It was quite impossible to tell. Snow sunk to the
ground in defeat when a golden scarab landed on her
hand. She gazed at it, eyebrows furrowed in confusion,
when the scarab flitted off. Snow took after it --perhaps if
she followed, the desert creature would lead her to a
source of water. Snow wrapped the scarf around her to
protect herself as best as she could from the elements as she
followed the little bug darting though the air. When
suddenly, the ground began to shake around her! The
sand beneath Snow's feet began to rise in mounds,
threatening to bury her alive as Snow backed away on
terror. She watched as the mounds of sands began to take

shape -- forming the head of a giant tiger! Snow
gasped. Was this the legendary Cave of Wonders?
Suddenly, the Tiger spoke to her with a deep, rumbling,
intimidating voice. "Who disturbs my slumber?" the
Tiger roared down at Snow. Snow faced him uncertain-
ly. "It is I, Snow White. And it is not treasure that I
seek, merely shelter from this storm." The Tiger con-
sidered her for a moment. "I will allow you to pass.
But touch nothing within or you will never see the open
sky again." Snow shuddered at the thought. It seemed
a dangerous proposition to walk into the jaws of this
Tiger, but what choice did she have? Perhaps if she
could wait out the storm, the skies would be clear again
tomorrow and she would be able to find her way out of
this desert. Snow took a deep breath and thanked the
Tiger for its hospitality. And with that, she walked into
his jaws and into the gaping darkness.
but his own heart [sic]

  • The accompanying illustration shows Snow White in the middle of the Agrabah desert. The caption reads "The shifting sands had Snow disorientated and heartsick with yearning."[52]
  • The character being trapped in a desert realm is ironic, given that her first name is Snow.
  • The story is based on Disney's Aladdin, where the Disney version of the Cave of Wonders is a hidden cavern filled with riches. It is protected by a sand guardian taking the form of a massive tiger's head, which kills anyone besides the chosen individual who attempts to enter. The location of the cave is revealed by using a magical golden scarab beetle.
  • The back of the prop page that was auctioned off contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale of "The Seven Ravens".[53]
  • The illustration in Roni's book 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.[46]
  • According to a prop page auctioned off online, Roni's unhappy ending reads:[54]

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-
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
Regina knew the most important thing she could
do was not lose hope. There had to be a way to escape,
a way back to Henry and her family. Maybe, she thought,
she could use magic to conjure a rowboat. She extended
her arm toward the sea, flexed her hand... but nothing
happened. Regina realized in this realm, she was
powerless. Her magic was gone.
Ever determined, Regina would not let this setback
stop her from escaping this prison. She took a deep
breath, and without hesitation, she dove into the water.
Regina swam, every stroke and kick filled with the prom-

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.

  • The back of the page contains a combination of excerpts from the Grimm fairytales "The Seven Ravens" and "The Pink".[54]
  • An unseen page from Roni's book also contains a combination of excerpts from "The Seven Ravens" and "The Pink".[55] Another unseen page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Little Sister and Little Brother" combined with another excerpt from "The Pink".[55] Another unseen page contains another excerpt from "The Pink", while a third page contains another excerpt from "Little Sister and Little Brother".[56]
  • 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."[57]
  • A prop page auctioned off online on eBay in November 2019 reveals the unhappy ending planned for Kelly:[58]

The Wicked Witch paced up and down the Cap-
's Chambers of the Nautilus, cursing the bloody
heroes, mocking the gumption that got her into this
mess. "Let's save the world! Things will always work
out! The good guys always win!" Well, they didn't
win this time. Wish Rumplestiltskin had his way and
now they were all separated. and sure, a large part of
Zelena didn't mind the solitude. She often took to her
farmhouse for weeks on end just to recharge. But her
farmhouse was infinitely better than this rat-infested hole,
and this time, Zelena was separated from her own daugh-
ter. It destroyed her to think of little Robin, left all
alone in Storybrooke, wondering what happened to
Mummy. Zelena vowed to get back to her, even if she
had to break through one of these portals and swim
there. Although Zelena didn't know how to swim. It
was a secret she had long held from the others, fearing an
enemy might use it against her... or that someone might
mock her. Not that any one should be surprised that
Zelena was water-shy; she was the bloody Wicked Witch
of the West, after all. Some might say water was her
Achilles Heel. Although she'd probably say it was the
backstroke that she feared most.

Zelena had to admit that Wish Rumplestiltskin had a
flare for dramatics and pain, trapping her in this water-
tight sardine can. Not only was she surrounded by
water, but he knew very well that she found fish bloody
disgusting and that traditional was her very least favorite
type of interior design. She dug her toes into the elabo-
rate rug beneath her. "Repulsive," she thought. And
that music! The Captain's pipe organ magically droned
on incessantly day and night. How many sea chanteys
must one listen to until they go mad? "What I
wouldn't give for one bloody round of Chopsticks,"
Zelena thought.
Suddenly the Nautilus shuddered, as if hit with ten
thousand pounds of force. The screws popped from the
walls and water sprouted in, spraying Zelena in the face.
"I'm under attack," she thought, terrified. Zelena ran
to the portal to see what hit her. And then she saw it...
"Giant bloody squid," Zelena sighed. As if this
under the sea entrapment couldn't get any worse...

  • The giant squid is a reference to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the original story that the Nautilus is from (on Once Upon a Time, they are replaced by krakens, even though the show introduced giant squids before). The pipe organ is also based on the novel, where Captain Nemo has a piano-organ aboard the Nautilus and likes to play it.
  • Another unseen page from Zelena's book contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Seven Ravens", while a third page contains an excerpt from an alternate version of the Brothers Grimm's version of the "Cinderella" fairytale, where the titular character is known as Ash-Maiden.[58]
  • A somewhat blurred version of Rogers' illustration can be seen upside-down when he holds his own book.[59]
  • 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:[60]
  • "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."
  • A prop page auctioned off on eBay in January 2019 reveals Lucy's unhappy ending:[36]

Lucy looked out the window one more
time. "That makes about a thousand
since I got here," she thought, despon-
dently. It had only been a day, but that
day had felt like a year. Lucy wondered
if eventually her hair, like Rapunzel's, would grow long
enough that it would allow her to escape. But she had an
idea that Rumplestiltskin wouldn't make it that easy.
Probably, she would be old before her hair got that long.
Or perhaps escaping the tower would only set her free in
a realm where she was a friendless stranger, still without
a way to get back to those who loved and cared for her.
At least the basic necessities were provide for her.
There as a hearth with a warm fire that seemed to
magically regenerate itself without either consuming
wood or filling the air with smoke. The flue had at first
struck her as a possible route for escape, but even if she
could make it to the roof of the tall tower, there was still
no safe way to the ground.
Food was provided as well, a small haunch of meat
at midday, along with an out gruel and a bucket of fresh
well water, all provided by magic. And there was a soft
bed waiting for her when she exhausted herself with

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
Rumple, or the universe, the satisfaction.
She knew she should keep up hope right now.
But it was hard to have hope in this moment, with her
father and mother so far away, no doubt trapped in their
own stories of isolation. "I'm thinking of you," she said
to the sky outside the window as the first star
began to appear. "I'm with you," she added. But she
didn't say, "I have hope." She didn't want to lie.

  • Lucy's unhappy ending is a reference to her step grandmother's imprisonment in Gothel's tower in "One Little Tear".
  • The back of the page contains another excerpt from "The Seven Ravens".

  • Rogers' unhappy ending was revealed in a prop page auctioned off on eBay in January 2020:[61]

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 to recall. But
perhaps he had met his match in Wonderland, where
nothing made any bloody sense to him. In fact it was all
quite upside-down. Hook feared he would be lost in this
absurd place forever. It was a miracle at all that he
managed to escape from the rabid Bandersnatch. If only
that ridiculous Caterpillar hadn't been so out of his mind
as to point Hook into a bloody den of them! Hook
climbed atop a large mushroom and surveyed the land
around him. In the distance, he could see the Infinite
. Should he try his luck in that dastardly labyrinth?
Maybe the only way out was to go in.But Hook shook
his head to himself. There had to be some other way.
Hook turned and faced east where the Tulgey Woods lay
before him. The trees grew thick and menacingly in
those parts shrouding the woods in a perpetual darkness.
As Hook most often used the stars to navigate this way,
not being able to see them would present quite the prob-
lem. Perhaps his best chance would be to go through
the Meadow of Living Flowers. Hook had heard tales of

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 could win. The Meadow of Living
Flowers it would be. Hook climbed down from his
perch on the giant mushroom -- only to find himself
surrounded by more Bandersnatches! Bloody hell. Hook
raised his cutlass threateningly, but the Bandersnatches
only circled him more tightly. Should he fight them off
or make a run for it? Hook slowly counted down in
his head. Three.... two... one. And with that, he
bolted, the pack of Bandersnatches hot on his heel.

  • Rogers' unhappy ending is a reference to his daughter Alice's trips to New Wonderland, as described in "Hyperion Heights" and "Pretty in Blue".
  • The Bread-and-Butterfly, which does not appear on the show, is a creature from Lewis Carroll's novel Through the Looking-Glass.
  • The Meadow of Living Flowers, which also does not appear on the show, is based on the garden of live flowers from the second chapter of the novel Through the Looking Glass, and the meadow based on the same garden from the animated Disney film Alice in Wonderland.
  • The back of the prop page contains yet another excerpt from "Little Sister and Little Brother".
  • A prop photo posted on Instagram reveals that Tilly's book shows Alice in a winter forest with a frozen waterfall in the background.[62] The illustration was created from a frame of Alice in the New Enchanted Forest in "The Girl in the Tower".[63]
    • The caption reads "Alice shivered [obscured]ately to keep [obscured]".[62]
    • According to a prop page auctioned off on eBay, Tilly's unhappy ending reads:[64]

It was cold, Alice thought to herself. Really cold.
Alice hadn't seen her breath like that since last winter in
Hyperion Heights. She watched as the breath floated off
into the starry night. A moment ago she had thought
she saw the light of a city in the distance, but as her
eyes adjusted she came to realize it was simply the moon
reflected off the frozen tundra that stretched away to
forever. Alice wasn't just cold, she was alone. Alice
slumped on a rock, hugging herself, trying to keep warm.
She wondered if she would survive the night. And more
than that, she wondered if she would ever see her father,
or Robin, again. She had spent so much of her life alone,
now it looked like that's how she would end her life.
Only just then, the rock beneath her bum began to
quake. Startled, Alice sprung to her feet, but the rock
rolled toward her as if in pursuit! She turned to fee, but
another rock from nearby her side rolled her way. And
another from behind her. And a dozen more, from all
directions. They circled, herding Alice through an obvi-
ous attack pattern! Alice readied herself. For what, she
did not know when -- The rocks unfurled themselves, as
rocks almost never do. Arms and legs formed on each as
one after the other they revealed themselves to be little

stone men. None were taller than Alice's knee, but
together they made an intimidating force. Alice knew
exactly what they were: Trolls. She had experience with
trolls, but she didn't know what to make of this little
army that surrounded her now. She was scared --

  • The back of the prop page contains another excerpt from "The Seven Ravens".

  • A behind the scenes photograph posted by Keegan Connor Tracy on Twitter,[65] and a prop page auctioned off on eBay,[66] reveal 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".
  • According to the eBay auction, the back of the illustration contains another excerpt from "The Seven Ravens".[66]
  • An alternate prop page auctioned off on a different website, contains a different story on the back of the page, in the form of yet another excerpt from "The Pink".[67]
  • According to another prop page, auctioned off on eBay, Blue's story reads:[68]

The Blue Fairy soon realized she wasn't in her
home anymore. In fact, she wasn't anywhere near her
home. She was in another realm entirely, and that
wasn't even the worst part of all of this. Not only had the
spell ripped her away from home, it had brought her
somewhere very dark, and very dangerous. Because this
was not an ordinary forest, and these trees that surround-
ed her, nearly blotting the sky, certainly weren't ordinary
tress. They were moving, slow at first, then faster, their
branches starting to articulate like limbs, their knotted
trunks forming what began to look almost like a face if
you squinted just right. The Blue Fairy thought for a
moment of flying into the air for safety, but saw the
branches closing over her like some kind of net, meant
to catch things that foolishly sailed into the sky. She set
herself for a battle, realizing that she may need every bit
of magic she possessed to make it out alive. As
she prepared herself, she tried to remember the lessons
that had been taught to her as a novice fairy, all those
years ago. To be confident and brave and remember that
fairies are emblems of goodness in the world. And what-
ever forces of darkness may be arrayed against them, the
goodness will l always win. She said those words over and

over in her mind trying to give herself the strength,
trying to imagine that her sisters were with her. But she
found that courage was hard to summon as self doubt
crept in. If only she hadn't been so foolish, she
thought, allowing herself to be captured. She shook
those thoughts out of her mind, knowing that no
time for negative self talk. This was a time to be reso-
lute and strong, and everything a fairy must be to sur-

  • David's unhappy ending appears in a storybook page which was auctioned off online in October 2019:[69]

Growing up, Prince Charming has always wanted
to have brothers. He had dreamed of hacing a pack of
other boys to run around with and play games and rogh-
house. He had always through that would be the idyllic
childhood. And yet here he ways, trapped with the Lost
, as they lived out the dark and twisted version of
that childhood fantasy. Here, the "brothers" always
seemed to be in some sort of competition with each
other, and more often than not, the competition turned
deadly. They all dreamed of being the first among the boys,
and they would do anything to prove that they were the
most capable, the strongest, the deadliest.They tried to
drag Charming into their dark games, but he wanted
nothing to do with them, or this place. All he wanted
was to be back home. To see his wife and children
again. But he had learned through bitter experience,
that was impossible now. The magic that brought him to
this realm insured [sic] that he would never escape from it. So
he had nothing to do but look out into the dark water,
completely alone, dreaming of the life he once had. All
he wanted was to be back in his comfortable home in
Storybrooke, telling this tale along with the others.
Tales about impossible moment, the close calls, the

daring escapes. And yet, something told him that this
time was different. That something her was per-
manent. After all, it was always family working
together that got each other out if trouble. But for the
first time in many year he felt alone. Like maybe
this time, hope would not win the day.

  • David's unhappy ending is a reference to the first half of Season Three, where he was poisoned with dreamshade during his stay in Neverland and the cost of the cure was that he could never leave the island.
  • The backside of the page contains yet another excerpt from "The Pink".[69]
  • According to a different prop auction from October 2020, the back of the page with the illustration (mentioned earlier in the trivia) contains another excerpt from "The Seven Ravens".[70]
  • STORYBOOK CONTENT: 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.[71] It is called "The Sleeping Princess" and is from the 1916 fairy tale collection The Allies' Fairy Book (link to page), illustrated by the famous book English book illustrator Arthur Rackham.

Costume Notes

  • ABANDONED IDEAS: Henry was originally supposed to wear a fairytale outfit for Roni's coronation, but they went with a contemporary suit instead.[81]

Filming Locations


  • 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.

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (May 21, 2018). ‘Blindspot,’ ’20/20,’ ‘Life Sentence,’ ‘Harry & Meghan’ special all adjust down: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) – F (...) 2.27”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Friday, May 18, 2018. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#722) "Leaving Storybrooke".”
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gittins, Susan (March 28, 2018). SERIES FINALE: ONCE UPON A TIME in Steveston as Storybrooke With New Hook, New Henry, New Alice, New Robin & Archie. Hollywood North Buzz. “Is that Nook — new Hook — at Granny’s Diner? And new Henry riding a horse down the street. As Archie and Pogo walk toward him. Plus Alice and her girlfriend Robin aka MadArcher. (...) Henry riding down the street was a combination of Andrew J. West on a fake horse on a flatbed truck and a stunt double on a real horse. (...) Andrew J. West did ride the horse later — when it wasn’t at a full gallop. (...) Alice and Robin (Rose Reynolds and Tiera Skovbye) aka MadArcher at Granny's Diner.”
  4. Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 18, 2018). Once Upon a Time Bosses Break Down Series Finale's 'Epic' Reunion, Pilot Callback and Other Favorite Moments. TVLine. “TVLINE | Adam, I saw you on set for the finale, and I feel like one of the scenes we saw being prepped didn't make it, with Hook, Robin and Tilly on Granny's porch. HOROWITZ | The scene is there briefly at the end, when we cut back to Storybrooke and see the [Henry on the] horse riding down Main Street. There initially were a couple of lines where they say that they're heading somewhere, to set up the mystery of the coronation. KITSIS | All it was was Wish Hook saying to Henry, "Did you get it?," meaning the crown.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 TwitterLogo.svg @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (March 22, 2018) (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (March 22, 2018) (screenshot)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 It is unknown if this character is supposed to be their main reality version or their Wish Realm version.
  8. The credits of the episode identify Young Robin Hood as Margot, her cursed persona.
  9. 9.0 9.1 InstagramIcon.png santarossa_leather (Kevin Santarossa). May 19, 2018. "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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  11. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (March 14, 2018). "Here is the last #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler ever. It's been fun! Hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
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  13. InstagramIcon.png officialmeghanory (Meghan Ory). April 16, 2018. "Thank you #onceuponatime & #oncers for a wonderful adventure. Man will I miss that cape and Ruby’s wild hair! #littlereds i sadly won’t be in the finale because of scheduling conflicts but I wish I could have been there. Can't wait to see what magic is spun" (archive copy)
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  19. 19.0 19.1 InstagramIcon.png roseareyn (Rose Reynolds). April 5, 2018. "Incoming!" (archive copy)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Once Upon A Time Season 7 Episode 22 Review w/ Rose Reynolds. AfterBuzz TV SciFi, Fantasy & Superheroes, YouTube. Retrieved on May 29, 2018.
  21. InstagramIcon.png joyamor (joy♡amor). March 28, 2018. "Found ourselves brunching in #Storybrooke this morning with @vancitymeg Yay for #PlayingHooky! ❤❤ Lucky to have been able to catch the last couple days of filming for the end of the series - and that it's right in my backyard!! Apparently, fans from all over the world flew into town to be a part of this event!!" (archive copy)
  22. Hood, Amy (May 3, 2017). Pinocchios All Around! Brothers Jakob and Jack Davies Sharing the Classic Role for Once!. Once Upon a Fan. Archived from the original on October 13, 2017. Retrieved on 2018-04-29.
  23. InstagramIcon.png keegolicious (Keegan Connor Tracy). May 17, 2018. "Last day of shooting #onceuponatime. A little Pinocchio reunion - with a bonus Pinocchio!" (archive copy)
  24. Abrams, Natalie (February 2, 2018). The Hot Seat: Once Upon a Timebosses answer your burning Qs. Entertainment Weekly. “Any chance we will meet Killian and Emma's child in future episodes? HOROWITZ: No.”
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 File:TWAdamHorowitzLA-722-2.png
    Note that Adam Horowitz later deleted his own tweet; however, the tweet he is answering is still online:
    TwitterLogo.svg @bresap13 (Breanna) on Twitter (May 24, 2018). "Why would the writer lie that scene was shot twice one with jen and on with gosh since gosh wasn't their [sic] that day they filmed" (screenshot)
  26. Abrams, Natalie (May 19, 2018). Once Upon a Time's Rebecca Mader accidentally spoiled the series finale. Entertainment Weekly.
  27. 27.0 27.1 File:722TinkerBell.png
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  30. 30.0 30.1 Abrams, Natalie (March 18, 2018). Once Upon a Time bosses on that surprise series finale ending. Entertainment Weekly.
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  34. Cinderella. World of Tales. Retrieved on November 3, 2021. “And as Cinderella wept at this, 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 back-door into the garden and cried (...) Household tales by the Brothers Grimm. Notes: Translated by Margaret Hunt, this is the only book that contains the complete collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales - 200 fairy tales and 10 legends. Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Published: 1884.”
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  36. 36.0 36.1 ONCE UPON A TIME TV Series Lucy Storybook Pages Prop. eBay (January 2020). Archived from the original on January 9, 2020. (File:722Prop7.jpg) (File:722Prop8.jpg)
  37. 37.0 37.1 File:722PagesTurn3.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."
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    "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.”"
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    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.”
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    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.”"
  42. Dragon. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on November 17, 2021. “Dragon, in the mythologies, legends, and folktales of various cultures, a large lizard- or serpent-like creature, conceived in some traditions as evil and in others as beneficent. In medieval Europe, dragons were usually depicted with wings and a barbed tail and as breathing fire. (...) In general, in the Middle Eastern world, where snakes are large and deadly, the serpent or dragon was symbolic of the principle of evil. (...) In East Asian mythologies the dragon retains its prestige and is conceived as a beneficent creature. (...) Both Chinese and Japanese dragons, though regarded as powers of the air, are usually wingless. They are among the deified forces of nature in Daoism. Dragons also figure in the ancient mythologies of other Asian cultures, including those of Korea, India, and Vietnam.”
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  52. 52.0 52.1 File:722SnowPrison.png
  53. 53.0 53.1 Once Upon a Time - Snow White Storybook Page Prop (3267 [sic]. iCollector (November 2019). Archived from the original on November 3, 2021. (File:722Prop61.jpg) (File:722Prop62.jpg)
  54. 54.0 54.1 Once Upon a Time - Regina Storybook Page Prop (3268). iCollector. Archived from the original on July 28, 2021. (File:722Prop57.jpg) (File:722Prop57.jpg)
  55. 55.0 55.1 ONCE UPON A TIME TV Series Regina Storybrook Pages Prop (OUAT1374). eBay (February 22, 2019). Archived from the original on March 9, 2019. (Photograph; the excerpt from "The Seven Ravens" makes out the entire first column on the top page and ends with "...really to blame for the misfortune of her seven brothers" at the top of the second column; "The Pink" excerpt then follows; an excerpt from "Little Sister and Little Brother"" makes out the first column on the bottom page, while another excerpt from "The Pink" makes out the second column)
  56. ONCE UPON A TIME Storybook Page 'Regina'. Probabilia. Retrieved on May 5, 2019. (Photograph) (Photograph 2)
  57. File:722ZelenaPrison.png
    Picture of the Nautilus for comparison: File:606Underwater.png
  58. 58.0 58.1 ONCE UPON A TIME TV Zelena Storybook Pages Prop (1330). eBay (October 2019). Archived from the original on October 28, 2019. (Kelly's page) ("The Seven Ravens") ("Cinderella")
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    File:722HimFromDoing.png (original screenshot)
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    File:722HimFromDoing2.png (original screenshot)
  60. "Rumplestiltskin" Storybook pages written for "Snow White", "Regina", and "Zelena"".. icollector (December 2018). Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. (Photograph)
  61. ONCE UPON A TIME Storybook Page Prop. eBay (January 24, 2020). Archived from the original on January 28, 2020. (Photograph) (Back page)
  62. 62.0 62.1 File:IGmo co lee-722-3.png (photograph; note that you have to click on the photo to read the caption)
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  64. Once Upon a Time Alice Rogers Storybook Page (7066). eBay (January 2020). Archived from the original on January 28, 2020. (Photograph) (Back page)
  65. TwitterLogo.svg @keegolicious (Keegan Connor Tracy) on Twitter (August 31, 2018). "You would cry too if you got sucked into a vortex. AGAIN" (screenshot) (photograph)
  66. 66.0 66.1 Once Upon a Time Blue Fairy Storybook Page (7066). eBay (January 2020). Archived from the original on January 28, 2020. (Photograph) (Back page)
  67. Once Upon a Time – Blue Fairy Storybook Page (1368). iCollector (2019). Archived from the original on May 6, 2019. (File:722Prop45.jpg)
  68. ONCE UPON A TIME TV Series Storybook Page Prop (1387). eBay (May 2019). Archived from the original on May 27, 2019. (Photograph)
  69. 69.0 69.1 Once Upon a Time - Storybook Page (3269). iCollector (October 2019). Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. (File:722Prop41.jpg) (File:722Prop42.jpg)
  70. ONCE UPON A TIME ABC Disney Prince Charming Storybook Page Prop. eBay (October 2020). Archived from the original on October 25, 2020. (Photograph of back page)
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  81. InstagramIcon.png allisa_swanson (Allisa Swanson). July 19, 2020. "Henry from Ep 722, the Coronation. We ended up NOT using this and going with a contemporary suit. My illustration to finished product." (archive copy)
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  92. Screenshot from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
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  102. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). May 21, 2018. "I was shooting in a separate stage for 621 however I had to drop in and get a pic of Sean and Lana together ;)" (archive copy)
  103. InstagramIcon.png tvalisononset (Alison Fernandez). May 4, 2018. "We are so getting the gang together so Tune in tonight for a very special captivating episode of @abconceofficial "Once Upon A Time". Tonight's episode was directed by the awesome #RalphHemecker" (archive copy)
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  106. 106.0 106.1 Gittins, Susan (March 27, 2018). SERIES FINALE: Captain Swan (Colin O'Donoghue & Jennifer Morrison) & Baby on ONCE UPON A TIME for Big Green Screen Scene. Hollywood North Buzz. “Emma Swan aka Jennifer Morrison returned today for the Once Upon a Time series finale. She packed a few scenes into a short day of filming at The Bridge Studios. (...) The first scene: a big green screen crowd scene with Regina (Lana Parrilla), Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), Snow White and David (doubles), Henry (Andrew J. West), Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) and Lucy (Alison Fernandez). Who else was there? Emma and Hook's baby. (...) The Charmings (Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas) couldn’t be there today but are expected to film this scene next week with an Emma double so that the family can be together through the magic of green screen.”
  107. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). May 19, 2018. "Tonight marks the final episode of a show that I was fortunate to be a part of. During my time I have (...)" (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). June 12, 2018. "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)
  108. TwitterLogo.svg @canadagraphs (Canadagraphs) on Twitter (March 22, 2018). "#OnceUponATime filmed a scene with Colin O'Donoghue running at a group of knights in the middle of Central Park, then met the fans afterwards." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @jmarie83 (Joyce Scott) on Twitter (March 21, 2018). "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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