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This article focuses on the Season Six episode.
For the next episode, see "The Final Battle Part 2".
For the actual battle, see the Final Battle.
For the special, see The Final Battle Begins.
She's the Savior. Of course the Final Battle isn't a war. It's a battle for her soul, for her belief. Her hope.
Snow White to Prince Charming, Hook and Regina

"The Final Battle Part 1" is the twenty-first episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and thirty-second episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 14, 2017.

This episode is the first part of the season six finale.


Henry awakens to a cursed Storybrooke and discovers Emma has been in the mental hospital, and the Black Fairy is the new mayor. Henry attempts to help Emma regain her memory while Gold tries to find out what has really happened to Belle. Meanwhile, Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land and desperately try to figure out a way to be reunited with Emma and Henry.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Henry and Archie: Extended

An extended version of the scene where Henry runs up to Dr. Hopper in the street. This version features additional elements: Granny driving Ruby's car and sitting with Archie while Leroy is walking past, and members of the Sisters of Saint Meissa walking in the street.[3]



Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage.



Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes


  • Prince Neal was born in "Kansas", which takes place in 2013, when Henry was twelve. However, according to the Black Fairy, Henry is fourteen years old in this episode ("Now, thanks to you, I have a 14-year-old boy, who still believes in fairy tales"). By this time, Neal should be already a two-year old toddler, while he is still just a baby at this point of "The Final Battle Part 1", just like he has been for the entire season.
    • In addition, according to Archie Hopper's cursed memories, Emma has been at the mental institution for two years, while according to Emma's cursed memories, she's been there ever since Henry ate the poisoned apple turnover. However, this incident took place 28 years after the first curse began in 1983 (this is proven in an episode that takes place after "An Apple Red as Blood", "Queen of Hearts", where a title card states that the episode takes place 28 years after the casting of the curse), while Henry was still ten years old.

Filming Locations

  • The scenes inside Regina's palace[72] and the scene with Emma and Henry on the roof,[73] all filmed on a blue-screen set at The Bridge Studios. The scene with Hook and Charming's climb up the beanstalk was also filmed in a blue-screen-clad studio.[26]
    • For the scene with Emma and Henry, the dais they were sitting on was real, as was some of the surrounding vegetation. The Storybrooke back-drop was added digitally in post-production.
    • For the scenes with Hook and Charming, the beanstalk was real, while the background was added digitally in post-production.
  • The scene where the Black Fairy pushed Henry down the stairs were filmed on a set at The Bridge Studios.[74] The stairs were covered in green-screen material,[74] which were digitally transformed into a real staircase during post-production.

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (May 16, 2017). ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ finale adjusts up: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – F (...) 2.95”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#621/622) "The Final Battle, Parts 1 & 2".”
  3. Tumblr It's too hot in this five star hell hole! — on Tumblr  (March 21, 2017). "Granny was driving Ruby's car (this was confirmed by Bev). Henry is walking around with the book, and runs up to Archie, who is walking Pongo. "What happened?" The director later gave Jared instructions during a shot, "Look towards the door. You know exactly where Emma is." So maybe the season ends with Emma going missing?" (screenshot)
    FlickrIconTemplate Bailey Belle. Storybrooke 2017-03 (March 21, 2017).  (archive copy)
    TwitterLogo @_swch_ (Sarah W) on Twitter (March 21, 2017). "Dr Hopper sitting with Granny and Grumpy walking past" (screenshot)
  4. InstagramIcon andrewbeha (Andrew Beha). March 31, 2019.  (archive copy)
    File:621TeleportingEveryone.png (the actor can be seen in the group behind Aladdin)
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  8. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's a twofer -- the final #OnceUponATime #titlespoilers of season 6 -- hope to see ya Sunday!" (screenshot)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Magazine facsimile
    TwitterLogo @colinodonoghue1 (Colin O'Donoghue) on Twitter (May 8, 2017). "Foot broke on the chair at the start!! Everything after that was on a broken foot. Glad you still liked it." (screenshot)
  10. Tumblr The Pirate's Swan — on Tumblr  (June 16, 2017). "But Colin had broken his foot singing his revenge, revenge song, so he’s got this, like, bloody boot on. Then you've got Aladdin who nearly died in a car crash, and got a broken leg on crutches, and none of them could walk. I might have made fun of both of them all day. Like come on then. Come on Captain Hook. And he's like (impression of Colin) "Ah Rebecca! Shut up!" (end impression) And Aladdin's on his thing. (...) Rebecca Mader at the OUAT Chicago con, in response to a fan’s question about the funniest moment on set." (screenshot)
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    Screenshot from Terminator 2: Judgment Day for comparison
    Screenshot from Terminator 2: Judgment Day for comparison
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  26. 26.0 26.1 InstagramIcon colinodonoghue1 (Colin O'Donoghue). June 14, 2017.  "Beanstalk!" (archive copy)
  27. File:621AnotherBloodyCurse.png
  28. File:621HerHandsomeHero2.png
  29. FAQ. TK. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017.

    This is Internet Archive's back-up copy of the FAQ section of a Malaysian web store (since the many variations of Lorem ipsum are default model texts used by many web pages still in their infancy, most pages using it are likely to be updated with "proper" text later, while a static back-up copy will remain the same), which uses a similar version – notice how this web page uses many of the words glimpsed in the book Her Handsome Hero, like "si veteres ita", "aevo interdum", "ad exemplar" and "poetas ad"
  30. Lorem Ipsum. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
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  45. Bend in the River at Morrow. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
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  51. "Regina Mills" Storybrooke costume ensemble from Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 3.. iCollector. Retrieved on December 1, 2018.
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  67. File:621HaventSeenTheMovie.png
  68. High Neck Tank VINCE. Nordstrom. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
    Vince HIGH NECK TANK. Pradux. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
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  70. File:101Entrance.png
  71. File:102DestroyYourHappiness.png
  72. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). January 18, 2019.  "back to stage 5 and the gang is hanging out between setups." (archive copy)
  73. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). September 28, 2018.  "Jmo and Jared sharing a rooftop mother son moment" (archive copy)
  74. 74.0 74.1 Tumblr I want a pirate mascot — Van Con 2017 set tour report: with spoilers on Tumblr  (March 27, 2017). "They filmed a stunt on these stairs leading up to Archie's office" (screenshot)

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    • I think originally she just wanted to protect her family, but then she got addicted to the power of being a magical being, and so wanted more of it.
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