Once Upon a Time Series Finale Review: “Leaving Storybrooke”
On Friday night, Once Upon a Time’s last episode aired on ABC and it brought back a myriad of characters from Storybrooke, Hyperion Heights, and all other realms, where good won over evil and everyone got the happy ending they deserved.
The fact that the series started with Regina being the villain and Henry being the truest believer, the writers really brought the story full circle essentially by flipping the two. The different realms plus the time difference between Storybrooke and Hyperion Heights made it all a little confusing, especially because I don’t understand how Henry is graduating high school back in Storybrooke but is somehow also a full-grown married adult with a daughter in Hyperion Heights.
And then Regina enacting another curse to bring all the realms together into one was an interesting choice because now there were, at the very least, 2 versions of each character, which could make things confusing. But I guess the simplest explanation of it all is magic, which admittingly isn’t always sensible.
As great as Regina’s happy ending was, a part of me still wishes that Robin Hood could’ve come back somehow. It was a really sweet scene between the two in this episode but I also wish it was real. Robin Hood died a hero and he really helped push Regina in the right direction to become a hero and it would’ve been a really nice addition to have Robin be by her side. Not that she needs to have a man to have a happy ending but I’m still admitting a major #OutlawQueen fan.
Rumpelstiltskin’s story ending overall was, at the very least, bittersweet. Rumple did start out as a villain but redeeming himself throughout this entire season really reached its climax at the end. And I think Oncers alike all wanted him to eventually get his happy ending and reunite with Belle, and the fact that Rumple no longer needed to have The Guardian to get there made it that much sweeter. Taking out his own heart and letting Hook have it so that he could survive, therefore making his heart pure again, made it two happy endings.
Regina also became the queen of all the realms after everyone voted for her. And Emma coming back with Hook and their baby daughter, Hope reminded me of when Regina burst in through the doors when Snow and Charming were getting married back in the enchanted forest. I also think (or I’d at least like to think) that Emma referencing “Madam Mayor” was the writers’ way of acknowledging the #SwanQueen fans. But even if it wasn’t, it was at least a really sweet tie back to the show’s first season.
Overall, it was a nice ending to a great show. This show has always been more than just revamping old fairy tale stories. It’s an encouragement for people to choose good over evil and to have hope. It’ll be sad to see the show go but they had an amazing 7 year run.
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