It’s ABC’s most successful new show of the season and currently ranks as the network’s second-highest rated show, behind Modern Family and just above Grey’s Anatomy. Once Upon a Time currently has an “A-” grade on our network report card.
It looks like Once Upon a Time will be on the air for quite awhile. Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have a “bible” to keep track of timelines and character histories. They’re giving themselves a certain amount of creative freedom to change their minds but also have specific goal posts to meet along the way. They also seem to know how they want to end the tale and who should get the final bit of resolution.
Kitsis recently told TV Guide, “We want to make sure that five years from now, whatever thoughts we have [now], they’re still relevant… There’s a curse that needs to be broken, and these characters have had their happy endings ripped from them. Emma [Jennifer Morrison] comes in there trying to help them find their happy endings. Ultimately, the last happy ending is for Emma.”
They say that, before that can happen however, Emma must become the true hero of the story. It’s exciting for the writers because, as Kitsis notes, “Emma is essentially a new fairytale character… Emma’s journey is just beginning and it hasn’t been written yet.”
What do you think? Have you had any thoughts about how you’d like to see the series close? A typical fairy tale happy ending? How long should Once Upon a Time realistically go on? Three seasons? Five? Seven?
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