FAIRY TALE END­ING?

The sea­son’s big­gest bat­tle comes to a head in the two-part sea­son 6 fi­nale of “Once Upon a Time,” air­ing Sun­day.

The Hamilton Spectator - - THE SPEC TV - BY MARY FOURNIER

The fi­nale is here, and the sea­son’s big­gest bat­tle comes to a head in the two-part sea­son 6 fi­nale of “Once Upon a Time,” air­ing Sun­day, May 14, on ABC and CTV. The show that brings beloved fairy-tale char­ac­ters to life is set to wrap up the sea­son in a big way.

“O.U.A.T.” has shown us the lives of some of our favourite fairy-tale char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Ariel, Mu­lan and Jas­mine, in sto­ries that dif­fer greatly from the ver­sions we know and love. This sea­son has been a roller-coaster ride for the cit­i­zens of Sto­ry­brooke. From love to loss, hap­pi­ness to sad­ness, ev­ery­one is deal­ing with some­thing, but noth­ing can pre­pare them for what’s com­ing.

At the start of the cur­rent sea­son, Emma (Jen­nifer Mor­ri­son, “House”) be­gan hav­ing vi­sions and tremors — pre­mo­ni­tions of her im­pend­ing death. In a re­cur­ring vi­sion, she fights with a cloaked fig­ure who steals her sword and mur­ders her. Cen­tral to the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son is Emma’s fear of her fate and, along with her friends and fam­ily, she tries to fig­ure out who this mys­te­ri­ous hooded per­son is, and why he or she wants to kill her.

Emma didn’t have to look far, as Rumplestilt­skin (Robert Car­lyle, “Trainspot­ting,” 1996) and Belle’s (Em­i­lie de Ravin, “Lost”) son Gideon (Giles Matthey, “The Duel,” 2016), has now been re­vealed as the one who wants to kill her. A com­plex sto­ry­line sees the baby aducted by the ne­far­i­ous Black Fairy (Jaime Mur­ray, “De­fi­ance”), who also hap­pens to be Rumple’s mother. When Gideon re­turns full-grown, thanks to some tricks of time, it’s dis­cov­ered that Emma fac­tors into his plan to kill his ab­duc­tor, the Black Fairy.

While Emma’s bat­tle with Gideon takes some un­ex­pected twists and turns, the sud­den ar­rival of the Black Fairy sig­nals the be­gin­ning of the real, cli­mac­tic fi­nal bat­tle. And that’s where we find our­selves as the much-an­tic­i­pated two-part fi­nale pre­mieres.

Sea­son 6 is an end in more ways than one, as show cre­ators Ed­ward Kit­sis and Adam Horowitz — who have both also writ­ten episodes of “Lost,” among other suc­cess­ful se­ries — said the sea­son marks the end of the main sto­ry­line that has been the cen­tral fo­cus of the en­tire se­ries, re­gard­less of whether the show is re­newed for a sev­enth sea­son. As Henry (Jared S. Gil­more, “Mad Men”) fin­ishes the last chap­ter of the book, some of the show’s ma­jor sto­ry­lines wrap up, and some char­ac­ters pre­pare to de­part the se­ries.

Josh Dal­las (“Thor,” 2011), who plays Prince Charm­ing and Emma’s fa­ther, told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly that the fi­nale is “all about the fi­nal bat­tle, the fi­nal bat­tle that Emma is clearly in­volved with, and it’s life or death.”

Mor­ri­son ex­pressed the same sen­ti­ments, say­ing: “They’re re­al­iz­ing that they’re at the end of the book. They’re like, ‘What does that mean, the end of the book? Does the end of the book mean a happy end­ing? Does the end of the book mean she dies?’”

What­ever hap­pens, Emma has her loved ones by her side, in­clud­ing Snow White (Gin­nifer Good­win, “He’s Just Not That Into You,” 2009), her mother; Regina (Lana Par­rilla, “Mi­ami Med­i­cal”), her one­time en­emy turned friend; Henry, her son; and Cap­tain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue, “The Rite,” 2011), her fi­ancé.

Whether the show fol­lows a typ­i­cal fairy-tale end­ing or not, a sev­enth sea­son should point the se­ries in a new di­rec­tion. ABC en­ter­tain­ment pres­i­dent Chan­ning Dungey told EW that sea­son 7 could of­fer “a spring­board to a new nar­ra­tive stand­point. ... [That] doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that we’re not bring­ing the cast back, it’s just: How do you kind of hit the re­set but­ton?”

Mor­ri­son, Par­rilla, O’Donoghue and Car­lyle are cur­rently in ne­go­ti­a­tions for a new sea­son, but noth­ing is con­firmed. While on “The Drop-In With Will Mal­nati,” Mor­ri­son said: “We’re just kind of wait­ing now to see if the net­work de­cides to con­tinue with the show — and if they do con­tinue with the show, if they are go­ing to re­work it to be some­thing else, or if they’re go­ing to in­vite peo­ple to stay. It’s re­ally com­pli­cated.”

Jen­nifer Mor­ri­son stars in “Once Upon a Time”

Jaime Mur­ray as seen in “Once Upon a Time”

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