ABC has released the official season finale description for Once Upon A Time, airing May 11.
“Snow Drifts”/”There’s No Place Like Home” – While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny’s Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena’s time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change ANYTHING or risk altering the lives of their friends and family — as well as their very own existence, on the two-hour season finale of “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
So lets break it down a bit shall we?
Apparently, Snow and Charming are going to name their baby a significant name. What could it be? Actress Ginnifer Goodwin admitted that the name will be very unexpected and even made her a little emotional. Obviously names play a huge role in this fairy book story. I’m really out of ideas on this one, but what I do know is that the name will likely be a clue to something that will happen next season. Maybe a clue to where we’re going to next? The celebrations are held at Granny’s and it seems like the happiness isn’t going to last long before Hook and Emma get dragged to the past. But on the plus side, Red returns! Woohoo!
Hook/Swan shippers are going to hate the finale. Emma gets sucked into Zelena’s time portal and Hook isn’t about to let the love of his life go by herself. The duo ends up in the Enchanted Forest of the past, around the time Emma’s parents meet. Their mission is going to be not to change the past so that they don’t alter the future. Which means, they need to make sure that Snow and Charming meet and fall in love. I’m kind of envisioning this going totally sour. What happens if Snow and Charming don’t actually like each other the second time they meet. Will Emma start disappearing as a result? The duo also has to make sure not to fall in love themselves and do something that could totally change the future. Sounds super exciting! Also, Zelena traveled back in time to change the future. Are they going to have to try to stop her? Convince Rumpel to choose Regina? Or will Zelena not remember that she came to the past to change it? A lot is riding on their adventure in the time machine! (P.S- Doesn’t Emma look adorbs in the past! And look at the handsome Hook! Me-ow!)
I think part two, “Home is where the heart is” is obviously a nod to The Wizard of Oz, but it’ll be crucial to Emma realizing that she needs to stay in Storybrooke. This whole season she’s been saying that once everything is over, she’s going back to New York where she and Henry were actually happy. Are you kidding me? She’s in love with Hook, she’s been reunited with her parents who just gave birth to her sibling, and it’s her destiny to be the hero of Storybrooke. Also, Henry is not going to want to leave. Good for him! I’m assuming her time in the past will help her cherish her future.
The promo also teases a ball, where Emma and Hook dance together. Could this be the moment Emma realizes she actually has feelings for the pirate?
And finally, we will definitely find out what town/city/ location we’re headed to next. This season has involved a lot of traveling for the story book characters. We started in Neverland, traveled to New York, returned to Storybrooke and visited Oz. Where could we go next? If foreshadowing is the writers thing than maybe we’re headed to Narnia?? When we first me the Good Witch of the East, she was banished to a forest that only the pure could visit through a secret door. Maybe the gang will have to visit Narnia next?? I think that would be kind of fun! The lion, the witch and the wardrobe! I could see that being interpreted creatively for sure!
Here’s an interview (by TVGUIDE) with the shows creators to get a better jist of what to expect.
Emma and Hook are going to end up in the past in the finale. Could they affect the future?
Edward Kitsis: Absolutely. The biggest threat they’re going to face in these two hours is not ruining their past.
Adam Horowitz: They’ve got to figure out a lot of things, not the least of which is getting home, but also how to make sure there’s a home to get home to.
Is there a part of Emma that grapples with whether or not she could change things and end up being raised by her family?
Horowitz: There’s a part of Emma that is certainly going to grapple with what her family is like in the present and the past and what that means for her, because there’s a very good chance she’s going to get to see what things were like before her parents were her parents.
Kitsis: At the beginning of the year in Neverland, we set up that Emma said to her mom Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), “I still feel like an orphan.” Then we saw that her happiest time in life is a fake memory that Regina (Lana Parrilla) gave her, which was New York. She’s trying to get back to that with Henry (Jared Gilmore). She’s rejecting her life. Emma is a character that’s looking for home, but because she’s never had one, she doesn’t know what it is. These two hours are really going to answer that question, which is why it’s titled “There’s No Place Like Home.”
Fans are worried that Emma and Hook could accidentally erase the last three years of the show. Do you want to defend yourself?
Horowitz: First of all, I would say that we’re not going to defend anything before it has actually aired. Let the fans watch it and then we’ll talk after. We are very excited about our storytelling choices and we think we’re doing something that is uniquely our show.
Kitsis: And satisfying. They can worry all they want, but they should hold off until Sunday night.
Horowitz: Put the pitchforks away, watch the show and then we’ll talk.
When you first envisioned the pilot, you guys considered killing off Charming (Josh Dallas), but then feared you would rob Snow White of her happy ending. What does that mean for Emma when it comes to her happy ending? That it isn’t about love for her?
Kitsis: What we said in Episode 11 this year, “Going Home,” which was the winter finale, is that happy endings aren’t always what we think they are. That is an important thing because at the end of the day, our show at its core is about hope. That is, in a lot of ways, what the theme of the season is, that happy endings aren’t always what we think they are.
Horowitz: Happy endings aren’t always about other people. They’re not about whether you’re going to wind up with this person or that person. Happy endings are about yourself. The show has been about Emma’s journey over three seasons so far; about who she is, who she was and who she’s going to become.
Did Zelena really die or is there a chance that she could be brought back to life because of the time traveling?
Kitsis: She was definitely defeated. It definitely looks as if she’s dead and she will not really be in the finale. That being said, we didn’t find a body, so we’ll see whether or not she can resurface in the future.
What is the rest of the gang dealing with in present-day Storybrooke?
Horowitz: There’s a lot going on in present-day Storybrooke.
Kitsis: We’ve got the Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin) proposal.
Horowitz: They’re registering at Crate & Barrel. In all seriousness, we saw that, as far as everybody is concerned, Zelena is in a jail cell, but she’s not. Now she’s dead. That’s a piece of the puzzle that is going to very quickly become apparent to everyone. What are the effects of that? There’s also the matter of a baby without a name. There are plenty of things for our characters in Storybrooke to be dealing with.
Kitsis: And Doc (David Paul Grove) has to see how long it will take for his Miata to get fixed. [Laughs]
Will Belle discover that Rumple deceived her?
Kitsis: We’ve learned on this show that secrets tend to really come back and bite you, but whether or not it’s in these final two hours remains to be seen. I’ll tell you this: Rumple’s proposal and his love for Belle is genuine, but he’s a complicated man. He’s told us he’s a difficult man to love. We’re just beginning to explore what is going on in his head. A lot of that will be revealed next season.
What should we divine from that smirk on Regina’s face after she locked up Zelena’s pendant in her vault?
Kitsis: It’s funny that you bring that up. That’s one of my favorite scenes in that episode and maybe the series. What that smirk said was: I won and I like myself today. She used light magic. She went against somebody she didn’t think she could beat. She has Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and she is making huge strides toward a new life. We wanted to show you a private moment where Regina — who really cast the curse because she felt like she could never win and never find happiness — in that moment alone, she smiles and says, “I won.”
Some fans worried that it meant she might’ve been conspiring with Rumple.
Kitsis: No, that was a genuine moment. It’s hard when you have a show like this because we love to give surprises and twists, but sometimes people read into our genuine moments. Really, she won and she’s happy. Let’s enjoy that for her.
We’ve been waiting for a big wedding in the finale. Everyone has been expecting that it’s Rumple and Belle’s, but could it actually be Snow and Charming’s wedding from the past?
Horowitz: It could be your wedding!
Kitsis: They’re going to your wedding on the show and we are going into the future. [Laughs] RumpBelle fans, we will definitely explore them in our next chapter. As for what wedding we have, watch it live on Sunday.
Will we see any surprise guests returning for the finale?
Kitsis: We’re going to see a good group of the people that we’ve come to know. Of course there are some faces we wish we could see that we won’t. And there will be some faces that we forgot about that are coming back that we’ll be excited to see. We are definitely going to tell you whether or not Aurora (Sarah Bolger) was killed as a monkey or she’s alive and everyone is good.
Will the finale offer up a hint as to who the villain will be for Season 4?
Kitsis: We’re definitely setting up the area into which we are going next year. You will know what we are planning to do at the end of these two hours.
Photo: ABC Family/ Once Upon A Time
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The network dropped a lineup of premieres for their hit shows including Riverdale, All American, Nancy Drew, Batwoman, Walker and more.
Newcomers Legends of the Hidden Temple and 4400 also snagged premiere dates.
Nancy Drew moves to Friday’s for its third season.
The Flash and Riverdale will grace Tuesday nights starting November 16.
Walker and Legacies will resume on October 28 in their usual Thursday night spots.
Check out the CW’s fall 2021 lineup below:
Friday, October 1
8-9 p.m. ET/PT Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season 8 premiere)
Friday, October 8
8-9 p.m. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Nancy Drew (Season 3 premiere)
Saturday, October 9
8-8:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 10 premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Original episode)
9-9:30 p.m. World’s Funniest Animals (Season 2 premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. World’s Funniest Animals (Original Episode)
Sunday, October 10
8-9 p.m. Legends of the Hidden Temple (New series premiere)
9-10 p.m. Killer Camp (Season 2 premiere)
Wednesday, October 13
8-9 p.m. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 7 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Batwoman (Season 3 premiere)
Thursday, October 14
8-9 p.m. Coroner (Original episode)
9-10 p.m. Legacies (Season 4 premiere)
Monday, October 25
8-9 p.m. All American (Season 4 premiere)
9-10 p.m. 4400 (New series premiere)
Thursday, October 28
8-9 p.m. Walker (Season 2 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Legacies (Original episode)
Tuesday, November 16
8-9 p.m. The Flash (Season 8 premiere)
9-10 p.m. Riverdale (Season 6 premiere)
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Cruel Summer may be airing its season finale tonight, but fans can already look forward to more spine-tingling thrills.
Freeform has picked up the psychological drama for a second season, according to TVLine.
“Renewing Cruel Summer for a Season 2 was an easy decision,” Freeform President Tara Duncan said.
“It’s the biggest series debut in Freeform’s history and the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. [Executive producers] Jessica [Biel], Michelle [Purple] and [showrunner] Tia [Napolitano] did a phenomenal job telling an addictive story that’s tapped into the cultural zeitgeist. I’m excited to see where they take the series next,” she added.
Napolitano also noted: “Collaborating with Iron Ocean, our dedicated crew, charismatic cast, and our partners at Freeform and eOne has been the best first showrunning experience I could ask for. I am beyond grateful and excited by the amazing fan response to our show! Continuing to bottle Cruel Summer magic for a Season 2 is an absolute dream come true.”
The freshman drama stars Olivia Holt (Kate Wallis) and Chiara Aurelia (Jeanette Turner) whose worlds collide when Kate goes missing and later accuses Jeanette of knowing who kept her captive and not telling the police. Jeanette is adamant that she never saw Kate in captivity. The story is told over three timeliness in 1993, 1994, and 1995.
The mystery is set to be resolved in tonight’s finale.
Per Deadline, Biel revealed that the mystery could return with a new story and the same characters or feature a new cast of characters.
You can recap all of the Cruel Summer reviews below!
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As usual, The CW gave an early renewal for most of their shows including Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Walker, Batwoman, and more.
In a shocking twist, Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for season 18 along with sibling series Station 19.
Unfortunately, not every show shared the same fate as Prodigal Son on FOX was given the ax after two seasons.
Check out the list below to see which shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW have been renewed, canceled, or on the bubble. (TBD means that a show has not yet gotten news about its upcoming season, so check back soon!)
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United We Fall
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
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Republic of Sarah
Call Me Kat
The Great North
9-1-1: Lone Star
Bless the Harts
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Bob Hearts Abishola
FBI: Most Wanted
NCIS: Los Angeles
SEAL Team (Paramount+)
United States of Al
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