Loyal Once Upon a Time fans may find themselves brewing up a spell of their own come the two-hour Season 6 finale on May 14. There's still uncertainty over whether or not there will be a Once Upon A Time Season 7, and, worse, if there isn't, then fans may have an eternal cliffhanger on their hands. According to Entertainment Weekly, the good news is that show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis will tie the tales of Storybrooke thus far up in a nice bow in case the series doesn't return. The bad news is that a new Once Upon A Time Season 7 plot will be introduced, too, in case the series does return.
ABC should be announcing its plans for renewals and cancellations next week. Until then, the OUAT creators promise in this new interview that there will be sense of "closure" for most storylines, including Emma's anticipated Final Battle. "What I would say for fans is it will be complete, so they will not have any dangling threads that they’re like, ‘I can’t believe [it]!'" Kitsis said. "We’re not going for a crazy ending that everyone goes, ‘Well, what did that mean?'"
However, there will be a new chapter introduced. "We feel like we completed this story and the next chapter of Once Upon a Time will be completely different," he continued. So, the Season 6 finale will end with the opening of a new story — one that'll look very different to fans.
“We’ve been telling a story for six years now for these characters and now we’re trying to complete that story, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have other stories," Horowitz said. "We move forward in a way that, at the end of it, hopefully you’ll see what we’re hoping to do in Season 7.”
The executive producer also claimed Season 7 would be a mix of old and new characters, including Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) and Alison Fernandez (Jane the Virgin), whose undisclosed roles will be in the Season 6 finale. For this reason, the showrunners have already anticipated mixed fan reaction to the finale. “You will have the usual opinions on a series finale ranging from the best ever to the worst ever, because that’s the internet,” Kitniss said.
It makes sense for Horowitz and Kitsis to navigate this way given the uncertainty of the show's future, I guess. But if Season 7 never comes, fans may be left with questions about ambiguous new plots forever.