It’s no secret that Once Upon A Time is very much on the bubble. While the show still has a very loyal fanbase, the series has seen a significant ratings drop in recent seasons.
Now, Storybrooke is taking another hit as original cast member Jennifer Morrison has announced she will not return as a series regular for the show’s still up in the air season seven. The actress made her decision known in a post on her Instagram page.
As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on. Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show. I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan. As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows. I always look forward meeting the fans. If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME. The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show. #Onceuponatime #EmmaSwan #UglyDucklings
Co-creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz expressed their sadness at Morrison’s exit, while also thanking her for her work on the show.
“The past six years of collaborating with Jennifer as Emma Swan have been truly magical,” Kitsis and Horowitz said in a statement. “Watching her breathe life into Emma, she accomplished more than we could have dreamed possible. She gave life to a brand-new Disney Princess, filled with strength and intelligence and an incredible closet full of red leather jackets.”
“We’ll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint upon Once Upon a Time is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul,” they said.
Morrison’s Emma Swan was introduced as the skeptical bounty hunter who turned out to be the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She is known as the Savior, because she broke the curse that all the fairy tale characters were trapped in.
Season six has built up to a final battle between Emma and the Black Fairy that could prove fatal for Emma.
Kitsis and Horowitz have prepared for the exit of original cast members by saying season six would wrap up all previous stories, while also setting up a series reboot for a possible season seven renewal.
“We planned this finale from the beginning of the year, so whoever stays and whoever goes… all those questions have already been dealt with,” Kitsis and Horowitz said. “The audience does not have to fear anything feeling incomplete.”
They also stressed that Morrison and Emma were welcome back in Storybrooke anytime.
“Just because Jennifer won’t be back every week doesn’t mean we won’t see our Savior again,” they said.
With the major networks getting ready for their upfront presentations, an announcement about the fate of Once Upon A Time could come as soon as next week.
The season six finale of Once Upon A Time airs Sunday, May 14 at 8 pm on ABC.
Source: TV Line