With the show's future in doubt, executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have hinted at possible deaths in the finale, when the show will finally show the Final Battle that was referred to in the very first episode.
"As we showed in the pilot, Emma was prophesied to come back and break the curse and the Final Battle would begin," Kitsis told EW. "It appears we thought we had taken care of that, but it turns out that was not true."
Initially, it seemed like Emma breaking the Evil Queen's curse that created Storybrooke was the prophecy, but this week's episode has shown it was something else entirely.
Spoilers follow after the photo.
Rumplestiltskin and Belle's son Gideon (Giles Matthey) was revealed to be working for Rumple's mother, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray), who arrived after Gideon created a breach following a battle with Emma.
"It means that we've reached the end of the very first book," Kitsis explained. "By the end of this year, some people's stories are going to be completed – whether they're good or bad, we'll have to wait and see."
"'Completed' is a loaded term," Horowitz added, with Kitsis expanding that it's more like wrapping up a certain chapter in the lives of Storybrooke's residents.
"We feel like after six seasons, there's a chapter of people's lives that we're ready to wrap up, but there's a big future, like with anybody, and a transition. We're excited if we get an opportunity, and a season 7, to show everyone that," Kitsis noted.
Last month, it was reported that long-time cast members Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla and Colin O'Donoghue were in talks to extend their contracts.
That hasn't stopped Morrison from speculating about her character Emma's future.
"They're realising 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?'," she said.
We'll have to wait and find out when Once Upon a Time continues on ABC in the US and Netflix in the UK.
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