‘Once Upon a Time’: Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, Emilie de Ravin Depart

Once Upon a Time
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Cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, and Emilie de Ravin are leaving “Once Upon a Time.”

ABC announced Thursday that it had renewed the fantasy drama for a seventh season — without star Jennifer Morrison. The series is said to be undergoing a major reboot in season seven, which will focus on new cast members, including “Walking Dead” alum Andrew J. West and Alison Fernandez. On Friday, the network confirmed the departures of Goodwin and the other cast members.

Read the statement from ABC below:

“Words can’t do justice to what Ginny, Josh, Emilie, Rebecca and Jared brought to ONCE UPON A TIME… but we’ll try… never have we had the privilege of working with a more talented group of collaborators.  Each brought unique talent, incredible intelligence, and their own individual bit of magic as they gave life to these iconic characters.

Ginny reinvented Snow White for a modern audience – there was no way she would be stuck cleaning up after dwarfs, she created an iconic empowered heroine for the 21st century.

Josh mined the depths of Prince Charming – a character who in myth was just a “type” but in his superlative interpretation became a complex man fighting for love and family. 

Emilie took the character of Belle to a deep and soulful place, bringing great intelligence and warmth to the character, making her fiercely independent, strong willed but also an eternal optimist who saw only the best in all those she encountered.

Rebecca took us on a broomstick roller coaster ride as she re-invented the Wicked Witch of the West by finding the pain beneath the green.  She made the character soar to incredible heights while always keeping her grounded and relatable.

And Jared literally grew up before the eyes of millions, from a child actor with enormous innate talent to a young man whose abilities continue to astound as he created a character who truly, as we say on the show, has the heart of the truest believer.

We can’t thank them enough for the hard work, dedication, and passion they delivered day in and day out.  Without them there would be no ONCE UPON A TIME.

As ONCE continues, this group will always be the beating heart of the show.  And even though we won’t be with them every week, in a show about magic and hope, we fervently believe it won’t be the last we see of them. “

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  1. Conner says:

    i love this show from the very beginning. i love how they reinvent characters and intertwined fairytales
    like the wicked witch of he west being a half sister to the evil queen, my favourite was watching Emma grow from the start of season one to when she got everything she wanted. i think a reivention or reboot is a massive mistake and am upset so many characters are gone. i think they should
    have left it at the end of season 6 because i doubt i’ll watch 7.

  2. BB says:

    We watched all 6 Seasons faithfully and enjoyed them all more or less. I’m glad they brought it to something of a conclusion. But to reset and start over with a different characters, I don’t think so. Once Upon a Time was enough.

  3. OUAT began as such a unique show and it’s bank of talented actors made it come alive as an adult Disney show. ABC almost didn’t renew it due to a continual drop in ratings, but as most of us have noted, it was the poor writing that ruined the concept, not it’s actors. Now that the bulk of the stars who built it are leaving, it is doubtful that it will last beyond season 7. This radical change in the plot is such a disappointment. I think the finale of the entire series should have been a two-hour Episode 21 in which Emma defeats the Evil Fairy along with help from the rest of the cast with music and song. Rumple would then be free from his mother’s curse and the hold of the Dark One. The final scene should have been Emma’s and Hook’s wedding, where everyone lives happily ever after. That would have been true Disney style!

    • Corrected typos:

      OUAT began as such a unique show and its bank of talented actors made it come alive as an adult Disney show. ABC almost didn’t renew it due to a continual drop in ratings, but as most of us have noted, it was the poor writing that ruined the concept, not its actors. Now that the bulk of the stars who built it are leaving, it is doubtful that it will last beyond season 7. This radical change in the plot is such a disappointment. I think the finale of the entire series should have been a two-hour Episode 21 in which Emma defeats the Evil Fairy along with help from the rest of the cast with music and song. Rumple would then be free from his mother’s curse and the hold of the Dark One. The final scene should have been Emma’s and Hook’s wedding, where everyone lives happily ever after. That would have been true Disney style!

  4. Suzette De Armas says:

    Can’t believe Disney is sending Emma to the nut house. Why wouldn’t the final battle end in a win? I mean, Jennifer Morrison leaving the show could still have Emma win the battle. How? Well, I would have had the black smoke of a curse be offset by Emma’s light magic and she’s sent back to the enchanted forest where snow is pregnant again. – lesson learned, do not send Emma into the magical tree and on to storybrooke. This will also take care of the Henry character not coming back to season 7.
    So sad to hear Zelena wasn’t renewed. I truly Hope baby Robin will now be te savior. After all, Zelena gave upnhwr magic for the good of all characters and was redeemed. Hopefully the final battle takes Zelena back to Oz minus the baby. Season 7 could have the characters that were renewed looking for the new savior. Hook will have to fall in love again because, hey, Emma hasn’t been born yet.
    Sad that Belle’s character was never truly evolved. There was so much potential for a good storyline with this character. Having a Rumple serve as the crocodile in Peter Pan, being Peter Pan’s son, Beast and the Dark One all in one is character overkill.
    Totally agree with others that the Frozen story arc was a complete mash. I feel the same way about Jasmine and Aladdin. There are so many characters that can continue this show; so many fairly tales to choose from and yet the writers continue casting Cursed and sending people to the looney but house. Come on. It’s been done way too much. If you can’t find good writers with good imagination, then time to close the chapters on Once Upon A Time. Too bad the Camelot characters were sent to hell. Those characters could have grown and made something great, instead King Arthur was made into a villain. Get good writers and this show could be something great.

  5. BAD FILMS says:

    I gave up on ONCE two years ago when they kept easing a new witch down the road every season. And every season was a promise to do better, but every season was the same template; new witch, same threats to kill the same people every week, no one ever got killed except for an occassional insignificant charcter, which led to the same rehashed predicaments every season. Characters that they could have expanded on were never touched. Instead, the same two or three characters went around the same blocks week after week. Now they expect to do another season with no SNOW WHITE nor her son??? IDIOTS!!!!! That’s exactly why a show that uses to draw upwards of 15 million viewers now has 2 million and a ZERO POINT SEVEN RATING. LOL!!!! F’ ING IMBECILES!

  6. Julie says:

    The show will not be the same without them. I love this show and am so sad to see to see them all go. I love these characters and the actors …such a huge bummer .

  7. 5/12/17 11:12p Variety Daniel Holloway Once Upon a Time Cast Takes Leave
    I stopped watching a awhile ago when I felt the series kept
    rehashing the same story over and over again!
    The series was Fun and Original at the start.
    Then it collapsed with the terrible ”Frozen”
    Mash up! I cannot believe Disney/ABC cannot
    find an Old Game show for Sunday at 7p.
    Password or Trivial Pursuit. Maybe.

  8. So very sad about so many leaving the show. I just don’t see how you can “re create” an amazing show like this. I will miss the Charming family and Bell so much! And what about poor Hook? He just married Emma! I just can’t imagine it without them. :(

  9. Kim G says:

    I cannot believe all these actors are leaving. It is truly a shame. I’m not sure if I really want to watch anymore. However, I need my Hook fix. I will watch the first one and decide.

    Good luck to everyone on their new endeavors.

  10. Mark Wood says:

    So basically it is NOT Once Upon A Time any more. It’s a new show. So it will be starting from scratch upon the death of the old show.
    Thanx. But not really interested now. Good run tho.

  11. AIDAN says:

    I think they should just end the show in seasons 6 as a happy ending with all the characters not gonna enjoy it without the original character

  12. RealityCheck says:

    Disney should rename the show. That would make more sense.

  13. No. This should have been the finale. What comes next season will not be OUAT, and it won’t have me in the audience. Letting any of them go is sad, and to replace Jared with a different actor is an absolute disgrace. The most telling statement in this goodbye is this….”Without them there would be no ONCE UPON A TIME.” And there no longer is.

  14. Larissa says:

    I’ve put up with the strange storylines for a while because of this cast but I won’t return to the show either next season. I hope for the best for all these talented actors.
    Good luck OUAT…

  15. John Smith says:

    Ever since you sent them into hell, the show has gone to hell. Sack all the heroes and keep all villians? Nice message, evil wins! Contrived bastardizations of literature won’t bring back how awesome this show was once upon a time!

  16. DanDan says:

    I stopped watching OUAT when they killed off Jamie Dornan’s character.

  17. brady1987 says:

    De Ravin is a good actress, but I really did not like how the character of Belle was written in this series. In the animated film, Belle was headstrong and courageous. De Ravin’s version was so weak and a was a big damsel-in-distress. Emma Watson did a much better job in the 2017 remake.

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