*This post will be a bit more on the somber side and probably not as light-hearted as I write because I’m saying goodbye to my favorite show*
As I sit here typing this, I am totally in denial that Once Upon a Time is ending in a mere 24 hours or so. Seven seasons. 155 episodes. Several reasons why we love this show and why we’ll miss it. This show, these characters, this fandom will always hold a special place in my fangirl heart. Luckily, we got a series that lasted seven seasons, which is pretty darn good! I’ll probably hole up in my dorm room all weekend crying after tomorrow.
We all need a show to use as an escape when life is anything but a fairytale. So why not escape into a world literally made up of fairytale characters and settings? Oftentimes, when I am being weighed down from school, I turn on an episode of OUAT, and I feel that weight being lifted off my shoulders. It’s one of those shows with adventure, romance and fantasy pulled together to create the perfect world of fiction. You really do feel the magic when you watch an episode, and to pull someone so deep into a story, that’s a powerful thing. Just think: everything was just words on a page, and the cast and crew brought these stories to life. As my screenwriting professor said today, “we watch TV for an escape. That’s why it’s there.”
The romance and ships
I’m sorry if this section is all just about Captain Swan and Snowing. Actually, I am really not that sorry about it. I’m just going to confess this: the story between Emma and Hook was a driving force for me to start watching the show. Of course, I ended up enjoying a lot other aspects of the show besides this, but the romance on the show was magical. The relationships portrayed on the show were really realistic and full of love — well as realistic as you can get on a show about fairytale characters. Emma and Hook encompassed the ups and downs of a relationship. They didn’t always get along, in fact, they clashed a lot. However, at the end of the day, they build one another up. They were there for each other when they needed it, and they loved each other despite their flaws. Goals. The same goes for Snow and Charming. They were so loyal to each other, and they expressed their fears to each other. Both of them were great examples of healthy relationships. Not to say the others were not, but these two ships really resonated with me. You found yourself wishing you had your own Captain Hook or Prince Charming or whomever you may like.
Yes, I will miss this fandom. While this fandom can sometimes be intense, we all understand each other. We all scream and cry together. It’s a really great thing to talk to people who feel the same way you do about certain aspects of the show. Sometimes Twitter people just understand you more than real life friends. Like, I don’t know about you, but I can’t just go up to one of my friends and say, “let’s talk about that Captain Swan scene.” They would look at me like I was crazy. On a more personal note, this fandom has really motivated and gave me the confidence to write. Without you reading and engaging with my articles, it would just be me writing them for myself. That’s no fun. So, yeah, thanks for being so awesome and lively. I’ve met some wonderful friends, too many to name, but you know who you are. Shout out to you all for dealing with my emotional Oncer self! ALSO the fanart, fanfiction and everything Once related, this fandom is so talented!
I LOVE this cast. I have been so thankful I was able to actually interview a lot of the cast, and I can confirm they are as cool and nice as you’d expect. I’ll definitely miss them all being together because their interviews are a good time to watch. They also all had such great chemistry on the screen, which can sometimes be hard to find TV. They are all just so passionate about their characters, and it showed. Hearing them talk about their characters honestly warms my heart because not all actors are like that with their characters. I can’t wait to see other projects the cast are in.
The inspiring female characters
How amazing were all the female characters on this show? Emma Swan, specifically, is such a wonderful example of an empowering, independent, selfless, brave woman. Whether you be a teenager, a young adult or above, Emma is a character to look up to. She’s a fictional character who I will always love and admire. Regina Mills has also become a powerhouse for girls and women to look up to, and I think that’s such a powerful thing. Regina has intelligence, growth and determination, things we should all embrace. From Belle, to Snow, to Zelena, to Sabine, to Cinderella and etc, each woman character has contributed to a group of inspiring female characters. In a cinematic climate fo male-leading entertainment, it’s so refreshing to see a group of woman who can be vulnerable and also kick some butt.
As we say a goodbye to this show, it will continue to live on in our fangirl or fanboy hearts. This show has catered to so many people and has impacted so many as well. It was a powerful show, and I will miss it so much. THANK YOU SO MUCH to the whole fandom.
I’ll leave you with some parting words from the Savior herself, “people are gonna tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, ‘No, this is who I am.’ You want people to look at you differently? Make them. You want to change things? You’re gonna have to go out there and change them yourself because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.”
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