Once Upon a Time Finale Scoop: Will Emma Sacrifice Herself?
Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison | Photo Credits: David Gray/ABC
The evil smoke monster curse is back once again in the season finale of Once Upon a Time!
Sunday's finale, "A Land Without Magic" (8/7c, ABC), brings the series full circle from when the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) unleashed the curse that enslaved every fairy tale character in the town of Storybrooke, forced to live unaware of their true identities. Now, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) must decide whether or not she believes, which will then determine the fate of her son, Henry (Jared Gilmore), who ate the poisonous fruit that was meant to kill Emma.
Will Emma realize the truth before it's too late? TVGuide.com turned to executive producers Adam Hororwitz and Edward Kitsis to get the scoop on the finale, including who is the most heroic in Storybrooke, the many returning faces and whether Emma will ultimately sacrifice herself to save the trapped fairy tale characters.
What can you tell us of Emma's struggle to really believe in the finale?
Adam Horowitz: The stakes have never been higher for what she's dealing with, which is Henry. She's from this world, and what she's being asked to believe by Henry, it's a pretty monumental leap for anyone to make.
Edward Kitsis: And that was something that we really wanted to do, which was really earn her journey. Such as, the first time she is told this information, like anyone, she thinks it's crazy. What we love is that when August (Eion Bailey) is yelling at her, "Why won't you believe?" we know he was not only speaking for himself, but for the audience. For us, it is important that the day that Emma does believe, we feel like we've earned it, as opposed to, it's Episode 2 and now she believes and she is fighting sea monsters.
Will Henry's ailment be the catalyst for her to finally believe?
Kitsis: What I love is that Henry, basically in a lot of ways, is the most heroic because he sacrificed his life to get her to embrace her destiny. We will see if it was done in vain, but we've tried everything else. We tried to show her a wooden leg, we've tried to show her time moving, we've tried to show her all these things and she hasn't believed. So this was it. This is the last chance.
How will Regina and Emma have to team up in the finale because of Henry? And how will the curse ultimately backfire on her?
Horowitz: Regina has enjoyed an uninterrupted reign of 28 years that has now slowly been getting more and more intensely difficult. In the finale, the challenges she faces to her place in Storybrooke and her power are greater than she has ever faced. But she is a formidable foe, so she's ready to rise to that challenge.
It's interesting that we learned that if Emma dies — or maybe it's only if Regina murders her — then the curse is broken. Would Emma ever consider sacrificing herself just to break the curse?
Kitsis: Her first step would be to believe in it. I absolutely believe Emma would sacrifice herself because I think that's the kind of person she is, but we'll have to keep watching the show and see what happens.
Going over to fairy tale land, Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) have been desperately trying to reunite, but now Snow has eaten the famed poison apple. What can you tell us about the finale for them?
Kitsis: If last week was Snow's side of it, this week will be Charming's. We hope that this fairy tale flashback will fill in some holes that we've seen through the year, but will also, hopefully, raise some new avenues for next season