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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the Season Three episode with a similar title, see "Going Home".
For the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode with a similar name, see "Home".

Henry Mills: What happened? Where are my family? What did you do to them?
Rumplestiltskin: Well, I sent them back to my home. In the Wish Realm.

"Homecoming" is the twenty-first episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and fifty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 11, 2018.

This episode is the first part of the season seven finale and the series finale.


As the residents of Hyperion Heights celebrate the breaking of the curse, Henry is visited by Wish Rumple, who's hatched an evil plan to use Ella and Lucy to keep Weaver from destroying the Dark One powers. In order to stop him, Henry, Roni, Weaver and Rogers must travel to the Wish Realm, home to versions of some of our most beloved and fearsome characters. In a flashback, a discouraged Young Henry is visited by Wish Rumple and offered a deal that could have tragic consequences.[3]


Deleted Scenes

"The Hopeful Ones"

This scene is included on the Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season Blu-ray, but not the DVD.

A scene by the statue of Queen Snow and King David, where Roni is robbed by Wish Grumpy, Wish Blue Fairy and Wish Granny who have fallen on tough times. It was cut for time, because it was the only scene that could be cut without disrupting the whole flow.[4] However, the scene can still be seen in promotional pictures.



Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • Adam Horowitz has stated that the Henry seen in the flashback with Wish Rumplestiltskin was Sir Henry from the Wish Realm, and not Henry Mills.[1] This is also confirmed by episode writer David H. Goodman and episode director Steve Pearlman on the Season Seven Blu-ray-exclusive Audio Commentary.
  • The two opening aerial shots of Sir Henry riding are stock footage of Prince Charming riding through the Enchanted Forest from the filming of the "Pilot" episode.[10]
  • The scene with Tilly and Rogers outside the latter's apartment building was initially written as taking place inside the hospital, but there were no buildings available for that during production and instead it was pitched as Rogers coming home and meeting Tilly on the street.[10]
    • The "I love you" exchange between father and daughter was ad-libbed on the day of shooting.[10]
  • The scene where Roni discovers Weaver trapped inside the wall of Mr. Samdi's office was initially written as Roni realizing a painting was askew. Director Steve Pearlman suggested that they used the living wall in the office instead and made it more interesting, with Regina noticing the little stream of water hitting off the rock.[10]
  • The part where Wish Rumplestiltskin samples the icing on the cupcakes in Henry's apartment was pitched by Steve Pearlman to Robert Carlyle the night they were shooting. Pearlman had asked the prop department to have enough cupcakes available in case Robert Carlyle liked the idea, which he did. While they were filming it, Pearlman was afraid that the actor would get lead poisoning because of the number of times he sucked cream and the make-up off his finger, or get a sugar high. They did at least 20 takes of the scene, where Robert Carlyle ate the frosting every single time.[10]
  • The music during the sword fight between Henry and Wish Cruella was originally more dramatic, but the director asked for something more fun and swashbuckling, which gave the scene a new energy and fun and tension.[10]
  • The scene with Wish Cruella in the cage was tough to shoot because it was hard getting everything perfectly lined up because the characters' faces were between little six-inch squares.[10]
  • The part with Jacinda and Lucy in the snow globe was filmed by having the actors on a green-screen stage and miming that they were inside a glass dome that was much bigger than them. It was shot before the scene with Henry and Roni finding the globe, so they had to make sure the eyelines matched. They shot it in two different ways, with the actors looking both to the right and the left, so that they had options in editing.[10]
  • Although the water around Wish Ariel was visual effects, the crew had to spray JoAnna Garcia Swisher with a hose so she would be wet and it would appear real. According to the director, this was a little chilling for her because the scene was filmed late at night.[10]
  • It took 10 hours to shoot the scene where Weaver first meets Wish Rumplestiltskin. Weaver's part was shot on the first day and took about six and a half hours. The other part was shot several days later, because Robert Carlyle had to be in make-up. A photo double played the opposite part and learned all the lines. The scene with them in the castle was also filmed over two days with a photo double.[10]
  • The scene with Henry and the Wish Apprentice was originally written as taking place inside the cabin, but was ultimately put outside as the schedule didn't allow them to build the interior.[10]
    • Timothy Webber was originally going to wear contacts for his portrayal of the blind Apprentice, to make his eyes look foggy, but the plan was scrapped when the actor said that the contacts would make him unable to see and move. He told them that he could play blind without the contacts and then he could move wherever they wanted, so they went for that instead.[10]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


  • The Cross of Saint Peter (an inverted Latin cross) is pictured in a book sitting on the bench where the snow globe is sitting in Wish Rumplestiltskin's castle.[11] The Cross of Saint Peter was traditionally used as a Christian symbol, but in recent times, it has also been used as an anti-Christian symbol.
  • When Henry is doing research in Wish Rumplestiltskin's castle, an open book on the table[12] contains verse 19 – 21 from the Job 36 in the Bible. Note that some of the words are obscured on-screen; the following is the excerpt in its entirety:[13]

19 Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

  • A book that he opens as he continues doing research[14] contains verse 1 – 3 from the Isaiah 47 (there is additional text underneath, presumably additional verses, but they are too blurred to read). Some of the words are illegible due to a fold in the page; the following is the excerpt in its entirety:[15]

1Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
2Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

  • Next to verse 1 – 3, verse 12 – 14 can be seen.[14] Some of the text is obscured by Henry; the following is the excerpt in its entirety:[15]

12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

EPE[two symbols] – Possible code?
[obscured]M[symbol] – cross reference in Journal
[obscured] sollic, tadin, tinac, da, rt sagg, tas
[obscured] check Volume 7 of
[obscured]mber book
[symbol] = seen this before
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet valumtas turpis
Lament power [???] for peace valour time
[three symbols]
  • "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet" are the opening words of Lorem ipsum, a filler text commonly used as mock-content when testing a given page layout or font.
  • Three of the strange symbols are symbols for alchemical processes: Fire of reverberation, purification 1 (slightly modified for the show) and composition 2.[29]

Set Dressing

Costume Notes


  • Wish Rumplestiltskin implies that he and his other version heard the prophecy about the boy being their undoing on the same day they met the Seer. That is not true, at least for Original Rumplestiltskin, who didn't get that prophecy until years after his first encounter with the Seer. ("Manhattan")
  • When a portal opens in front of Henry, Weaver, Rogers and Roni, a shadow appears in front of them, when it should've appeared behind them, because of the light of the portal.[42]

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Wish" (screenshot)
  2. UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.11.2018. TV by the Numbers (May 14, 2018).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Once Upon a Time: Homecoming (5/11) - PT. ONE SERIES FINALE. Disney ABC Press (May 7, 2018).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Abrams, Natalie (March 18, 2018). Once Upon a Time bosses on that surprise series finale ending. Entertainment Weekly. “There seemed to be photos of Regina in front of the statue of Wish Snow and Charming, but we never saw that scene. KITSIS: Maybe we'll put it on the DVD, but that was a scene that was cut for time. It was Regina getting robbed from Wish Realm Grumpy and Wish Realm Blue Fairy, who had fallen on tough times. But when we did the episode for the first hour — with network you only have 42 minutes and 30 seconds — it was a really hard scene to cut, but we had to do it because it was the only one that could come out without disrupting the whole flow.”
  5. File:721ApprenticeVision2.png
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 File:721ApprenticeVision13.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 File:721ApprenticeVision5.png
  8. File:721Title.png
  9. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler — hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 Steve Pearlman and David H. Goodman on the Season Seven Blu-ray-exclusive Audio Commentary for "Homecoming"
  11. File:721CreatedThisPrison.png
  12. File:721HenryResearching.png (not the one he's reading, but the one directly underneath it)
  13. Job 36. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 File:721HenryResearching2.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 Isaiah 47. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 File:721GoldPictures.png
  17. File:704PicturesOnTheChimney.png
  18. File:721BeUndone.png
  19. The Rack. Torture Museum. Retrieved on May 12, 2018.
  20. 20.0 20.1 File:515EvilTwin.png
  21. File:721ReallyHad.png
  22. File:515MummyNeedsToUnwind.png
  23. File:601CastleTransforms.png
  24. 24.0 24.1 File:721SearchingForFamily.png
  25. The Wrong View of History, Jack Paraskovich, Xlibris, 2016, pp. 118 - 119. Facsimile by Google Books.
  26. File:616ReachingForOrb.png
  27. File:601CarryingTray2.png
  28. File:721HenryNoticingQuill.png
  29. Alchemical symbolism fonts. Alchemy Web Site. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  30. File:721RoniSensesSomething.png
  31. File:407ReginaReading.png
  32. File:522ShowYouTheWorld.png
  33. File:721AnimalLover.png
  34. File:721LeashRoundHere.png
  35. File:601CastleTransforms.png
  36. File:721ReadyToWrite.png
  37. File:202Rumplestiltskin.PNG
  38. File:721OnceUponATimeBookOpened.png
  39. The decisions of the Court of Session: from its first institution to the present time: digested under proper heads, in the form of a dictionary, Volume 5, William Maxwell Morison, Edinburgh, Bell & Bradfute, January 1, 1802, pp. 3652 – 3653. Facsimile by Google Books.
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  41. File:421WhereIsHe.png
  42. File:721LastAdventure.png
  43. File:721WavingAtHerDad.png
    500 Alexander St Vancouver, British Columbia. Google Maps (May 2017).
  44. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 15, 2018.  Retrieved on May 18, 2018. "So glad to have had the pleasure of working with Vic again to cap off the show. Her endless positive fun energy will be missed 😘 Thanks for the laughs !!!" (archive copy)
  45. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 17, 2018.  Retrieved on November 13, 2018. "From one of my last days shooting with this legend!" (archive copy created on May 19, 2018)
  46. File:602WhatWasThat.png
  47. File:522WalkingIntoLab.png
  48. David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss on the Season Five Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "Only You"
  49. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 12, 2018.  Retrieved on November 13, 2018. "Best moment of tonight's episode! All my time on the show this was the first time I asked to get a pic with the cast... Thanks to these 2 legends for making every day at work fun! So many good memories!" (archive copy created on May 17, 2018)
    Here's the details for what I saw filming today (Mon Mar 18) for 7x21. Tales of the Sea, Tumblr (March 20, 2018).
    This is the set Colin and Bobby were filming on in the park earlier this morning, Mon Mar 19 – but they were in Weaver and Rogers costumes. Too far away to hear any dialogue.. Tales of the Sea, Tumblr (March 19, 2018).
  50. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) June 21, 2018.  Retrieved on November 13, 2018. "So many laughs shooting with these 3 😂" (archive copy created on July 8, 2018)
    TwitterLogo @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter. "A statue dedicated to Prince Charming & Snow White/#Snowing. It really is the end of #OnceUponaTime. #OUAT filming its 2-part series finale in Vancouver's Eveett [sic] Crowley Park today." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @jmarie83 (Joyce Scott) on Twitter. "Got to see a little bit of @OnceABC filming this morning! With an extra special surprise!" (screenshot)
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    • Maybe the DVD will offer extended cuts for some episodes. 
    • Nakis91 wrote:Maybe the DVD will offer extended cuts for some episodes.  I doubt it. If anything, we will get deleted scenes on the DVD/Blur...
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    • Leroiblanc wrote:Help! Help! How do I lower my expectations more so I can be blown away if it ends up good?!?! Remember the show is ending, so...
    • Amost time now! Should be fun.