I thought my story came to an end a long time ago, and then new people came into my life... People who gave me a second chance. I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. Well, for everyone. I refuse to believe there won't be more adventures, more love, more family. And yes, there will be more loss, because that's just a part of life. And in the end, we can get past it all... with hope.
This episode is the second part of the season seven finale and the series finale.
Wish Rumple's evil plan is revealed and Regina realizes the only hope to stop him is by turning Wish Henry from his path for vengeance. Meanwhile, Tilly and Margot try to get help in Storybrooke. With his hope of ever being reunited with Belle fading, Weaver struggles to find a way to defeat his evil alter ego; and when Rogers' life is threatened, he is faced with the ultimate sacrifice.
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This episode is named after the road sign with the same message at the Storybrooke town line.
This episode contains the most number of guest starring members in the whole series. It also contains the most number of uncredited cast members in the whole series.
Sleepy and Dr. Whale's names are misspelled "Sleep" and "Dr. Wale", respectively, in the press release.
The credit of Dr. Whale is a mistake in itself as David Anders does not appear in the episode. It is likely that the release was meant to read David Avalon instead, since Doc does appear and is missing in the press release.
The scene with Henry riding down Storybrooke Main Street was originally accompanied by footage of Tilly, Margot and Rogers in front of Granny's Diner, and Archie and Pongo walking down the street. However, most of the footage was deleted in post-production, although Archie and Pongo can still be glimpsed in the lower left hand corner of the screen as Henry rides through Storybrooke.
Footage of Henry riding through a forest was also filmed, but was deleted from the episode.
Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla worked on the first day, while Ginnifer Goodwin's and Josh Dallas' scenes had to be shot on the second day. According to Adam Horowitz, the only interactions that had to be digitally "faked" were between Emma, Snow and David.
According to Rose Reynolds, each side of the crowds were filmed separately.
At a fan convention in 2018, Rebecca Mader proposed the series finale would involve everyone from all the realms ending up all together in Storybrooke, despite not knowing at the time that this is exactly what would happen in the episode script.
The shot of a garden pinwheel of Tinker Bell on a house lawn in Storybrooke at the end of the episode is stock footage from the "Pilot" episode.
In the scene where Leroy, Doc, and Walter arrive in front of Granny's Diner to receive their packed lunches from Granny, Archie is nowhere to be seen. After Leroy accepts the lunch bags and turns around as the Rollin' Bayou comes down the street, the next shot shows Archie is suddenly there with his dog Pongo.
↑keegolicious. (Keegan Connor Tracy) May 17, 2018. Retrieved on June 18, 2018. "Last day of shooting #onceuponatime. A little Pinocchio reunion - with a bonus Pinocchio!" (archive copy created on May 19, 2018)
↑ 20.020.120.2@AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "The scene was shot over two days. Everyone (including Jen and Lana) worked the first day. The second day we shot Josh and Ginny’s portion. By that time Jen had left for scheduling reasons. Their interaction was the only one where we “faked” anything /cont" (screenshot)
↑External screenshot of the book (notice how the second page opens with the beginning of the fairy tale; "Once upon a time there was a Queen, who had not been blessed with children. As she walked in her garden (...)", while the first page contains a different excerpt )
↑vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 21, 2018. Retrieved on June 18, 2018. "I was shooting in a separate stage for 621 however I had to drop in and get a pic of Sean and Lana together ;)" (archive copy created on May 29, 2018)
↑tvalisononset. (Alison Fernandez) May 4, 2018. Retrieved on June 18, 2018. "We are so getting the gang together so Tune in tonight for a very special captivating episode of @abconceofficial "Once Upon A Time". Tonight's episode was directed by the awesome #RalphHemecker" (archive copy created on May 20, 2015)
↑vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 19, 2018. Retrieved on June 18, 2018. "Tonight marks the final episode of a show that I was fortunate to be a part of. During my time I have (...)" (archive copy created on May 20, 2018) vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) June 12, 2018. Retrieved on June 18, 2018. "Huge thanks to Tiera for not running me over in the food truck 😂 even though I technically was standing in the middle of the road 😂" (archive copy created on June 12, 2018)
↑@canadagraphs (Canadagraphs) on Twitter. "#OnceUponATime filmed a scene with Colin O'Donoghue running at a group of knights in the middle of Central Park, then met the fans afterwards." (screenshot) @jmarie83 (Joyce Scott) on Twitter. "We have horses, black knights and blue screen. I haven't seen any cast yet, but we've been told @colinodonoghue1 is here!" (screenshot)