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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the Land Without Magic location, see Storybrooke.
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.
Regina Mills

"Leaving Storybrooke" is the twenty-second and final episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the one hundred and fifty-fifth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 18, 2018.

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.[2]




Special Guest Starring

Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • 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.[2]
    • 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.
  • An establishing shot of the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle[8] is stock footage from the background plate used for the view of the Dream World version of the original Dark Castle in the Season Six premiere "The Savior",[9] and from an establishing shot of the same building in the Enchanted Forest in the Season Six episode "Changelings".[10]
  • Fans and harnesses were used to achieve the scenes where Tilly and Rogers are being sucked into their prison realms.[13][14]
  • 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.[15] 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,[16] but was deleted from the episode.
  • Jakob Davies, who portrayed Pinocchio for most of the show, being replaced by his younger brother Jack Davies by the time of "The Song in Your Heart",[17] accompanied Jack to the set on the last day of filming for the series finale.[18]
  • Originally, Emma and Hook's baby was not going to appear on the show.[19]
  • The scenes for Roni's coronation took two days to film.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • The shot of a garden pinwheel of Tinker Bell on a house lawn in Storybrooke at the end of the episode[22] is stock footage from the "Pilot" episode.[23]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes

Costume Notes


  • 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.

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.18.2018. ShowBuzzDaily (May 21, 2018).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Once Upon a Time: Leaving Storybrooke (5/18) - SERIES FINALE. Disney ABC Press (May 14, 2018).
  3. 3.0 3.1 It is unknown if this character is supposed to be their main reality version or their Wish Realm version.
  4. The credits of the episode identify Young Robin Hood as Margot, her cursed persona.
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  6. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here is the last #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler ever. It's been fun! Hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
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  13. 13.0 13.1 InstagramIcon roseareyn. (Rose Reynolds) April 5, 2018.  Retrieved on June 18, 2018. "Incoming!" (archive copy created on May 29, 2018)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Once Upon A Time Season 7 Episode 22 Review w/ Rose Reynolds. AfterBuzz TV SciFi, Fantasy & Superheroes, YouTube. Retrieved on May 29, 2018.
  15. Gittins, Susan (March 28, 2018). SERIES FINALE: ONCE UPON A TIME in Steveston as Storybrooke With New Hook, New Henry, New Alice, New Robin & Archie. Hollywood North.
  16. 16.0 16.1 TwitterLogo @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (screenshot)
  17. Hood, Amy (May 3, 2017). Pinocchios All Around! Brothers Jakob and Jack Davies Sharing the Classic Role for Once!. Once Upon a Fan. Archived from the original on October 13, 2017. Retrieved on 2018-04-29.
  18. InstagramIcon 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)
  19. Abrams, Natalie (February 02, 2018). The Hot Seat: Once Upon a Timebosses answer your burning Qs. Entertainment Weekly.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 TwitterLogo @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)
  21. Abrams, Natalie (May 19, 2018). Once Upon a Time's Rebecca Mader accidentally spoiled the series finale. Entertainment Weekly.
  22. 22.0 22.1 External screenshot of the pinwheel
  23. File:101OkayKid.png
  24. 24.0 24.1 Abrams, Natalie (March 18, 2018). Once Upon a Time bosses on that surprise series finale ending. Entertainment Weekly.
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  30. 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 )
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  33. HELANE Embellished collar sweater. Ted Baker. Retrieved on May 20, 2018.
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  41. InstagramIcon 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)
  42. InstagramIcon 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)
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  45. 45.0 45.1 Gittins, Susan (March 27, 2018). SERIES FINALE: Captain Swan (Colin O'Donoghue & Jennifer Morrison) & Baby on ONCE UPON A TIME for Big Green Screen Scene. Hollywood North.
  46. InstagramIcon 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)
    InstagramIcon 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)
  47. TwitterLogo @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)
    TwitterLogo @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)
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