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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]


Deleted Scenes

"In a Hurry"

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season.


Henry Riding Down the Street: Extended Version

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.[3] 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.[4]

Henry Riding Through a Forest

Footage of Henry riding through a forest was also filmed,[5] but was deleted from the episode.



Special Guest Starring

Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes

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  • Fittingly enough, the accompanying illustration shows Snow White in a desert (as seen in the Season Six episode "Street Rats", the Cave of Wonders is located in the desert realm of Agrabah).The caption for reads "The shifting sands had Snow disorientated and heartsick with yearning."[32]
  • The story is based on Disney's Aladdin, where the Cave of Wonders is guarded by a spirit with the shape of a tiger's head. The cave can only be entered by a chosen individual and anyone else who makes attempts to enter are given a warning by the tiger. If they try to enter the cave anyway, they are killed by the spirit.
  • When Roni opens her own book, a micro-excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairy tale can be glimpsed.[33]
  • The illustration of Roni shows her sitting alone on a rock by the ocean, with a shipwreck in the background. The caption reads "Regina knew the most important thing was not to lose hope. She would see her son again.[34]
  • Kelly's book contains an illustration of Zelena looking out the porthole of the Nautilus. The cation reads "”I hate fish and I have no desire to live like one,” Zelena thought as she looked out the porthole."[35]
  • A behind the scenes photograph posted by Keegan Connor Tracy on Twitter reveals that the Wish Blue Fairy's storybook shows Blue crying in a forest. The caption reads "The Blue Fairy soon realized she wasn't in her home anymore".[36]
  • When the portals to the storybook realms are open and everyone hangs on to prevent themselves from being sucked in, pages from Wish Rumplestiltskin's storybooks are turning in the wind:
    • One page contains a blurred illustration of Sleeping Beauty lying on a bed.[37] It is called "The Sleeping Princess" and is from the 1916 fairy tale collection The Allies' Fairy Book, illustrated by the famous book English book illustrator Arthur Rackham.
    • One book contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairy tale "Little Sister and Little Brother".[38]
      • The opposite page contains another excerpt from "The Pink".[38] The same excerpt can also be seen in the storybook lying next to Weaver.[39]
    • Another page contains a blurred excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairytale.[40]
      • The opposite page contains another excerpt from "Little Brother and Little Sister".[40]
    • A third excerpt from "The Pink" can be glimpsed on another page.[41]
    • Yet another excerpt from "The Pink" is printed in the storybook next to Rogers.[42]
  • When Regina is crowned the leader of the United Realms, Wish Henry is wearing Storybrooke's deputy sheriff's badge.[43]

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 2.3 2.4 Once Upon a Time: Leaving Storybrooke (5/18) - SERIES FINALE. Disney ABC Press (May 14, 2018).
  3. 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.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 TwitterLogo @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @mithilakarnik (mkadmad) on Twitter (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 It is unknown if this character is supposed to be their main reality version or their Wish Realm version.
  7. The credits of the episode identify Young Robin Hood as Margot, her cursed persona.
  8. File:722Title.png
  9. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here is the last #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler ever. It's been fun! Hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
  10. File:722LeavingStorybrooke.png
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  13. File:609DarkCastle.png
  14. File:722TellMeYou.png
  15. File:219RumplesCastle.png
  16. 16.0 16.1 InstagramIcon roseareyn. (Rose Reynolds) April 5, 2018.  Retrieved on November 9, 2018. "Incoming!" (archive copy created on May 29, 2018)
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Once Upon A Time Season 7 Episode 22 Review w/ Rose Reynolds. AfterBuzz TV SciFi, Fantasy & Superheroes, YouTube. Retrieved on May 29, 2018.
  18. 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.
  19. InstagramIcon keegolicious. (Keegan Connor Tracy) May 17, 2018.  Retrieved on November 9, 2018. "Last day of shooting #onceuponatime. A little Pinocchio reunion - with a bonus Pinocchio!" (archive copy created on May 19, 2018)
  20. Abrams, Natalie (February 02, 2018). The Hot Seat: Once Upon a Timebosses answer your burning Qs. Entertainment Weekly.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 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)
  22. Abrams, Natalie (May 19, 2018). Once Upon a Time's Rebecca Mader accidentally spoiled the series finale. Entertainment Weekly.
  23. 23.0 23.1 File:722TinkerBell.png
  24. File:101OkayKid.png
  25. 25.0 25.1 Abrams, Natalie (March 18, 2018). Once Upon a Time bosses on that surprise series finale ending. Entertainment Weekly.
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  27. File:722UnitedRealm.png
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  29. File:722AroundThisTable.png
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  31. File:722SnowOpensBook.png
    Notice how the second page opens with the beginning of the fairy tale; "A long time ago 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
  32. 32.0 32.1 File:722SnowPrison.png
  33. File:722RoniOpensBook.png
    This is the excerpt in its entirety, with the words that can be glimpsed in the book set in bold:

    "the step-mother said, "If thou canst pick two dishes of*
    lentils out of the ashes for me in one hour, thou shalt go with us." And she
    thought to herself, "That she most certainly cannot do."
    When the step-mother had emptied the two dishes of lentils
    amongst the ashes, the maiden went through the"

    *Note that the book contains a misprint: Between row one and two, the words "went through the" appear, even though they are supposed to appear – and do appear – later in the excerpt
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  35. File:722ZelenaPrison.png
    Picture of the Nautilus for comparison: File:606Underwater.png
  36. TwitterLogo @keegolicious (Keegan Connor Tracy) on Twitter. "You would cry too if you got sucked into a vortex. AGAIN" (screenshot) (photograph)
  37. File:722PagesTurn.png
  38. 38.0 38.1 File:722PagesTurn3.png
    "Little Sister and Little Brother": Notice how the page on the left opens with "The little sister said, “Oh, I pray you, dear little brother, do not drink, or you will become a roe, and run away from me.” But the little brother had knelt by the brook, and had bent down and drunk some of the water, and as soon as the first drops touched his lips he lay there a young roe."
    "The Pink": Notice how the opposite page opens with the beginning of the fairy tale; "There was once a Queen, who had not been blessed with children. As she walked in her garden, she prayed every morning that a son or a daughter might be given to her."
  39. File:722WeaverHoldingOn.png
  40. 40.0 40.1 File:722PagesTurn5.png
    "Cinderella": Look for the words "pick, pick" and and a slightly re-worded version of "Then the girl took the dish to her step-mother, and was glad, and believed that now she would be allowed to go with them to the festival. But the step-mother said, “No, Cinderella, you have no clothes and you can not dance. You would only be laughed at.”
    "Little Sister and Little Brother": Notice how the opposite page starts with the opening of the fairy tale: "Little brother took his little sister by the hand and said, “Since our mother died we have had no happiness. Our step-mother beats us every day, and if we come near her she kicks us away with her foot. Our meals are the hard crusts of bread that are left over. And the little dog under the table is better off, for she often throws it a choice morsel. God pity us, if our mother only knew. Come, we will go forth together into the wide world.”"
  41. File:722PagesTurn6.png
    Notice how the text in the upper right hand corner on page 2 begins with "the idea came to him one day that the Prince might wish to go to his father some time, and he would thereby be placed in a very awkward position. So he took the maiden aside, and said to her, “Tonight, when the boy is asleep, go and drive this knife into his heart. Then bring me his heart and his tongue. If you fail to do it, you will lose your own life.”
  42. File:722RogersHoldingOn.png
    First page: Look for "The Prince stayed on at the castle for a time, thinking of his mother, and wondering if she was still alive. At last he said to the maiden, “I am going into my own country. If you like you can go with me; I will take you.” She answered, “Alas! it is so far off, and what should I do in a strange country where I know no one?”.
    Second page: Opens with (note that many of the words are off-screen; this is the text in its entirety) "The King was furious when he saw him, and ordered him to be thrown into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman said further, “My father, would you like to see the maiden who so tenderly saved my life when she was ordered to kill me, although by so doing she might have lost her own life?” The King answered, “Yes, I will gladly see her.” Then his son said, “Gracious father, I will show her to you first in the guise of a beautiful flower.” He put his hand into his pocket, and brought out the pink. It was a finer one than the King had ever seen before. Then his son said, “Now, I will show her to you in her true form.”"
  43. File:722SheriffHenry.png
  44. File:722AnOldFriend.png
  45. HELANE Embellished collar sweater. Ted Baker. Retrieved on May 20, 2018.
  46. File:722Coronation.png
  47. File:320TriedToRun.png
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  50. File:722SomeoneToLead.png
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  52. File:122MyMothersRing.png
  53. File:722ClappingForRegina4.png
  54. File:710LuckyWeAre.png
  55. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 21, 2018.  Retrieved on November 9, 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)
  56. InstagramIcon tvalisononset. (Alison Fernandez) May 4, 2018.  Retrieved on November 9, 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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  59. 59.0 59.1 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.
  60. InstagramIcon vfxsup. (Craig Clarke) May 19, 2018.  Retrieved on November 9, 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 November 9, 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)
  61. 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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