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So the Series Season Finale of OUAT has aired, and boy, did it not seem like a last episode to you? Rumors have been circulating for a while regarding Jennifer Morrison (and others) not returning to the show for Season 7. This finale certainly seemed to (somewhat) tie up lose ends and give everyone a supposed "Happy Ending", before time warping an undisclosed number of years to an adult Henry being visited by his daughter possessing an updated copy of "Once Upon a Time", and saying his family needed his help. Sounds familiar? Its a direct link to the first episodes of this series.

The show has rebooted. Its taking a new, but familiar direction. But will it work? This reminds me of another show that took a similar path, "The Andy Griffith Show". AGS was (and still is) one of the most viewed and beloved television programs of all time. It aired 8 seasons from 1960 to 1968 and was always ranked within the top ten television programs. Like OUAT, it featured a single parent raising a son who quickly grew up to a young man before the eyes of the viewers. By Season 8, the main actor of the series (and namesake) Andy Griffith, was ready to leave the program to pursue other options, despite the show being rated #1 in 1968. Griffith's character (Andy Taylor) began to take a back seat in Season 8, the direction of the show focusing now to a new character Sam Jones (Ken Berry), who like Andy Taylor, was a widowed father of a young boy. The following season, "Mayberry R.F.D." premiered as the direct sequel and successor series to AGS. R.F.D. focused on Sam Jones as the main character with many of the same supporting cast from the original AGS. Andy Griffith's character Andy Taylor as well as Ron Howard's Opie Taylor and Don Knotts' Barney Fife made guest appearances on this spinoff sequel.
Jennifer Morrison as well as many other of the former series regulars have expressed interests in resuming their roles on a guest star basis. So will this work with OUAT? Well, technically the series isn't "ending" and being replaced by a new series, but the show has basically ended as we know it. It is curious as to adult Henry's role in this reboot. Has he succeded his mother as Savior? It will certainly be interesting to see how this new direction takes us.
Hopefully it is exactly what is needed to refresh a show otherwise becoming stale.
"Mayberry RFD" continued the storyline of the fictional North Carolina town and it's people another 3 seasons. With luck, this new creative direction will do the same for Storybrooke.
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