When Once Upon a Time Season 6 came to an end, Ginnifer Goodwin and her husband/co-star Josh Dallas were among the cast members who exited the show. Season 7 subsequently underwent a major retool that introduced many new characters. When news broke that the fantasy series would be ending, it wasn't long before Goodwin and Dallas confirmed they were returning for the finale, along with fellow original cast member Jennifer Morrison. With her filming on the series finale almost complete, Ginnifer Goodwin opened up about how she feels about the show coming to an end:
Oh my gosh, I'm a mess. Leaving a show was a really tough decision, but one that we spent years making. . . . I realized in coming back and having had the show decide to tell its final story in this final episode, that I had always counted on this show as being here -- I always counted on my being able to return, sort of like when we all go off to college, we know that home is still home. Now knowing that home is being obliterated, as it were, that the sets will be torn down, I've been really overly emotional. I have been crying for the past 24 hours. It doesn't help that the scenes, of which we are part, are classic Once Upon a Time scenes. They're inspiring. The word 'hope' is batted around an awful lot, so it is very nostalgic feeling. I'm definitely mourning the loss. I wish that it could just go on forever and that we always knew that it would be here when we're homesick.
If fans are getting emotional over the impending close of the series, Ginnifer Goodwin clearly knows the feeling. The actress' finale filming confession to EW is a poignant reminder of how much a series can come to mean to its cast. Goodwin is an original cast member, who starred as Snow White for six seasons before leaving the show on a happy note ahead of Season 7. In a fun twist, Once Upon a Time hasn't played a role in just its characters getting their happy endings, though. It is also responsible for some of the cast's, including Goodwin's.
The two actors who portrayed Snow White and Prince Charming ended up finding love together in real life. Ginnifer Goodwin fell in love with her future husband Josh Dallas while filming Once Upon a Time, and the couple now has two children. Hopefully fans will get a chance to see their favorite Once Upon a Time characters live out similarly happy endings before the series ends.
Since leaving Once Upon a Time, Ginnifer Goodwin has filmed a pilot for an ABC comedy entitled Steps. Fans will have to stay tuned in order to see if it gets picked up. For now, the Once Upon a Time series finale is where you can catch the actress as she plays Snow White for the final time.
The two-part finale begins this coming Friday (May 11). So what should you expect? It seems the finale will bring fans back to the beginning with lots of hope for the future. Given the number of revivals recently, a trip back to Storybrooke wouldn't be entirely shocking. For now, though, the storybook has reached its final chapter.
The conclusion of Once Upon a Time's two-part series finale airs May 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. For more on television's other finales, check out our guide to this year's season finales. As for what else is coming up on ABC and television in general over the next few months, check out our guide to TV's summer premieres.