That was it. Jennifer Morrison's final episode as Emma Swan.
"Once Upon a Time" premiered its semi-rebooted Season 7 in early October, introducing the new setting and new-ish characters. Episode 2, "A Pirate's Life," aired Friday, Oct. 13, focusing on Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and bringing back Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) to reveal "Emma's fate." That's how Morrison put it in the #memorylane photos she posted before the episode.
Morrison could've been a full part of Season 7 but she elected to leave after Season 6, just agreeing to return for one more episode as Emma. Co-showrunner Edward Kitsis told TVLine that Emma fans would "feel happy, and relieved and, like anything, they'll want more." O'Donoghue described the episode to TV Guide as "epic, surprising, and loving," while Andrew J. West (adult Henry) went with the three words "surprising, moving, and adventure."
Here are the photos Morrison posted leading up to Episode 2:
I'm honor of Emma's last appearance on #onceuponatime I will post some favorite memories all week of #emmaswan over the years - like that time they poured extra buckets of water on me in slow mo... Tune in Friday on @abcnetwork for @onceabcofficial
Kicking it old school with these two when I first met them on #onceuponatime @colinodonoghue1 @imrosemciver #friendsforlife #memorylane #emmaswan Tune in to @abcnetwork on Friday to see the fate of #emmaswan
That moment when we thought maybe #darkswan didn't have eye brows... we changed our minds :) #emmaswan #onceuponatime #memorylane tune in on Friday oct 13 on @abcnetwork to see Emma's fate on @onceabcofficial
That time that they shackled me to the floor in one of #eduardocastro's gorgeous ball gowns... #onceuponatime #emmaswan tune in Friday oct 13 to see emma's fate on @abcnetwork @onceabcofficial #memorylane
5am at vancouver airport on my last trip home from filming #onceuponatime #emmaswan So much love, so much joy, so many great memories. #lifechanging #happybeginnings THANK YOU!!!! 7 x 02 starts now on the east coast! @onceabcofficial @abcnetwork
"Once Upon a Time" Season 7 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on ABC. Jennifer Morrison said she agreed to return for one more episode, just this one, but Ginnifer Goodwin said she and Josh Dallas will bring the Charmings back at some point, maybe in the series finale.
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