Jennifer Morrison to Exit ‘Once Upon A Time’

It’s the end of an era. And maybe, the end of a show?

Jennifer Morrison, who plays Emma Swan in the ABC drama, has announced she will not return for a hypothetical Season 7. The announcement was made on her Instagram page early this morning, as you can see below.

As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on. Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show. I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan. As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows. I always look forward meeting the fans. If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME. The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show. #Onceuponatime #EmmaSwan #UglyDucklings

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Morrison, who before Once Upon A Time was a series regular in House M.D for 5 seasons, is next set to start in Matthew Perry’s bittersweet play The End of Longing. Perhaps a long break from TV is in the cards as well?

Either way, we wish Jennifer Morrison all the luck in the world. We’ll be watching, wherever she goes.

ABC has yet to announce a Season 7 for Once Upon A Time – with decisions expected to be made in the next few days, before ABC Upfronts. And though this departure doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Once Upon A Time, perhaps it should?

What’s a tale without it’s heroine, after all?

So, what do you think? Would you watch another season of Once Upon A Time without Emma Swan? Should this be the end? Share with us in the comments below!

Lizzie

Editor of Things, OUAT Know-it-all

Lawyer. Dreamer. Geek. Eternal optimist. Fangirl since the dawn of time. Hates the color yellow, olives and cigarettes. Has a recurring nightmare where she’s forced to choose between sports and books. Falls in love with fictional characters.

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