Six Actors Leaving ‘Once Upon a Time’ After Season 6
Shortly after, the Wicked Witch portrayer Rebecca Mader confessed that she, too would be leaving the show at the end of Season 6.
You might want to sit down, Oncers, because Jennifer and Rebecca are just the tip of the iceberg.
TVLine reports six total actors will be leaving the show at the end of Season 6.
Series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis paid tribute to each exiting actor in a statement released earlier today.
Jared Gilmore debuted on Once Upon a Time when he was just 11 years old.
Fans of the show have watched the young Henry Mills portrayer grow up over the years, but Season 6 will also be Jared’s last season.
“[J]ared literally grew up before the eyes of millions, from a child actor with enormous innate talent to a young man whose abilities continue to astound as he created a character who truly, as we say on the show, has the heart of the truest believer.”
Just as Disney found massive success with Beauty and the Beast, OUAT is set to lose their library-loving princess.
35-year-old Belle actress Emilie de Ravin is saying goodbye at the end of the season as well.
“Emilie took the character of Belle to a deep and soulful place, bringing great intelligence and warmth to the character, making her fiercely independent, strong-willed but also an eternal optimist who saw only the best in all those she encountered,” the statement reads.
If all that weren’t bad enough, OUAT will have to completely retool the show to make up for the absence of the royal power couple themselves.
The creators praised Josh for giving Charming depth.
“Josh mined the depths of Prince Charming — a character who in myth was just a ‘type’ but in his superlative interpretation became a complex man fighting for love and family.”
Similarly, Ginnifer’s progressive take on Queen Snow impressed the showrunners.
“Ginny reinvented Snow White for a modern audience — there was no way she would be stuck cleaning up after dwarfs," the statement reads. "She created an iconic empowered heroine for the 21st century.”
The showrunners insisted the exiting cast truly made the series what it is today.
“We can’t thank them enough for the hard work, dedication and passion they delivered day in and day out. Without them there would be no Once Upon a Time.”
But they continue to believe this isn’t the end of the line for these iconic characters.
“As Once continues, this group will always be the beating heart of the show. And even though we won’t be with them every week, in a show about magic and hope, we fervently believe it won’t be the last we see of them.”
The magical setting and multiple timelines of the show certainly allow new actors to step into the popular roles.
But this mass exodus may have some of them thinking twice before signing onto the series.
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OUAT returns in fall 2017 on ABC.