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She's the Savior. Of course the Final Battle isn't a war. It's a battle for her soul, for her belief. Her hope.
Snow White to Captain Hook, Evil Queen and Prince Charming

"The Final Battle" is a two-part episode, comprising the twenty-first and twenty-second episode of the sixth season of ABC's Once Upon a Time and the one-hundredth and thirty-second and thirty-third episode episode of the series overall. It aired on May 14, 2017. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, while Part 1 was directed by Steve Pearlman, and Part 2 by Ralph Hemecker. This episode serves as the Season 6 finale.

Synopsis

Henry awakens to a cursed Storybrooke and discovers Emma has been in the mental hospital, and the Black Fairy is the new mayor. Henry attempts to help Emma regain her memory while Gold tries to find out what has really happened to Belle. Meanwhile, Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land and desperately try to figure out a way to be reunited with Emma and Henry.

Plot

Opening sequence

The Seattle Monorail is seen going through the forest.

Event Chronology

The Storybrooke events take place after the current events of "The Song in Your Heart", while the current events in the Enchanted Forest occur after "Mother's Little Helper".

The future events depicted in both Part 1 and Part 2 occur after the current events taking place in Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest, with the future events in the Enchanted Forest depicted in Part 1 occurring some time before the future events in Seattle depicted in Part 2.

Part 1

In The Enchanted Forest (During the future)

In the woods, a man is seen running away from a beast. He reaches a cabin and sends his daughter, Lucy, away with the "Once Upon A Time" storybook, telling her to keep it safe as he fights off the creature.

In Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest and other realms during Fiona’s Curse

Once Upon a Time - 6x21 - The Final Battle Part 1 - Emma and Nurse Ratched

It has been hours after Fiona enacted her curse on the entire town that engulfed everyone after the wedding. However, Henry, who is spared somehow, wakes up with the storybook in his hands, and starts searching for his family. After running into Archie, he tells Henry that Emma's at the hospital, where she is now committed to a psychiatric ward for the past two years. While visiting Emma, he learns that with Fiona's curse, Regina's original curse was never broken, and Emma had stopped believing him. He asks her where Snow, Hook and David are, but the new curse now has Emma believing that these events never existed, citing that she has made so much progress and can’t go back, then tells Henry to stop telling her about these stories. Suddenly Fiona (who is now the Mayor and Henry's mother) arrived and takes the book from Henry, but before he left he whispered in Emma's ear to tell her to resist as the Final Battle in coming.

At the same time in the Enchanted Forest, Snow, David, Hook and Regina wake up and discover they have returned to the place where the events that lead to the first curse began, as they discover it is a prison for them and its tied to the book. Fiona, who is using this to banish Emma's family forever, tells Emma that she must burn the storybook if she wants to be released from the hospital, but Emma refused. Back in the trapped realm, Everyone now realize that Fiona is using Emma's soul so she can stop believing, and when Zelena showed up with Jefferson's hat, they transported into a portal of doors, where Zelena's realm disappeared, By succeeding, Fiona can make Emma destroy all the realms, prompting them to come up with a plan to save Emma. At the same time in Storybrooke, Fiona brings lunch to Gold and ask that he fix her watch, as it appears that she now being the primary support in the wake of Belle's "disappearance."

Once Upon a Time - 6x21 - The Final Battle Part 1 - Beanstalk

It appears that Emma is starting to lose her faith, as the realms are starting to disappear, and its forcing everyone to take shelter in the castle, even bringing Aladdin and Jasmine after Agrabah disappeared. Outside, Hook and David climb a beanstalk in hopes of finding a magic bean that will get everyone back to Storybrooke. At the same time, Henry breaks Emma out of the hospital and takes his mother to the roof top in hopes that she will remember her wedding to Killian. Suddenly, her memories returned, but now Emma has doubts and tells Henry she wants to return to Boston for fear that Fiona will put her back in the psychiatric ward, so Henry decided to help her Meanwhile, Gideon is extremely upset of Belle deserting him and now sees Fiona as more of a mother than Belle, and even Gold's attempts to console his son doesn't help either.

Back In the trapped realm, Regina and Zelena try to work on a potion but most of her ingredients are gone, when the Evil Queen arrives and offered to help. In Storybrooke hours later, Henry attempts to steal the storybook back from Fiona but she catches him, and believes that she can use him to control Emma. But as Henry escapes, Fiona pushes him down the stairs before he takes off.

Once Upon a Time - 6x21 - The Final Battle Part 1 - Henry in Hospital

Moments later, Gold asks Fiona to reopen the investigation into Belle’s disappearance. As Fiona tries to talk him out of it, she shows him pictures of Belle enjoying life in other countries, and wants Gold to move on from Belle, and he fell for her lies. Back in the trapped realm, Hook and David began their search for the magic beans, only to encounter a dragon and the creature chases them. At the hospital, Henry wakes up and discover that Fiona and Emma there, Fiona finally succeeded in convincing Emma to burn the storybook in the furnace, as Fiona tells Emma it's the only way to keep Henry safe and to end these stories. Thanks to Fiona's scheme, the entire realms depicted in the book are now going up in flames.

Part 2

In The Enchanted Forest (During the future)

At the beginning of the episode, the young girl returns to her home and discovers everything destroyed. Tiger Lily shows up, and tells her to take the book to her mother.

In Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest and other realms during Fiona’s Curse

Back in Storybrooke, Fiona, convinced that she has succeeded, brings what was left of the book to Henry and gloats to Henry that Emma has lost her faith. Unfortunately, just after Emma leaves Storybrooke to return to Boston, she discovers that Henry has left a illustrated manuscript in order to make her remember their past. Meanwhile as the realms begin starting to collapse, David and Hook continue to escape the dragon, but while climbing down the beanstalk they loose balance and fall, while Regina and the Evil Queen discover that they don’t have enough magic left in them to connect with Emma to help her remember. When Snow finds a unconscious David, she kisses him and it awakes him, and tells her that darkness never wins.

Once Upon a Time - 6x21 - The Final Battle Part 2 - Fiona Killed

Gold kills Fiona

In Storybrooke, Henry goes to the Pawn Shop where he hopes to remind Gold that he is his grandson (as he caught on to Gold not being under the curse) but when Gold becomes only concerned with finding Belle, Henry decided that he should take on Fiona himself, and he takes the sword from the shop. Back in the trapped realm, the Evil Queen tries to fight to protect the castle while the everyone else join together and wait. They soon discover that Henry is their only hope and when arrived to the Mayor's office, Emma arrives out of nowhere, as her destiny as the Savior has finally emerged, which causes the destroyed realms to reappear again. At the same time, Gold uses a spell tracker on "Her Handsome Hero" to find Belle, who was hiding from Fiona and she told him about Fiona's deception. Fiona stops by the shop to see Gideon, where it turn out she reclaimed Gideon's heart and is using him to find a wand that she'll use to decipher the mysterious writings that Henry created in the book now that Emma has regained her memory. When Gold confronted Fiona about her plans, she tells her son that once the Final Battle is over the curse will be lifted and that they can be a family again. She also tells Gold she can bring back the dead, so her plan is to bring back his first born son, Baelfire. Gold is not happy about what Fiona is doing, and he ends up killing his mother. Fiona, however, tells Gold before she dies evil can never kill good, but good can kill good. She also had Gideon's heart and instructed Gideon to kill Emma, and as expected Gideon confronts Emma and is ready to face off against her.

Once Upon a Time - 6x21 - The Final Battle Part 2 - Emma Swordfight

Emma battles Gideon

The Black Curse spell is finally lifted as Belle returns to Gold, and as Gold searches for Gideon's heart, Henry helps Emma escape from Gideon (knocking him out with a fire extinguisher) with Emma placing a protection spell to contain him. The broken curse also brings Snow, David, Regina, Hook, and Zelena back to Storybrooke to help Emma and Henry. Emma attempted to hold off Gideon as Gold searched for his heart (even as he is tempted a doppelgänger of Rumplestiltskin). Emma and Gideon fought until Emma throws down her sword and Gideon kills her. However, Henry, realizing his love for his birth mother, used his true love kiss and she is bought back to life. Gold then finds Gideon’s heart (after resisting his doppelgänger) and return it to Gideon, only to discover that to Gold and Belle's shock that Gideon is once again a baby. Realizing that this is a new start as a family and possibly a happy ending, Belle tells Gold that this their happy beginning. Snow then sees the "Once Upon a Time" storybook reappeared. Henry then looks at the final page of the storybook and suddenly writes itself with the words "Both good and evil did the right thing, faith was restored and the final battle was won”. As Snow points out, she reminds everyone that the story isn’t over, thus ending a important chapter in their lives. With the stories and realms restored, the Enchanted Forest, Neverland, Wonderland, Agrabah, Arendelle, the Land of Oz and all the other realms resume their happy beginnings, as does everyone in Storybrooke with the residents choosing to stay in the present day.

In Seattle (During the future)

"Years Later" in Seattle, Lucy arrives at the man's apartment by train, who is revealed to be an adult Henry, and tells him that she is his daughter and that his family needs him.

Cast

Starring

Guest Starring

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Special Bonus: Good Morning Storybrooke • Three Who Stayed • Tales From The Underworld: A Knight With Cruella

Characters
Once Upon a Time: Emma SwanSnow White/Mary Margaret BlanchardPrince Charming/David NolanRumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold/WeaverEvil Queen/Regina Mills/RoniBelle/Lacey FrenchKillian Jones/Hook/RogersHenry MillsHappySneezy/Tom ClarkBashfulDocDopeySleepy/WalterJiminy Cricket/Archie HopperStealthyVictor Frankenstein/Dr. WhaleAuroraPrince PhillipFa MulanBlue FairyWidow Lucas/GrannyKing George/Albert SpencerGenie/Magic Mirror/Sidney GlassMad Hatter/JeffersonMilahPrince Henry/The ValetMaid MarianKnave of HeartsSheriff of Nottingham/KeithFairy GodmotherPeter Pan/Malcolm/Pied PiperWendy DarlingArielZelena/The Wicked Witch of the WestGlinda/The Good Witch of the SouthThe Wizard of Oz/WalshElsa the Snow QueenAnnaKristoffHansGrand PabbieSvenTinker BellBlackbeardLumièreAbigail/Kathryn NolanUrsulaRed Riding Hood/The Wolf/RubyHuntsman/Sheriff GrahamBaelfire/Neal CassidyPinocchio/August W. BoothFrederick/JimSevere NurseMayor TomkinsQuinnAnitaHansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava ZimmerThe Woodcutter/Michael TillmanMartinMyrnaStephenDonnaPrince JamesJackBlind WitchKing XavierPeterSirenPongoAntonWilliam SmeeDorothy GaleThe Witch of the EastGastonGreg MendellTamaraGeppetto/MarcoThe DragonRapunzelThe King/Mitchell HermanRapunzel's MotherRapunzel's FatherKing LeopoldQueen EvaLost BoysJohn DarlingMichael DarlingThe ShadowThe Sheriff of HamelinKing MidasNanaMary DarlingGeorge DarlingMedusaGus/BillyMarshmallowZosoPrince Thomas/Sean HermanPrince EricLittle Bo PeepThe ApprenticeIngrid/Sarah FisherLily PageNovaSeerGraceDaniel ColterLancelotColetteStephenLiam JonesOakenThe King of ArendelleQueen GerdaCruella De VilPoseidonThe Duke of WeseltonHans' BrothersChernabogBriar RoseKing StefanIsaac/The AuthorMadelineMerlin/The SorcererMeridaQueen EleanorKing FergusHarris, Hubert and HamishThe WitchLord MacGuffinLord MacintoshLord DingwallRuthKing ArthurSir KayGuinevereCharonBrennan JonesMegaraHerculesHadesCerberusThe ScarecrowTotoCleo FoxAuntie EmDr. JekyllMr. HydeEvil QueenCount of Monte CristoAladdinGideonJasmineIagoCaptain NemoLady TremaineClorindaTisbeJacobOracleRoyal GuardsThe SultanGenieBlack FairyTiger LilyRobertPrince AchmedStanumCowardly LionLucyLady Tremaine/Victoria BelfreyCinderella/JacindaTiana/SabineAlice/TillyDrizella/Ivy Belfrey

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: AliceCyrusAnastasia/The Red QueenPercy/The White RabbitJabberwockySilvermistThe Sultan/The Old PrisonerTweedle Dee and Tweedle DumMrs. RabbitElizabeth/LizardAmara
Both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of HeartsCinderella/Ashley BoydRobin HoodLittle JohnFriar TuckGrumpy/LeroyCora/The Queen of HeartsCaterpillarMaleficentJafarDr. Lydgate

Episodes
Season One: "Pilot" • "The Thing You Love Most" • "Snow Falls" • "The Price of Gold" • "That Still Small Voice" • "The Shepherd" • "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" • "Desperate Souls" • "True North" • "7:15 A.M." • "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" • "Skin Deep" • "What Happened to Frederick" • "Dreamy" • "Red-Handed" • "Heart of Darkness" • "Hat Trick" • "The Stable Boy" • "The Return" • "The Stranger" • "An Apple Red as Blood" • "A Land Without Magic"

Season Two: "Broken" • "We Are Both" • "Lady of the Lake" • "The Crocodile" • "The Doctor" • "Tallahassee" • "Child of the Moon" • "Into the Deep" • "Queen of Hearts" • "The Cricket Game" • "The Outsider" • "In the Name of the Brother" • "Tiny" • "Manhattan" • "The Queen Is Dead" • "The Miller's Daughter" • "Welcome to Storybrooke" • "Selfless, Brave and True" • "Lacey" • "The Evil Queen" • "Second Star to the Right" • "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
Season Three: "The Heart of the Truest Believer" • "Lost Girl" • "Quite a Common Fairy" • "Nasty Habits" • "Good Form" • "Ariel" • "Dark Hollow" • "Think Lovely Thoughts" • "Save Henry" • "The New Neverland" • "Going Home" • "New York City Serenade" • "Witch Hunt" • "The Tower" • "Quiet Minds" • "It's Not Easy Being Green" • "The Jolly Roger" • "Bleeding Through" • "A Curious Thing" • "Kansas" • "Snow Drifts" • "There's No Place Like Home"
Season Four: "A Tale of Two Sisters" • "White Out" • "Rocky Road" • "The Apprentice" • "Breaking Glass" • "Family Business" • "The Snow Queen" • "Smash the Mirror" • "Fall" • "Shattered Sight" • "Heroes and Villains" • "Darkness on the Edge of Town" • "Unforgiven" • "Enter the Dragon" • "Poor Unfortunate Soul" • "Best Laid Plans" • "Heart of Gold" • "Sympathy for the De Vil" • "Lily" • "Mother" • "Operation Mongoose"
Season Five: "The Dark Swan" • "The Price" • "Siege Perilous" • "The Broken Kingdom" • "Dreamcatcher" • "The Bear and the Bow" • "Nimue" • "Birth" • "The Bear King" • "Broken Heart" • "Swan Song" • "Souls of the Departed" • "Labor of Love" • "Devil's Due" • "The Brothers Jones" • "Our Decay" • "Her Handsome Hero" • "Ruby Slippers" • "Sisters" • "Firebird" • "Last Rites" • "Only You" • "An Untold Story"
Season Six: "The Savior" • "A Bitter Draught" • "The Other Shoe" • "Strange Case" • "Street Rats" • "Dark Waters" • "Heartless" • "I'll Be Your Mirror" • "Changelings" • "Wish You Were Here" • "Tougher Than the Rest" • "Murder Most Foul • "Ill-Boding Patterns" • "Page 23" • "A Wondrous Place" • "Mother's Little Helper" • "Awake" • "Where Bluebirds Fly" • "The Black Fairy" • "The Song in Your Heart" • "The Final Battle"
Season Seven: "Hyperion Heights" • "A Pirate's Life"• "The Garden of Forking Paths" • "Beauty" • "Greenbacks" • "Wake Up Call" • "Eloise Gardener" • "Pretty in Blue" • "One Little Tear" • "The Eighth Witch" • "Secret Garden"

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: "Down the Rabbit Hole" • "Trust Me" • "Forget Me Not" • "The Serpent" • "Heart of Stone" • "Who's Alice?" • "Bad Blood" • "Home" • "Nothing to Fear" • "Dirty Little Secrets" • "Heart of the Matter" • "To Catch a Thief" • "And They Lived..."

Locations
Once Upon a Time: Boston, MassachusettsDark PalaceDark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's CastleLibraryKing's CastleCinderella's ChateauDwarves' CottageDwarf MinesNew YorkKing Stefan's CastleThe BeanstalkGiant's LairNeverland Skull RockHamelinMaritime CastleRapunzel's TowerVault of the Dark OneLand of OzYellow Brick RoadEmerald CityGolden CastleArendelleArendelle CastleWandering Oaken's Trading Post and SaunaBald MountainRing of StonesDunBrochWitch's CottageCastle DunBrochUnderworldMount OlympusPoppy FieldsAuntie's Chicken & WafflesCave of WondersPleasure IslandSeattleHyperion Heights

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Wonderland CastleThe Mad Hatter's HouseWhite Rabbit's HouseUnderlandTulgey Wood
Both series: StorybrookeMaineEnchanted ForestForbidden FortressWonderlandWonderland MazeAgrabahSherwood ForestThe Sultan's Palace

Objects
Once Upon a Time: Once Upon a Time (Book)Maleficent's StaffMagic WandGlass SlipperPoisoned AppleSpinning WheelMagic LampDark One's DaggerChipped CupJefferson's HatCaptain Hook's HooksMagic BeansEnchanted CandlePixie DustDreamshadePied Piper's PipePandora's BoxSilver SlippersSorcerer HatEnchanted BroomTridentEnchanted ShellHeroes and Villains (Book)Merida's BowMagical RoseExcaliburOlympian CrystalCinderella's DressGolden Scarab Beetle

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Vorpal Blade
Both series: Jafar's Snake StaffEnchanted HeartsJafar's Lamp

Songs Featured
Give a Little WhistleHeigh-HoWith a Smile and a SongBeauty and the BeastPart of Your WorldFathoms BelowCruella De VilSome Day My Prince Will Come

Original Songs: Powerful MagicThe Queen SingsLove Doesn’t Stand a ChanceRevenge Is Gonna Be MineWicked Always WinsCharming vs. Evil QueenEmma's ThemeA Happy Beginning

Vehicles
Geppetto's BoatThe Jolly RogerMagic CarpetRoyal ShipCruella's carNautilus
Species
FairiesUnicornsDragonsBridge TrollsWraithOgresMermaidsKrakenFlying MonkeysRock TrollsWill O' the WispsFuriesMunchkins