a thank you/love letter.
Six years ago, we stumbled into a little town in Maine called Storybrooke. We fought dragons, traveled through realms, defeated curses, found happy endings, and most importantly, we fell in love with possibly the most screwed up family tree in the history of the world.
Like for most of the fandom today, it’s been a really, really long week. We went from celebrating a wonderful wedding to feeling like the world had been abruptly yanked out from underneath our feet the next morning. This week has felt like it’s been leading up to a funeral and I’ve never been more heartbroken or devastated. And I know, for many fans, this finale is the end.
I’ve been in plenty of fandoms and loved just as many shows as before OUAT came into my life and there will be probably more to come after. What I can’t imagine is anything else having so much of my heart as this show does. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have met many of the cast and long after this, I’ll always respect, support, and love them in their future endeavors as they deserve and I hope you all will too.
The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, and the journey I’ve been on has made this show mean more to me than I’ve ever known before. To a lot of people outside of the fandom life, it’s just a show, it’s just a character, it’s just a movie, whatever. Never let anyone tell you that something as simple as a show can’t inspire the very best in people; or even worse, that they aren’t real. These characters were real, their relationships were real, their stories were real and they changed every single one of our lives.
Thank you to this spectacular cast of Ginnifer, Josh, Jennifer, Colin, Jared, Lana, Rebecca, Emilie, and Robert for everything they’ve given us. Thank you to the enormous supporting cast of actors and behind the scenes crew from Vancouver to LA.
And finally, thanks to you, our followers. We have had lots, lots of ups and downs in this fandom throughout the years, but one thing we’ve all agreed with and never wavered on is our love for this show. Storybrooke Mirror has been here since day one and we will continue to be long after it’s over. Whether or not you’ll be with us in Season 7, please do what makes you happy. And never forget the most important thing that OUAT taught us: there is always hope.