Fans of Once Upon a Time started to wonder if trouble might be brewing last spring when Jennifer Morrison, one of the OG stars, revealed that she was leaving the show. Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, and Jared Gilmore followed soon after, and although the series rebounded with new characters, it looks like fans鈥 fears may have been justified, as ABC has just announced that the show will end after its current season.

According to Variety, the remaining episodes will be the last for the beloved series, which returns on March 2 for the second half of its final season. The finale is scheduled to air in May.

鈥淲hen we first heard Adam [Horowitz] and Eddy [Kitsis]鈥 pitch for Once Upon a Time, we knew it was something incredibly special,鈥 ABC president Channing Dungey told Variety in a statement. 鈥淔or seven years, they have captivated us with their creativity and passion while reimagining some of our most beloved Disney fairytales, creating an undeniable global hit. Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but Once Upon a Time will forever be part of the ABC legacy, and we can鈥檛 wait for fans to join us in this epic final chapter.鈥

Co-creators and executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz admitted to Variety that there is 鈥渁 bit of disappointment鈥 over the end of the series, but said they鈥檙e grateful for their seven successful seasons. Kitsis explained, 鈥淲e have had so much fun doing this, and the success of the show was bigger than we even dreamt of. We can鈥檛 do anything but say awesome.鈥

As for the finale, Kitsis told the site, 鈥淲e went into the season knowing this was a possibility. There was no guarantee; we were taking a big risk, and so we had two different scenarios for the finale. And so we鈥檙e going to go with plan B.鈥

Plan B is a mystery to viewers for now, but the EP hinted at an exciting possibility. Though he was careful not to slip up and spill any spoilers, he did reveal that 鈥渟ome familiar faces鈥 could very well return for the show鈥檚 big finale. Horowitz added that they also 鈥渉ave some surprises that [they]鈥檙e hoping to unfurl in the last few [episodes].鈥 Sounds intriguing!

Also intriguing? What Kitsis had to say about possible spinoffs or sequels. 鈥淭he show is a giant spinoff sequel. Every year we felt like we rebooted it. Every year we would take it somewhere else,鈥 he told Variety. 鈥淪o there are always spinoffs to be had. I wouldn鈥檛 close the door to any of it. Will Adam and I do it? I don鈥檛 know yet. I think for us right now we鈥檝e really enjoyed the seven seasons and we鈥檙e feeling like we might need to take a break.鈥

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(photo via ABC/Eike Schroter)