Once Upon a Time‘s sixth-season finale Sunday will be an Emma Swan song.
Jennifer Morrison, who plays lead character Emma in the ABC fantasy drama, announced on Instagram Monday that she will be leaving the series this month, when her six-season contract expires, but has agreed to return for one episode next season.
The series, with a two-part season finale due Sunday, 8 ET/PT, is expected to return for a seventh season, when executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have said the show could go in a new direction.
On Instagram, Morrison, who said she was invited by Kitsis and Horowitz to continue on the show, expressed her appreciation for Once, a fairy-tale inspired fantasy in which her character, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, changed life in small town of Storybrooke.
“Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played,” she wrote. “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.”
Kitsis and Horowitz issued a statement praising Morrison’s contribution to the show.
“As six amazing seasons reach their crescendo, we’re thrilled to close an exciting chapter in the life of Emma Swan. These years collaborating with Jennifer have been truly magical. Watching her breathe life into Emma, we saw her accomplish more than we could have dreamed possible — she gave life to a brand new Disney Princess, filled with strength and intelligence and an incredible closet full of red leather jackets,” they said.
“We’ll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint on Once Upon a Time is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul. That said, just because Jennifer won’t be back as a regular, that doesn’t mean we won’t see our savior at all next season.”