By Meredith Loftus
“Life is made up of moments: good moments, bad moments, but they are all worth fighting for.”
-Prince Charming, 3x10 “The New Neverland”
On March 6th Once Upon A Time returns from its winter hiatus and at the same time hits a milestone. A show based on fairytales in our world has defied the odds and made it to 100 episodes.
However when the series first launched in October 2011, it was quite a different story, with few predicting the success story to be.
"The show premiered against the World Series and football on a Sunday at 8 p.m., which everyone had titled 'the death slot,'" co-creator Edward Kitsis told THR recently.
"We were predicted to be the first show canceled, so we, of course, believed it."
Fast forward 5 years and the show, now a global phenomenon, is about to defy the odds again with 100 episodes under its belt.
"It's the kind of show that can go on for as long as people like it because there are so many characters still left to be explored," creator Adam Horowitz remarked on the milestone.
There have been many memorable moments from the 99 episodes we've seen thus far, but today we are ranking the top 5 moments of the fantastical series that have made the most impact on its global fanbase.
Emma Swan decides to stay in Storybrooke for a week (1×01, “Pilot”)
For the number one pick, we had to go back to the moment that started it all.
After returning Henry back to Storybrooke, Emma’s son pleads for her to stay for a week in effort to prove to her that she is the savior who will bring back the happy endings to the cursed fairytale characters.
Emma’s walls were sky high; yet she chose to take a leap of faith and stay. This action not only unfroze time in Storybrooke but also set her on a journey that would bring down the walls around her heart.
From the episodes to follow, she discovers that she is a mother, a daughter, and a powerful savior who is loved and therefore extends that love to others. Emma also finds true love along the way in the form of Killian Jones, which is what moves the series now into the Underworld where she will stop at nothing to save him.
This moment also sets in motion the development and redemption of our core characters. This epic story would not have travelled to various realms, moments of time, or even now to the Underworld had it not been for this pivotal moment.
Here’s to more moments along the way! Congratulations “Once Upon A Time” for this incredible achievement!
Once Upon A Time returns Sunday March 6 at 8 PM EST.