|And They Lived...|
|Season 1, Episode 13|
|Airdate||April 3, 2014|
|Written by||Edward Kitsis|
|Directed by||Kari Skogland|
To Catch a Thief
And They Lived... is the thirteenth episode and series finale of the Once Upon a Time spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. A week prior to this episode's release, it was announced by ABC Studios that the series was canceled.
Upon airing, the finale was watched by 3.38 million American viewers and attained an 18-49 rating of 0.9, marking an increase in viewers from the previous episode, but a slight decrease in 18-49 ratings. Commentators also gave the finale generally positive reviews.
Jafar (Naveen Andrews) has succeeded in regaining his father's (Brian George) love and tricking Anastasia (Emma Rigby) into loving him; he imprisons the Jabberwocky (Peta Sergeant) and raises an army of the dead. Meanwhile, Alice (Sophie Lowe) and Cyrus (Peter Gadiot) raise their own army to fight Jafar for the realm, and a final confrontation takes place between Alice and Jafar at the Well of Wonders.
On 28 March 2014 - a week prior to the episode's release - it was revealed that the series would be ending.
Despite the show's cancellation, Edward Kitsis said prior to the show's premiere "We really want to tell the story without having to worry about how to stretch it for five years. This is not meant to be a 22-episode season. Whatever it ends up being, we'll have told a complete story..." It was revealed in August 2013 at the TCA Summer Press Tour that, contrary to previous reports that more than 13 episodes were ordered straight out the gate, only the usual amount of 13 episodes had been ordered. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz commented "However many we wind up doing this season, what we're planning to do is tell a kind of complete tale with a beginning, middle and end" and added "If it does well [and] people like it, hopefully we'll come back and tell another adventure with this cast."
Prior to and after the show's cancellation, questions rose about whether the characters would be featured in the parent series, with the ABC president Paul Lee suggesting that Horowitz and Kitsis will "weave storylines across their assets."
The finale was watched by 3.38 million American viewers, and received an 18-49 rating/share of 0.9/3. Though the viewership improved slightly from the previous episode, the 18-49 rating decreased. The show placed third in its timeslot and fourteenth for the night.
The finale received generally positive reviews from critics.
Amy Ratcliffe of IGN gave the episode an 8.9 out of 10, saying "The series finale was emotionally satisfying and worthy of the characters and their stories. Though there is always room for improvement, it delivered what it needed to. It's unfortunate we won’t get more time with these characters in this setting."
Christine Orlando of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.4 out of 5, signaling positive reviews.
Lily Sparks of TV.com gave the episode (and the season) a mixed review, saying "Thanks to this finale, Wonderland's future fans will have an emotionally satisfying, classic happy ending to look forward to at the end of the rusty laser-tag game that was the season—an ending so complete and composed that I’m sure the production team had a big heads-up they wouldn't be getting a second season well before they wrote the finale script. No storylines were left unsewn, there was no signature Kitsis & Horowitz cliffhanger; instead, we saw a very All’s Well That End’s Well, every-character-reunited wedding, presided over by a CGI rabbit, no less."
- Last show of the series.
The White Rabbit: Many people have come and gone from Wonderland, but only the most special ones discover what it's truly about.
Alice: Finding love?
The White Rabbit: Finding yourself.
Alice's Daughter: Is it true? The story?
Alice: Every last word.
Alice's Daughter: But the things that happened, they're impossible.
Alice: Anything's possible in Wonderland.
The White Rabbit: Uh, don't mind me, I'm just owner of the house where now both of you have been saved. This is great. Now we have matching bloodstains on the carpet.
Mrs. Rabbit: Oh, Percy, calm down.
The White Rabbit: Seriously, who needs a photo album when you've got this? "Look, kids, here's where Alice almost died. And, ooh, look, here's where Cyrus' spleen fell out".
Jafar: [to his army of the dead] Welcome back to the land of the living.
Jafar: Jabberwocky. I know you're in here. I want you to tell me... what am I afraid of now?
The Jabberwocky: [shocked] You're afraid of nothing.
Jafar: And that is what ultimate power is.
[Jafar impales the Jabberwocky with the Vorpal Blade, imprisoning her]
The Jabberwocky: And what about you, Jafar? What will you do with all your power?
Jafar: Isn't it obvious? Anything I want.
- Army of Darkness (1992)
- Jafar says, "welcome back to the land of the living" to his army of the dead.