You know when I found out next season wouldn't have my favorite cast member even though it was renewed I was disappointed by the renewal. I was like what kind of stupid revamp have they thought up, how annoying is it going to be?
But you know, I gave up seasons ago on this show really meeting all my expectations, actually having a morality I agreed with, actually knowing how to plot and pace a story. Once I realized I had to let all of that go and give up on it ever truly improving its story telling abilities, watching the seasons became a bit easier. I definitely no longer was as invested or analyzed every little thing because I simply understood the story they were telling and gave up on them telling the one I knew would have been better.
Watching this finale, I actually enjoyed it. Because for a brief moment, I actually had some of what I wanted from this show 4 seasons ago. I really had wanted season 2 to have a limited number of believers as they surreptitiously fought the evil queen with no obvious magic in an otherwise seemingly normal town. While giving up on that, THIS town, with many of these types of issues would have been way better to me as the arc for the end half of this season. Maybe not the Emma not believing part, but Black Fairy in charge with everyone else seeming to live in a normal town. I definitely would have preferred Snow and Charming running around the Enchanted Forest trying to get back to Emma rather than the only one can be awake at a time plotline. I would have liked them finding ways to see each other and communicate between realms. (And yes, even I thought Hook's bean would send him into unbelieving Storybrooke. Maybe Eddy and Adam realized that's what everyone would expect and thought changing it would be cool and non predictable. They like to think surprises are more important than logic)
I had realized in the end what the new setup was going to be and I don't feel completely against it. I didn't find myself completely dreading the next season. All the characters I knew and loved won't be around to be used in ways I don't like. There will be entirely too much Regina as always I"m sure though. If they can manage to hold off on too much obvious magic for a little while in season 7, I may manage to sit through some of it. They basically made me want to give them a small chance (with realistic expectations considering who is behind it all of course.)
This was likely all made a little easier by the fact that I never really shipped anyone, I always cared more for Emma and her family's relationships (even though they never got enough attention.)