It’s time to learn the truth about this new curse and most importantly, who cast it.
This season has been surprisingly enjoyable but admittedly, hard to follow. You almost have to draw one of Weaver’s detective boards to trace every single string considering one person has about 10 aliases.
Lady Tremaine aka Victoria Belfrey aka Rapunzel didn’t cast the curse. Nor was the villain responsible for all the darkness in Hyperion Heights.
Turns out, it wasn’t even Drizella that cast the curse although it was her brainchild. The curse was cast by someone much more experienced; someone who cast the first ever curse on Storybrooke, our dearest Regina.
It wasn’t by will, of course, but the lesser of two evils. Goethel and Drizella gave her two options: either she let Henry die from the poison or she saved him by casting the curse. It’s in a parent’s nature to save their child so obviously, Regina went to the latter thus thrusting them all into a world without magic.
And once again, Regina’s alter-ego “Roni” is tasked with the same choice. We find out that the important person in San Francisco was sissy and powerful witch Zelena, who had taken on the persona of a soul-cycling (pedaling?) instructor Kelly. One of the more enjoyable points of this season has been to see our favorite characters out of their fairytale cloaks and in more obscure clothing like fitness attire and rock band t-shirts…. I’m looking at you Regina!
At first, Kelly is pissed to see Regina but that whole storyline really served no purpose because within minutes, Regina had her old friend taking a shot of liquor that was laced with the truth serum. Immediately after remembering her real identity, Zelena was grateful to see her sis and to help with the heroic task at hand. The only problem? She was to wed a muggle. I’m kidding, muggles don’t exist in this realm but still, “Kelly” was living a pretty modern life and actually found love, which is more than we could ever say for Zelena. Will she eventually find her way back to him when she helps save her magical family?
Back in the magical realm, we learn more about the origin of the curse. As we already know, Drizella vowed to make her mother suffer by casting the curse, which according to the prophecy would happen on Lucy’s eighth birthday. Why? Probably so it could mirror Henry’s storyline when he found Emma and thus not have any real meaning. Henry and the squad stopped Drizella by blood magic but come that eighth birthday, Goethel and the Coven of the Eighth broke the blood spell proving that one, they aren’t to be messed with but two, it’s about to GO DOWN.
Henry, a little too familiar with this story, decided to take little Lucy to the Emma’s wardrobe tree. If they were all about to get snatched up by a curse, they needed someone on the other side to remember. Thus, that’s how Lucy is so “woke” this whole time.
Unfortunately, since Rapunzel made her beliefs waver, she’s been in a deep slumber that even true love’s kiss cannot awaken. This time, Henry is the one that believes because he is so connected to Ella and Lucy mentally and he truly wants there to be a world where he is her father, and Lucy doesn’t.
And of course, we need them both to believe for the curse to be broken.
Except that if the curse is broken, Henry dies. And if it isn’t, Lucy dies.
And all of this because her own grandmother thought that raising her daughter Anastasia from the dead was better than just letting go and accepting her new, more modern family.
This version of Rapunzel has really surprised me, especially because she was a woman willing to risk everything for her family but got so corrupted by greed and needing that “happiness” for herself. Little does she know that happiness through magic always comes at a price.
Drizella isn’t even the ultimate villain in all of this; she’s just a girl who was looking for a motherly figure and latched on to the wrong one. Gothel may not look the part but when you think about her tricking Wish Hook into sleeping with her and speeding up the pregnancy in order to escape the tower, you know she’ll screw over anyone to get what she wants.
Drizzy was better off literally listening to her mom in this case because once Gothel got what she wanted and forced Anastasia to harness Drizella’s magic, she disposed of her into the well. Will Rapunzel and Drizella team up now to get their daughter/sister back?
Gothel, like Rumpel, is looking for the prophesied Guardian, a person who would give her life for someone else’s. She thought that person was Rapunzel when she first trapped her in the tower but obviously, she succumbed to her jealousy and greed when she poisoned Cinderella (Jacinda’s) mother to win back her husband. And all of this really explains why she hates Jacinda so much. Not only does she blame her for taking away her husband and family, she also blames her for Anastasia’s near “death.” This adds a layer of depth to Lady Tremaine, who up until this point just seemed like a villain turned pesky resident. There’s a bit of sympathy for her because you can obviously understand how terrible her situation was but then you realize she failed to learn from any of it and continues to ruin families and happy endings.
As for Rumpel, he consistently gets closer to reuniting with Belle only to have the rug pulled out from under him. Maybe I missed it but why would the Guardian take the dagger from him if she was already such a powerful witch?
And speaking of witches, I’m a bit excited to venture into this very dark magic territory with our heroes. Up until now, we haven’t really succumbed to the darkness fully but a coven of eighth witches inhabiting a city with no magic and fighting a group of heroes seems like much fun. Who are these witches? Why is she gathering them? What does it have to do with the Guardian?
How does Eloise Gardner fit into all of this? The reason Wish Hook has been looking for her this whole time is because in the fairytale world, Eloise is Robin, Zelena’s grown up daughter who is also romantically involved with his daughter, Alice. Let’s hope this LGBTQ love story is better than Mulan’s feeble attempt.
Both Hook and Alice want to reunite with Eloise but I don’t really understand why her notebooks would have the symbol of the coven. Is she a powerful witch also? If anyone were to be involved with the coven, I would think it would be Alice since she is Gothel’s daughter.
After some spotty episodes, that midseason finale really re-hooked us. See you in 2018 Oncers!
5 Major Moments from Once Upon a Time “The Guardian”
Rumpelstiltskin faced a bit of a setback on this week’s Once Upon a Time when he couldn’t bring himself to push the Dagger upon The Guardian who just so happens to be Nook’s daughter Alice aka Tilly.
Here are 5 major moments from the episode below!
- Rumpel’s distaste for Facilier goes back to Storybrooke when they exchanged words Belle’s shrine. It was evident Rumpel was running out of time to find the Guardian as his scaley crocodile skin was slowly spreading. In order to make sure Tilly was the one he was looking for, he had to test her.
- Nook was all “don’t go near my daughter.” What else would you expect? Rumpel disregarded his warning and visited Alice anyway informing her that he had a way to break the curse and reunite her with her father. He forced her to remove Facilier’s heart and crush it but Alice was too pure and couldn’t do it.
- Back in the present, Rogers and Weaver found Hansel deader than dead in the cell. Weaver figured out that it had to be Facilier’s doing and when he went to his secret compartment, the dagger was gone. Most of the episode focused on him chasing down the dagger which he eventually found in Tilly’s backpack. She was “keeping it safe” since you know, she’s the guardian. And that explained all the noises she’d been hearing while on her romantic date with Robin/ Margot.
- Henry just couldn’t shake what Hansel showed him back at his apartment. He persuaded Rogers to take him back there to fetch the document. After he confirmed it’s authenticity, he brought it to Jacinda explaining that Lucy was right about him being her father. But how is that even possible, he wonders. And if she was right about that, could she be right about everything else?
- Rogers chases down Prince Naveen/Devon who tells him that Samdi killed Hansel. When the autopsy comes back, it’s revealed the cause of death was stabbing through the heart from the inside. Again, Rogers is dumbfounded and wonders how this could be. Well, what had happened was…
We’re nearing the final chapter of the book and rapidly tying up storylines.
How will this fairytale end? Who will get a happy ending?
Once Upon a Time – Chosen (7×17)
Our time in Hyperion Heights is nearing an end and Henry is *this close* to breaking the curse on Once Upon a Time.
Honestly, I thought with Hansel’s talk of fairytales, something would jolt Henry’s memory since he’s the truest believer and all of his memories would come flooding back in.
Thankfully, Henry is still as much in the dark as he has been this whole season. It seems like only true love’s kiss could wake him up from his slumber. And as long as Lucy is around, that isn’t happening anytime soon.
So, what were the best moments from the episode that saw Zelena coming face-to-face with the Candy Killer? Let’s look at them!
- The Wicked Witch TRIED to be a good person back in Oz when she was rescued by Hansel and Gretel’s blind father. When he showed her hospitality, she went back to the gingerbread cottage to save the children only to find that they were gone. She assumed they were dead but when she arrived at the cottage with vision for the father after blinding the witch, her biggest adversary, she realized the kiddos were back home and they told their father everything. He rejected the “eyes” so she threw them in the fire furiously into the fire and made Hansel pay by burning his arms.
- Hansel has been attacking witches in the coven because obviously, they are the reason his sister is dead, but he still blames Zelena for Gretel’s death because she wanted to be exactly like her. Oh, get over it Hansel!
- Zelena really loves Chad and when Hansel threatened to hurt him, she really put up a good fight.
- She then told Chad everything about Zelena, minus the magical parts, and he accepted her for who she is because her decision not to kill Nick proved to him that she was really a changed woman. Ah, true love can overlook murderous claims; the Wicked Witch gets her happy ending after all.
- Zelena and Chad are going back home to San Francisco which means this is likely the last we’ve seen of them. Unless there’s a wedding that we’re all invited too!
- Margot is staying behind, however, because of a cute blonde girl by the name of Tilly.
- Facilier is the one who woke up Hansel because he needed him to kill Mother Gothel, the other person vying for the Dark One’s dagger.
- Prince Naveen has earned Sabine’s trust and is given the special recipe for her beignets, which Facilier uses for his voodoo doll.
- That voodoo doll then kills Hansel after a tussle between him and Facilier ensues. Oh, and Facilier is the one who woke him up so that he would kill Mother Gothel who is also after the Dark One’s dagger.
Thoughts on this episode? Was the showdown between Zelena and Hansel everything you hoped it would be? Or a letdown?
Will Regina find a way to save Henry and break the curse?
Once Upon a Time – Breadcrumbs (7×16)
Well, Henry finally figured out who the killer was. Unfortunately, the killer made him his prisoner. So now, in addition to worrying about the curse, Henry also has to survive being held captive.
On the bright side, we finally saw the moment that Henry proposed to inexpressive Jacinda in the Enchanted Forest. Like most Jacinda-skeptics, I didn’t find anything romantic about the moment.
In both the magical realm and in Hyperion Heights, Henry was looking for his great adventure. Only one of those ended with him getting the girl.
In the Enchanted Forest, Henry turned to Hook in hopes of having his own story worthy of impressing Cinderella. It’s hard living up to your grandparents when they are Snow White and Prince Charming and have a love story for the ages!
Hook suggests they sneak onto the Jolly Roger, which has been taken over by Blackbeard, and find Davy Jones Locker. However, his plan falls through when Henry realizes the whole thing has been staged. The idea that Nook (new Hook) was so desperate to help Henry the way Hook always had, he went to such great lengths was admirable, but the storm that his plan summoned was not.
After trying to outrun to the eye of the storm, they realized they were being chased and Henry knew this was a magical side-effect to stealing the treasure. Once he climbed the ship’s mast and threw the ring back into the whirlpool, the storm diminished and everything went back to normal.
And although he now had a pretty heroic tale to his name, Henry realized that he simply wanted to have a great life with the woman he loves. Plain and simple, just like the ring, just like the proposal. Or you can call it bland because that’s Cinderella’s who appeal.
Back in the real world, Henry received a call from some New York media company who wanted to offer him a job producing podcasts. H-Town may be a hit amongst the locals but really, is it that good? This definitely smelled like a set-up by Nick who seemingly wanted Henry out of town so he could target the remaining witches Kelly (Zelena) and Roni (Regina).
Henry told Jacinda the good news, half-hoping she would beg him to stay. I personally thought they would kiss goodbye and break the curse that way but thankfully, despite their affection, they didn’t give into temptation.
Weaver interjected Henry’s plans of heading to the airport after he found his storybook at the scene of the crime. Turns out, the Candy Killer was obsessed with Henry’s writing which made Henry the only person who could read through his notes and figure out his identity.
I definitely feel for Henry because he’s walking so close to the edge of truth but is still beyond confused when it comes to his identity. He’s constantly in a foggy state of mind especially when it comes to his own writing, which is his only claim to fame.
Some encouraging words from Weaver and soon enough, Henry figured out the breadcrumbs left behind in his book — the killer thought he was Hansel and was trying to avenge his sister’s death.
Obviously, that didn’t mean anything to Henry because he didn’t believe in fairytales but for Weaver, it’s a huge clue. He’s awake so he can likely narrow down his suspects.
Given that he’s Henry’s grandfather, Weaver tried to steer him in the right direction and away from New York. After all, his whole family is right here in HH.
On his way to the airport, Henry got a flat tire and when he saw that it was caused by a “glass slipper,” he knew it was fate and that he had to go back for Jacinda. Conveniently, Henry’s car stopped right in front of the troll, which we know from last week’s episode, is equipped with security cameras. And conveniently, Nick arrived to “offer” Henry a ride.
Henry accepted thinking nothing of it but that soon changed when Nick began asking questions regarding the Candy Killer case. The more Henry told him, the tension escalated until Henry saw the scars on Nick’s arm. The Candy Killer made it very clear in the book that he has an obsession with scars.
Before Henry could even devise an escape plan, Nick injected him with some the muggle-world alternative of a sleeping curse. When he woke up, he was tied up in Hansel’s apartment and unapologetically plotting to kill again.
I think Henry will be woken from the curse not by true love’s kiss but by the realization that his stories are actually real and Hansel really is who he says he is.
His next victim? Zelena. While making up with her daughter Margot (aka Robin in the Enchanted Forest) she revealed that she misses her real-world fiancee Chad. Margot assumed the box of chocolates addresses to her mom were from him but we all know better. Honestly, if your daughter is also a half-witch and comes to town, wouldn’t you let her know that there’s a killer hunting victims with boxes of chocolates?
Let’s hope someone checks the footage from the troll cam because it’s very likely that no one will notice Henry’s disappeared because they’ll believe he went to New York.
Do you think Regina was missing because she used the magic Facilier gave her to track down whatever ingredients she needed to complete the potion to free Henry from the curse?
Aside from all this witchcraft-murder-mumbo-jumbo, Tilly and Rogers’ story succeeded in being the most endearing. They have a connection, but much like Henry and his fairytales, they don’t understand why. Rogers can’t figure out why he’s so drawn to Tilly and why he wants to help get back on the right track. Oh, just wait until it all starts to make sense, you guys!
Tilly proved that she can find her way by having a successful first day of work at Sabine’s beignet food truck. Who knew Tilly was a sales rockstar?
I love that these delicious beignets are what’s going to bring Sabine and Rogers together and also, Tilly and Margot. Do you think Tiana and Nook were together in the other realm? They are so drawn to each other here, there was to be some history.
Thoughts on this week’s Once Upon a Time? We’re nearing the end but we’re no closer to resolving this curse mystery. And honestly, Hansel taking Henry as his prisoner made this whole witchhunt arc worthwhile because otherwise, no one really cared about Hansel’s vendetta. Since Hansel and Henry were buds in the other realm, was he always evil?
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