The witch is out of the bag! The residents of Storybrooke finally found out who the Wicked Witch of the West was, but that information came with a heavy price… someone’s life!
The Evil Queen and Emma’s speculations were true– Rumpelstilskin is alive! Hook explains how the impossible became possible. After all, everyone saw Rumpel disappear into dust when he died so how could he be alive? All the answers lie in the Enchanted Forest a year ago… it would be really helpful if everyone started remembering what happened back than!
Belfire was on a mission to get his father back in order to one day have a chance at returning to Storybrooke and seeing his family. He enlisted Belle for help and the two were guided by a candle, Lumiere. YES! the Lumiere from the fairytale!!!! He tells the duo of a key that unlocks a vault where the dark one lies. He can lead them to the vault as well, but as we all know there has to be a catch! Lumiere is secretly working for the Wicked Witch, who wants Neal to revive his father in order to use the dark one for his powers. Bey is ready to insert the key into the vault when Lumiere tells him once he does, he died. The trade is a life for a life. Belle pleads Bey to not go through with the plan after finding out its consequences but he’s too determined. Something he definitely got from his father. Rumpel emerges from a blob and Zelena shows up to watch her master plan in action. Rumpel saves Neal (I guess this is his way of redemption) by taking his soul into his own body and giving up the dagger that controlled him.
Back in Storybrooke, Neal finds his way to Rumpels old shop. He’s taken to the hospital, where Emma breaks the news to him that his father is alive. She leaves to continue searching for Rumpel, who she found roaming the forest and acting completely crazy mentioning the voices inside his head. Hook ends up babysitting Neal, but he’s easily persuaded to let Neal leave to go find his father. Before he does, Hook gives him a hug remembering the little boy that he once found in Neverland. It could have been easily forgotten that at one point, when they weren’t fighting over the savior blonde, these two were actually mates. The hug can be seen as a sort of good-bye foreshadowing the death of one of our favorite characters.
Neal and Emma bump into each other in the forest and catch up by talking about bad relationships, marriages and their love for each other. This is one of those moments were I wish I could just tell Emma that she doesn’t know what she has until she looses it. I mean, she’s so set on keeping Henry happy, that she tells Neal she doesn’t want him to meet his son. Concurrently, Belle reads up about the triangle mark that’s been engraved on Neals hand and realizes what probably happened between Rumpel and Neal. “If Neal used that key, he should be dead by now,” Belle tells her. And just like that, Emma sees Neal fall to the ground and watches his face transform into Rumpels. It’s a horrifyingly scary scene might I add.. Neal begs Emma to use her magic to separate him and his father in order to save the town from the evil witch. You’re probably thinking what magic? But, she is the saviour and all so I guess when she sets her mind to something she can actually do it. Or that’s what were suppose to believe.
Once the two are separate entities, Rumpel tells Emma that Zelena is the witch, much to her amazement. Before she can go off warning her mother Snow, she has to say goodbye to the love of her life and father of her child. With tears streaming down her face she explains that she wants Henry to remember him, but all Neal wants him to know is that he was a good father. He than gives Emma back her necklace, the one that got him through everything in the Enchanted Forest and tells her to go find Tallahasee. Okay, heart=broken. How goddamn sad!?!?! How can she go find Tallahasee without her partner in crime!?! Ohh, here come the water works!
Rumpel can’t accept that his son is dying hoping to still find a way to fix everything but it’s too late. The damage has been done. Neal’s death is a sacrifice to save those that he loves. In order to defeat the witch and save the town and his family, he must die. He’s brave and noble. A true fairy tale death, if something like that really exists. Neals last dying words are ‘I love you papa’– truly moving as for most of the seasons, he hated his father for being a coward and abandoning him. Things have finally come full circle.
There isn’t too much time to mourn as there’s still a witch on the lose and she’s doing everything to get close to Mary Margaret. What does she want? The one thing she doesn’t have, Rumpel says. I’m assuming this means she wants Snow’s baby, but why? A huge theory floating around the internet world is that Snow’s baby is Dorothy. That would be an interesting spin on a story we thought we knew!!! Meanwhile, Snow is actually at home away from the stress of all the witch-hunt action with the witch herself, whose giving her orange juice that makes her baby kick. Has the damage already been done? What did Zelena do to the baby?
Regina continues scoping out Zelena’s house with Robin Hood hoping to find some traces of magic. The two get pretty comfortable in each others presence and there’s some serious sexual tension happening until Robin Hood reaches over for some whiskey and Regina gets a glimpse of his arm tattoo– the same one that she saw when Tinkerbell led her to the love of her life, but she chickened out and ran away. Oh how funny is fate? Even when you try to run from it, somewhere, somehow it still finds you. Instead of accepting her second chance, Regina freaks out and nervously runs from him. So much for Evil Queen right?
Charming and Emma come home looking for Zelena only to find that she’s escaped through the bathroom window. Classy. And off she went to continue torturing Rumpel, who was just trying to mourn his son’s death. The fact that everyone knows who she is doesn’t phase her at all because she now has something more powerful; Rumpelstilskin’s brain. I mean, she possesses the dagger so she can obviously control him. Is that what she means by his brain?? And what can she manipulate him to do? They all know that Rumpel is working for her right? Is she going to make him steal Snow’s baby and no one will try to stop him?? Whatever it is, she has Charming’s courage, Rumpel’s brain, so now she needs a heart!
-With Neal gone, Emma and Hook can totally be a thing now right? She needs a good guy after all.
-When is Henry going to get his memories back??? He deserves to know what’s happening. Sure Emma told him his father died but that doesn’t mean anything to him… not until he remembers who his father is. Who everyone is.
– We never fully explored Hook and Neal’s relationship in Neverland. Could Neal maybe return for some flashback episodes?
-Honestly, this second part of the season is so much better than Neverland. It’s like wickedly brilliant!
– Is Snow that much stupider this season or is it just me? I mean Zelena even dresses like a fricking witch!
Once Upon a Time – Homecoming (7×21)
Henry was barely reunited with his family for 24-hours before they got whisked away by Wish Realm Rumpel on Once Upon a Time. They can’t ever catch a break.
The penultimate episode sets up the series for the finale by putting mostly everyone in danger as they face off with the enemy Rumpel was never able to defeat: himself.
And while I’m sure the fairytale showdown, complete with reinforcements brought by Tilly and Alice, is going to epic, the set-up was rather boring.
Yes, they brought back elements that paid homage to some of the earlier episodes including the author’s pen, Seer’s prophecy that the boy will be his undoing (who knew it was Henry?) and even, teenage Henry, but overall, it didn’t have the pull I was hoping for so close to the end.
Glitter-face Rumpel tells Hyperion Heights Henry that he’s going to make good on that threat to his family. If he wishes to see them again, he has to hand over HH Rumpel’s copy of the dagger.
Henry runs to Hook, Rumpel and Regina for help and the latter declares what we’ve known for years now: we don’t negotiate with villains.
After they are transported to the Wish Realm, they are split up with Regina and Henry arriving at Rumpel’s castle while Hook and Rumpel arrive at the place where he first became a coward.
There are random appearances by Peter Pan and Cruella de Ville which should be sentimental but feel more out of place than ever. Bringing back characters for the sake of bringing back characters doesn’t do anyone much good.
Peter Pan’s return was brief and dull. What were we supposed to garner from that? That Wish Rumpel is a lot more dangerous than the one we’ve come to know pretty well in HH? I could tell you that.
Rumpel traps Jacinda and Lucy in a snowglobe and as an incentive to hurry up Henry, makes it start snowing. If he doesn’t hand over that dagger, they’ll freeze to death.
HH Rumpel is all like “I have a plan,” and to be fair, he does. Hyperion Heights Hook, previously Wish Realm Hook, calls in a favor with Ariel who gives him her remaining drops of squid ink which he then uses to freeze Wish Realm Rumpel. Essentially, he’s willing to kill himself to eliminate the threat but Regina stops him.
Taking matters into his own hands, Henry knocks out Hook and heads to the retrieve the Author’s Pen. But just cause HH Henry is an adult and father now, it doesn’t mean he’s any smarter.
Wish Realm Rumpel was after the Author’s pen the whole time and HH Henry walked right into it. Henry reminds him no one but him can use that and Rumpel is like “I know, meet the Wish Realm version of yourself.”
It’s always a pleasure to see Jared S. Gilmore, especially in a villainous role; he’s the kid we see in the beginning of the episode looking to save a Princess but being thrust into the friend’s zone.
Truth be told, the most realistic part of this whole episode is the outcome of what being friend zoned can do to you. I feel your pain evil Henry.
It’s also pretty bizarre to see two versions of Henry facing off against each other. How do you stop yourself?
It’s possible that the reason I found this episode to be so mundane is that I’m genuinely quite confused by the whole Wish Realm/Storybrooke/ Hyperion Heights/ Whatever Else I’m Missing timeline. They’ve gotten so convoluted, it’s hard to keep up and realistically, I don’t even want to keep up.
With Tilly and Alice grabbing friends from Storybrooke, can we bet on Storybrooke Henry arriving to help out his other alter-ego’s?
I did like that the series addressed how the curse affected everyone including Sabine who had lost her sense of self and didn’t know how to be Queen Tiana again.
Other than that, I feel like the series vastly underused her and Prince Naveen.
What was the point of having her? To make beignets?
It’s clear that “Homecoming” was meant to be more of a set-up for the final hour with our fairytale friends and foes.
Let’s hope next week brings a lot more action, more compelling storytelling and an end to these timelines and realms once and for all.
Will everyone get their happily ever after or will there be a tragic ending?
I’m sure you already know the answer to that question, we just have to see how all of heroes are going to get there and defeat the Dark One once and for all.
My guess is that Rumpel will have to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good and kill himself. It’s the only way that I can see him fully redeeming himself so that he can reunite with Belle. And seriously, HH Rumpel has been working on better himself for quite some time now, he deserves some peace and happiness.
Once Upon a Time – Is This Henry Mills? (7×20)
Henry Mills found himself… literally.
Once Upon a Time is nearing its series finale but the citizens of Hyperion Heights are still trapped under curse brain.
Last night’s episode found Regina desperately trying to wake up Henry after the usual remedy, true love’s kiss, didn’t work.
For mere mortals, the thought of a storybook fantasy being real is wildly impossible so it’s no surprise that Henry isn’t easily convinced. But for someone with the heart of the truest believer, everyone expects it to come a little more naturally.
None of this is as surprising as Regina’s timeline reveal; the curse that Eloise cast sent them tumbling through time and they are existing in the same time as a younger version of Henry and Regina.
It seems that young Henry is once again the key to yet another curse.
The moment in time is explained with a visit to Storybrooke where “young Henry” is preparing for graduation and can’t decide if he wants to stay home or go explore. It’s a full-circle moment as this is the time period where season 7 started.
As much as I enjoyed the reboot and getting to know a new town, I didn’t realize how much I missed Storrooke until we were back there walking the streets and running into locals.
After Hyperion Heights Regina tries to jog Henry’s memory with birth certificates, pictures and the storybook itself which she apparently dug up from Victoria Belfrey’s grave, Henry decides to tempt fate and calls the number listed on his birth certificate.
This leads him to have a bizarre conversation with himself where he even gives his younger self some real-world advice.
And Henry knows that Regina is telling the truth because he remembers having that conversation when he was graduating.
Yes, it’s complicated but what else could you expect from the writers of Once Upon a Time? They’re pros at fudging up timelines and making the impossible, possible.
What does this mean for his mom and the rest of his family? Will they come to his aide while still living with teenage Henry? Will they return to the Enchanted Forest and back to a parallel time period? All those quotes about going home have to mean something, right?
I will say, I loved that the reason true love’s kiss between Henry and Jacinda didn’t work was because it was always Henry and Regina. It mirrors how Emma woke up Henry in season one.
So, Henry remembers everything again, he is reunited with his family, everyone else is blissfully aware that the past few months have been a terrible nightmare concocted up by Drizella, Mother Gothel has been turned into a tree,
Well, the story will end with Weaver trying to overcome himself, or rather, the Wish Realm version of Rumpelstiltskin.
The Wish Realm version returned to kill Dr. Facilier and will serve as the two-night finale’s greatest villain.
While I love that the focus reverts back to Rumpel who is exceptional, what was the point of introducing Regina’s love story with Facilier. Aside from a few booty-calls, which were very out of character, it went nowhere.
The problem with OUAT is that they don’t do justice to supporting characters. Gothel, Belfrey, even Facilier were talked up as the big bads but none of it came to fruition. In the end, they were bland and unimportant.
I can see that happening with Alice/Tilly, as well. She’s supposedly the one who can save Rumpel but is she even going to play a major role?
Much like the reformed villains, the Evil Queen, the Wicked Witch, and Hook, they were forced to face the demons inside them and overcame.
If they could do it, so can Rumpel who has come a long way since being the coward.
I’m willing to bet that when he defeats himself, he’ll finally be allowed to reunite with his beloved Belle.
But first, Wish Realm Rumpel will steal Henry’s family to motivate him to get the Dark One’s dagger which will reunite him with his family including Snow, Charming and Emma!
Once Upon a Time – Flower Child (7×19)
We’re just two episodes from the series finale of Once Upon a Time and while we learned all about Gothel’s origin story, we still have a lot to wrap up.
For starters, why didn’t true love’s kiss break the curse? Drizella said that was the answer so finally, a very resourceful Lucy manipulated Facilier into being a hero and figuring out a way to have the “illness” removed from Henry so that when he kissed Jacinda, the curse would break and he’d survive.
Lucy stumbling upon the glass slipper in her mother’s belongings was a bit too easy. Really, who keeps a broken shoe in a memory box?
But it was the proof Jacinda needed to believe Henry’s theory that maybe Lucy was right and all the “crazy stories” in his book were real.
And it was enough for Facilier to use in his voodoo spell.
Facilier didn’t need too much convincing because restoring everyone’s memories would be beneficial if he was right about what Gothel was plotting.
If you’ve been wondering “why Hyperion Heights,” well, it turns out this town, and specifically, the theater, is the where it all began thousands of years ago with a tree nymph named Gothel.
Who would have thought that Gothel was once an innocent creature meant to spread magic amongst her people?
Gothel’s story starts with her spying on rich princesses trying on fancy dresses. For starters, we know that she’s jealous in nature and resents people having what she couldn’t.
She sneaks into their home and while looking at the dresses, uses magic to fix a flower. She’s caught by the girls who are impressed by her abilities rather than scared and intimidated like most people. They welcome her into the sisterhood and invite her to a ball the next day.
When Gothel returns home to her magical grove, her mother warns her about the true nature of humans. She informs her that no matter how much she tries, she’ll never fit in and that her real destiny is becoming the “Mother” of magic for her people.
Gothel disregards her mother’s warning but realizes just how wrong she is when the girls turn on her and call her an abomination before dousing her with mud.
As she returns home distraught she finds the grove was destroyed and burned to the ground by the humans. With her dying breath, her mother encourages her not to seek revenge so naturally, that’s exactly what Gothel does.
Fueled by anger, she crashes the party and begins killing the humans with magic starting with their “queen bee.” Seraphina, the only girl who seemed to feel guilty for what happened, counters her spell revealing that she too is a witch.
Gothel sees an opportunity for a new “sister” and extends an olive branch. She brings Seraphina back to her destroyed grove and deems this realm the “Land Without Magic.” In her final moments, she vows to return here one day to restore it to its former glory.
That seemingly took thousands of years but is the basis for the curse that she forced Drizella to cast. Poor Drizzy, she thought she was doing this to hurt her mom but she was just a ploy in Gothel’s bigger scheme.
There wasn’t any love for Gothel since she’s done some terrible things and made a lot of people miserable, but can you blame her? Her story isn’t exactly one the evokes hope and makes you believe in the goodness of humanity.
In the present day, Eloise Gardener is preparing for the ritual, approaches Tilly and confesses to being her mother.
Tilly might be weird, but she’s not a fan of cult-leaders coming up claiming to be her mother.
She defends all the terrible things she’s done by saying “the world was cruel, so I turned cruel,” which is the equivalent of “they made me do it.”
Tilly runs off to Detective Weaver with these delusional claims but he isn’t weirded out at all; not after Prince Naveen (Sebastian) told him about the existence of a coven and magic.
They turn to Henry for some help and while they expect him to be dismissive of their delusional hypothesis, he’s completely on board because he too believes something odd is happening in this town.
How else would you explain the paternity test confirming Henry is Lucy’s father if they never even had sex?!
The desk sarg calls in with a tip about a gang of hooded women at the theater so Weaver and Tilly go to check it out.
Tilly ponders about how odd it is that the truth is seemingly in close proximity of everyone yet they don’t know it’s there.
That’s the real curse.
When they enter the theater, they realize its a trap so that Eloise can get her hands on her daughter.
She tries to encourage her to help the coven complete the spell as Weaver begs Tilly not to do it.
However, Eloise has now revealed that Weaver is Tilly’s father and if she doesn’t do as she says, she’ll kill her.
Always with the dramatics, Eloise.
Tilly finds herself at an impossible crossroads but recognizes that she would never be able to live with herself if she let her father die.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Tilly has really become the heart and spirit of the show. She definitely made this version worth watching and even made up for Jacinda’s lack of enthusiasm.
As she becomes the final member of the coven, the spell is complete.
Now, we’re back to Jacinda and Henry who have accepted the idea that they really are a fairytale couple.
But like I mentioned before, the kiss did not break the curse so, at this point, everyone is out of options, especially as Gothel becomes the all-powerful one.
So, what now? How do they break a curse when the creator of it is no longer around?
Will Gothel’s spell go through? Will it flood the realm with enough magic to save everyone?
How will they incorporate our original characters into the end?
There’s still so much to wrap up here that I don’t think two episodes will suffice.
- What’s the story with Tiana and Naveen? Why was Facilier using him and why did they make it a big deal?
- Will Weaver ever reunite with Belle? Will he find someone other than The Guardian to take over his dagger?
- Will Tilly and Rogers be allowed to reunite once the curse breaks?
- How are any of us getting back to Storybrooke?
- Will Gothel die?
- Will Regina end up with Facilier?
- Will we ever see Kelly/ Zelena’s wedding?
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