In this episode The Evil Queen continued to try to put a wedge in the group. This time she concentrated her efforts on Henry and tried to darken his heart. Thankfully Henry was raised to be stronger than her influence.
The episode started with Regina coming up with a way to trap The Evil Queen. She knows she can’t kill her without killing herself. She wants to capture the queen in the world behind the mirror. She will be powerless in there and then they can be rid of her.
Unfortunately The Evil Queen had a similar idea. This where the biggest issue is going to be for fighting this woman. Regina is the one who comes up with the ideas all the time but her and the queen think alike. They are the same person in a sense so it becomes difficult for her to think of something the queen won’t think of. They are going to have to plan a way to get rid of her without Regina’s help. They have to work without Regina or else they are always going to keep getting blindsided by her.
The Evil Queen ends up trapping Emma and Regina in the mirror. She then masquerades as Regina to the group. At first everyone seems to buy her act which annoyed me. I hate when people can’t tell someone is faking being someone else. The only one I gave any slack to was Snow because she is a bit stressed right now.
Thankfully Hook didn’t fall for it for long. He realized something was wrong when Emma didn’t take his calls. But the queen knocks him out. Henry figures it out after a conversation with the queen. I’m not sure exactly what tipped him off but it should have been the whole conversation. Her telling him to be a prince and calling Violet a commoner was never something Regina would have said something to him.
Henry does figure it out in the end and tries to rescue his mothers. The Evil Queen tries to get him to rescue his mothers by killing The Dragon. She tries too appeal to the idea that Henry is not allowed to be as strong as he could be. She talks about him hiding behind his parents and being too soft. She offers to help him find who he truly is meant to be and wants to make him “strong.”
Henry is smart enough not to fall for her game. He knows he is a strong person because of his family. He can take care of himself when he needs to but he also know he is never alone. He won’t betray his family no matter what she does to them or him.
Henry is not alone and he knows that. He doesn’t have to make his decisions on his own. He has his parents voice and advice always guiding him. He won’t let his heart be darkened that easily. He knows that what she is proposing will not make him strong. He knows that it will only hurt others and that is something he was raised never to do.
There was only one problem I had with this episode and that was the way Henry fought in this episode. A few episodes ago he let the queen convince him that Hook was not good for him and Emma. She manipulated him into fighting with Hook. Even though he has never had an issue with him before.
Now in this episode he is standing up to her because he knows what she is doing. Why didn’t he do that before? He is not a dumb kid as he proved in this episode. He knows how to fight and he knows what family and bonds between people means. He should never have let her into his head the last time.
I would have liked to see him begin fighting in that episode. Maybe trying to keep her out of his head and her slowly pulling him apart. If he had been fighting the whole time and then culminated in this scenario it would have made a much more of an impact. The way it was done here made me a bit disappointed. He was so strong here so why wasn’t he strong before? I like the Henry from this episode that is defiant and who knows who he is and knows who his family is.
“Never compromise who you are.” – Emma- Emma knows pretending to be someone else never works for anyone. You have to stand up for who you are and not let anyone tell you differently. Henry learned that well in this episode.
“Family makes you stronger than you’ll ever be by yourself.” – Henry – Our group has only gotten where they are now and only lived through everything because of their bond to one another. They always know someone is out there to help them. The Evil Queen has no one and that is going to be her downfall.
Will The Evil Queen be able to kill Zelena? How will they get rid of The Evil Queen?
Where is Agrabah?
How will those two stories link together?
Who is the hooded figure? Will Emma have to really die? How can they break the sleeping curse? How and where will Belle run to?
Is there any hope for Rumple? Who killed Charming’s father?
This episode centered on the importance of family and the strength of that bond. It also again explored the idea that revenge does nothing but breed hate and anger. We also got a better idea of what The Evil Queen is after; though it fees like we are spinning our wheels on her storyline right now.
The episode opened in the past with Hook being taken onto Captain Nemo’s ship. He is taken specifically because Nemo wants to save Hook. He knows about Hook’s past and he tries to explain to him that getting revenge does not help. He explains that he did what Hook is trying to do and all is left him with was hate and anger. He does not want Hook to suffer like he has.
Hook tells him that he can’t give up when the one he wants is so close. At that time Hook is centered on getting his revenge and that is all. He is counting on the act of revenge relieving some of the pain he is constantly feeling. Nemo explains that it won’t help, not how Hook wants it to.
What Nemo tries to explain is that what Hook needs is a family. He needs people to care about and that care about him. Nemo is constantly emphasizing the importance of family. He finds the key to The Land of Untold Stories, in order to give them a home. He wants everyone to have fresh start, which at that point is not something Hook wants.
In the present it is a completely different story. Hook has found love with Emma and somewhat of a family in the rest of the group.
The conflict in this episode is between Hook and Henry. Henry is not warming to the idea of Hook moving in and the idea that he may one day become Henry’s step-father. He lets The Evil Queen plant the idea that Hook will hurt Emma and hurt their family. She helps him find the shears and he instantly thinks that Hook is out to take away what is special about Emma. He becomes resentful and angry towards Hook.
Now, I really did not like the way this story was told. Never has Henry acted like he has a problem with Hook and Emma. When Emma was The Dark One he helped Hook find a house for them, he held him find a way to connect with Emma and give her a future. Henry was just sparring and spending time with Hook an episode ago. Now all of a sudden he is resentful and not trusting of Hook. Where did that come from?
I know that maybe all of a sudden Henry is thinking about the idea of Hook being his step-father but it is not like Hook is trying to force a relationship between them. He is acting like he always has, and they have always had a friendly, easygoing bond. I feel like this was put in in order to tell this story with Nemo. I did not like the way Henry took such a turn in his character.
Also Henry would never let The Evil Queen influence how he thinks and sees people. He knows that she is not to be trusted. As soon as she showed him the shears he should have thought about what she was trying to do. He should have gone to Hook and asked him about it. He should know by now that The Evil Queen just wants to cause trouble. This episode seemed to make Henry very dumb.
Near the end of The Evil Queen tells Rumple what she really wants. For a few episodes she has been trying to tear apart the group but has begun to see that is not as easy as she wanted. She wanted them to destroy themselves but it is not happening.
We learn that what she really wants is Snow White, which should not be a surprise to anyone. This has been her storyline for the whole series. She wants revenge for what happened to Daniel. I am curious how they are going to use this, because right now it is a pretty stale storyline. We have see her try to take out Snow White a number of times before. How exactly will this be different then before? Will it involve Regina having to make a choice between herself and Snow? I am hoping this deepens the character in some manner.
“Nothing you do will ever tear this family apart,” – Snow White- Our group has been through quite a lot together. They are not people you can break apart with a few whispered words or tricks.
“You don’t need allies when you win,” – The Evil Queen – That’s not actually true. No one can rule alone. The biggest fear of dictators is that the people will rebel, that someone will take them out because they are too weak on their own. You can only live behind a facade for so long before those who oppose you get together and take you out. You need someone on your side or you will lose eventually. The Evil Queen needs at least one person on her side or else she is going to be defeated fast.
What happened to Agrabah?
How will the Agrabah story and the Evil Queen story intersect?
Can Aladdin become The Savior again?
Does Emma want to be The Savior anymore?
Would she give it up if she actually had a choice?
Who was the person in the hood?
How will The Evil Queen go after Snow White? How will they make that a fresh storyline?
How will Regina deal with The Evil Queen? Will Regina have to sacrifice herself?
What happened to Charming’s dad? Does Emma really have to die?
What will Rumple do with the shears?
This was an interesting finale. It gave us our new villain and characters. It also gave us a new way to deepen an already complex character. Regina battles her dark side but not in the way that I expected. I am actually very happy with the way Regina’s storyline was handled this episode.
The episode opened with Rumple tethering all of Storybrooke’s magic to the Olympian crystal. He needs more power in order to wake up Belle. He isn’t going to waste time trying to convince her father to help him. He knows he needs more power so he essentially tries to steal all of the town’s magic.
It doesn’t take long for everyone to learn what Rumple is up to. They know that Rumple having control of all the magic is not a good thing. They decide that he has to be stopped. The problem here comes when Regina suggests her plan. Emma tries to sideline her. Telling her that she is grieving and thus doesn’t need to come with them. What she is actually afraid of is that Regina is going to revert to being The Evil Queen. Regina is annoyed at Emma’s distrust and storms off.
Now, this scene annoyed me. Last episode Regina tried to sideline Emma because she thought her too emotional over losing Hook and wouldn’t be able to help defeat Hades. Emma was angry that no one trusted her. Now, what does she do? She tries the same thing on Regina. I was upset that after everything that Emma wouldn’t A.) trust Regina and B.) would do what made her so angry before to someone else.
Henry watches the scene and he gets upset. He sees his parents fighting. He sees his mother grieving and he is worried. He needs something to blame for his families misfortune. He needs a way to end all their pain and he thinks the way to do that is by destroying magic.
For a minute, I understood where Henry was coming from. He is upset. He is watching his family fight and watching his mother grieve. It makes sense that he wants to do something about all of it. He needs a scapegoat. Much like Regina did when she was blaming the storybook and the author for her troubles.
But what Henry learns throughout this episode is that magic is not to blame. Magic is a tool for people to use. It is a force. It cannot think for itself. Destroying magic would be like trying to destroy light or darkness. It just doesn’t seem possible.
What happened to Regina was tragic but is not magic’s fault. Magic does not create fate. Magic itself did not kill Robin. Hades did that. Keep the same scenario but take out the magic. Robin would still have jumped in front of Regina. Hades would still have ended up hurting him. Whether it was magic, a knife or a gun, Robin was going to die in that setup. Magic did not kill Robin, it was just the weapon of choice.
Henry learns that magic is everywhere. It comes down how to it is used. Destroying magic would not change anything. Their lives would not be perfect and blissful without magic. They would still fight evils and suffer at times. That is just how life works. At the end, Henry sees that magic is important and necessary.
While they are trying to find Henry, Emma and Regina have a very significant talk. Regina reveals to Emma that she wanted to lash out after Robin’s death. She wanted to hurt Hook for coming back when Robin can’t. But she knew that she could not go down that path. She knew that just tasting that anger and power again would be dangerous. She is scared of The Evil Queen that resides inside of her.
Regina refers to her darker side as The Evil Queen. It is someone she is constantly carrying around with her. She is the memory of all her mistakes and her negative past. The Evil Queen is always there. She is a reminder to Regina of what she did and why she now suffers.
Regina states that she carries her own curse around with her. A curse of knowing good from bad and the consequences. She knows that if she gives into her darker side she will lose those she loves. She could hurt them and that is too much for her to handle. On the other hand doing good, all the time, allows her to constantly suffer. She can’t push that suffering aside. She has to just live with it day in and day out. And that is becoming too much for her to handle.
Regina is given a chance in this episode to extract the Evil Queen from herself and she takes it. She takes a potion from Dr. Jekyll and she separates herself from The Evil Queen. Standing before her is her dark side. It is all the mistakes and evil deeds she has done in her life. Regina wants to destroy her. She hesitates at first while The Evil Queen taunts her, calling her weak. She ends up crushing The Evil Queen’s heart, thinking she has freed herself from that evil side of herself.
What we see at the end of the episode is that The Evil Queen is still alive. My question is can you kill a part of yourself and still live on? Regina forgets that your past is what creates who you are. All our past choices, good and bad, influence where our lives go. We learn from those choices. We make new choices based on the past memories of guilt or sorrow. Without that side who is Regina?
Regina is a complex character because she has these two sides to her. She has her memories and knows what she has done. But does she still have the feelings associated with that side? Does she still have a nagging reminder of what that evil did to those around her? What about her is different now? Something has to be different. She has basically split away a piece of her personality. Regina cannot be the same person without that side of herself.
It will be interesting to see how the show deals with this idea next season. I am also eager to see how the new “lost,” stories are worked in and the new characters we get to meet.
“Fate is cruel,” – Hook – This is what Regina thinks about her life. She believes that fate is punishing her for all her mistakes in her past.
“I am what I am,” – Regina- I love this quote. Regina is good and bad. Regina struggles to do good. Regina will save those she loves by destroying others. I think this is something she will have to remember for the coming season.
“Being separate is what is going to destroy you,” – Mr. Hyde – Can you live separated from a part of yourself? Doesn’t good need the balance of evil to exist? How does that work in a person?
“Magic is everywhere if you are willing to see it,” – Dragon – I just love this idea.
Where is Rumple now?
What did Mr. Hyde tell him that made him trade Storybrooke?
How does Mr. Hyde know The Dark One?
How did Violet’s dad get to Camelot?
What new stories will we hear and what new characters will we meet?
What will happen now that The Evil Queen is wandering around?
Can Regina be Regina without the darker side of herself?
Emma has fallen far. Emma is not the woman we met back in season one. She is not the woman who would do anything to protect her family and friends. Instead of protecting them from harm she is the one causing that harm. Hope for her redemption is slowly but surely ebbing away. Emma is now focused on making Rumple into a “hero,” though that is a word I am not sure she quite understands anymore.
One of the major moments of this episode was Merlin being released from his tree prison. But what was significant about this whole thing was the means Emma went to, to free Merlin. In the process she did something she vowed she would never do and that was hurt her own son.
When Merlin was released he went to Emma and told her that he can indeed remove the darkness from her but she has to willingly give it up. He can not take what she is not willing to give away. As we know Emma must not have been able to fulfill that requirement because she is currently Dark Swan. She has a choice to make with Merlin and we see that she makes the wrong one just like she did with hurting Henry.
The spell to free Merlin requires a tear from lost love. They at first believe that Regina’s sorrow over losing Daniel will do the trick. They watch the scene again and collect the tear. But it does not work because Regina has healed her heart. She misses Daniel, that is a pain that will never completely leave her but she has learned how to live with it. She has Robin now and her tears are more of a lost memory of love and that is not powerful enough for this spell.
Emma seems to know this, how I am not sure. She knows that Henry is crushing on Violet and she does something that I never expected her to do. When Regina and Emma are watching Daniel’s death Emma wonders how a mother could do that to her child. Then she turns around and does much of the same to her own son.
Emma is desperate, that we know. Despite what Hook has tried to help her with, she is not able to fully fight the darkness by herself. She is desperate for it to be taken away from her. Cora did what she did to Regina because she had no heart, what is Emma’s excuse? I know she is scared and she is running out of options but how does hurting her own child help her fight the darkness?
What she did was allow the darkness to take an even tighter hold on her. Parents are supposed to protect their children, not harm them. I know she said what she did was for the best for Henry but as Regina pointed out to her, her own mother said the same thing. In the end Regina spent much of her life despising her mother. Henry is not going to walk back into Emma’s arms and forgive her anytime soon. In the process of trying to save herself it would appear that Emma has only doomed herself.
The Emma we have now, Dark Swan, has one mission here in this world and that is turn Rumple into the hero she needs. She needs a hero to pull Excalibur from the stone, so that she can rejoin it with the dagger and eradicate all light from herself. She has Merida imprisoned and forces her to train Rumple and make him brave. She believes if she can make him brave that will translate into him being the hero that she needs.
The old Emma would not be making this mistake. The old Emma would have understood that a hero is different depending on the situation and where they are. Teaching Rumple how to swing a sword will not make him brave and will not make him a hero. Even having Merida threaten the chipped cup and the memories of Belle and their life together is not what he needs. He becomes angry but that does not mean that he is now brave.
Rumple is being trained to be a hero in Camelot standards. Camelot and Storybrooke are two very different worlds. The great way to understand this is how Violet’s dad interacts with Henry. In Camelot he tells Henry that he cannot be a knight and cannot be a hero in that world. He is not strong enough, can’t fight and has no way to protect Violet. Henry tries to change but realizes that he can’t.
Now in Storybrooke that interaction is much more cordial. Violet’s father is grateful for what Henry did for his daughter. Henry did not have to fight with a sword to defend her, he found her horse and brought it back for her. He did it because he cared about her and that brought about a different response from Violet’s father.
What this all showed is that the term “hero,” is a broad term. The term does not have a set definition. There is no checklist you can make marks on as you gather the necessary elements to be a “hero.” Just like we have seen throughout the series the title of “villain,” is broad and can entail many different characteristics.
We get massive hints throughout this episode that Henry will be the hero. Regina calls him it more than once. In this world, Henry is the type of person who constitutes a hero.
Emma has this idea in her head that Rumple is the man she needs to be her hero. But what she is doing is training him to be a hero by Camelot’s standards. A hero there is someone who is strong, and fights monsters and protects their kingdom and family. While in Storybrooke that definition is much more subtle. Henry is a hero not because he goes into battle but because he helps those he loves and cares about, for unselfish reasons. Camelot’s hero identity is more about fighting and swords while this worlds’ definition is more about going out of your way to take care of those around you and make sacrafices to help those people.
If Emma wants Rumple to be her hero here, she needs to have him put down the sword. Rumple can be a hero but that will take time. He has many mistakes to amend and people to apologize to and gain trust from again. It will take a long time before Rumple can be a hero.
“The more you justify what you’re doing the more you push them away,” – Rumple – Emma has to find a reason of her actions. There is still a part of her that knows it isn’t right what she is doing but she is ignoring that part. She has to find excuses in order to push away the guilt that will take control of her. The people around her only hear those excuses and one by one they are walking away from her.
“You may not be hero in this world but you will be in ours,”- Regina- Again the two world are very different. Henry is not traditional knight material but he is a great person who can be a hero in our world. He is the hero that Emma needs not Rumple.
“Ms. Swan,”- Regina- Just like Hook, Regina is now making distinctions between the two versions of Emma that she knows. Hook calls her the Dark One and now Regina is calling her Ms. Swan again. A name she called her when they were enemies. She has drawn a line and Emma is slowly losing all those she had that believed in her.
Will the group use the dreamcatchers to get their memories back?
What was the dreamcatcher that Emma was crying over?
Something we haven’t seen? Henry’s? The choice she made with Violet?
Why was Violet’s dreamcatcher out on the table?
Can Henry find a way to forgive Emma?
Will anyone be able to trust and forgive Emma again?
What was the real reason that Emma did not relinquish the dark power to Merlin?
What would Merlin do with the dark power?
Did he create it?
Does it always have to exist?
When will Emma realize that Henry is the hero she needs?
Can she use her own son like that?
Is there any line she will not cross now?
If Henry does take out the sword can he use it against his own mother?
Are the decisions that Emma is making come from the darkness only or is it also from a part of her?
Where is Merlin in this world?
How did he approach Emma when she was young?
Why can’t she take out Excalibur?
Who was Merlin’s love? Who killed her? Who was that Dark One that imprisoned him? Why did he do it?
Can Rumple ever become a hero by either Camelot or Storybrooke’s standards?
Can Rumple be brave?
How did Emma get Merida as a prisoner?
In the second episode of the season Regina and Emma’s new roles have been defined. Regina, who once was our villain and evil queen, is now going to take the role of “the savior”. Whereas Emma, our “savior,” at one point, is now full of darkness and intent on snuffing out the light that is left inside of her. We also see that both of them falter in taking in on these new roles. Regina doesn’t think anyone believes in her while Emma is still holding onto feelings of love for her son.
We take a step back into Camelot and quickly learn where Merlin is, he is a tree. How he became a tree and why, is not answered yet. But we are told that in order to save Merlin and in turn save Emma from the darkness they need “the savior.” Regina steps forward and professes that she is “the savior,” and that she can help them. This scene gave us two important points for this season.
When Regina steps forward and speaks out she prevents Emma from speaking out because she possess the dagger. Later Emma confronts Regina about her actions and she is not happy. Emma is not oaky with anyone using the dagger to control her. She has had her first taste of her actions not being her own and she is scared.
Regina tells Emma that she did it to ensure that Emma never has to use her dark powers. Regina knows what that pull will do and she wants to save Emma from ever having to fight that battle. Emma thanks her and I believe she is truly thankful for Regina helping her. But I also think this moment made Emma realize something. She is not in complete control of her life or her actions now that she does not possess the dagger.
Being controlled was one of the things that Rumple could never get used to. He couldn’t even give up the dagger to Belle, who he knew would never use it to hurt him. I think Emma is going to begin to have this same struggle. There is a certain humiliation and feeling of weakness to not having complete control of your actions. This very well could be the start of her downfall.
The other point that was important from this scene was Regina stepping up and taking on the role of “the savior.” Now I keep putting that term in quotation marks for a reason. The prophecy that Arthur speaks of calls for a “savior.” As far as we are aware it does not specify who that person is. What power they hold or what they can do. Arthur doesn’t bat an eyelash when Regina speaks up, meaning he had no idea who “the savior,” was going to be.
This is important. Regina struggles throughout this episode because she doesn’t think anyone believes in her. She thinks everyone still sees her as a evil queen and not worthy of this new title. What she learns quickly is that she has to believe in herself for everyone else to believe in her.
Becoming “the savior,” has nothing to do with the words the prophecy says. It comes down to the actions that the person takes. Regina is willing to give up her life to save Robin. Regina steps in to battle a monster to save someone. That is what makes her “the savior,” not whatever the prophecy says. She first has to believe in herself. She has to realize that she can do whatever she needs to do to save everyone. This is her town, full of people she loves, and she will not let anything happen to them. Her drive to fight for these people is what makes her the new “savior.”
While Regina is learning to believe in herself and take on a new role; Emma is busy pretending that she has fully embraced her new role as The Dark One. We see her attitude with everyone but it falls away when she is talking with Henry.
That moment with Henry is important. She lets down her walls and her facade of being full of evil and darkness and not caring. She tells Henry that she does not blame him. She tells him not to apologize or feel guilty. He did not fail her, the others did. For a moment before Regina walks up, we see genuine concerned and loving Emma once again. It is momentary but it shows that our light Emma is still inside of this woman.
At the end of the episode we see Emma alone in her house, looking lonely. The Dark One voice that takes Rumple’s form even points it out to her. Emma has not been The Dark One for very long. She is still finding a way to live with this new version of herself.
Emma has accepted a part of what it means to be the The Dark One but like Rumple she still holds light inside of her. Now Rumple had been entrenched in being The Dark One for centuries before he met Belle and let her bring out the good in him again. He had lost a lot before that point making her pulling him back extremely difficult and nearly impossible. Emma on the other hand has not been full of darkness for too long. She is still very new to this life which means pulling her back should be easier. But it is going to take everyone to do just that.
At the end, The Dark One voice, tells her that there reuniting the dagger and Excalibur will be a way to extinguish the light that lives inside of Emma. She is being pulled in two directions and it is difficult for her to choose. The group has to focus their efforts on exploiting the light that is left inside of Emma.
“A curse is not a curse when the inflicted wants it,” – Belle- Belle tells this to Hook after he comes to her inquiring about true love’s kiss. Hook will not let Emma go. But Belle warns him that the longer she is The Dark One the harder it will be to save her. Hook has to focus on the points of light in Emma and show her that she has not full embraced this new life.
“The pull of the family we are so desperate to protect;
The friendships that make it impossible to forget who we used to be;
The magic that threatens to undo our most evil deeds;
And worst of all the love that refuses to give up on us.” – Dark one voice – Here is a list of ingredients needed to bring Emma back. The group has to focus on each of these and they can save her. All of this still lives in Emma, they just have to find it and bring it back out in the open.
How did Merlin become a tree? Why?
Why do people who cross the town line also become trees? Emma’s doing? Some connection to the prophecy?
What else did this prophecy say?
Can anyone be the savior? Is it only about believing in yourself and making the right decisions?
Why are the dagger and Excalibur part of one another? What does this have to do with balancing light and dark magic?
Will Emma ever tell anyone about the voice that is in her head?
How much light is really left in Emma?
How long will Rumple live?
Can they defeat the darkness in Emma without harming her? Who can pull Excalibur from the stone?
Why shouldn’t it be Emma?
Why is Excalibur so important to the fate of Camelot?
Who are Violet’s parents?
This episode was full of answers. We got revelations about everything that has been going on, one right after another. A quick list of what we learned: Henry’s storybook was the key to bringing back Henry’s memories. Regina’s true love kiss for her son broke the curse and brought everyone’s memories back. Regina, Charming and Snow were the ones who cast the Dark Curse in the first place so that they could get back to Emma. Zelena’s power resides in her amulet and Emma is the only one who can defeat her. And last Neal was the one who sent Hook the memory potion and note about finding Emma and saving everyone. This was a lot to happen in one episode but we learned a lot about our favorite characters and are set up for them to have the fight of their lives.
First Henry finally gets his memories back. I loved how his storybook was the key to him remembering his real life. The storybook was given to Henry when he was at his lowest point in life, when he needed hope and faith in something. This book holds everything that make Henry who he is. The book has faith, hope and belief in the impossible, all key traits for Henry.
Henry confronts Emma before he gets his memories back. He is tired of being left in the dark and he demands answers from his mother. Henry remembered a life where he was very close to his mother, where she told him everything. To be left out upsets and confuses him. He is worried that he is losing his connection to his mother. He knows something is off and he won’t stand around being the naive child any longer. He attempts to return to New York, the one place that he (at the time) understands.
This moment is more significant for Emma then anyone else. She actually yells at her son. Emma is so afraid of Henry finding out about this life that she finally snaps. Again we have Emma saying that once this is all over she wants to take Henry back to New York and their simple life. She doesn’t want him living this life full of danger and tragedy. She can’t even find the book because of her lack of belief in this life. It seems that Emma would rather everyone suffer then for Henry to get his memories back. As a mother she wants to protect her child, even if what she wants isn’t in his best interests.
Snow says something very interesting to Emma. When Emma says that their life in New York was good and happy, Snow says that is because she didn’t remember them, her family. To me, Emma constantly repeating this mantra about life being so great in New York is her way of trying to convince herself that that is actually true. I don’t think she truly believes that anymore. She sees that this life keeps pulling her in, she can’t ever escape it. She wanted New York to be how her life is supposed to be, but that is not the life she is meant to have.
It was much safer and less exciting but it wasn’t real. She thinks that is the life Henry should have but it isn’t the one he gets to have, and not the one he wants. Emma is starting to see that, this is where her family is; this is where love and hope reside, and that scares her. This life isn’t easy or safe but it has everything she was always missing, hope, belief and love. Emma doesn’t know what to do with those elements.
I wonder what Emma plans on doing now that Henry remembers everything. There is no way he is going to want to return to New York and their fake life now. Here he has a family that he adores. He won’t want to leave Regina and all these people he has a built a connection with. Henry loves this life, he fought way to hard for thee people to just walk away now. Why would he want to go back to New York? One good year won’t cancel out the rest of his life, all the love and memories won’t disappear. He is meant to be here and he knows that. Will Emma still want to go back to New York now? Will she try to convince Henry that he should leave Storybook for a normal life? If she tries to force him, he will fight and so will Regina. This is how Henry’s life is meant to be and he won’t leave it without a fight.
We learn in this episode that it was Snow, Charming and Regina who cast the Dark Curse in order to get home to get Emma. Emma is the only one who can defeat Zelena. She is the product of pure love and is full of pure white magic, the only thing that can defeat Zelena’s dark magic.
In order to cast the curse Snow had to sacrifice the heart of the one she loved, Charming. She does it, but Charming was still alive in Storybook so we knew that somehow he had to survive. Regina literally splits Regina’s heart in half and puts half in Charming and half in Snow. The love Snow has for Charming is powerful enough to keep them both alive.
The question becomes what type of effect will this have in the long run. Are they fully connected from now on? Something happens to Snow and it hurts Charming and visa versa? That could cause some major issues later on, but then again for these two it makes sense.
Snow and Charming have a deep and full love that no one can destroy (though we have seen many try). True love is supposed to keep you alive and moving when you have no reason to live. This is the true love all fairytales constantly have us believing in. We see it conquer the dark over and over again. Their true love constantly shows how powerful light is over dark. Charming and Snow have always shared a heart, it is now just literal.
Regina being the one to break the curse was unexpected but in retrospect it makes perfect sense. This whole season we have seen Regina growing and learning to truly love and to let her heart be placed out into the world. This woman is no longer on constant guard and constantly hiding from every person and feeling. Regina literally gave her heart to Robin Hood to protect. She gave trust and faith to someone else in her life. Henry was Regina’s gateway to seeing how good life can be if you let yourself be loved and you love in return.
Henry ran away in the first season to find Emma because his life was missing something. Regina was his mother but her heart was closed off and shoved so far away from her that she couldn’t use it. Going through everything; the curse breaking, her mother dying and having to fight Pan and then having to let Henry go has brought her heart to the surface. She can show her love to not only Henry now but she can truly love Robin Hood and she can show care to Snow, Charming and Emma even.
Regina’s kiss breaking the curse made perfect sense. She loves her son with all her heart and now the world can see how much she cares. She couldn’t get in to see Glinda because her heart isn’t pure and it is damaged but it is slowly healing. She is slowly letting real love in and it is only going to help her grow and become a better woman.
Last we saw that Neal was the one to send Hook the note and memory potion Neal fully trusts Hook, he knows that Hook loves Emma and will do anything to protect her. I love that this was the last thing we see from Neal, that he wanted Hook to do what he couldn’t do himself. His love for Emma extended beyond anything else. He gave his life to save his family.
I do feel bad for Hook. As I predicted Emma is pissed at him and doesn’t trust him anymore. Hook as going to lose no matter what he did. I’m just glad he lost in this manner. Emma knows the truth at least. She is upset he didn’t tell her right away but at least he didn’t give into Zelena and make Emma powerless and pissed off. I have a terrible feeling though that a great sacrifice is going to required of Hook before the season ends.
We got a lot of major questions answered. Now we get to see everyone come together and have an epic fight that I have a feeling not everyone will make it through. None of these characters are going to go down easily.
“Use mine for the both of us,” – Robin Hood- Interesting thing to say since we later see that sharing a heart is actually possible.
“…needed to believe in happy endings again,”- Snow- This is why she gave Henry the book. This is not only true for Henry but also for Emma. She has never actually accepted that a happy ending is possible.
“After true love there is nothing more powerful then footwear, it has to be protected”- Snow- Just a funny line.
Will Emma still try to go back to New York now that Henry remembers everything and everyone?
Will Henry actually go?
Can Emma accept that this is where her life is meant to be?
What will happen now that Snow and Charming share a heart?
Will Zelena succeed?
What part does the baby play?
Can Emma accept her white magic and save everyone?
What will happen if Zelena actually turns back time?
This episode answered a handful of questions and had us say goodbye to a character I am really going to miss. I had high hopes for Neal and I am disappointed that we aren’t going to see him and Emma come together to create a true family. Judging by the actors twitter and comments Neal’s death is permanent. This will create a possibility for a story line between Emma and Hook and some new growth for Emma.
This episode brought about a few questions that plagued me beyond what will Emma do now? Three questions really held on to my mind. One was why is Emma so unsure of bringing back Henry’s memories? She seems scared and reluctant and I am unsure of why. Second is now that Regina knows Robin Hood is supposed to be her true love how will that affect her as a person? And further does knowing you are supposed to fall in love with someone change how you respond and reveal that love? Is that love still pure and will it always exist? And lastly what does Zelena want with Snow’s baby? What did Rumple mean “she wants what she never had?” A family? Someone to love her?
My first question came after Emma told Neal how she was unsure if Henry should be given back his memories. Her justification is that in New York he was happy, he had friends and a normal life without all the craziness of Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest. She doesn’t want to take that away from Henry and replace it with the painful memories he used to have. I understand her thought process here, she is his mother and the last thing a mother wants is to put her son in danger or cause him any pain. What she feels is understandable and what a mother should feel.
That being said, Emma is denying Henry all the good that comes with those memories. Without the pain and sorrow the triumphs and good moments don’t mean much, if anything. Henry believes he has led a normal life now, without the memories and struggles he is a very different person. I’ve stated this idea before.
What Emma has to realize is that Henry was not meant to be a normal child, living in our mortal world. He isn’t meant to go to school and take part in after school activities, then go to college and get a good job, raise a family and die peacefully with his family by his side. This isn’t his path. He is the product of people defined by magic and wonderment. Emma could have ended up with a million people and created Henry. Instead she ended up with Neal, someone else form the magical world. That is destiny. By denying him this true memories and true life, she is denying him the chance to be who is meant to be. Henry is truly extraordinary kid and he deserves to live out life that way.
Also without his memories Henry will never be able to truly honor his father’s memory. Emma has to tell Henry Neal was a hero and a great man. Henry already knew that and suffering through Neal’s death should spark a fire in him to live his life the same way. He should be determined to live up to Neal as a role model; to protect those he loves, forgive them for their mistakes and strive for a life full of family and love. Without his memories Henry gets none of this, he gets no push and no way for him to truly grow.
The second question that struck me in this episode was now that Regina know who Robin Hood is supposed to be how will she react? We saw she got scared and had to leave right away. They were getting along well, flirting almost. Robin Hood didn’t automatically accuse Regina of being evil. He saw past her image in both this world and the Enchanted Forest.
I knew that Regina was going to be scared of all of this at first. Having someone to love her, truly with all his heart is more than she knows what to do with. She doesn’t know what that means for herself and what she is supposed to do in return. She is just beginning to move past her past of hate and revenge. Now she sees a new path in front of her and she is scared to lay her foot on that ground. It is understandable.
I loved how she watch Robin Hod with his son at the end. She saw potential there. She saw that she could have a true family, someone to love her. Now it will be interesting to see how she moves forward.
My true question thought is, if you know the person standing in front of you is going to be your true love, does that change that love? Do you open up easier? Or do you change to make them like you more? Does it make the process easier or a hundred times harder? For me I think it would be more difficult with all that pressure. I know that this is my only shot, and I could screw it up horribly. Then what will I do?
Also does that knowledge change the type of love that it is? Is it completely genuine then? Or more a product of something? Is it a hundred percent going to happen? Or can your attitude and behavior completely change the outcome? I don’t know if the show will explore any of this but it is interesting to consider.
The last question was what does Zelena want with Snow’s child? She is dead set on being part of the birth. She obviously has some ulterior motive. Rumple says, “She wants what she never had.” What does that mean exactly?
We know Zelena was an outcast, shunned by her mother and obviously by everyone else in her life as well. So does she want a child to love and respect her? Like Regina wanted? I think that is too simple, there has to be more to it then that.
She told Regina she wants to destroy her so how does Snow’s kid come into that idea? What connection do they have? She hasn’t gone after Henry so what is the ultimate plan here? I have very little ideas but I do know that whatever she is planning is not only going to destroy Regina but everyone connected to her as well.
“A good man trying to get out”- Neal – He is talking about Rumple here. Neal died knowing he had his father’s love and knowing that good still wins.
“Something better than magic, books.” – Belle- As a book love I just adore this quote. So true!
“ I am in your way”- Hook- There was a very touching moment between him and Neal. He was sweet, Hook remembering Neal as a child that he loved and protected. I liked this moment of brotherly love between the two of them. I had an issue at first determining if it was genuine but I now I think it was. It was a sweet way for them to ultimately say goodbye.
“I almost married an evil minion of my grandfather, Peter Pan”- Neal- Just funny.
How much control does Zelena have over Rumple?
She has his brain but what about his heart?
Some OZ connection there?
What will Regina do now that she knows about Robin Hood?
How will it change her?
Will their love prevail as it should?
Is this her chance at a true family?
What will happen with Hook and Emma now?
Will Henry get his memories back?
Will it change him?
What is Zelena’s ultimate plan?
How does it all connect to Regina?
In this episode we got a few answers as well as many more questions. We found out that the Wicked Witch is actually Regina’s half sister. I saw this coming from the moment the blood magic stopped working. Though when the mid-season finale aired and we saw the Wicked Witch for the first time I had an inkling that there was going to be some bound between the witch and Regina. It was almost a story written by itself, the “evil” queen and the Wicked Witch related to one another. Two sides of villainy being forced to go against one another. The question becomes, what is worse evil or wickedness? Is Regina still actually evil, enough to defeat this new threat? Will family connection do anything to help this situation? It will be interesting to see how these two play against each other.
This new development set up a very interesting path for Regina. Regina left Storybrooke, broken hearted, so much so that she wanted to bury her heart and never truly feel anything again. She has lost Henry and has no one to blame but herself. She has nothing left. Regina at the moment is a broken woman. Snow and Robin Hood keep spouting off this line about having to find a new reason to live. They keep throwing these words out like they are a cure all for her heartache. They don’t understand Regina enough though to realize that those words are pretty but empty to her. Regina has spent her life living one way (until she found Henry), seeking revenge and destruction. She found Henry and began living for him, now she has neither of those things. So what is left for this woman?
Regina is so broken and done with life that she is willing to put herself under a sleeping curse. She doesn’t want to force her life to mean something. She knows what is should be and she can’t ever have that so she is walking away. She could have gotten angry and literally destroyed the world around her. Instead she just wants to bow out of this life, leave the pain behind and be done with all of it.
It was interesting to me though that she chose this sleeping potion. It does not mean she will never awake again. A true loves kiss will wake her, she assumes it would be Henry, but we know that could also mean Robin Hood. Somewhere deep in her heart she has faith that one day she might see her son again. She is not completely hopeless and done with this world. If she was she would have killed herself not put herself into a sleep that she could be awoken from. She can’t completely leave this world behind her, she can’t fully give up. Snow wants her to live on, she wants her to not give up and here we see that deep down Regina has those same feelings.
Just as she is about to put herself into an almost endless sleep the Wicked Witch steps in and changes everything. For reasons unknown Cora gave up the Wicked Witch as a child. She had no desire to have this child around, why? Because she was the product of an ill fated love affair between her and Rumplestiltskin? Was the witch’s life too much for Cora to handle, a memory that was destroying her? We know Cora removed her heart to avoid pain, was part of that pain from the memory of giving this child away?
Through the rest of this series I am sure we are going to get further information about the witch and what happened to make her so angry and resentful. For Regina though this new revelation gives her a new reason to live, what everyone keeps preaching to her. Again she knows how to live for two things, her son and for destroying people. She now has a new target and a new reason to keep moving.
This I am sure was not the idea that Snow and Robin Hood had. They are very much fairy tale characters with this kind of flowery, happy go lucky thought process. They have a very sunshine idea about life, while Regina has lived her life with very little of that mentality. This Wicked Witch steps in and threatens Regina. She threatens to destroy her; how, we don’t completely know yet. We know she resents Regina but there has to be more for her to be so angry as she is. Regina can’t have her son back but she can destroy someone. She has a look of complete joy and excitement in her eyes now. Though my question is who is she trying to save? Herself? or her new found friends and family? I think when we find out exactly what Regina is planning and why, we will realize just how far her character has come.
Though there is a slight apprehension in this new scenario. Hopefully this new determination doesn’t spark anything from her past. I hope she doesn’t get a taste for this revenge style again and lose the progress she has made over the last season. She has come so far, and we can only hope she doesn’t fall off the wagon. Which is why I think when we find out exactly who she is trying to save we will know exactly where we are at with her character.
During this episode we got a lot of sleuthing and trying to determine what is really happening. One of the major questions that popped up is where is Neil? Everyone seems to think he became a flying monkey but I am really doubting that idea. He was on a mission to get his family back, we saw how determined he was about the idea. He was going to work with Belle but obviously somehow they got split up because she is in Storybrooke without her memories. So either they didn’t go off together or they got separated on their mission. So which leave us with the question of where is Neil? Is he somewhere in Storybrooke? Is he running around New York looking for Emma and Henry? Does he have memories? Is he still in the Enchanted Forest? Some how I think he is connected to the whole Rumple as a prisoner thing.
We see at the end that the Wicked Witch has Rumple in a cage. As I stated earlier I believe Rumple is her father and she is seeking revenge. Though what work she has for them remains to be seen. Though the Rumple we see in the cage is much different then the one we saw leave Storybrooke earlier. First off he must have no power or the Wicked Witch is much more powerful then we previously thought. This is not the Rumple who killed his own father and finally had the love and devotion of his son. This one is broken and falling apart.
His voice gives us a clue as to the Rumple we are dealing with now. This is the Rumble after Bae left and before he met Belle, the one who is almost insane from grief and shame. He has nothing to live for but power, and he might not even have that anymore. He keeps repeating, “You feed the madness, and it feeds on you,” over and over gain. This is a good indicator of how far this man has fallen.
This is not Mr. Gold, a calm and calculating man who is on a mission. This is a man who has lost everything and no longer cares about anyone or anything. Where did he come back from? Does this man remember Storybrooke at all? Does he know who Belle is? Is he from a different time or was be in some hell dimension that broke him?
While everyone is running around trying to figure out what is going on and taking stock of who is missing, Henry is in the background just hanging out. Henry just accepts everyone has his mother’s friends. No memories are sparked, no indications that he knows where he truly is. This lack of recognition is worrying but what is truly worrying to me is his behavior.
Every single scene he is in he is seen playing a video game. We have never seen him do this before. He is either reading, talking with the adults or hanging out outside. This Henry is completely disconnected from the world around him. What did this memory change do to him?
He is still interested in the library which is a good sign. There is still some small remnant of his past self inside of him somewhere, which gives me hope that he can come back. I am just worried that this memory change has altered him in some way that can’t be truly corrected. When will they have time do deal with this though? Will it be too late when they finally pick up on everything?
“I cast curses to hurt other people not myself,” Regina- I liked this line because we see that still pining over Henry. No matter what happened there is still a part of her heart dedicated to her son.
“There you go telling the truth again”- Emma- Emma can detect lies, especially in Regina. She trust this woman now and understands who she is. I like this new relationship between these two.
“You feed the madness and it feeds on you”- Crazy Rumple- Is this just delusional rambling? Or is a clue to what is going on with everyone? Is madness the real villain here?
Why is everyone being taken when they come near the town line?
What is the Wicked Witches’s ultimate goal?
– Is she Cora’s and Rumble’s daughter?
– What happened to her in OZ?
Where is Neil?
– Why is he not with Belle?
– What happened to them finding the knife?
When will Henry remember? And will he be the same after?
Why is the Wicked Witch getting close to Snow?
Who is the cures supposed to hurt ultimately?
Who is the Rumple in the cage? How much does he remember? Does he have any power?