Mary Margaret: “It’s happening again. I’m about to give birth and an evil sorceress is threatening the future of my child.”
Regina: “To be fair, the first time I was threatening you. Everyone else just became collateral damage.”
A lot of answers were given during this episode, thankfully. Let’s try to dissect some of them. Robin gets Regina to open up about what it is like without a heart. This has been something that has bothered me, so it is great that the writers take the time to address this. Basically Regina can feel, but not as fully. Okay, so this sorta makes sense, I suppose. Regina doesn’t really act any different. It would be nice if there as noticeable change in her. What do you think of this explanation of what it is like to be heartless?
The only way to stop Zelena is by light magic. Guess what kind Emma has? Light magic is abundant in Emma, and so once again, it is up to the savior. Emma’s magic is still a touchy subject because it doesn’t make sense. The writers have basically only said that it is driven by instinct, and we know that Emma has been taking lessons to try to control it. Perhaps showing an instance where Emma is unable to reign in her magic would help. Right now it’s either she can never get it to work or she nails it perfectly.
Shockingly, Mary Margaret casts the dark curse. Fairy tale characters do some weird things with hearts. Do they all take a class where they learn the variety of ways a heart can be used and manipulated? The twist that they cast the curse is great, but the half a heart thing seems convenient and doesn’t make a ton of sense. It’s cheating. There needs to be more discussion on this. If the only reason they could do this and survive was because of true love, then that would actually be more believable. What are your thoughts on this?
It is great that Hook doesn’t actually know who sent him the memory potion for Emma. He is just as confused on this as anyone. Hook got the note and just assumed who sent it, unless Neal left a message at the bottom saying from The Charmings. All in all, this is a fantastic twist. It is great for Neal’s development (I miss you, buddy), and it finally answers the question most of us have been asking for a while. Is anyone else proud of Neal?
Henry finally knows, thank god. It hasn’t been the same with him being in the dark. Hopefully the writers will address Emma wanting to keep Henry in the dark and take him back to New York. There is a brief conversation between Emma and Mary Margaret about it, and it would be great to see that continued. What would be even better is a standoff between Henry and Emma on the issue. Do you think Henry should stay in Storybrooke or go back to New York?
Hook’s burden is finally out in the open. He tells Emma what Zelena was forcing him to do. Of course, Emma shuts herself out. Seeing as how Emma has always had trust issues when it comes to men, courtesy of Neal, this is in character for her. Still, it’s frustrating. Either she needs to reflect on what really happened or Hook needs to work on his groveling/explaining game. Hook and Emma have come so far. Hopefully by the end of the season they are on better terms. Should Emma forgive Hook?
What did you think of the episode? Which twist shocked you the most? Do you like "Once Upon a Time's" take on Glinda? Leave me your thoughts and theories in a comment below.