‘The Miller’s Daughter’ marks the return of “Once Upon A Time” after a brief hiatus and reveals that Cora was a cunning wench even as a young woman. The episode which aired Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. gave us a glimpse into how she came into power and just who she was willing to cross to do it.
After being humiliated by the king, young cunning Cora sneaks into the ball. The prince is to choose a bride from amongst the attendees but the king recognizes Cora before she can win the affection of the prince. To save herself, the miller’s daughter boasts she can spin straw into gold. The king sets her up in a room full of straw and promises she can marry the prince if she can spin it all into gold by morning.
Rumplestiltskin appears to her and they make their infamous deal. He will spin the gold in exchange for her first born child. Over time, they fall in love. She gets him to amend the deal, promising him his own child instead. Then she convinces him to teach her how to snatch someone’s heart so she can kill the king and exact her revenge for the humiliation he caused her. She also convinces him to teach her how to spin gold herself.
She impresses the king with her talent and she is promised to the prince. Cora goes to the king, intending to kill him but decides that love makes her weak and vulnerable. Instead of killing him, she takes out her own heart so she cannot love anyone. This will come back to bite her later.
When the miller’s daughter goes to Rumple, she tells him she didn’t kill the king and that she will be marrying the prince after all. He reminds her that she owes him her firstborn. Cora reminds Rumple that he amended their deal to say his own child and since they will not be marrying, there will be no such child. She is off the hook.
Naturally, Cora will pay for this trade off later in her relationship with Regina. The price she pays is exorbitant.
“Once Upon A Time” airs on Sundays at 7 p.m. on ABC.
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