Before I get to Sunday’s epic finale, let me just comment on the previous episode – I was very pleased to see that the writers allowed Henry to get his memories back and restored his belief in magic and the triumph of good vs. evil that has been the driving force in this series.
While there have been some compelling storylines with the adults on Once Upon a Time, it is my belief that Henry is a critical part to making the fairytale real for the viewers. I just wish that they hadn’t waited so long in this group of episodes to involve him.
Now to the adults – Zelena’s gone. Good, although somehow I suspect she will be back at some point. I really enjoyed her as a villain, and I’m glad the slight attempt to redeem her failed. I mean, yes, in real life, bad people usually have some trigger in their past that causes them to choose the dark side and continue to make the wrong decisions about situations confronting them. But in the world of Disney, villains have to remain villains. Unless of course, said villains are the Evil Queen and Rumple….
Speaking of, the finale brought an interesting twist to Regina’s story. The reappearance of Robin Hood’s wife (thanks to Emma’s successful rescue attempt) will cause her to fight off some pretty dark thoughts and inclination to strike out against Emma. We shall see if Regina’s redemption is permanent or whether she will return to being the Evil Queen. My suspicion is that even though this is a crushing blow for her, her love for Henry and for Robin Hood will keep her from doing anything to Emma or to Robin’s wife.
I was actually rooting for Regina and Robin Hood as a couple, because I want her to be happy. She has tried to change, and love changes people in a permanent way. Is it bad that I want something to happen to Robin’s wife? She seems perfectly lovely, but I just cannot let go of the idea of Regina and Robin Hood together. Maybe this can be resolved without killing off his wife. If so, that works for me.
I will keep saying this- Belle deserves a better man than Rumple. The wedding was beautiful, but somehow this couple doesn’t work as well in Storybrooke as it does in the fairytale world.
So far I am 0 for 3 in the couples I support to continue into the next season together. The next couple breaks this streak – Emma and Hook.
Many interesting things happened with those two in the finale – Emma wearing fairytale clothes (and a red princess dress!) and the two of them dancing at the ball being just two of those things. I loved seeing Emma looking so girly and pretty for once. It was such an awesome change. I love Emma’s strength as a character, and her wardrobe usually reflects the tough woman she is, but it was nice to see a different side of her in this episode.
Even though I would not mind seeing Neal return somehow, I am now completely sold on Emma and Hook as a couple. He is madly in love with her. What other pirate would sell his ship to be with the woman he loves? In pirate terms, that is quite a serious commitment, and I am glad Emma recognized that act as the sacrifice that it was. Yay for Emma and Hook. I am happy that she finally recognizes that Hook is worthy of her attention.
Last random thought – we saw ice coming from some unknown figure’s hand – is this supposed to be Elsa from Frozen? If so, I cannot wait to see what direction they take her character next season. So excited for the fall season. I have a few unanswered questions that need to be resolved.