Once Upon A Time

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With the new season of Once Upon A Time starting up in a month, I felt that it was necessary to recap what our characters have gone through.

Captain Swan.

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*deep breaths* THIS POOR SHIP (AND LET’S BE REAL, EVERY OTHER SHIP ON OUAT SEEMS DESTINED FOR MORE PAIN AND AGONY, IF NOT RIPPED APART *ahem*).

Both Emma and Hook have been through…less than ideal circumstances. Ya know, like becoming the Dark One.

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Growing up without parents in one way or another (sadly, I couldn’t find a decent picture to go with this one)…

Losing the ex-loves of their life….

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AND THEN HOOK’S STATEMENT HERE, JUST MY HEART OK? </3

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DYING MULTIPLE TIMES.

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SERIOUSLY. THE POOR CINNAMON ROLLS HAVE TIME TRAVELED, GONE THROUGH PORTALS, AND TO HELL. #PetitionforHooktostayALIVEthisseason

Personally, I’m rooting for a Captain Swan engagement and/or wedding this season. Anyone with me?

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Belle.

This is literally the most forgiving, believes-the-best-about-everyone, and is CONTINUALLY giving people second chances (I’M LOOKING AT YOU RUMPLE). And the poor thing thought that her husband – with receiving a new heart – was now a hero…was actually changed.

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And then she learns he’s still the Dark One.

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Rumple. Is. Such. An. Idiot. (who’s with me?) Like, she’s literally the BEST thing that ever happened to him and he still chooses power over her.

Not to mention that he sold their unborn child. #waytobreakthenews

And then there’s Regina.

This season there was a LOT of closure and resolved family conflict with her, which I loved. Henry finally got to ‘meet’ his grandfather…

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Zelena and Regina learned of their shared past, peace is made with Cora, and the growing relationship is demonstrated between the two sisters.

And at the very end, when she was separated into two beings – Regina and the Evil Queen, and she (Regina) destroyed the Evil Queen, I was hopeful that she could finally be happy and content.

PLOT TWIST. THE EVIL QUEEN DIDN’T DIE.

Well. That shocked me when I saw it. I can only imagine how Regina will react once she realizes it, along with her very new loss of Robin Hood (which, btw, was literally the most heart-breaking death. Ever).

To sum up everything, Belle’s stuck in a teeny, tiny box while being pregnant, the Evil Queen is back, Hyde has taken over Storybrooke (not totally sure how he did that…since, ya know, at least three people in Storybrooke have magic), and Hook came back from the dead while Robin Hood ceased to exist.

Once again (xD pun not intended), our heroes are stacked against unimaginable odds. I can’t wait for the next season of Once Upon A Time to start up in September. Comment below if you watch OUAT, and let me know what you think about the past season and what happened!

~ Southern Dreamer

 

Once Upon A Time Season Finale

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What the heck.

I have just finished watching the season five finale of Once Upon A Time – or OUAT for short. Totally was not expecting that. At all.

All I can advise for OUAT fans who have yet to watch it, is brace yourself. Also, you may want to warn your family that you are watching the finale and screaming, talking to the TV, and other noises are all very fair game.

**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**

Where do I even start? So much happens in the finale that it’s basically a whirlwind of scenes and emotions.

Dark Hook has brought all of the past Dark ones into Storybrooke through a portal that goes to the Underworld.

As you watch, the Dark ones go and touch all of our beloved characters: Regina, Robin, Mary Margaret, David, Henry, etc…Well, they touch almost all of them. Emma, her brother, Robin’s children are left untouched.

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A symbol is left on their wrist. It indicates that when the moon reaches a certain point, they will be taken to the Underworld. The Dark ones will be left in their place.

Even though the situation looks hopeless, Emma is determined to save her family any way possible…even if it means she gets destroyed in the process. After all, the only way to eliminate the darkness forever is to place it all into one vessel and have that vessel killed.

Mary Margaret, David, Henry, and Neal decide to go to Granny’s Diner. Spend their last moments as a family together. Emma promises her mother she will come, but first she has to try and fix this.

Fast forward.

It is now time. Emma was unable to save her family. They are all taken and surrounded by Dark Hook and his fellow Dark Ones.

As a last resort, Regina faces Hook. She tells him to drop the act and says that he has to decide, “What kind of man are you going to be?”

I love that line. What kind of person are you and myself going to be? Are we going to give into sin and our struggles? Let the whispers of temptation fill our ears with falsely wrapped words? We all have a choice to make each day on what kind of girl, woman – boy, man, we will be.

You can see the clear battle raging in Hook’s mind as Nimue cuts off a great deal of Emma’s air supply from her final attempt to protect her loved ones. Flashbacks insure before Hook makes his decision on what kind of man he will be.

Hook takes Excalibur and draws all of the darkness from the past Dark Ones into its blade. There is only one way to fix everything that he has done: destroy the darkness once and for all…and with it, himself.

At this point, he holds out the sword to Emma – asking her to strike him down. Tears fill her eyes, and she shakes her head adamantly, not wanting to lose him.

But his words that finally convince her come shakily, “Let me die a hero. That’s the man I want you to remember.” They share a kiss and whisper “I love you” before Emma reluctantly and tearfully shoves Excalibur into her love.

 

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This scene has so many emotions and heart-wrenching lines it should have a disclaimer: warning, hyperventilating and heart crushing scenes occur, watch at your own risk.

As Hook dies in Emma’s arms, she transforms back into herself – no longer a Dark One. Tears fall down her face as she pulls the sword from Hook only for it to disintegrate.

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When the sheet is covered over Hook’s face and they wheel his body away, Emma tearfully leans against her parents – face portraying the agony that she is going through.

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Later, we watch as Belle returns and shares a passionate kiss with Rumple. She tells him she loves him.

Some time after this, Emma texts Rumple to meet her in his shop. He does. And the most shocking revelation is revealed. Rumple has the real dagger. The dagger that now has the power of all the Dark Ones from all time. He was the true Dark One all along.

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Shocked does not even begin to describe myself at this point. Rumple frustrates me indefinitely. So many times I and I’m sure others, have thought he was turning good. And the odd thing is, I want Rumple to be good. Then, of course, my thoughts turned to Belle. That poor woman has suffered more emotional scarring from him than should ever be acceptable. It truly is sickening how much Rumple not only manipulates those around him but especially her.

Emma, naturally, is horrified. This means that Hook’s sacrifice of death was in vain. For now, Rumple has the power of all the Dark Ones from all time combined.

Not one to give up, Emma tells Rumple he owes her. She could easily tell Belle about him before he could kill her. With that in mind, Rumple accepts her request: she has decided to go to the Underworld and get Hook. Just like her parents share a heart, Emma decides that she and her love will too.

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The finale ends with the scene of the portal to the Underworld opening and our heroes embarking through it.

Again, it seems, that our fairytale characters are stacked against unimaginable odds. I can’t wait for March when the next season starts!

Do any of y’all watch Once Upon A Time? What were your thoughts about the season finale? Let me know in the comments!

~ Southern Dreamer