Once Upon a Time Post Mortem: Who Has Death Changed 'Forever'? And Lots More Burning Qs

Once Upon a Time Season 2 SpoilersWarning: The following contains massive spoilers from this Sunday’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

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This week on Once Upon a Time, Cora and Regina — with The Dark One’s dagger in their possession — set out to breach Gold’s “protected” pawn shop, gain control of Rumplestiltskin and have him do their fiendish bidding. Worst-case scenario: Cora would use the dagger to become the Dark One herself.

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In a last-ditch effort to save himself (as well as his life, in the wake of Hook’s assault), Rumple reintroduced Mary Margaret to the enchanted candle that she as a child refused to use to save her own mother, but now could activate to put down Cora and save the good guys of Storybrooke.

And though Mary Margaret — after tricking Regina into putting Cora’s cursed pumper back inside of her (in the name of letting her mom truly love her) — ultimately had a change of heart, as it were, it was too late. Regina had transplanted Cora’s ticker, enjoying a fleeting moment of blissful motherly love before the crone collapsed to the floor and died in her arms.Once_0310_MM

A recuperated Gold, with some degree of plausible deniability, deflected Regina’s accusations that he was behind this plot, leading her to wonder for a few hot seconds who did orchestrate this plot. Enter Mary Margaret. Cue blood-chilling stare from Regina: “You did this.”

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What happens now? With an eye on this game-changing development, TVLine ran some burning questions past the series’ stars at last Sunday’s PaleyFest event.

HOW DISTRAUGHT IS SNOW WHITE, HAVING KILLED CORA? | “Extremely. It’s definitely going to change her completely forever,” Ginnifer Goodwin told us. “What happens [in 'The Queen Is Dead' and then 'The Miller's Daughter'] will shake her self-confidence, her self-definition, her identity. And once those things go, it’s really hard to be happy.”

HAS THE SNOW/REGINA FEUD REACHED THE NEXT LEVEL? | “Things are [heating up], for sure,” said Goodwin. “The end of the season is coming, and I predict explosions. I have not read the last episodes … but I feel like ‘the Shiite has to hit the fan’ with this many obstacles piling one on top of the other.”

HOW WILL REGINA REACT TO CORA’S KILLING? | Once_0310_RegCora“Regina is just a mess right now. She really is just a mess,” said Lana Parrilla. “Now she has two reasons to hate Snow White. The first one was because she broke a promise and Danny was killed because of it. And now, she has a hand in her mother’s death. So this is just devastating for Regina on so many levels. I think that road to redemption is now far behind her.”

WILL VENGEFUL REGINA HAVE TO TIP-TOE AROUND SON HENRY? | It sounds like the lad is due to grow up in that regard, and fast. As Parrilla noted, “Children have a lot of insight, but at the same time, a lot of what’s happening isn’t meant for a child to see or to get to really be involved in. So I think that she’s going to say, ‘You know what, Henry? You’re my son. You’re 11-years-old. I’m the adult. I’m going to start taking the lead here.'”

WILL THIS DARK TURN CAST A SHADOW ON THE CHARMINGS’ FUTURE? | “What happens to Mary Margaret and her relationships will definitely affect how they address whether or not they are going to go back to fairytale land,” Goodwin shared. Series cocreator Eddy Kitsis added, “It complicates the plans in that David warned her, ‘You won’t be able to live with yourself’ — and that is actually the case. What she’s looking for is, how do I lighten my heart? How do I restore it? David’s job is going to be to help her, but I do think he believes the best way is to go home and rebuild what they had.”

WILL CAPTAIN HOOK MOURN HIS COHORT? | Whenever (and wherever, heh) the pirate resurfaces, “There will probably be a tinge of regret that it’s happened,” Colin O’Donoghue ventured. “Whether or not they were friends, I don’t know — that’s up for debate — but she certainly helped him try to achieve what he wanted to achieve. So it’s a big shock.”

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WILL ROSE (MCGOWAN) BLOOM AGAIN, AS YOUNG CORA? | “This season, no. But we absolutely need to see her again next season,” Kitsis said of this week’s flashback guest star.Once_0310_Belle “We wrote that role for her because we were such fans … and she exceeded our expectations. I could just watch her forever.”

DID MR. GOLD’S ‘GOODBYE’ CALL SPARK BELLE’S MEMORIES? | Not quite, so now that he has cheated the Grim Reaper, he’s going to try to work his magic, literally and/or figuratively. “In Episode 19 [or] 20, he says to Belle, ‘I’m going to do everything in my power to bring you back for your sake and for mine,'” Robert Carlyle previewed. Because in addition to having his lady love back on his arm, “There’s another reason why he needs her there. He really needs the good in him to come out, and she’s the one that can best bring [that] out.”

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203 Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    I think this was one of the best episodes of the season! And about Snow White – I understand that she is supposed to be this epitome of goodness, everything pure and white and good. And I can understand her feeling bad and terrible about herself. But I hope the other characters in Storybrooke don’t give her a hard time for it. I hope nobody goes around saying “We trusted you! We looked up to you! How could you?” Coz that would just be plain wrong.

    What Snow White did was a necessary evil. Nothing is black and white. Sometimes the only way you can keep your loved ones and your people safe is by doing something evil, something only the other side would resort to. What else do you do when the other side has the power to burn anyone to a crisp with a fireball and all you got is a husband who can deflect fireballs with a sword and then get pushed out (no offence to David’s fans) and a daughter who can occasionally use magic and is quite crafty but still, not perfect.

    Snow White did what was necessary to protect everyone. Too many lives have been lost on account of Cora and her deeds. Something had to be done. I would rather see a good person standing up and fighting for the good side and willing to become a martyr and sacrifice their principles just to keep others safe, rather than someone who would time and again keep saying they will fight evil but then they keep losing people to evil.

    And I think its time the good side got some character with some respectable amount of magic at least. The bad side has some serious magic mojo. They are down by one (R.I.P. Cora) but still Regina and Rumple are formidable opponents (I’m assuming of course that Rumple goes ahead with his plans about Henry).

  2. MaryAnn says:

    I really, really wish that it had occurred to Snow to give Cora her heart back without using the magic candle. That would have turned Regina around and made her no longer evil, and it would perhaps have even brought Cora to save Rumple with the powerful magic that she has.

    Ok, so this would have in a way brought a resolutaion to a part of the story line. Where could they have gone from here?

    I think that Cora would have rallied to the side of her feelings for a time, curing Rumple and embracing Regina, then would have once more set aside her heart. But the aftermath of this would have been for Regina to have moved toward the side of redemption against Cora, once more reminded of her mother’s betrayals. This would have left us with a three dimensional Regina seeking once more to be good, and the Big Bad set as a fully evil and vindictive Cora, out to destroy everything and everyone.

    I would much have preferred this direction for the show than the one the show Powers That Be chose.

  3. darrin says:

    Okay, some points: Snow happened on Daniel and Regina — wasn’t much Regina could do except get her to promise not to tell. Unfortunately, Cora played the ‘I only want my daughter to be happy’ thing, and Snow believed her — although if you watch that scene, you can’t help suspecting Cora was using Snow to get confirmation of what she already suspected.
    Being humiliated isn’t much reason for revenge? Sorry, but I’m not of the opinion that having the luck to be born to wealthy parents makes you somehow better than the people around you. Eva was an entitled little twerp who thought it amusing to hurt someone who couldn’t answer her in kind; the king forced Cora to choose between groveling or dying of starvation. (Or was I the only one who missed the ‘we’ll buy no more flour from you if you don’t grovel’?) Frankly, I’d have chanced dying of starvation — and if I got the chance to show Eva what it was like to be on the receiving end, I’d have taken it. Possibly someone did and that’s what began her brat-to-adult metamorphosis?
    Loved the king, though: I’d wonder if he’s Regina’s father.(g) At least he was straightforward about wanting power and being prepared to do whatever it took to keep it.
    Speaking of Regina, let’s only hold her responsible for what she’s responsible for: her father sent her the snakes to use on herself: it was the Mirror that used them to kill the king. (Admittedly, Regina wasn’t slow to take advantage of it, but if staying alive justifies Snow’s behaviour, it also has to justify Regina’s.) Wouldn’t mind seeing more of Sydney — any way to get him out of the mirror, writers?

  4. Brandy says:

    All I want to know will my favorite character Regina ( The Evil Queen ) be killed this final season episode?

    Thank you!

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