The battle with Hades claimed its first heroic casualty this Sunday on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
In the antepenultimate episode of Season 5, Emma, Regina, Henry, Robin and Charming returned to Storybrooke, shortly after Rumple (and Zelena/Hades before him) jumped into the clock tower portal. There, though reunited with Snow and other friends and family, they nonetheless had to contend with Hades, who was operating on a suitably nefarious agenda.
Specifically, Hades aimed to restore the Olympian Crystal, a family heirloom given to him by Zeus. Doing so would allow him, among other things, to build a kingdom for him and Zelena to rule — though his lady merely wanted a house and a yard for her daughter to play in. Meanwhile in the Underworld, Hook — with the help of King Arthur, who has been slain by Hades topside (um, why??) — discovered that the same crystal could defeat Hades, information he promptly relayed to Emma by restoring those critical storybook pages.
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When Regina and Robin infiltrated the protected mayor’s office to reclaim Baby Hood, Hades sneaked up on them and went to use the crystal to “end” Regina… but Robin jumped in front of his love and took the deadly blow himself. Zelena arrived upon the grisly scene, and Hades attempted to lie about what went down. But after Regina tackled the god and Zelena picked up the dropped crystal, the Wicked Witch realized that nothing would ever be enough for him, let alone her love, so she plunged the crystal into the onetime Underworld overlord, turning him to dust.
Back in the Underworld, after King Arthur realized his destiny was to restore the broken kingdom of the Underworld, Hook decided it was time for him to move on. When he want to do so, he was met by Zeus, who thanked him and his friends for fixing the mistake that was his wayward brother. “It is time to take you to where you belong,” Zeus said….
Back in Storybrooke, Emma finally did her proper grieving and said a final teary goodbye to Hook at his tombstone, while the other townsfolk laid arrows on Robin’s casket at a funeral service — where Zelena told Regina that the only possible name for Baby Hood was “Robin.”
Afterward, Hook materialized at the cemetery, having been rewarded by Zeus for helping defeat Hades. Following an emotional reunion with Emma, he learned of Robin’s sacrifice. Meanwhile, Rumple retrieved from Hades’ ashes the remnant of the crystal… for what purpose?
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