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'Once Upon A Time' Season Finale: Is The Curse Broken?

Sun, May 13, 2012 9:37pm EDT by 25 Comments

Emma finally believes — but she’s got bigger problems now! What did you think of the epic ‘Once Upon A Time’ finale?

Henry (Jared Gilmore) being rushed to the hospital on the May 13 season finale of Once Upon A Time was just the thing Emma (Jennifer Morrison) needed to finally believe his story! But because Regina (Lana Parrilla) baked the last of her magic into the apple turnover meant to put Emma to sleep, there was only one person in town she and Emma could turn to: Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle).

Fortunately for everyone in Storybrooke, Mr. Gold was smart enough to save the only thing strong enough to break any curse: true love. Rumplestiltskin had bottled the love potion using strands of hair from Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), and stored it inside a beast only Emma could kill with her father’s sword. Unsurprisingly, Maleficient (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) was the beast that held the potion, and Emma battled the dragon to its death, securing the true love potion.

(The people of Storybrooke, and even those of the fairytale world, should seriously never underestimate The Savior when she’s wearing her red jacket!)

Jefferson (Sebastian Stan) released Belle (Emilie de Ravin) from the basement of the hospital where she’d been held by Regina, ordering her to find Mr. Gold and tell him Regina locked her up. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, Charming awakened Snow with true love’s kiss, and they planned to take back the kingdom together.

Emma returned to the elevator that lowered her into the dragon’s layer, but instead of Regina waiting for her at the top, it was Mr. Gold! He urged Emma to toss him the potion because Henry didn’t have much time, which she did, but then she found Regina tied to a chair with tape over her mouth! Mr. Gold had — surprise, surprise — manipulated everything to have the potion for himself!

That’s when Henry flatlined at the hospital, and my heart — along with Emma’s, Regina’s and Mary Margaret’s — broke into a thousand pieces. But after all the tears, Emma woke Henry up and broke the curse with a kiss. (True love’s kiss! Duh!)

Snow and Charming were finally reunited, and along with every other citizen of Storybrooke, Belle remembered Rumplestiltskin. She followed Mr. Gold into the forest, where he dropped the potion into the well “said to return what has been lost,” and that triggered a rush of purple wind into the town of Storybrooke. Even though the curse is broken, magic — along with power — will be coming back.

Once Upon A Time will return for its second season in the fall, and I cannot wait to see how magic will turn everything around!

Will Regina gain back her power? Will the residents of Storybrooke fight back against the Evil Queen? Will Rumplestiltskin make Regina pay for what she’s done? Drop your best theories in the comments section below!

— Jaymie Bailey