I hope you love a good mystery because this week’s episode of ‘Once Upon A Time’ is full of them. The Wicked Witch is causing havoc in our world and in the enchanted forest, Rumpelstiltskin is not dead, and the rest of the fairytale gang are still trying to make sense of the last year. And did I mention that Rapunzel finally makes her big debut!
Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Evil Queen/Lana Parrilla) have teamed up to hunt down the Wicked Witch of The West after figuring out she’s the one responsible for the second curse that brought everybody back to Storybrooke, meanwhile we learned from the last episode that the witch is keeping Rumpelstiltskin prisoner, but for what?
‘Once Upon A Time’: Fairytale Gang Piecing The Clues Together
OK, lets run down the clues. The witch is up to something and that’s why she’s still keeping Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) prisoner. We know that she needed his blood to open the safe in his antique shop. We know that she needed to retrieve something of great importance to her.
Flash back to fairyland, and we learn that Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) is losing something of great importance to him — his courage! After a man-to-man talk with Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), Charming heads off to find a magical root that will restore what he feels like he’s loosing day-by-day.
Back in our world the mystery and the chemistry between Hook and Emma is growing. Emma has since parted ways with Regina and is now hunting down the witch with the man who was once her antagonist.
The two manage to follow the bread crumbs and stumble onto the witch’s property, however, just steps from finding Rumpelstiltskin captive in his cage, they are called away for save Charming who is fighting for his life in the woods against a powerful enemy — his very own fears!
‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Prince Charming Conquers His Fears
In another flashback to the enchanted forest, Charming has found the magical root, and in the process stumbles onto the tower of Rapunzel (Alexandra Metz). After climbing the tower he learns that she is trapped there by the very same dark and powerful force that battled him in the woods in our world– nearly ending his life.
Back in our reality, Charming manages to conquer his fear and defeat his enemy — the very same thing he convinced Rapunzel to eventually do back in the enchanted forest.
So much action but what does it all mean? At the end of the turmoil Emma, Hook, and Charming learn that his confrontation was not by chance. The sword charming was fighting with, was broken as he plunged it into his enemy. But where did the broken piece go?
Flash to the crafty witch who has the broken piece in her possession. The outcome of this, you know has to be bad, but again what does she need it for?
The last shocking scene is Regina, Emma, Hook, and Charming all returning to the property where Emma and Hook had previously almost stumbled onto an imprisoned Rumpelstiltskin. The gang find the cage where the evil thing was kept but he’s nowhere in sight!
So what’s next? Rumpelstiltskin is loose, the witch has items from both he and Charming, but what is she going to use them for? I guess we will have to wait until next week to see!
— Bryant Perkins