Peter Pan’s origins revealed!! Once Upon a Time S3 Ep.8 Recap!!

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Rocker Marilyn Manson provides the creepy voice of the Shadow, who is behind all the happenings in Neverland

Rocker Marilyn Manson provides the creepy voice of the Shadow, who is behind all the happenings in Neverland


Henry and Pan look over Wendy who is getting worse. Pan addresses the Lost Boys, telling them that Henry will save magic. Gold and Regina continue their journey to find Henry. Gold tells her that Baelfire is alive and in Neverland when Regina thought that Pan was lying about that fact. While on their way to find Pan’s hideout, Emma and the others met up with Regina and Gold. Neal reveals that his father intends to kill Henry. Putting the pieces together, everyone turns on Gold. Gold convinces everyone that he is on the level. He gives Pandora’s Box to Neal as a sign of trust. Neal asks what happened between him and Pan. Gold tells him that Pan destroyed his father. The group finds Pan’s camp with Tinkerbelle’s help. Gold uses magic to take out the Lost Boys. During their search for Henry, they find Wendy instead and free her. Wendy tells the group that Pan intends to take Henry’s heart in order to become immortal with the tradeoff being that Henry will die. Pan and Henry arrive at Skull Rock. Emma, Gold, Regina and Neal, arrive at Skull Rock where they encounter a protection spell. Gold steps through the magic shield. Neal now believes that his father really did come to save Henry. Regina grabs Pandora’s Box from Neal and tells Gold that she will make him pay if anything happens to Henry. Regina and Emma search for a way to get around Pan’s spell. Pan and Henry enter the top of Skull Rock where Pan says is the source of Neverland’s magic. Gold meets up with Pan. Pan wonders why Gold hasn’t told anyone about his true identity. Gold attempts to use Pandora’s Box only to discover that it is a fake and that Pan has the real one. Pan opens the box and traps Gold inside. Afterward, Pan tells Henry that he needs his heart. He enchants his hand and Henry removes his heart. Emma, Regina and Neal arrive in time to stop Pan. They try to convince Henry that Pan is lying but Pan tells Henry that all he said is the truth. His family makes one last attempt but Henry makes the final choice and shoves his heart into Pan. He collapses afterward. While Emma, Neal and Regina tend to Henry, Pan flies into the air and looks down upon them triumphantly.

In the past, Rumplestiltskin’s father Colin was a con man who tricked people out of their money with games. He leaves Rumplestiltskin with two women before heading off to look for work. The ladies tell him that his father is not coming back for him. Young Rumplestiltskin finds his father in a local pub and takes to an alley where he shows his father the magic bean, telling him that they can start a new life somewhere else. His father tells him about a dream he had as a child about a place called Neverland. Rumplestiltskin suggests that they use the bean to travel to Neverland. He uses the bean to open a portal and they jump through. There, Colin encounters the Shadow who helps him restore his youth at the cost of giving up his son.

Emma (Jennifer Morrison; far right) works out a plan to save Henry with Gold (Robert Carlyle; right), Neal (Michael-Raymond James; left) and Hook (Colin O'Donoghue; far left)

Emma (Jennifer Morrison; far right) works out a plan to save Henry with Gold (Robert Carlyle; right), Neal (Michael-Raymond James; left) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue; far left)

Not everybody loves gold especially if the Gold is dark. For years, Gold has proven to be the only person capable of malicious acts worse than Regina/the Evil Queen. This makes it kind of hard to trust the guy. After all, he did help Regina cast the curse that transported everyone in the Enchanted Forest to Storybrooke, Maine. So it is really hard to believe that he wants to save Henry after Neal drops the bomb that his father wants to kill his son. No way is Neal letting his father near his son after this. Gold has made a several attempts at fixing things between him and his son Baelfire/Neal. But this time proves harder than the last and understandably so. He has done the same to Neal as Gold’s father did to him. Years ago, Rumplestiltskin/Gold’s father Colin was a con artist who tricked people out of their money to so they could live. Rumple’s father had tendency of leaving him behind to go look for a job his knowledge. When Rumplestiltskin is left with two ladies, he learns that his father is not looking for a job but instead hanging out at the pub. Dead beat dads lived in the Enchanted Forest as well. Finding Colin at a pub, Rumplestiltskin suggests that they use the magic bean to start a new life together in another land. If this sounds familiar that because an identical situation occurred between Baelfire and Rumplestiltskin way back in Season 1. Baelfire was fed up with his father’s deal making schemes and wanted to start over in a new world, just like Rumplestiltskin did with his father Colin. Maybe that’s why Rumplestiltskin backed out of leaving with Baelfire because of what happened to his father.

Gold (Robert Carlyle; right) tries to patch things with his son Baelfire/Neal (Michael-Raymond James; right)

Gold (Robert Carlyle; right) tries to patch things with his son Baelfire/Neal (Michael-Raymond James; right)

Gold is in Neverland to try and make up for his mistake he made with his son by reuniting Baelfire/Neal with his son Henry. He has already followed in his father’s footsteps so far. Now he needs to step out of them. Luckily, Gold gets the chance to settle things with his father Peter Pan. Wait, what? Yup, Peter Pan is Gold’s father. Well, here the deal. Rumplestiltskin and his father arrive in Neverland where Rumple’s father tries to relive his youth but he can’t do that unless he cuts ties with the one thing holding him back—Rumpletiltskin. Again, this is reflected back to when Rumplestiltskin let Baelfire fall through the portal out of fear of losing his powers. Rumple’s father gives him up to regain his youth and become Peter Pan, which is later revealed to be the name of the doll Rumplestltskin had as a child. Now we know why Gold was so bent on taking care of Pan himself. Only he knows how to deal with him. Or so he thought. Now that he is in tune with Neverland, Rumple’s father can make anything happen including getting his hands on Pandora’s Box. Looks like Rumple’s father hasn’t lost his touch as he holds the real Pandora’s Box while Gold holds a fake. Colin uses the box to trap his son. He has a lot of time to perfect his art of deception he has managed to convince Henry that Neverland needs saving however it isn’t Neverland that losing magic. It’s Colin. His time as a young man is running out. The Shadow, beautifully voice by rocker Marilyn Manson I might add, told Colin that Neverland was a place for children’s dreams, not for a child to actually live there. But Colin needn’t worry about that. With Henry’s heart now in him, Colin/Peter Pan can transcend to immortality.