WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!
The townsfolk of Storybrooke are tearing themselves apart due to the Snow Queen’s Spell of Shattered Sight. Everyone is affected including Mary Margaret and David. Gold plans to leave Storybrooke with Belle and Henry. He sends Hook to retrieve his grandson. Emma and Elsa find the Snow Queen only to discover that they are unable to harm her. They figure out a way to remove the ribbons bound to their wrists and head to Gold’s shop. The Dark One is nowhere to be found. Emma then thinks of the only other person who can possibly remove the ribbons—Regina. Emma and Elsa head to the mausoleum where they free Regina from the protection spell that was placed. Under the Spell of Shattered Sight, Regina reverts back to her days as the Evil Queen. Emma provokes her into attacking them and uses Regina’s power to destroy the ribbons. They leave and head for the Snow Queen’s cave. Meanwhile, Hook finds Henry at the town hall but loses him as Henry runs away and Regina settles the score with Snow White at the sheriff’s office. Sent to the beach by Regina, Kristoff attempts to return to Arendelle with Anna trying to reason with him. Anna finds a bottle containing a letter and she knocks Kristoff out. Reading the letter, she runs off to find Elsa. She arrives at the cave just as Emma and Elsa confront Ingrid. Anna reads the letter written by Gerta. The words of her sister touch Ingrid and she sacrifices herself to lift the curse. Storybrooke returns to normal however this doesn’t deter Gold’s plan to leave town.
Love can be a very powerful thing. Ingrid the Snow Queen believed this. She loved her sister more than anything and her world was shattered when she lost them. She was told by the Sorcerer’s Apprentice that a replacement sister exists in our world. Ingrid took in and eventually adopted Emma. She spent time with Emma who in that time grew to love Ingrid. Ingrid attempted on a couple occasions to awaken the sleeping power inside Emma. This proves difficult in a world without magic. She only succeeds in driving Emma away. Ingrid finds her in Storybrooke years later and now she attempts to give herself the family she lost years ago by casting a curse that will force everyone to destroy each other. Under the curse, it was interesting to see the dark sides of certain characters. Mary Margaret and David go from loving each other to loathing each other. They bicker like a “normal” arguing married couple recalling the bad things they have done before they tied the knot. This curse also leads to rekindling the fires of hate in Regina who is once again the Evil Queen. She hunts down and fights Mary Margaret/Snow White hand to hand which was interesting and entertaining to watch. Ingrid seemed to have every in hand. Her curse is a success and she would soon be alone with Emma and Elsa who confront her but they are unable to hurt her. The spell is designed to end with the caster’s death. However, neither Elsa nor Emma have taken a life. And to add to this, they hesitate in killing Ingrid because at some point in their lives they truly did love her. It’s just that Ingrid removed their memories of her which is why they couldn’t remember her. Ingrid held on to those memories but has forgotten her true sisters. Anna arrives with a letter from Gerta. The letter reminds Ingrid of how deeply she was loved by her sisters. That love pays off and Ingrid sacrifices herself and ends the spell. During all of this, Gold has never faltered from his plan. Though Storybrooke will continue to stand, he will not continue to stay. He has all he needs to sever his connection to the dagger and leave town into the world at large. Gold may be ready for the real world but the real world is most assuredly not ready for the Dark One.
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