WARNING: THE SPOILERS ARE COMING!!
Pan and Felix arrive at the well just outside of Storybrooke where the curse was first cast. Gold tells Regina that she can stop the curse. Henry suggests that they transfer him into his body so he will have the scroll. Tinkerbelle suggests that the power of a dark fairy is needed to perform the switch as Gold may not be powerful enough. Pan uses Felix’s heart to finish the spell. David, Hook, Neal and Tinkerbelle visit the convent where the other fairies/nuns pay their respects to Mother Superior/Blue Fairy. They ask for the wand of the dark fairy when the Shadow arrives in search of the same thing. In the past, Hook and Smee search for a way back home when they are attacked by Tinkerbelle. He asks if she can help him only for her to tell him that she lost her wings. In the church, Tinkerbelle uses the pixie dust to restore her magic and capture the shadow. After the shadow destroyed, the Blue Fairy is revived and returns Tinkerbelle her wings. She gives Neal the dark fairy’s wand and he returns to Gold’s shop with Hook, David and Tinkerbelle. Gold places a wrist band on Henry that will block his father’s powers once he is returned to his own body. Gold uses the wand to switch Pan and Henry back into their original bodies. Before the curse, Henry was aware that something was off about Storybrooke. Mary Margaret gives him the storybook she found in her house. Henry is found at the clock tower where he gives Emma the scroll. Emma gives the scroll to Regina but Regina is rendered unconscious when she tries to use it to stop the curse. Gold confronts his father who is now back in his body. The bracelet he placed on him fails as Pan is able to remove it and place it on Gold’s wrist, taking away his magic. Pan meets up with everyone at the bell tower where he takes the scroll and freezes everyone with a stop spell. Gold, despite having no magic, confronts his father. He calls for his shadow to return his dagger to him. After giving his final goodbyes to Neal and Belle, Gold runs the dagger through Pan and himself. Colin loses his youth and makes one last plea to Gold. They both then vanish. The curse closes in on Storybrooke. To stop it, Regina must undo the original curse that brought everyone from the Enchanted Forest to the real world and created Storybrooke. Everyone would return to their lives in the past except for Emma and Henry. The residents of Storybrooke gather at the town line to see Emma and Henry off. Regina tells her they will lose their memories of everyone in Storybrooke and that she will give them new lives. As Emma and Henry drive off, Regina undoes to curse. One year later, Emma and Henry are living the good life when Hook arrives at her apartment with news of something going wrong with the curse. Emma does not remember Hook and closes the door. She rejoins Henry for breakfast.
Wow, what a season it’s been. There have been more twists and turns in this season than a mountain trail in Colorado. Let’s start with the showdown between Mr. Gold and his father Peter Pan/Colin. Gold has come a long way since his days as the deal making Rumplestiltskin. He has finally found the son he has been searching for after failing him as a father years ago in the Enchanted Forest. He has been trying to prove himself as a father and as a man. After returning Henry and Pan to their respective bodies, Gold confronts his father who gave him up in exchange for power. He learns that his father loathed him since birth, seeing him as nothing more than a soul sucking urchin he never wanted. This is a contrast to Rumplestiltskin who felt nothing but love for his son Baelfire and sacrificed himself to be with him which started his path to darkness so his would no longer be a coward. Today, Rumplestiltskin stops running from himself. After his father placed the bracelet that removes his magic powers, Gold stands up for himself for the first time without the use of magic. He looks to Baelfire/Neal and Belle as they are the ones who inspired him to finally take the initiative and be brave. With assurance, Gold calls for his shadow to return his dagger to him where he then makes the ultimate sacrifice, taking both his life and Colin’s. Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold presumably dies a hero. After being seen as a coward for so long, the Dark One is at last recognized for his bravery in battle.Regina has also turned herself around throughout the season. For years, she has tormented the people in Snow White’s kingdom and throughout the Enchanted Forest. She invoked the curse that removed everyone from the Enchanted Forest to Storybrooke out of revenge and jealously over their happy little lives. Lonely even after making everyone else’s lives her own image, she adopts a child to fill the void in her heart with no knowledge that the child will be her undoing. She has done all she could to prove herself, to be able to love someone again, to no longer be seen as a monster. Last season she saved Storybrooke. And now Regina has been given the task again. Peter Pan unleashes a second curse that threatens the lives of everyone including Regina and the one person she loves more than anyone—Henry. Regina teamed up with her greatest enemies in order to rescue him from Neverland and she is not about to let anything happen to him. But to stop the curse, she must let him go. She entrusts Henry to Emma, his rightful mother. She tried all of first season and most of the second to rid her life of the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Now she sees that Henry belongs with Emma. Now she also sees the pain and suffering she has caused everyone around her and finally feels remorseful for it despite admitting that she doesn’t regret her actions before in Neverland. A display of this complete change of heart is that she gives Emma a special gift. She changes Emma’s life so that she and Henry are together as mother and son—an act that used to be uncharacteristic of the Evil Queen. Emma Swan arrived in Storybrooke to track down her son whom she gave up for adoption eleven years ago. She has been doing all she can to get him back for two and half seasons. She was viewed as the Savior for breaking the curse on Storybrooke that restored the memories of the people from the Enchanted Forest. She has struggled with this title since then, thinking that she is bound to never have a happy ending of her own due to responsibility. Oh, how wrong she was. She gets her happy ending from an unlikely source. Regina, who hated her so much, offers Emma a second chance with Henry. With the curse bearing down on them, Emma looks at her family she never knew she had and the friends she made during her stay in Storybrooke. She is saddened that she will never see them again, Regina included. But that may all change. One year later, Hook shows up at her door and tells her that something has gone awry. With no memory of her family and friends, Emma story is not yet concluded as she is called to action again. A new chapter opens when “Once Upon a Time” returns in March and something wicked will enter the lives of our “pretties” in the Enchanted Forest.
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