CAREFUL OF THE SPOILERS, DEARIE!!
In the past, Ingrid’s sisters Gerta and Helga were nearly abducted when Ingrid used her powers the save them. Robin Hood visits Regina with a conflicted heart. Emma and Elsa try a spell intended to remove the Snow Queen’s powers. She, along with Elsa, follow David to the clock tower where Emma uses the magic candle to trap Ingrid the Snow Queen. Elsa asks the Snow Queen about Anna but she gets little progress with Ingrid telling her that Anna is the one who trapped Elsa in the urn. Emma has Elsa leave so she can talk with Ingrid. Ingrid tries to convince Emma that her real family fears her magic. At the clock tower, David, Hook, Elsa and Belle discover that the mirror the Snow Queen has there is fake. They rush back to the sheriff station just as Ingrid freezes the doors, keeping them from entering. Will Scarlet meets with Robin Hood and reminds him about who he is. Ingrid and her sisters travel to Misthaven—the Enchanted Forest—to seek help from Rumplestiltskin. Ingrid continues to tell Emma that her parents are resentful of her powers. A chord is soon struck with Emma and she blows out part of the station with her magic. Satisfied, Ingrid leaves. David, Hook and everyone else rush to investigate the explosion. Emma tells them that she caused the damage and that she is unable to control her powers. David tries to help Emma but she lashes out from fear and injures him. Emma runs away fearing she will harm those she loves. The Duke learns about Ingrid’s powers and threatens to expose her to all of Arendelle. Ingrid tries to stop him but ends up killing her sister Gerta. Helga finds Ingrid standing over the shattered body of Gerta. Overcome with fear and anger, Helga seals Ingrid in the urn. Later, Ingrid strikes a deal with Mr. Gold.
Ingrid the Snow Queen’s past is examined in this episode. As a child, her sister Helga and Gerta were nearly abducted. She uses her powers to save them and since then they formed a pact to always love each other. Well, pacts, like contracts, can be broken. Ingrid accidently kills her sister Helga who defended her against the Duke of Wesselton who learns of Ingrid’s magic powers. Gerta arrives afterward to find one sister dead, killed by the other. So she seals Ingrid in the urn. Ingrid has been basically telling her story using it to convince Elsa that her sister betrayed her just as Gerta betrayed her. See, Ingrid is just alone—really, really alone—and she wants some company. Who better than two girls who are misunderstood because of who they are. She is experiencing a setback with Elsa but has gotten through—seemingly—with Emma. Ingrid strikes a chord with Emma, exposing her jealousy over her younger brother and how her parents are treating him the way she longed to be treated—with a mother’s love. The first evidence of Emma’s sibling jealousy is when she meet up with her mother Mary Margaret/Snow White at Sleeping Beauty/Aurora’s house and the other familiar princesses who have all become mothers. Emma notices all the stuff her brother Neal Nolan has and boils an bottle of milk she was holding. Taking a look at Emma’s past, she has never truly had a place to call home or a family to truly love her. She has lived alone on the world just as Ingrid has lived alone back in the past. It didn’t take much convincing to send Emma’s power into overdrive and make her accidently injured her father David, same as Ingrid hurt her sister Helga. If anything, the Snow Queen is setting everything up for Emma to live and deal with the suffering she endured back in Arendelle. Saddest part is that Ingrid did not trick Emma in any way. She simply exposed what was already lying within her. According to the original tale, the Snow Queen used the same tactic to make Kai turn against his sister Gerta. Right now the ball is in Ingrid’s court and she has Emma right where she wants her—scared and alone. She now sets her sights on striking a deal with Gold. In exchange for Storybrooke, she will tell him how to free himself from the dagger’s power while retaining his own powers and enabling him to leave Storybrooke. A deal Gold readily accepts.
Love sure is complicated. And it doesn’t get more complicated than Regina and Robin Hood. Robin is torn between his marriage to Marion who is still an ice cube and the love he has for Regina that will not die. Regina tries to make Robin commit himself to Marion in order to save her but Robin can’t help it. He loves her and has likely fallen out of love with Marion. Or better yet, he was never really committed to her anyway. In the past, Robin met Marion after he stole her family’s prize horse. He offered up his two horses out of guilt which began his path that we are all familiar with. However, it is not really revealed if Robin married Marion out of love or because her father arranged it. Will Scarlet finally confronts Robin after his departure from the Merry Men to follow Anastasia through the looking glass and reminds him of who he is and how Marion would feel if he saw him loathing himself like this. Robin runs back to Regina, clearly deciding to follow his heart. Regina doesn’t want Robin to make the mistake she once did but she wants her happy ending like everyone else. Perhaps Robin’s love for her will put a hold on her finding out the author of the story book. Maybe…
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