Episode Overview: While Rumple, Emma, and Henry are still in Manhattan with Bae and they are working on their “family issues,” Hook arrives and critically wounds Rumple. Meanwhile, Cora and Regina search for Rumple's dagger in an effort to be able to control him. Snow and Charming confront them, and start to question how far they may need to go to keep themselves and their family safe.
A very important part of the history between Cora and Snow is revealed. There are some nice moments with Bae as he tries to decide what to do.
Strange moment when Bae comes to the aid of Rumple, but Henry is not there. A bit too convenient that Bae knows how to sail Hook's ship so they can get back to Storybrooke.
March 8, 2013 by Jill Rayburn
Someone has hurt you and your family in the past, and they are once again threatening your family. What would you do? How far would you go to protect them? Would you seek revenge? In the most recent episode, “The Queen is Dead,” Snow has just discovered that it was really Cora who was responsible for her mother’s death, and now she has to make some tough decisions. It is looking like we are beginning to see the darker side of Snow, as had been recently teased.
This is something that has the potential to truly rock the series and the characters. Until now, Snow has always been “as pure as snow” as it were. She has thought about situations, and always saved the people involved, or allowed them to save themselves. Snow gives people chances for redemption, and while she has fought for those she loves, she always had a line that she would not cross. Now, however, it is becoming more and more clear that she may be willing to take the ultimate step, and kill Cora in order to stop her once and for all.
Check out this special sneak peek at the next episode, and you’ll see what I mean.
Most of the other characters have some elements of both good and bad in them, but Snow has generally been the moral compass for the group. It will be interesting to see what happens as she ventures down this darker path in her life, and how the others react. What will Charming do? Will a drastic change in Snow change his feelings for her?
I think that the writers and other creative team members did a great job with everything happening in this episode. The scenes from the past are meaningful, especially when we see how Snow’s mother taught her the kindness that became so much a part of her personality. The scenes in Manhattan are full of tension, but also full of combinations of relief, regret, and love. The scenes in Storybrooke had just the right amount of drama and tension, and you can see the soul-searching that is happening within Snow, and also Charming.
Now, for those worried about Rumple, I don’t think we are in any danger of losing him anytime soon. I do think that it will be interesting to see what happens with Bae going to Storybrooke, and it is nice that he is expressing that he does still have feelings for his father. I am a little worried for Henry since Rumple has realized that Henry is the child that the Seer predicted would be his downfall. Perhaps this is a bit of yin-yang happening here. As we see Snow going dark, is it possible that if Bae has some influence over Rumple that maybe we will see him continue on the path he was starting to take to redemption? I have said before that it will take everyone working together to defeat Cora, and it looks as if we may be seeing an alliance soon between Rumple and Snow/Charming towards this end. They may have to meet somewhere in the middle in order to do everything that is needed, and if they do work together, I don’t see any of them allowing Rumple to harm Henry, but the question then becomes how far Rumple will go to make sure what the Seer said does not come to pass. Also, where will Belle fit into things once they get back? With her still not remembering anything, there are many ways they could go with this, and we know there is a Belle-centric episode coming up later this season, so we may see some progression with their relationship.
In the next episode, “The Miller’s Daughter,” we will finally get a look at Cora’s past. Rose McGowan (Charmed) plays a young Cora, and it looks from this sneak peek that we will be seeing what happened to make her such a bad person.
I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming episode. There is quite a bit happening on Once Upon A Time and like an intricate spider web, everything connects at some point. It will be interesting to see how intricate that web gets by the end of the season, and where all of the strands eventually lead.