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‘Once Upon A Time’ Review: Heart of Darkness

‘Once Upon A Time’ Review: Heart of Darkness


Betrayal, scorn, and true love’s kiss? All three of these were huge concepts in this week’s Once Upon A Time. The audience gets a glimpse of Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) dark side, while more clues pop up for Kathryn’s (Anastasia Griffith) murder case.

The Fairytale World:

“I’m going to kill the queen.” -Snow White

We finally see the aftermath of Snow White drinking the potion, forcing her to forget her love for Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). It turned her into a hateful person, making her turn on her only friends, the Seven dwarves. After having a very surreal intervention, Snow comes to the conclusion that she must kill the Evil Queen. This sets her and Grumpy (Lee Arenberg) on a quest to find Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), both having completely different reasons for his assistance. Grumpy wants a way to get Snow back to the way she was, while Snow just wants a way to kill the queen. Meanwhile, Prince Charming is still on the search to find Snow, also crossing paths with Rumple. Rumple agrees to give Charming her whereabouts, as long as Charming gives Rumple his cloak. Seems like a fair deal? Not even close.

Let’s just say their reunited meeting didn’t go so well. They kiss, she smacks him, and she’s off again to kill the queen. It’s pretty obvious how determined she is. Regardless, Charming doesn’t give up hope. Instead of telling her of their love, he shows her, and he finally has a breakthrough. She remembers, and Charming and Snow are finally reunited in the Fairytale World… Well, until Charming is captured. How awkward. They just can never catch a break, can they?


“When your phone records came back, when I found you wandering in the woods, when everyone thought you killed Kathryn . . . I stood by you, I never once doubted you. And now that everything is pointing to me, you actually think that I am capable of that kind of evil?” – Mary Margaret

If the box containing MM’s fingerprints wasn’t enough, the carving knife hidden in her heater should have been! The evidence just keeps piling up, further pinning Mary Margaret with the crime. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is doing everything in her power (which isn’t much apparently) to prove MM’s innocence. Cue Henry (Jared Gilmore). He is convinced that Regina (Lana Parrilla) is behind the whole thing, and goes so far as stealing her keys. He believes that those keys can open up any door, making it easier to break into Mary Margaret’s house, framing her. Once Emma tries it, she is surprised that they actually open her door. Though, this one conclusion can’t get them very far in proving her innocence. Cue Mr. Gold. He offers to be MM’s lawyer, and I must admit, with him on her side I feel like it’s an instant win. Regina may have a lot of power in the town, but Mr. Gold obviously has more. Sadly, that isn’t enough for Mary Margaret, and using a key she found under her bed, she escapes the prison cell. This, further questioning if MM truly did kill Kathryn.

As always, I loved this episode of OUAT. Honestly, if the episode revolves around Snow and Prince Charming, there is a 99.9% chance that I’ll love it. Their chemistry is absolutely amazing, and they are just too adorable for words. Although, I’m not liking David and MM that much. The Storybrooke counterparts have a lot of growing up to do. But all I can say is, if Snow and Charming can get through so many obstacles… So can David and MM.



  • Favorite moment?
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  • Thoughts on Rumple having ‘True Love’ in a bottle?
  • What did you think of next week’s promo?
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