Once Upon a Time Review: No One Is Safe

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Let the money change hands and the mourning begin.

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" finally revealed that, as many fans had wagered, Sheriff Graham was the Huntsman from Snow White. And just when I was sold on the chemistry between him and Emma, the Queen stole him back the only way she could.

I love Once Upon a Time because it's like a mini-movie every week and I'm completely enthralled by this intriguing other world filled with characters that feel familiar yet completely new.

One kiss with Emma and Graham is more than just enchanted, he's spellbound. Memories of his fairytale life come flooding back, including his spirit guide. It's the same wolf that ran Emma off the road to keep her in Storybrooke.

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Before you know it, Graham is spiraling out of control with strange memories, the type that lead him to Mary Margaret and then Henry, who is the only one who doesn't think he's delusional.

As the story unfolds, we find out the reason Graham is with Regina but feels nothing is because - as the Evil Queen - she ripped out his heart Indiana Jones-style and holds it hostage. The best part about Graham's search for his missing heart is that it leads to his breakup with Regina where he tells her that feeling nothing is better than being with her. Oh, you know that's not going to go over well. 

Then, Regina provokes a fight with Emma over her man. Calling it a cat fight is underestimating these two women. They're more like tigers. The power radiates off of both of them. Someday it'll be fun to see a brawl between them that doesn't get cut short.

The end is heartbreaking. Graham tenderly ministers to Emma's wounds as Regina stalks down her secret passageway to her lair... where a heart awaits her vice-like grip. The final scene proves two things: Emma's walls can't protect her heart from being broken - and Regina is definitely an evil witch.

Other questions I'm left with:

  • What type of gardening was Mr. Gold doing in the forest?
  • What secret did Snow White spill that led the Evil Queen to want her dead?
  • Is there a reason why the wolf has one red and and one black?

I can't believe we have to wait until January to see the rest of Snow and Charming's love story or find out if Emma suspects Regina's involvement in Graham's death. As much as I love the holidays, I'll be counting the days until this fascinating fairy tale returns.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I think the most important reveal is that Regina definitely remembers her life before Storybrooke. Before this episode, I was leaning toward the spell malfunctioning thus leaving her oblivious to the truth. But now that Regina used the Sheriff's heart to kill him, there's no doubt she remembers her past. As for the secret - I don't know, maybe the queen was having an affair and Snow told her father, so the queen had to kill her husband to keep her power?


I don't even have words to express how heartbreaking those last few moments were tonight. I think we all knew deep down what was coming, yet didn't want to believe that it was actually about to happen. This episode was hands down my favorite by far, up until the closing scenes. I feel like we were robbed tonight. Getting to see Jamie Dornan (Graham) in action was magical. The man is very talented, and I quickly fell for his character and that amazing accent, which only left me more heartbroken at the end when I realized that was all we would ever get. I have to say that I honestly believe that ABC has made a mistake in killing off such a talented character. This episode opened up a lot of doors though, and seeing Emma show so much emotion and heartbreak with Graham, made her a much more versatile character in my eyes. All along she has been this closed off person not getting to close to anyone, and now that she finally opened herself up, she was destroyed. I have no doubts that it will only make her a stronger character in the future. One more thing....I loved the idea that Emma owed her life to Graham/The Huntsman, the connection there was one that I never even thought of until Henry pointed it out. This show continues to amaze me every week, and I can't wait to see what is in store for the New Year.


Love this show!! So sad that Graham died. Just as we started to get to know more about him and like him. It's not a surprise though, many of us fans predicted that it would be him to die, especially when we learned this episode would focus on him. BUT it is Storybrooke and there is magic involved. Graham may not be gone forever. Fingers crossed! For me this episode solidified one major thing that I was back on forth on, whether Regina really knew about the fairy tale world and if she remembered that she's the queen. Obviously she does. Another thing, considering these are the writers of lost, I've been wondering about a major twist, like that Emma is in a coma, dreaming all this and nothing in the fairy tale part is "real." I think I'm almost convinced that the fairy tale portion is just as real as the Storybrooke portion.

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Once Upon a Time Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

You don't get emotional over men. Uh, the floral abuse tells a different story.

Mary Margaret

Your bad judgement is your problem, not mine.