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Once Upon a Time Review: The Fruits of Sacrifice

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"An Apple Red as Blood" showed us that Regina's hold on her curse was just as tenuous as the survival of her precious apple tree and the stress was getting to her.

That was quite a dream. The eeriest part was Henry standing there holding a hangman's noose. What a sign of things to come.

Evil Offering

Was the curse really weakening? Well, the apples on her tree were definitely rotting where they grew. I could only imagine that wasn't a very good sign for the evil queen.

But according to Regina and Mr. Gold, Emma's very existence keeps the curse alive. If Emma dies, so does the curse - but Emma's also the only person who can break it. Now there's a conundrum.

Mr. Gold seemed to think that the end was near and said he was planning a trip. Where would the master of the deal go once the curse he helped create is no more? I don't have a clue.

Emma was reeling and she didn't even believe in curses. After talks with Mary Margaret and Archie, she's begun to realize that she needed to put Henry first but figuring out what that meant wasn't easy.

And poor Henry. August was certainly putting a lot of pressure on the kid. As the man continued to turn back into wood, he told Henry he was done trying to convince Emma. So he quit and left it up to an 11-year old. That was lame. After spending most of last week's episode learning about August's plight, this episode was only reminding me why I was never a big fan of the Pinocchio story.

I didn't expect to see the Mad Hatter again and was surprised that Regina brought him to her chamber of hearts... and who knows what else. Apparently the only magic in Storybrooke was what Regina brought with her from the fairy tale world and there wasn't much left. So, in true Regina fashion she used the last of it to wreck more havoc. Unfortunately it came back to haunt her.

As soon as Emma took that pastry I knew that somehow it would end up in Henry's mouth. With no one else willing to play the hero, Henry took the role on himself to save Emma. I bet Regina never saw that coming.

In the fairy tale world, Snow used and army of dwarves and fairies to try and free Charming. Those fairies were fierce. Who would have guessed fairy dust packed such a punch?

Unfortunately Snow was a step behind the evil queen, who grabbed Charming for herself. I liked that in this story she didn't trick Snow into eating the poisonous apple, she simply threatened her one true love. That was enough for Snow to make the sacrifice.

Will Henry survive? How far will Regina and Emma go to save him or take one another down? Is the end of the curse in sight and do you want it to be? With the Once Upon Time season finale on its way, hold onto your hats for the next Once Upon a Time.

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Allison berry barbieri

It's news to me that if Emma dies the curse is broken...have they mentioned that before? That said, great episode...LOVE the actress that plays Regina...she is so, so good! The scenes with her and Robert Carlyle (sp?) are "magic". Obviously, Henry will live...but I don't think that Emma will be any closer to believing in the curse...I think she will just figure that Regina tried to poison her...but we shall see! One thing that is annoying me is that there is no magic in our world but August has to maintain the requirements of deal to keep him human, the magic deal, or he MAGICALLY turns back to wood. It's basically saying that magic is wearing off but there IS not magic. Huh?

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I don't know about the set pictures, but if anyone wants a very big potential spoiler about the finale re: David and MM, watch this very short but very telling scene from the set:

Kitanishi h mcdonald

As for the set photos, I think he meant more than that, building to something to me implies it will be something surprising and substantial.
I'd say what was shown in those set photos from finale IS the most substantial and surprising thing that can happen to them. ITs the absolute highpoint of that relationship

Kitanishi h mcdonald

The hat Emma created didn't have magic.
We do not know that. So far evidence points to it having magic. - The hat magic sound just after he jump.
- The fact taht he is alive and well after jumping two story building. Emma's belief is what triggers magic so far, so if she believed for even a second during making it, it would contain magic.

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The only way I can see him "display his Charming" is if he, just like Charming was ready to, would die for his love, or something. I don't disagree. I just don't see that as meaning he actually HAS to die. As for the set photos, I think he meant more than that, building to something to me implies it will be something surprising and substantial.

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@BoredNow The hat Emma created didn't have magic. The hat that Jefferson and Regina used was brought from Fairytale land.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Is this proof of, or proof against, the theory that David is going to die in the finale? Nope. its a proof for another scene in the finale already spoiled by set photos :) What happens after it, is unknown. And so far we know that "the finale won't be big on happy endings", "David will display his inner CHarming" and "The finale will make us want to throw things at tv". The only way I can see him "display his Charming" is if he, just like Charming was ready to, would die for his love, or something.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

First it would bring the season full circle from the opening scene of the pilot. Two the stories have been Snow and Charming rescuing each other,
which is exactly why i think that this time, David will actually die, to paralle him surviving in pilot. - it would be a litmus test for the magic returning, since REgina told Snow the reason her kiss wasn't working in the pilot was because the magic was disappearing, therefore it starts returning = the kiss could work.
But that will already most likely be used for Henry. So if Henry is saved by Emma's mother's true love for a child kiss, David will most likely get dead :)

Kitanishi h mcdonald

can you refresh my brain on how Mr. Gold gave the whole Emma family line to Regina in Episode 2 as you just said? I totally can't remember that *_* Regina: Emma Swan. Who is she?
Gold: I should say you should have quite a good idea on who she is.

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(SORT_OF) SPOILER ALERT: co-creator Adam Horowitz hints that Mary Margaret and David’s tortured romance is “building to something... that we’re excited to share with you.� Is this proof of, or proof against, the theory that David is going to die in the finale? I take it as proof that the writers have a plan for the couple in s2, but that's just my opinion.