"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.
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.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.Tags: Once Upon a Time, Reviews