Once Upon a Time Round Table: "Straight On 'Til Morning"

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"Straight On 'Til Morning" sent our fairy tale favorites scrambling to save Storybrooke. Who were the heroes as the season ended?

Our Once Upon a Time Round Table team of Jim Garner, Nick McHatton and Christine Orlando are joined here by Gareth from the site Once Upon a Fan to debate why Peter Pan wants Henry and what the most surprising moments were on the season finale on Once Upon a Time season 2.


What was your favorite scene?

Jim: Oh god! Where to start?!? I loved that Belle got her memories back... I adored Regina wanting to do the right thing enough to sacrifice herself... and of course I loved Emma calling Snow and Charming "Mom" and "Dad" when they thought they were going to die. Hard to pick just one this week. OH WAIT! Neil is alive in the Enchanted Forest - that takes the favorite scene!

Gareth: Emma finally calling Snow and Charming Mom and Dad ranks pretty high. A truly touching moment. The scene with Emma and Regina stopping the trigger was also great. It's really hard to pick because I pretty much loved the whole episode. It had the intensity and appeal that had made season one so popular.

Nick: I can't pick just one! So I'm going to pick three: Regina wanting to die a hero and being remembered as Regina instead of the evil queen; Seeing the relationship between Bae and Hook; Emma saying Mom and Dad.

Christine: Apparently none of us can pick just one. I loved seeing that Hook felt such a bond towards Bae but Regina willing to sacrifice herself and asking to be remembered as Regina and not the Evil Queen was the highlight of the episode for me.

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Any ideas on why Peter Pan wants Henry?

Jim: Maybe he knows that Henry is the key to the Dark One's downfall. But not sure why he would randomly snatch up boys from London for him. I'm guessing we will find out.

Gareth: Heard a few theories since the finale aired. One of our staffers wondered whether Peter Pan was just a shadow at this point. Perhaps he is trying to find the one boy who can make him whole? Maybe Henry is that boy.

Nick: I think there's a reason why Peter Pan doesn't have a body. I'm wondering if Peter Pan needs a child of magic so he can stay a boy.

Christine: Wow! Those are great theories. I was assuming that Peter has some connection to Rumpelstiltskin since Rumpel seems to know everyone! We'll all have to wait until the Fall to find out.

Most surprising moment: Belle's return, Regina being willing to sacrifice herself or Henry's kidnapping?

Jim: Going with the last. I was not expecting them to kidnap Henry or to take him to Neverland. Given how much they hated magic, I figured they would have gone to DC or something.

Gareth: Regina is my favorite character so I loved seeing her story arc come full circle. It was so satisfying to see the whole town rally and take 'the hard road' in order to save her.

Nick: The minute I saw Henry was gone in the mine all I could think of was "please don't pull a Lost, please don't pull a Lost with Walt." But, because of the kidnapping, seeing all of my favorite characters, both the good and "evil" ones, teaming up to go save him is awesome.

Christine: Definitely Henry's abduction and the best part is forcing all of these different characters with their complex histories to work together. I'm guessing it won't go smoothly.

Will Belle be able to protect Storybrooke on her own?

Jim: No, but thankfully she's not on her own. She has Red, Granny, and eight dwarfs (if you count Tiny), just to name a few.

Gareth: She will have support and the Blue Fairy is still around to protect the town. I do wonder if the Home Office may try to make a move against Storybrooke in the absence of the major players.

Nick: With Mother Superior still in Storybrooke, and Gold's instructions, Belle will be just fine.

Christine: I don't know. Mr. Gold and Regina are the real power players when it comes to magic. With both of them out of the picture things could get tricky for Belle and the rest of the residents of Storybrooke.

Who was your favorite character and most disappointing character this season?

Jim: Honestly, the season was so well balanced that I don't have a disappointing character or one favorite above the rest. Regina and Rumple both were multi-layered and great, but then so was Snow, Charming, Emma and Neil. It was just so well done!

Gareth: Regina is still my favorite. She has so much sass and Lana Parrilla just owns the role and conveys all the different emotions of the character so well. I was disappointed in Cora the most. So much potential for a great villain to rein down fire on Storybrooke and all she really did was sit around Regina's house scowling. I never felt threatened by her until her last episode.

Nick: My favorite is Regina. She's a deeply flawed character who has ups and downs in happiness. Her default coping mechanism when she's in pain is to always lead on being the Evil Queen, but Henry brings out the best in her and she's willing to change because of him. Most disappointing: August, it has less to do his character and more to do with his exit. I'm still bitter.

Christine: Regina and Mr. Gold are the stars of the show for me and they both brought their A games this season. Disappointments… I was hoping Emma would find a little more of her magic this season and I felt like Charming almost became a secondary character for a while. But with so many amazing characters, it's difficult to showcase everyone's talents all of the time.

Which realm do you hope to see more of in season 3: Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest or Neverland?

Jim: I hope we get to see more of the Enchanted Forest because Neil is there and it looks like Aurora/Mulan saved Prince Phillip, but I'm really curious to see how they do Neverland and Peter Pan.

Gareth: I think we will see elements of all 3 realms next season but I'm really excited to see Neverland. The new puzzle with Henry has sent my brain into overdrive. It's going to be a long summer!

Nick: The stories are in the Enchanted Forest and Neverland. I'm excited to see Neal surrounded with magic after doing everything he can escape it, and the rescue of Henry, like I said above, brings all of my favorite characters to the same side.

Christine: I don't know what to expect from Neverland but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone together in the Enchanted Forest, especially Emma, Neal, and Henry. I'm sure not everyone will be happy there and that will surely cause plenty of angst next season.

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

Anna maria

wait, what happened to the rest of my comment?? I loved his chemistry woth Bae and Emma, it's a pity Emma already has Bae, even though I love them together, I really want Hook with someone on his level! I also loved calling Emma finally calling her parents mom and dad! I'm glad Belle regained her memory because I hated Lacey, but also that she stayed behind, since her and Gold as a couple gross me out..I hope I won't see her or any of the characters who stayed behind again, since I don't care for any of them.
Peter Pan being the big bad though sounded a bit stupid actually, and makes no sense at all..not sure how they'll develop this..I thought that maybe the shadow would be evil and Henry would come and be peter pan or something, but since they said peter pan, I have no idea how they'll make this right..

Anna maria

My favorite parts were everything with Hook


Hook and Emma reconnecting over the bean, played back so well to their time on the beanstalk - Love their chemistry.
Loved Emma calling snow and charming, mom and dad.
Hook and Bae were fantastic.
Loving the dark element to Neverland.


Ooo... here's a thought. Make Tinkerbell. Rumple's Mother. lolss :P It would make sense, since it was never confirmed his mother died. She abandoned him, when his father died. His father could've have been the real Peter Pan. Yet, that's why he lost his shadow in the first place. Because Peter grew up and Tink lost her wings, because she loves him so much. So Rumple was born. No one loves Peter Pan more than Tinkerbell. Peter Pan is nothing without Tinkerbell. Yet, Peter died, Tink left and Rumple was alone. Only Tinkerbell knows the TRUE IDENTITY of Peter Pan. Why do you think Henry is Rumple's Grandson. Can't be a coincidence. Maybe absurd behaviour mixed in with a little confusion and stuff. But, it makes sense. It's the only way to undo the mistakes she had done, she lost her wings, lost her magic. Until Rumple became the Dark One. The more darker he became, the more ashamed and upset she was, trying to fix the mistakes she had made. She created The Prophecy in order to be reunited with her only lost son. For many years, almost half a century or more. While the Gang are in NL to save Henry. Tinkerbell arrives in SB, since she brings The Home Office with her. Or maybe, Wendy is still alive, she's behind it all and this is all ...


1. Rumple realizing who was from Neverland.
He knows someone there, it's quite obvious.
He knows where Henry is.. and he knows why?! 2. Tinkerbell will surely make an appearance.
Peter Pan is nothing w/o Tinkerbell.
He [Henry] believes in Fairies.
Although I want her to be Darker than Blue/MS. 3. When Felix said, "Peter Pan never fails",
That's bcos Tink started The Prophecy. She knew. 4. No, cos I want Tinkerbell to storm into Storybrooke.
Just to harm Belle to get to RumpleGold, she will protect Henry.
There has to be a connection there. HELLO! IT'S PETER PAN. Duh!! 5. SWANFIRE POWER in Semi-Finale [Best]
Gold trying to kill Henry in Finale [Worst] 6. Mostly Neverland, PLZ & TY.


I love the theory that Peter Pan is just a shadow and needs Henry to become whole. I’m so glad that during the long wait to find out for sure, I can always re-watch the second season with my DISH Hopper. I work late at DISH, so I make sure my DVR is always recording seasons of my favorite shows. It helps that I have 2,000 hours of storage space, so I can keep my favorite seasons instead of deleting them to make room.

Spindae 2o

1.Fav scene.
Rumple nailed in booth Big his scenes(losing Bae and getting Belle back). the goodbyes whete great as well.
2.Petar Pan
This is a good one. Maybe he knows about his role in Rumples faith. or maybe his power is even greater than Emmas. It will be good to find out.
Henry for sure. never thought that would happen.
4.Belle the Sheriff?
Hope for some development here. but Home O. will strike for sure and over take I hope.
5. Best and Worst.
Regina,Hook and young Cora fo Best. charming worst. and Emma's love life under used and we all want sparks there.
I hope Neal comes back to Storybrook with a friend or 2. And more than halfpast season the charmed family comes back with an enemy and going into war vs Home O.


Am I the only one who caught this at the end of the finale. When the picture of Henry was show to the boy, the other one said, Do you think you can find him? And the boy said, It may take some time but Peter Pan never fails. To me it sounds like Peter Pan is finding Henry for someone else, not for himself.


- Hook/Bae scenes, Hook almost begging him to choose to be a family with him. "I can change for you Bae"
- Emma/Hook connection at the diner
- Mom/Dad
- Regina "Let me die as Regina" I suddenly remembered "The boy will be your undoing" Maybe PP is the boy. We saw a Rumple-PP connection in the finale. Fave: Hook. Quite the tragic hero. He's always surprising. You think you know him, then he'll do something. Good/Bad, it's always hard to predict and then we get to know more about his backstory and suddenly you realize where it's coming from. Most disappointing will always be August's storyline. NEVERLAND!


I also think that the office that tamara and greg is with is run by Wendy.

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

They didn't kill my son. I did. I brought magic to this world to find Bae and now he's dead. Magic always has a price and this is it but I'm prepared to die.

Mr. Gold

Lucky? I'm a prisoner of pirates in a world cursed by magic.