Once Upon a Time Review: Chilling Consequences

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In this two-hour season finale event, Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 22 sent Emma on a journey that changed the past, present and future.

And the consequences were chilling.

Her Baby Brother

We'll start with the Charmings, who decide to hold their baby's coronation ceremony as a pot luck at Granny's Diner. I think the announcement of their son's name made everyone smile.

As we were reminded several times in this story, Neal died a hero and the little prince will carry on his name. Although I'll admit, Prince Baelfire would have been cooler.

I'll also admit that reliving so much of Snow and Charming's past bored me in places, but the action kept a good enough pace that it usually wasn't for long. 

The drama and fun came from seeing it all unfold through Hook and Emma's eyes. I love it when Emma makes pop culture references that Hook never gets, such as Marty McFly and Princess Leia. But it is there banter that I'll never get enough of as in this Once Upon a Time quote

Hook: What the hell are you doing? You're depriving me of a dashing rescue.
Emma: Sorry. The only one who saves me is me.

Watching Snow get burned at the stake was quite an emotional moment, but finally Emma came to the same conclusion I had: Why hadn't she disappeared the moment Snow died? What did Emma still exist? Simple, because Snow was still alive. 

When trolls get turned into bugs, they are cockroaches but when Snow becomes an insect, it's a cute little ladybug. 

The moment Emma helped the woman in the cell next to her escape, I knew it would lead to disaster - then again, how do you look that woman in the eye and say, So sorry. Good luck to you? It's simply not in Emma Swan's nature. 

For a moment, I wondered if Rumpelstiltskin was going to hold Emma back and next season would be about getting her back to Storybrooke. I'm glad it didn't play out that way and Rumpel's reaction after taking the memory potion was delightfully comical.

Back in Storybrooke, there were quite a few happy endings.  Hook finally got the girl when Emma realized all that he'd gone through to save her and her family.  I loved the smiles on both their faces during their make out session at the table.

Rumpel and Belle tied the knot and although it was a sweet and touching ceremony that reminded us of all they'd been through, there is still the dark scepter of that dagger looming over them. Will Rumpel be able to keep Belle when she finds out that he not only deceived her but also murdered Zelena? The one thing she specifically asked him not to do?

The moment I saw Robin, Roland and Regina looking every bit the picture of a happy family, I knew exactly who Emma had brought back to town. And it broke my heart almost as much as it did Regina's. 

You're just like your mother. Never thinking of consequences.


Regina's got every right to be furious. First, Snow unwittingly destroys her first true love and now Emma has managed to bring back Robin's wife and the mother of his son from the dead. How can Regina possibly compete against that?

I really hate it because I was looking forward to watching Regina and Robin's relationship develop almost as much as with Hook and Emma.

So much for destiny.

When Regina sneered that she hoped Emma hadn't brought anything else back through that portal, I knew we weren't done yet and what came next truly shocked me. As many possibilities as had run though my head, this one never made the list.

But that looked an awful lot like Queen Elsa from Frozen. 

They got me. I never saw that one coming and as a big fan of the movie I'm even more excited for Once Upon a Time Season 4.

OK, TV Fanatics, who was your favorite couple of Once Upon a Time season 3?

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I rewatched it and loved how Emma realized that the way Snow looked at her when she was changed back, was the same look Emma gave her. It was heartbreaking, but yes, Emma looked at Snow like she was a stranger. And I am glad she realized that Storybrooke was home and missed her parents. Loved that she called Snow and Charming, Mom and Dad.

@ Emy

I agree that part got to me

@ Emy

Emma realizing Snow saw her as a stranger when she was so happy to see her made me remember how Hook was so happy to see Emma in NY but he was a stranger to her. Now I'm crying.

@ Haley

Wow, i need a gifset of that now :D


I think the episodes are two of the bests ever! Hook and Emma were perfect, I just hope they stay problem free for a little while before the angst gets thrown in! And I think Emma did Regina a favor. Regina was to execute Marian. How would her relationship with Robin be if they realized it was her who had his wife killed?

@ rufio

That's a really, really good point. I think he could potentially forgive her, but it would be tough. But he still kind of knows that now anyhow, or at least will figure it out, soon. I was so hoping she would have been the new baddie. I really, really am tired of Regina not getting a break! But, then again, she has a lot of karma to make up for :(


Epic finale ,everything end up amazing , I only wished if Regina had an happy ending ,she and RobinHood were from the best couples ,I really hope that Marion's back doesn't end this relationship .
Emma and Hook are soooooo adorable ,and seeing Hook jealous from him self was hilarious .


I didn't see that the woman brought back by Emma was Marion...sooooo sad for Regina, I honestly believed this episode could be the end of the series if it weren't for Marion and the introduction of the new villain... Hook and Emma are so cute...they make me laugh so much!and I liked the way the writers made Emma understand where home was. nicely done!


Round table this deserves a round table


THEY have to cast the Olsen twins to play elsa and anna, that will be a new level of greatness for the show

Aja bird

My favorite part? Hook saying "One of these days I have to stop chasing this woman."

@ Aja Bird

And then he jumps after her and says "i'd go to the end of the world for her" Hahahah I love them!!

@ Aja Bird

IKR !!! That was priceless !


I figured out it was going to be Marian when she came back through the portal with Hook and Emma. And like others, kind of wishing they hadn't done that....would like to see where Robin and Regina could go.
Have not ever seen Frozen but have heard enough to deduce that might be the character.


People seem to forget that all of the Disney movies are based on fairytales that are hundreds of years old. There are Cinderella tales in almost every culture for example. Frozen is based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson (hence why three of the characters are named Hans, Kristoff, and Anna). But like others have said, it's a smart move on their part to bring in Elsa and the gang from Frozen. I'm actually pretty excited to see a real life version of Anna; she's so spunky and different from all of the other characters on the show. However, I wish they had done The Princess and The Frog/Tiana, The Princess and the Pea, or even The 12 Dancing Princesses before Frozen. The advertisements for the episode were a little misleading with their "You'll never guess where we go next." You went back in time and I agree, it was a little boring. It was cute seeing Emma as a princess but that was about it. I was kind of hoping they'd go to another world like Agrabah since they touched on that (but not Aladdin or Jasmine) in Wonderland or maybe even Narnia since they went to Oz. For a second I thought it was the White Witch forming from the blue goo stuff.

@ Serenity

I like the analogy with the names for the Frozen characters... Nice !


First I thought that the woman on the end was the IceQueen(and evel person from an old story that is pretty known here in north Europe and it's also popular). Ofcourse I soon realized it couln't be her since she's not disney so it got me thinking and there's no other persen than Elsa in disney world that looks like that and can do what she did. IceQueen is like that and she would make a great enemy but like I said she is not Disney so it can't be - 2 bad really. Love the movie Frozen - Elsa and Olaf were my favorits - so it might be great to have her in. I'm looking 4ward 2 see whats gonna happen with Elsa and regina/robin.

@ fenix

Elsa is the Ice Queen by Andersen. Actually Frozen story is an adaptation for children. <3

Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 22 Quotes

Hook: What the hell are you doing? You're depriving me of a dashing rescue.
Emma: Sorry. The only one who saves me is me.

It's how you know you really got a home. When you leave it there's this feeling you can't shake. You just miss it.