Once Upon a Time Season 3 Report Card: Grade It!

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It was a season where realms were crossed, memories were lost and hearts were broken, crushed and shared.

By the end of Once Upon a Time Season 3, we were left catching our breath and counting the days until the start of season 4.

Take a look back as we list our Favorite Episodes, Best Twist, and Saddest Losses in our Once Upon a Time Season 3 Report Card...


BEST EPISODE: Things moved fast in Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 19 as hearts were broken, crushed, split, and shared. Snow crushed Charming's heart only to end up sharing her own. Regina's true love's kiss with her son broke the memory curse, and Henry's magical book came back to help make sense of it all.

Only poor Hook was the losing party as Emma found out he'd kept Zelena's latest curse from her, even if it was to protect her and her son. Thankfully she gets over it a few episodes later.

WORST EPISODE: After the fun of Disney's Tangled, we expected a lot more fun from Rapunzel's appearance in Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 14. Instead she came across as fearful and whiny and there's no fun in that. 

BEST TRANSITION: This season Once Upon a Time took us from Neverland to Oz with stops in the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke along the way. We wondered if they could pull it off successfully.  Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 12 assuaged those fears as Hook ended Emma's "New York Serenade" we watched Snow and Regina begin to bond and the Wicked Witch turned everyone's lives upside down. The transition made for one of the most fun and compelling seasons of Once Upon a Time yet.

BEST CHARACTERCaptain Hook. The pirate turned out to be a hero in disguise. Killian not only stood by Emma's side in Neverland while she fought to save her son, he even sacrificed his ship, the Jolly Roger to bring her back from New York City to save her family. Despite all the challenges and Emma's snarky refusals, this bad boy never gave up hope and turned out to have a heart of gold.

BEST TWISTRegina Gives Her Heart. In a season where Peter Pan turned out to be Rumpelstiltskin's father and the Wicked Witch Regina's sister, we're going with a more intimate moment for best twist. When Zelena wanted a showdown with sister Regina in Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 16, we couldn't quite figure out her goal, until she went for her heart. Leave it to Regina to make sure it wasn't in her chest where it belonged.

But the unexpected twist came when we found out she didn't bury it or hide it in a locked box. She gave it to Robin Hood. When he questioned her logic in trusting a thief, she reminded him that you can't steal something that's been freely given. Whoever thought we'd see Regina give her heart to anyone?

SADDEST LOSSNeal's death. Although we expected that Neal might not survive the season, his loss was no less tragic. And we couldn't say what was worse, knowing Henry didn't even remember his own father as everyone mourned or Rumpelstiltskin being locked in a cage, unable to attend his own son's funeral.

BEST COUPLE: How can you pick one when the show has three such amazing couples? Snow and Charming now share one heart, Emma finally sees Hook's devotion to her, and although Regina's heart is broken with the return of Marian, we have hope that somehow she and Robin will end up together once again. We simply can't choose a favorite so we're calling it a three way tie. 

BEST KISS: Emma and Hook. When Emma finally kissed Hook after realizing he'd given up his ship for her and never said a word, we cheered. It was a long time coming and that makeout session was exactly what fans had been waiting to see all season. We hope to see plenty more of Captain Swan in Once Upon a Time 4

BEST TALE OF REDEMPTION: Regina. When the series began, the Evil Queen wanted revenge so badly that she sacrificed her own father and cursed everyone in the Enchanted Forest. Thankfully things have changed. Her love for her son has helped stem the hate she had for both Snow White and Emma. We can only hope she doesn't backslide now that Emma's accidentally brought back the one woman who can destroy her happiness. 


Your turn, TV Fanatics. What grade do you give Once Upon a Time Season 3?

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


Best twist goes to "The Jolly Roger" when Wicked Witch posed as Ariel. I went, "Whatttttt?"

@ Leo

agreed! That had me shocked, did not see it coming at all!

Katya kuznetsova

Best kiss Regina/Robin !

Katya kuznetsova

Best character Hook???LOL WHAT???


Best kiss goes to the very first one between Robin and Regina. Regina takes advice from Snow and goes to find the man who is her soulmate. When she just grabbed and kissed him I almost fell out of my chair. When he kissed her back I officially died. OutlawQueen is endgame and I have faith that Regina and Robin will have their HEA!!

@ Kat

I totally agree, Regina and Robin all the way


Enjoyed the season very much. Pretty good episodes and character arc esp Emma as in terms of where she got to by the season finale, which was amazing and for her. Regina had a good season too, lets hope she understands what has happened and dont go off on one and keep blaming others.
Hook is one of my faves due to just how much he changed to due circumstances in his life in the past. As someone mentioned the whole navy officer to pirate to pirate/Hook - all those events led to such change in labels for him in names and attitude. But finding love and what this show abodes with love, its HOPE. He truly has come back to the man he was always was suppose to be or the one deep down he is Killian Jones, i personally can understand him and his emotions and his reaction to love loss and being alone all his life.
All season was rooting for Emma & Hook. Its been a steady build up of interactions and moments between them, the waiting and understanding towards her, due to such issues and emotional deep scars she has, its not easy but this is Emma - and she needs to be fought for and supported and im glad Hook has done all that, and will do so. Hope for the best in season 4, And yes the KISS. I really do hope we start seeing Rumple actually start to i dont know redeem himself (he's caused some unforgiveable destruction/acts) atleast in himself and Belle, because i just cant seem to see where he has done and suppose to. I really wanted to see Under the sea theme for season 4, maybe in the future we can....


Excuse me while I Rumbelle, that is still my couple and will ever be. #OTP

Andrew bell

Did we ever really seen Robin's face specifically as the owner of that tattooed arm? A shield with a lion rampant on it isn't particularly Robin Hood-themed. Given many of the stories have him go to the Crusades with Richard the Lionheart, it could have been one of his fellow soldiers.

@ Andrew Bell

It was definitely Robin in the tavern, surrounded by Tink's pixie dust in 3.03.


I give this season an B


First I loved the season loved all the charming family moments and how they took the snowing relationship to a whole new level of true love and I loved regina and how she opened up so much to snow robin and everyone but hook needs to be cooled down it's too much hook and he is by far not the best character like no where near sj but overall this season was great


Agree with everything in the article apart from the fact that there are four couples on the show and should have included Rumbelle - although thinking about it, could they really class them as the 'best couple' when he's lied to her about killing Zelena? Best character was definitely Killian Jones - such an amazing journey that character has had and Colin O'Donoghue just plays him to perfection. I'll bet they continue to milk that hurt/sad expression of his for a while yet...poor chap! Regina is great and can't wait to see how she handles this setback in her lovelife - her redemption isn't quite over as yet it seems.
JMo as Emma has also had a fantastic season too - her acting has been impeccable and the finale with both Colin and Jen's potent chemistry was phenomenal.

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Once Upon a Time Quotes

True love isn't easy but it must be fought for because once you find it, it can never be replaced.

Prince Charming

Emma: What are they now?
Hook: A reminder that all sins can be forgiven when someone loves you and I was absolutely wrong before. I love you Emma Swann, no matter what you've done.