Well it might have been instinctual as well; Cora having self-perservation as opposed to protecting Aurora's kingdom. Also, Mulan even said that no one knows who protected them so it's a possibility that Cora is keeping that secret to herself.
Hmm.. so April will come back either as a general surgery attending or a trauma surgery fellow, given she's wearing navy blue scrubs.
Also, if you note the "barrier" spell that Cora used on Regina is eeriely similiar to how the walls in the QoH's garden ensares those that step near it.
Plus there's just too much evidence that they've been subtlely placing that points to Cora being the QoH.
I don't believe Cora possesses the ability to fashion magical constructs for portal-jumping; so far, only the Hat and Rumpel possesses such skills. If you remember Hat Trick, the QoH was quite interested in knowing how Jefferson was able to enter Wonderland. It's probably that Jefferson eventually did make a Hat work and he and Cora traveled back to the Enchanted Forest. It would explain how Jefferson was cursed in Storybrooke.
It could also explain why Aurora's kingdom was "protected" from the full effects of the Dark Curse as Cora, as it has been shown so far, possesses that kind of power. Rumpel, Maleficient, and the Blue Fairy were cursed, so it could not have been them.
It was mentioned during the Cinderella episode; specifically how the cage was built in the mines. It could also be due to the Blue Fairy's magic binding Rumpel's magic when he signed the new contract with Ella.
It's probably the same way how Rumpel was imprisoned by Charming's forces.
It would depend. The Enchanted Forest is made up of many kingdoms: Snow/Leopold's, Charming's, Midas', Maleficient's, Aurora's, etc. Mulan didn't recognize her so it just might be that not every kingdom is aware of their monarchs.
Cora would definitely recognize Mary Margaret, and/or vice versa.
I think August went to go find Gepetto as soon as he became de-wooded and they missed each other. I didn't think we'd see a reunion so soon.
There may yet still be a connection with Cora's presence in the Enchanted Forest. I don't think her presence there precludes the possibility that she is in fact the Queen of Hearts: the evidence just keeps stacking up.
Her name, her symbols, her speech to Regina, the way she was absorbed into the looking glass [the same liquid effect when Jefferson traveled to Wonderland with Regina], Regina's attitude while she was in Wonderland evoking that all too personal connection with the QoH, the QoH's vault, and how out of everyone, the QoH stole Regina's father.
I would be really shocked if Cora WASN'T the QoH!
I'm not that surprised either given that Cora can use magic without a medium. The only other person that can do that is Rumpel/aka the Dark One. So far the only other fairy tale creatures that can do magic require a medium of some sort, either a wand or fairydust - even Maleficient routes her magic through her staff.
So given that only the Dark One has the ability to use magic in such a fashion, and that Cora is shown to do that as well, it seemed there had to be a connection even back in Season 1 whens she mentioned being a "miller's daughter".
Magic like that doesn't come without some kind of price.... or deal for that matter.
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