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Frankly, neither. I'll rather wait for OUAT:Wonderland when it airs. That's the only spin off show that interests me now.

PLL has been very shaky this season. Scratch that. Nigh unbearable. I have been wishing them to just get to the point at the start of the season already and it only got worse. Also don't really

And TVD's spin off. All I will say is LOL. Well at least them splitting the audience will most likely kill both the spin off and the parent show and few years after someone competent will re-adapt the books without Julie Plec's involvement, rape apologism, misogyny, sexism and useless caring messiah bella swan lead character.

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While I did not care much for August and Tamara plotlines(because meh, so far, at least August got closure and Emma love geometry did not get another point), I LOVED Snow's character development in this episode.

Its quite clear that by the end of episode Snow has lost hope about redemption or is unwilling to pay the price for it.

This whole epsiode was reminiscent of Regina in flashbacks at the start of season, down to Snow slapping marco paralleling Regina's daydream of strangling young Snow. Add to that foreshadowing with the song Snow chose for her anger-session, her reactions through the episode and the title of 2x20 and it seems clear that Snow will go off the rails completely by that episode.

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Its great to see them exploring the psychological aspects of Snow making the choice she did with Cora, making a moral compromise.

Moral barriers is something that have been keeping her in line her entire line and that has been breached with what she chose to do. She has spent her life in control and now she no longer has that control, hence impulsive actions slipping out.

and at the same time she is completely in denial of what she is capable of since it goes against who she believed she was.

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Has Cora's death made things better or worse in Storybrooke?
Neither. it CHANGED things in storybrooke, but its far too complex to say whether this "avalanche effect" is for better or for worse.
Did Henry have the right idea about destroying magic?
Magic is the "easy way out" - a shortcut to power. And power corrupts. I don't think destroying magic would solve everything though. Magic is just another form of power, another temptation in life
Which missing or dead character would you like to see return to Storybrooke? Graham, Cora, August, anyone I've missed.
Would like Cinderella or Kathryn to be back in some way, if only to get some closure to their stories.

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What was your favorite scene?
The last Snow/Regina scene tied with last Snow/Rumple scene.
Is Regina correct? Will Snow's heart continue to blacken?
I am thinking that yes. There are way too many parallels between Snow and Regina(as well as Snow and Rumple) for it to not happen. She WILL get redeemed in the end, of course, but before that I expect her go off the deep end far more.
Any ideas on what Regina did with Kurt?
Hospital Basement. Or Henry's videogame(because of his surname).

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As for Snow: what happened to our badass girl? Seriously, it was either kill Cora or let her be the Dark One. She was brave and saved her family from being murdered by Cora, which was going to happen no matter what. Have people forgotten that?

The thing is - its not about Cora being killed. Its about HOW AND WHY Snow did it that is eating her up - Snow did it for revenge, out of revenge(she was shown not caring whether Rumple lives or dies so its not killing to save Rumple too), and in most likely darkest way possible.

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But what the heck was up with Regina talking to his heart? Are those things like glowing walkie talkies?
That's the "control" aspect. Cora did the same with Aurora's heart.

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On other hand - the parallels are fascinating.

Snow is going through what Both Rumple and Regina did - crisis of conscience - remorse.

But Remorse does not always lead to redemption(like it did in Archie's case). remorse can be self-destructive force, fueling one's hatred as well as one's darkest qualities. What's worse, GETTING OVER IT can be even worse - because then the very act you felt guilty about seems smaller and smaller, and more and more justified(just like gold emphasized)

I loved everything else in this episode but all the stuff about snow in this is just so damn fascinating.

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Ohhh, Regina will regret letting MM/Snow live. She is making same mistake Cora did - underestimate what Snow is capable of.

Regina is biased, she always thought of Snow as "evil", so in a way she is incapable of comprehending what "evil snow" means to her, apart from "victory".

Cora already paid the price for underestimating Snow and now its Regina's time - her "moral victory" against Snow White will be Regina's undoing.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Snow manipulating Regina, hands down. Sent chills through my bones.
Did Snow's actions surprise you?
I was expecting it(considering all Regina/Snow parallels through this season), but did not expect her to go THIS DARK. I fully expect her to become the next Dark One at some point in the show now.
Could Cora have been saved by having her heart?
I am sure that yes. If this was the old Snow White, Cora would be alive and happy with her daughter. But the New Snow chose revenge over that which I am happy with.
Will anything be able to convince Regina not to seek vengeance?
100% sure Henry is the key to that.
Most surprising revelation: That Cora and Rumple were in love or that Snow manipulated Regina to kill Cora?
The latter. Never, ever, ever, EVER expected the magnitude and deviousness with which Snow executed her plan.