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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think with the intention of "protecting her family", she paved the way to her own hell. What's that age-old addage? "Sometimes the hardest thing, and the right thing, are the same thing."
THIS SO MUCH. Especially since we see an intentional parallel of Cora doing EXACTLY THE SAME when convincing Regina
Contrary to Rumple, Cora, and Regina who CHOSE to do black magic to get REVENGE on someone, Snow saw it as the only option to SAVE her family.
- She could have given the heart back without the curse.
- She could have not cursed the heart and just let Gold die without a new dark one.
- She could have simply crushed the heart.
There were many choices. some lighter, some darker. The one she chose was pretty much the darkest possible.
And she wanted to chose it - when Rumple, nealfire, emma and henry come back to ship, Snow starts a monologue about killing Cora, looking DIRECTLY at Rumple. And then in the shop she only chooses the candle after she gets that Rumple wants Cora to die.
In a sense, Snow was just like Cora in this episode - talking about "doing it for the family", but in reality fulfilling her revenge.
Ok, now I'm irritated again - then why did it work with Belle? I mean, at that time Rumple surely was even more embittered (Milah gone, Cora gone) and on his guard (because Regina was all grown-up and very powerful).
Because with Belle, both of them started to BELIEVE it being possible, while that never happened with Cora.
That's the simple difference - being with Belle made him want to choose love he feels over pwoer, being with Cora it did not.
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