Once Upon a Time Round Table: Will the Evil Queen Return?

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Hades met his end at the hand of his true love... Robin gave his life to protect Regina... and Emma got Hook back on Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 21.

Below, TV Fanatics, Christine Laskodi, Allison Nichols, and Jim Garner are joined by Teresa from Once Upon a Fan to debate Regina’s future, Hades’ demise, and Rumple’s plans for Storybrooke after “Last Rites.”

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Were you surprised when Zelena killed Hades?

Christine: Not at all! I was so proud of Zelena. How hard must that have been for her? She is absolutely, hands down, the most improved character that OUAT has ever seen. I'm so excited to see what happens next for her and Robin. (Robyn?)

Teresa: Not really. I knew it would suck to be Hades when Zelena found out he wasn't as "changed by love" as she thought.

Allison: I was surprised Hades died before the two hour finale. I expected him to spend a bit more time in Storybrooke. I did love that Zelena was the one who killed him. She realized that he wanted power more than love. 

Jim: Like Allison, I was more surprised he died before the season finale. I was glad to see Zelena was changed enough that she just wants love, not power.  

Robin is dead. Do you think Regina will regress to her evil ways?

Christine: It'll certainly be tempting for her, but I really don't want to go back to that well again. Regina has proved, and re-proved herself a few times now. I want her to be stronger than that. 

Teresa: I hope not. I am not a fan of negating character and plot development. Seasons 4 and 5 have been saturated with these and it's starting to make me cranky, to make an understatement. If they reset back to Once Upon a Time Season 1 Regina, I think it would be a huge mistake.

Allison: I don't think so. Regina's come a long way. I mean if Hades, aka the man who killed Robin, was still alive and running around, then maybe Regina would go a little more hardcore in her efforts to kill him. 

Jim: I really hope not. The preview for next week seemed to hint that she might, but I'm hoping that it was only creative editing. As everyone's mentioned Regina has pointed out over and over that she's grown past the Evil Queen persona.  

How will Rumple use the Olympian Crystal?

Christine: I honestly don't know. It's got to have something to do with Belle and the baby, right? Otherwise, why would he be bothering with it? 

Teresa: I agree with Christine. Saving the baby and Belle has been the driving force behind Rumple's story in 5b, so it makes sense that the Crystal is tied up with that. Or, heck, maybe it's just "World Domination."  

Allison: I'm not sure. I don't know what all the Olympian Crystal can do. I agree that Rumple probably will use it to wake up Belle, somehow someway.

Jim: I have no idea, but as other's have mentioned, it probably will have something to do with waking up Belle. Maybe he can siphon energy from it to create a cure? Or give Belle Olympian powers to wake her up?  

Do you think that Robin dying and Hook reappearing will cause a rift between Regina and Emma?

Christine: I think Regina has a lot of respect for Emma, but it's got to kill her to keep seeing Emma get happily ever after moments that she herself has to work twice as hard to earn, only to have them taken away. There's probably going to be some jealousy on her part after this. I wouldn't blame her. She's grieving. She's lost her SECOND true love. It's heartbreaking to watch Regina lose, despite overcoming so much. It's not Emma's fault, by any means, and I think Regina knows that. But seeing them will surely always trigger a reminder of what Regina DOESN'T have. 

Teresa: It should! Or at least a very strongly worded rebuke is due Emma for making out with Hook by Robin's grave! That is easily one of the most messed up images this show has seared into my brain, and that's saying a lot! It just put a damper on anything resembling warm and fuzzies that could have come from the CaptainSwan reunion. Moreover, the chain reaction that led to Robin's death started with the whole, awkward, Hook-deciding-to-murder-them last Fall.  I think it will make things tense to say the least. 

Allison: I definitely think seeing Emma and Killian happy will be painful for Regina. She's human, and she just lost the man she loved. Like Christine said, Regina knows it's not Emma's fault, but it's still going to be hard for Regina to be happy for Emma and Killian and be around them. 

Jim: I hope it doesn't drive a wedge, as Emma thought Killian was gone and it was Zeus who put him back in Storybrooke. But, as Allison and Teresa pointed out, it will be painful for Regina to see Emma reunited knowing there is no way to bring Robin back.  

Was there any purpose to bringing back King Arthur and Merida?

Christine: No. I could have done without them both. Arthur at least helped Hook, so there's that. But really, it wasn't anything Hook couldn't have done on his own.

Teresa: Closure!  It was nice, I must say, for Arthur to get some redemption. I was not happy with him as a frothing-at-the-mouth nutcase. I'm glad he found his happy place in the Underworld.

Allison: I actually really enjoyed Arthur. His quest with Killian was highly entertaining. Also, Arthur was a good person? It's weird to not see him and want to punch him in the face, but Arthur was entertaining. Merida's little moment was fun too. It was more of a reminder that she's still there in Storybrooke, and it's not like she took away from the focus from everything happening in Storybrooke.

Jim: I liked that Arthur had a chance to redeem himself some. I wonder if we will see more of Underbrooke now that he's planning on being in charge down there. As for Merida, I like the reminder she was there, but after that she just stood in the background a lot looking around. Heck, nobody could even find her a black dress for the funeral, what the hell?

What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Christine: It's so hard to choose! I loved Zelena naming the baby Robin (Robyn?). I had really hoped she would do that. I loved how happy Emma was to see Killian. Not just as a Captain Swan fan, but just knowing how long that journey was, and what those characters each went through this season...hopefully they'll just leave them alone for a little while and let them stew happily. But this is Storybrooke, so....my guess is no. 

Teresa: "Maybe it's time you start dealing with death the way other people do." ~ Charming to Emma. I saw this as summarizing Emma's issue all season. She couldn't accept what was, and literally went to Hades and back trying to fight reality: sometimes people we don't want to die, die. I felt that the arc's logical conclusion, Hook "moving on" and Emma saying her tearful goodbye – putting rum on his grave – was magnificent, touching and high drama. Emma finally grew up and moved through all the stages of grief. The fact that Hook then just popped back to life....well, I hope the essence of those moments stick with the characters.

Allison: I think I'd have to pick Emma at Killian's grave. She finally had a chance to break down, and I started crying as soon as she did. We rarely see Emma that vulnerable. She always has her armor on, but she took it off, for Killian.

Jim: Its a tie between the crying I did with Emma at Killian's grave as she finally grieved for him, and Zelena and Regina discussing that the baby's name could only be Robyn (I agree Christine, that's the right spelling). Between those two scenes, I spent a lot of time sniffling and teary-eyed this episode.  

Check back on Sunday for our review of Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 22, the two-hour season finale, and if you can’t wait for more, you can watch Once Upon a Time online here at TV Fanatic.

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Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 21 Quotes

Regina: Look, I'm sorry I trusted Zelena with your daughter.
Robin: Glad to finally hear it.

Actually he's not a man at all. He is a god and if you try to hurt him you do so at your own peril.

Zelena