Once Upon a Time has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride the past seven years, but it’s coming to an end this May. With the final episodes approaching, here’s everything you need to know before the winter premiere!
The midseason premiere, titled “Secret Garden,” is slated to air on Friday, March 2, 2018, and will kick off the final twelve episodes of the series. The series finale, whose title remains concealed, is slated for May 18, 2018.
As the above trailer notes, the “war of the witches” is upon Hyperion Heights. Gothel (Emma Booth) is assembling her Coven of the Eight. With the coven’s true motive still unknown, there’s no telling what sort of havoc our heroes are in for.
The Coven of the Eight is unfortunately not the only obstacle the heroes must overcome. Entertainment Weekly learned that “there is an awake fairy tale character that is out for revenge and starts to exact it in Seattle against people who have no idea what they’re up against,” and that this character “has a very specific target.” Hint: It may end up being Dr. Facilier (Daniel Francis), since he is set to return and has a complicated history with Tiana (Mekia Cox).
On a brighter note, fan-favorite Alice (Rose Reynolds) will be sharing the screen a lot more in the second half of the season. The fall finale gave viewers a glimpse of Alice’s relationship with Robin (Tiera Skovbye), but the show’s creators promised in an interview with TV Guide that what was shown was only a jumping off point: Viewers will get to see not only how the couple met and fell in love, but also how their cursed personas find their way back to each other.
Aside from her time with Robin, viewers will also likely see how she escaped the tower she was abandoned in as a baby. Episode 14 is titled “The Girl in the Tower,” and no one’s story fits this title more than Alice’s. Furthermore, viewers will see the “other places” Alice has been.
Rose Reynolds also teased on her Instagram that viewers will learn more about iconic troll that rests underneath the Aurora Bridge in Hyperion Heights.
So, let’s see, what else have I got for ya…oh, okay, this first pic is set troll and then second pic is the real Seattle troll which I visited and took a pic with because, well why wouldn’t you?! Our set troll is just ever so slightly smaller but other than that he’s the same guy. See his hubcap eye? We’re going to find out a lot more about this troll after the Holiday break. 😍💙 #alice #tilly #trolllove #ouat
Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is another character whose story will play out this spring. When he left him, he was searching for the Guardian so that he could strip himself of his Dark One powers and move on to be with his deceased wife, Belle (Emilie de Ravin). The Guardian plot line is bound to come to a head with episode 18 being titled “The Guardian.”
The creators of the show were able to tease this to TV Guide when asked if Anastasia (Yael Yurman) is indeed the Guardian: “We are strongly suspecting it is her. The thing about the Guardian is we also at one point realized it was Alice, and she hinted towards Rumple making some kind of sacrifice so Robin and Alice could be together. So I would look at the Guardian as kind of like the Dali Llama, which is when one is gone a new one appears. But right now Anastasia looks like a prime target for it.”
Alice either being the Guardian or being involved in the Guardian plot would make sense considering it was hinted in the fall finale that Rumplestiltskin had given up something for Alice’s happiness.
While Rumple is trying to find his way back to Belle, Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Zelena (Rebecca Mader) will have their own love lives to sort out. When Regina found Zelena and brought her to Hyperion Heights, she was informed that Zelena is engaged. Her fiancé, Chad, will debut in episode 17, “Chosen.” Co-creator Edward Kitsis teases that Zelena’s engagement is “emotionally complicated” due to her status as the Wicked Witch of the West and him being native to the Land Without Magic.
Meanwhile, Regina will be finding a new love interest. Entertainment Weekly learned that the new love interest is a character viewers have already met. The creators further say that it is someone with whom Regina has a complicated past. I have my own personal guess of who the love interest is, but comment below with who you think it may be.
The above sneak peek shows that viewers will be treated with flashbacks to Storybrooke. Robin doesn’t appear to be a natural with magic like her mother was, so it will be interesting to see how this scene connects to the present day plot surrounding Gothel and her coven.
Finally, as revealed in a Hot Seat article, a familiar character will be dying soon after the show’s return. With the tides of power shifting to Gothel, Rapunzel Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar) and Drizella (Adelaide Kane) appear to be good candidates.
This is further idealized by the press release for “Secret Garden,” which ABC released on February 20, 2018. It says, “Eager to harness her burgeoning magical skills, Robin engages in a risky relationship with Mother Gothel. Meanwhile in Hyperion Heights, Roni and Kelly strike a deal with Eloise, desperate to save Lucy from her mysterious illness. But nothing comes without a price. As things finally come to a head between Victoria and Ivy, someone may have to pay with their life.”
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