ONCE UPON A TIME Season 5 Finale Recap: The One That Didn’t Work

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Well, that was a bit anticlimactic, wasn’t it?

Last night’s ONCE UPON A TIME had the potential to be pretty awesome, but something didn’t quite work during the two-hour season finale and the episode just fell kind of flat. Maybe it was the fact that it relied too much on Henry when it shouldn’t have, or maybe it was the script that didn’t really work… I don’t know. The only good thing that came out of it was that, for once, it didn’t end in tragedy and Emma and Hook were actually together and not suffering. So, silver lining and all that.

Henry, though, was on full on teenager mode, and decided that he had to destroy all magic, no matter what, without thinking of the consequences. Classic teen stuff, right? So he sets off on a quest with Violet and ends up in New York, at his dad’s old apartment, following clues from his journal about how to destroy the source of all the misery in his family. And I get what he was trying to do, his heart was in the right place, but come on, Henry. You can’t just destroy something that is deeply rooted in pretty much all members of your immediate family because bad things happened. That’s not how life works. Deal with it.

But he is pretty set on it, which causes Regina and Emma to go after him to try and stop him. After all, Storybrooke was built with magic, so what’s going to happen to the town once magic no longer exists? Regina is also fighting against herself, so that she won’t let her Evil Queen self take over in her grief. Emma is super worried – with good reason; we all know how the Evil Queen is – but Regina is kind of offended that she would even think that. It takes a while for her to admit that she actually is afraid that she might revert to her evil self.

Meanwhile, the Charmings, Hook and Zelena get trapped in another realm. That’s where we meet next season’s villain Mr. Hyde and the good Dr. Jekyll. Now here’s the thing. This could have been really good. I really can’t put my finger on what exactly didn’t work, but this part of the story just kind of dragged. To make a long story short, the doctor was working on a serum that would separate the good and evil in him  - which is how Mr. Hyde is now running amok in Storybrooke, saying he is the king of the world, after making a deal with Gold.

That is also how Regina decides to separate herself from the Evil Queen. She takes the Queen’s heart and crushes it, so they all think that she is gone for good. So the gang returns to Storybrooke, Henry kisses Violet, and life goes on. Except they have no idea that some form of the Evil Queen lives on and she is alive (?) and well in New York City.

Now let’s talk about why this finale didn’t work. It felt like they didn’t really know which direction they were going to, so it was decided last minute. They had to introduce a new fairytale and it seems like they wanted to bring the Evil Queen back, so they probably thought, hey, why not go with both? The problem here was, they had just wrapped up Hades and it just felt like the new storyline wasn’t entirely thought out. Maybe if they had used last week’s episode as the season finale, things would probably flow a little bit better. It was a sort of cliffhanger, but it had already tied some loose ends from the entire season, so it would work great as a finale.

What we were treated to last night was an episode that seemed to drag on for hours, with no super exciting action and a poorly developed storyline. I don’t know. I hope they use the summer to really get into it and develop this into a better product. Otherwise, they just might lose viewers.

ONCE UPON A TIME is set to return this fall on ABC.

ONCE UPON A TIME Season Finale Sneak Peeks: Can Magic Be Destroyed?

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The town of Storybrooke is still reeling from the recent death of Robin Hood, as well as the end of the Hades storyline on ONCE UPON A TIME. But some good has come out of this terrible situation: Hook was brought back to live by Zeus himself.

Regina is still grieving for her loss, so everyone else is trying to give her her space. But the heroes soon learn that Mr. Gold has stolen Hades’ Olympian Crystal and tethered all of the town’s magic to the object. As the heroes race to try and stop him, Henry is going rogue. His plan is to destroy magic once and for all and a replica of the Holy Grail may help him do that. As Henry tries to end magic, Regina and Emma try to find him before Gold does.

Meanwhile, Zelena, Snow, David and Hook try to open a portal that will return Merida and the other Storybrooke guests to their homes, but things go awry, and the group winds up in a deranged new world. In the second hour, they’re imprisoned and must try and survive characters that “may give Gold a run for his money”.

Don’t miss the two-hour season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME tonight (May 15) beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ONCE UPON A TIME Season Finale Photos: Traveling to Another World

The latest episode of ONCE UPON A TIME ended in tragedy as Hades killed Robin Hood (who stepped in front of Regina to save her life) and Zelena killed Hades after realizing he would never stop his evil ways for her. And just after Regina lost the love of her life, Emma regained hers, as Hook was brought back to life by Zeus.

The Hades storyline, which has dominated the second half of the season, has all been leading to a two-part finale this weekend. In the first hour, titled “Only You”, Regina is still reeling from the death of Robin Hood, but her loss could lead to her becoming evil once again. The other heroes also realize that Gold stole Hades’ Olympian Crystal and has tethered all of Storybrooke’s magic to it. Unable to let him have that much magical power, the heroes set out to stop him. But Henry (along with Violet) goes rogue and decides that he can’t stand the pain that magic has caused his family, so he sets out to destroy it for good. Elsewhere in the episode, Zelena, Snow, David and Hook team up to open up a portal that will return Merida and the other Storybrooke guests to their rightful lands. But something goes terribly wrong and the group ends up in “a deranged new world”.

In the second hour, titled “An Untold Story”, there’s a possibility of magic being destroyed (which could lead to disaster for Storybrooke) and so Regina and Emma team up to find Henry before Mr. Gold does. And in the other land, Snow, David, Hook and Zelena are imprisoned.

Browse through photos above for the episodes and tune in to the two-hour season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME on May 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

ONCE UPON A TIME Recap: Of Tragedies and Happy Endings

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Why, TV Gods? Why must this show be tragic? Why won’t you let these poor characters be happy for once?

Last night’s ONCE UPON A TIME concluded the Hades arc in a completely tragic and unexpected way. After returning to the land of the living in Storybrooke, Zelena is worried when she doesn’t see her sister and the team right away. Little did she know that Hades had been playing everyone all along and had tried to trap them in the Underworld. But the Wicked Witch is in love and completely blind to see what is right in front of her. After all, they’re true love, so Hades would never do anything to hurt her or her child, right?

Wrong. Well, kind of. Because, even though I believe he really did love her, he loved power more. He even shows her the Olympian Crystal he has and says that it’s a very powerful, very dangerous weapon, and that he is not afraid to use it to defend her and the baby. The parallels here with Rumple and Belle’s tragic love story were uncanny. Zelena wants to believe that he can change, that he would do anything for love, but the dude is just a power-hungry god, and now that he is back among the living, he wants to be the king of everything and have everyone under his command.

Except Zelena can’t see that, even when Regina spells it out to her. She closes herself off with Hades in Regina’s office and casts a protective spell around the house, so no one can get in. But Regina knows the place inside and out, so she obviously knows a secret passage to get into her office without being noticed. Robin goes with her, eager to get his baby daughter away from Zelena and Hades, and that’s where everything goes wrong. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Meanwhile, in the Underworld, Hook joins forces with Crazy!Arthur, who has just been killed by Hades. This was, by far, one of my favorite parts of the episode. This unexpectedly awesome partnership brought some comedy and levity to an otherwise heavy episode. So Killian convinces Arthur to go on a quest to find the missing pages about Hades and their first order of business is to visit the villain’s throne room. Arthur quickly figures out where the pages are hidden – being a crazy ruler himself – but their quest is just getting started. Because now they need to put the pages back in the book, so Emma can get them and find out how to defeat Hades.

They go to Cruella, who is now the temporary ruler of the Underworld, and ask where she hid the story book. She helpfully says that she put it in the River of Souls, so no one can get to it. Hook grabs a boat and takes Arthur with him to the depths of the river, quickly finding the book. But this time, the souls start to attack them to prevent them from getting it. But these two are super partners now and manage to get the book and ward off the souls. Once Killian puts the pages back in their rightful place, a portal opens, so they can move on. Arthur tells him he’s sticking around to help fix the Underworld, so Hook goes through the portal alone, finding none other than Zeus himself on the other side. The God tells him that he can now go to a place where he belongs and Killian totally thinks it’s the Afterlife, but nope. It turns out Zeus is a shipper and, apparently, the place where he belongs is with Emma, because he sends him back to the land of the living.

Back in Storybrooke, Emma is having a hard time dealing with her grief. She wants to go full throttle at Hades, without a plan, and it’s all her parents can do to stop her. When she gets the pages from Hook,  she knows what she has to do to destroy the villain, so she goes by herself to attack Regina’s house. Except Regina and Robin are already inside and, while Zelena goes outside to confront Emma, Hades confronts Regina and Robin when they try to take the baby. He uses the Olympian Crystal to attack Regina, but Robin jumps in front of her and gets hit by its power, dying instantly.

Zelena gets back in the middle of the commotion, but Robin is already dead. Hades tries to convince her that they had attacked first, but Zelena finally sees him for who he is, and uses the crystal to kill him. Now, this was such an unnecessary death. I do think Robin was entirely underused this season, but there was no need to kill him off. For what? So Regina can revert back to her Evil Queen self? All these seasons of character development will be erased because of this. We all know how Regina deals with grief, so the chances of everything going south is extremely high. And poor little Roland! The kid now has lost both his parents, so who is going to look after him? It was just all around tragic. I feel bad for Zelena too but I do admit that part of me hopes she will go back to her awesome Wicked Witch self.

The funeral scene was just so beyond heartbreaking. Actually the entire cemetery sequence was incredibly sad, from Emma visiting Hook’s grave and finally allowing herself to completely break down; to everyone putting an arrow on top of Robin’s coffin; Zelena naming her baby girl Robin… Sweet Jesus, it really messed with my emotions.

But the very best part that made my heart leap with joy was when Emma was finally alone by Robin’s coffin, blaming herself, and Killian shows up. The unbridled joy and shock and relief in that scene was so exhilarating and heartwarming. As always, Colin O’Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison were absolutely fantastic. I can’t get over how amazing their chemistry is.

And last, but definitely not least, Hades was destroyed, Robin died and everyone forgot about the piece of Olympian Crystal he left behind. Except the Dark One. Obviously.

The two-hour season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME will air on May 15 at 7/6c on ABC.

ONCE UPON A TIME: [Spoiler] Dies in an Epic Showdown With Hades

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Warning: this article contains major spoilers for the May 8 episode of ONCE UPON A TIME 

We should have known.

When rumors started flying around about a major character dying on ONCE UPON A TIME, I wasn’t exactly sure what to think. Hook was technically already dead, so that crossed him off the list pretty fast; I knew Emma, Regina, Rumple and the Charmings were pretty much safe, because there’s no way they would get killed off. So that left Robin and Belle.

For a while, I had my money on Belle. After all, if she died, Rumplestiltskin would go full on evil permanently, and that would be pretty awesome. But then last week, Rumple tore Robin’s heart out. Sure, he claims he gave it back to him, but still – that was a pretty strong sign pointing in his direction. Couple that with the rumors that Regina will revert back to her Evil Queen self and I suspect it was a done deal.

Tonight, we had the grand finale of the Hades storyline. When Regina and the team tell Zelena that Hades tried to trap them in the Underworld, and that he hasn’t changed at all, the Wicked Witch allies herself with her true love. Hades tells her he has an ace up his sleeve – the Olympian Crystal (originally belonging to Zeus) – and that they can be very powerful and very dangerous. If it comes down to it, he is definitely going to use them to defend himself, Zelena and the baby.

Emma tries to figure out a way to defeat Hades and and asks Rumple to help her. Down in the Underworld, Hook teams up with a recently-deceased King Arthur to find the missing storybook pages — which they find hidden in Hades’ throne. And it turns out that the Crystal is the key to defeating Hades himself. In an epic showdown between the Regina, Robin and Hades, our favorite thief is the one who draws the short stick. Robin Hood jumps in front of Regina to save her life and he gets killed by the Crystal.

When Zelena discovers Robin’s dead body and realizes that Hades is power-hungry and evil, she gets her hand on the Crystal and kills Hades to save her sister.

The episode ends with Hook making his way back to the real Storybrooke (thanks to some divine intervention by Zeus) and the townspeople gathering for Robin’s funeral. Then we see Rumple dig a piece of the Crystal out of Hades’ ashes.

We will have a full recap of tonight’s tragic episode in the morning. The ONCE UPON A TIME season finale airs on May 15 at 8/7c on ABC.

ONCE UPON A TIME Sneak Peeks: Hades Continues to Manipulate Zelena

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Hades may have convinced Zelena that he’s a good guy, but the rest of our heroes aren’t buying his sudden turnaround on ONCE UPON A TIME. And they have good reason not to trust him — he tried to prevent them from escaping the Underworld (after he said he would let them go home) and he tricked Hook into thinking that he could be brought back to life. Then Emma had to leave Hook in the Underworld while she and her loved ones returned home just in the nick of time. But the battle with Hades isn’t over yet because now he’s walking around Storybrooke.

In tonight’s episode, Emma, David, Regina, Robin and Henry reunite with Snow back in Storybrooke, but Hades is still deceiving Zelena even as he plans to use his Olympian Crystal to take over the town. The heroes continue to search for a way to stop Hades, while Hook searches for the missing storybook pages in the Underworld. But Regina can’t have her sister being manipulated by the Lord of the Underworld, so she and Robin take a more direct approach to stopping Hades. This culminates in an epic showdown and a funeral.

Don’t miss an all new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME tonight (May 8) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ONCE UPON A TIME Recap: The One Where True Love Didn’t Work

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What is it with these shows and tearing my heart out? No pun intended, I promise.

Last night’s ONCE UPON A TIME did a fine job of breaking my heart and messing with my emotions. I admit that I have been more than a little bored with this Underworld storyline for a few episodes now, but last night we finally had an episode that caught my attention. Emma and Hook being on the forefront of it all helped a lot, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this heartbreaking. Why is nothing ever easy for these two? They just can’t seem to catch a break. Just let them have their happy ending, for God’s sake!

“Firebird” picked up pretty much right where we left off last week. Regina is filling the heroes in on what happened between her and Zelena and how the Wicked Witch is now a good person and she loves Hades and all that good stuff. Hook is skeptical, but Regina is pretty set on it. That was a pretty fast change of heart, if you ask me. One moment she couldn’t stand her sister and now they’re BFFs? I don’t buy it. Also, watching Zelena being a good sister and hugging Regina is just plain weird. These two hated each other’s guts not even two episodes ago. No one changes their mind about anyone this fast.

Anyway, Hades approaches the heroes about Zelena’s abduction and asks for their help. Everyone is suspicious, obviously, but he offers Emma a deal they can’t refuse: he will take everyone’s names from the tombstones, so they can all go home. All she has to do is help him get Zelena back. Emma agrees and that part goes pretty smoothly. Hades and Zelena are reunited, they kiss, it’s true love and all that good stuff.

And then, the real problem presents itself. Regina takes Emma’s heart, splits it in half and everyone is so happy and hopeful. Except that when Emma tries to put half of her heart in Killian’s chest, it doesn’t work. Hades helpfully explains that Killian has been dead for too long at this point, so there’s nothing they can do. That was the first punch in the stomach in this episode.

Emma refuses to believe that this is it, asks if there is no other way. Hades, once again so helpful, tells them the story of Orpheus and Eurydice and how he was able to bring her back from the Underworld by offering an Ambrosia to his lover. Hades warns them that they have to pass a test to see if their love is worthy of the Ambrosia tree, but Emma and Killian have no doubts that they have to try.

So off they go to the depths of hell. Once they get off the elevator, they find a scale, so Emma puts her heart on it and immediately everything goes south. She starts feeling sick and flames suddenly engulf Killian’s body. It looks like a hopeless situation, but Emma pushes through it and knocks him over, effectively saving him and proving to whoever was testing them that their love is true.

But when they get to where the Ambrosia tree is supposed to be, they realize it’s been a set up from the beggining. The tree has been cut and this is it. This was their last chance of bringing him back to life. What happened next had me crying like a baby because their goodbye was just so, so incredibly sad and heartbreaking. Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue really brought their A game to this scene because my heart was in pieces. The chemistry these two share is nothing short of amazing and they had me bawling when they kissed through the elevator bars, and then when he was reaching for hand… you guys, the feels. I can’t take it.

In the end they all went through the portal, including Hades and Zelena – and Rumplestiltskin, after double crossing his father and shoving a fake heart filled with water from the river of souls into his chest. That was particularly cruel and Pan is now officially very, very dead.

I don’t know where they are going to go from here, but I know one thing: they have to find a way to bring Killian back. They didn’t dedicate half a season to saving him, only to have him stay in the Underworld for all eternity. So please, TV Gods, please bring him back and let him and Emma be happy for a little while. I’m not asking for much, am I?

A new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME airs on May 8 at 8/7C on ABC.

ONCE UPON A TIME Recap: Wicked Redeemed?

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I have to say, I was entirely too surprised – and confused – by last night’s ONCE UPON A TIME. Just when I thought that Zelena could not be redeemed and would be wicked forever, they go and have her forgive her mother and go after her true love – encouraged by Regina, no less! I mean, what?

Not that it’s a bad thing per se, but it was certainly unexpected. “Sisters” revealed how Regina and Zelena once knew each other when they were kids, and even had a sisterly relationship for a little while. Once, as a child, Regina found her mother’s wand and started playing with it, as any kid would. But the powerful wand released magic she wasn’t prepared for, which put her into sleeping curse. The only way to reverse that would be to have someone blood related do the spell, but that person had to be someone who had never done any harm to Regina.

Cora was crossed off the list – which shows what a wonderful mother she was – but she knew she could always find the child she gave away, so off she went after Zelena. Now, little Zelena was as innocent as any child, and didn’t really know how to handle her magic. Her mother was gone and her father mistreated her, so when Cora showed up, saying she could use her magic to help someone and that she didn’t need to hide who she was, Zelena was more than happy to come along.

So when they get there and Zelena heals Regina, the two young girls immediately become best friends. One day, while they’re playing, they come across the box that holds Cora’s wand, but that can only be open by blood magic. Zelena touches it, the box pops open and both girls are excited that they could possibly be related – even sisters. But Cora, being her evil self, splits them up and makes them forget they had ever known each other.

Back to present day, in the Underworld, Regina is determined to stop Zelena from having any kind of relationship with Hades, so she goes to her mother for help. Cora tells her they can make Zelena forget she ever met the King of the Underworld and Regina is all for it. So they try to deceive Zelena, but the Wicked Witch is totally not buying Cora’s regretful mother’s act, and accuses her of trying to poison her.

Cora, then, tells them that she has used the memory erasing potion on them before and then proceeds to give them back their memories. They all kiss and make up, Cora moves on and now Zelena and Regina are totally sisters.

But of course, nothing could ever be this simple. When Zelena is on her way to meet Hades – encouraged by Regina. Again, whaaaat? - she runs into Rumplestiltskin, who cannot be redeemed. He has resorted to his evil father in order to get Belle back and they kidnap Zelena. So her happy ending was extremely short lived.

Meanwhile, Charming’s evil twin takes his place, tries to steal Robin’s baby, but then ends up in the ocean by Charming’s hand.

Next week, however, we get to see the Savior being her awesome self again, and not just tagging along, like she has been for so many episodes. Check out the promo below. A new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME airs on May 1 at 8/7c on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ONCE UPON A TIME: Rebecca Mader Talks Zelena & Hades’ Romance and a Mother-Daughter Reunion

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Zelena has had quite the adventure lately. After being accidentally brought to the Underworld, ONCE UPON A TIME revealed that she was the true love of Hades. And now it seems like the pair have decided to make a go of their somewhat twisted relationship. In the upcoming episode, Zelena will also be reunited with her mother, Cora, and her sister, Regina, in the Underworld as one of Cora’s secrets is revealed to her daughters.

Recently, we spoke to Rebecca Mader about Zelena and Hades’ relationship, the upcoming family reunion, and whether Zelena can ever find her happily ever after.

What Does Mader Think of the Zelena-Hades Pairing? “I did not see that coming at all. I was really, really, really surprised. I thought [it] was great. Because I knew when I got whisked away to Oz I was going to be away for a minute because the [producers] told me. [They told me] ‘we’re just going to let you know that you’re going to go off to Oz and then when you come back you’re going to come back in a really fun, exciting, wicked way’. But they didn’t tell me that I was going to be tied into this new villain and the Lord of Death. I was really shocked and I was like ‘yay, this is going to be fun to play because Zelena’s kind of been on her own the whole time so it’s fun to be able to sort of explore that aspect of her personality and her heart’.”

How Genuine is Their Love? “At this point where we are in the season, I can’t speak for him because there’s an aspect of her…but he is definitely believable to her. I think her resistance is more in terms of self-preservation. It’s like ‘I want to believe you, but everybody has disappointed me and hurt me and you’re probably going to do the same thing’. It’s like how many times can she keep resisting and resisting and resisting when he’s like ‘but I love you and my heart is pure and we can have this great life and I built a whole town for you. I rebuilt Storybrooke and I can get you your daughter back and we can have this whole thing’. He’s selling this wonderful new life and she’s saying ‘no, no, no, no’, but then [she's saying] ‘why not maybe try?’ It’s just been such an internal struggle for Zelena, this part of the season. For her to sort of say ‘I might have been a bit too harsh and maybe I’m willing to try’. It’s really hard for her to say, but how much can you say no? Are you going to live the rest of your life not knowing? I think she wants to believe that he’s genuine and I think it’s really difficult to understand that someone is attracted to her and love her. It’s really, really confusing because no one has ever loved her.”

Getting Back Her Daughter. Zelena has been trying to do the right thing to be reunited with her daughter, but is she willing to succumb to darkness to get her back? “She used to be green with envy because Regina had everything. But now being a mother has changed her whole intention. I think surrendering her daughter back to Robin and Regina was the ultimate sacrifice and that was coming from a place of her heart. Which she hasn’t used very much because it’s been shut down. So things are kind of opening up for her. So she wants to sort of believe that Hades loves her and she wants to be with her daughter, but not if it means she’s going to hurt her child.” In fact, we’ve seen Zelena do some noble things in the name of motherhood. Recently, she helped Belle, another woman in danger of losing her child. Mader explained that “In that moment in the story, Zelena’s incredibly despondent. And is sitting there drinking whiskey and [is sad about losing her child and not believing that Hades really loves her]. She’s thinking ‘what am I even doing here?’ Zelena’s trying to relate [to Belle] and saying ‘you’re a mother, you get it’. I think it’s more a case of throwing another mother a kind bone. That’s where I was coming from in that moment, rather than [trying to take down Rumple and Belle]. Now that I’m a mother, why would I want [Belle] to lose her child? Because I’ve just lost mine”.

Cora-Regina-Zelena Reunion. Are there any happy reunion feelings to come? “They are some of the best scenes I’ve ever shot in my entire career. Earlier someone asked ‘if you could sum it up in one word, what would you say?’ And I said ‘#monumental’. These scenes are so huge and you find out such amazing, crazy, bonkers things. The three of us together and the things we discover and the flashbacks…it’s a buckle up for safety, kind of epic ONCE UPON A TIME-feels. As the people say: ‘all the feels’. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it because it’s so good.”

Looking Ahead to the End of the Season. “There’s definitely some episodes that have been really fun for me in terms of my character development. I would say 5.16 was a really huge moment for me. Just to have all of those flashbacks and starting to develop the relationship with Hades and all of the stuff that went down with Dorothy. And I always love being in Oz. Then when you see [this week's] episode, with everything that’s then revealed between Regina and Zelena, that’s huge in terms of my storyline. Then 5.21 is also a really big episode. There’s these kind of milestones throughout the remainder of the season that are just this incredible arc, not just for the show, but selfishly, enjoyably for me.”

Can Zelena Ever Have a Happily Ever After? In the last episode we saw Zelena proclaim that she will never get a happy ending. But her sister used to believe the same thing and has thus been redeemed. Could the same ever happen for the Wicked Witch of Oz? “Yeah. I mean, Rumple got his so I always say that’s the thing with this show. The show is about hope and faith and hanging in there even when you’re stuck in another realm. I think, ultimately, anything can happen can happen on ONCE UPON A TIME. I’m lighting a candle that Zelena can get what she wants, for sure.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME tonight (April 24) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ONCE UPON A TIME Sneak Peeks: Deep in the Woods of Oz

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Our heroes found Ruby in the Underworld in last week’s ONCE UPON A TIME and this week we’ll get more backstory on the werewolf. Flashbacks to Oz will show Ruby and Mulan searching for a way back to the Enchanted Forrest. There, they stumble upon Dorothy and they also witness Zelena’s return to Oz. The trio team up to find a way to defeat her once and for all, but when Dorothy disappears, Ruby’s search for her new friend lands her in the Underworld. Now reunited with her Storybrooke friends, Ruby, Emma, Regina and Snow continue searching for Dorothy. Snow and David also struggle with being away from their son, Neal, and come up with a plan so that one of them can escape the Underworld and return home.

Meanwhile, Hades tells Zelena that Ruby is in the Underworld and Zelena is terrified that her sister will turn on her once she learns what Zelena did to Ruby. She’s determined to leave the Underworld but Hades tries to tempt her to stay, saying that if she leaves now she won’t be able to see her daughter again.

Don’t miss an all new episode of ONCE UPON A TIME tonight (April 17) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).