'Once Upon a Time' Season Finale Recap: Did Storybrooke Get Destroyed?
"Once Upon a Time" is going to a land far, far away.
The intense, high-stakes season finale scatters the fairy-tale characters into several different worlds, setting up a juicy, action-packed third season.
With Storybrooke on the verge of destruction, Regina and Emma team up to save the town. But while their attention is diverted, Greg and Tamara go after their true target: Henry!
Using a magic bean, they jump away to a different land. But how can Regina and Emma save Henry without another portal? Showing that he does have a conscience Hook uses the last magic bean to steer his ship -- with Regina, Emma, Mary Margaret, David, and Mr. Gold on board -- to follow Henry.
But where to?
Neverland, of course.
Beginnings and endings
Continuing where we left off last week, Bae is on board Hook's ship, but Smee thinks it's a bad idea. "If we return the boy to him, it could be the very key to our survival," he says. Hook seems OK with that until Bae tells him his name. Oh yeah, that Baelfire -- the son of the woman he loved. The son of the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin. That kid.
HOOK IS SNAPE. HOOK. IS. SNAPE. LOVES BAE'S MOTHER, HATES BAE'S FATHER. DON'T SCREW THIS UP, SHOW. #OUaT— Big Cheddar (@TweetingKerry) May 13, 2013
The menacing Lost Boys show up and warn Hook not to hide the boy from them. They search the ship, but Bae is well hidden.
In Storybrooke, Gold is just about kill his own grandson, when Emma and her parents arrive. David and Snow break the news that Neal was shot by Tamara and whisked away by a portal. Emma, meanwhile, consoles a sobbing Henry. Gold blames himself for bringing magic to this land in the first place.
Down in the mines, Greg and Tamara activate the trigger, and a rippling tremor tears through Storybrooke. Regina thinks she can slow it down but not for long. Hook, who's decided that he values life over revenge, teams up with David to find the stolen magic beans so they can escape to the safety of the Enchanted Forest.
Emma works to gather the townspeople together, but the dwarves want to do something first: make a potion to help Sneezy remember who he is (if you forgot, he lost his true identity when he crossed the town line). Seems the Blue Fairy just figured out the formula. Yeah, Gold is a little incredulous, too. Who cares, it's a trivial plot detail -- what's important is that this means he can make Lacey remember that she's Belle, too!
David and Hook track down Greg, but Tamara shoots at them. In a tussle, Hook manages to grab a bean, but Greg and Tamara get away. Let them go, Hook urges, they have what they were looking for.
Hero of the story
Neverland flashback: Hook's getting positively fatherly! He shows Bae how to steer the ship and tells off Smee when he again warns about "Him." But Bae soon turns on his father figure when he finds a drawing of his mother and realizes that Hook was the pirate who "killed" her.