Snow and Emma were even more urgent in their quest to return home because Snow needed to rescue Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) from the sleep curse. Cora (Barbara Hershey) wants nothing more than to stop them so she can go to Storybrooke herself to wreak havoc. We get some cool backstory about Regina’s plans for her mother right before the curse was to happen. We also find out why part of Fairytale Land was not affected by the curse. As Emma, Snow, Cora, and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) battle it out over the portal, Lana and Mr. Gold make their own plans back in Storybrooke. Not wanting to face the possibility of Cora making it through, they make a secret pact to close the passageway before anyone can make it , including Snow and Emma. It’s a devious plot perfect for the two of them.
On the other side of the coin, Mr. Gold does not feel any guilt whatsoever about the possibility of stranding Emma and Snow in Fairytale Land. Yes, he has a thing for Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and he seems to like Henry, but that doesn’t mean he’s gone soft. Maybe he does have a human side, a sympathetic side, but I wouldn’t say he is a team player. He wants what he wants and that is pretty much the end of it. It’s that aspect of him that I find so enjoyable to watch. Prince Charming and Snow can get to be a little sappy in their “goodness.” Mr. Gold is a good counterbalance to that, as is Regina, but Mr. Gold has the edge. So Mr. Gold will stop at nothing to keep the portal closed, but a guilty Regina proves to be quite powerful. When Henry figures out her real plan, she totally caves.
Once Upon a Time returns January 6, 2013. I’m looking forward to seeing where the storyline goes, and hoping they can maintain more of a focus. They have introduced so many new characters and storylines, some interesting aspects of the show have been lost. Time will tell if they can get completely back on track.