Nimue: “Even when you love someone, you have to say, ‘No this is mine. You can’t take it away from me.’ And if they don’t listen, if they stop you from being you, you have to kill them.”
“Nimue” is the November 8 episode of “Once Upon a Time.” This article contains spoilers —every article has a price. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Once Upon a Time” airs Sunday nights at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.
Most of the hour was spent in the past, which was fine if it wasn’t taking away from something interesting like Emma as the Dark One in Storybrooke. If there was going to be such a focus on the past in Camelot and then even further in the past, it would have been better not to do the Storybrooke fast forward at all.
This way, there would have just been the present in Camelot and then just one flashback. It would have been simpler, and then we would have been in a bit more suspense as to whether Emma goes dark of not (assuming those promo pictures never came out). What’s your opinion on all of this? Should there have never been a flash-forward to Emma as the Dark One?
Sorry but Nimue and Merlin’s tale of love was a little boring. It was clear there was something off about her as soon as she started to talk about her desire for revenge. The only good part about the flashback was the twist that Nimue was the first Dark One. That twist would have still been as powerful if we didn’t spend a good bit of the hour with pre-Dark One Nimue. Did you like the flashbacks?
If it was a choice between watching the Merlin flashback and the quest for Excalibur, Merlin’s flashback is the clear winner. The gang’s breaking into the castle was super boring and predictable.
The most exciting parts of Camelot are those moments connected to Emma and her struggle to remain good. We still don’t know what lead Emma to go dark and erase everyone’s memories. That mystery is what keeps you paying close attention to what’s going on, in hope that there will be a clue.
Emma and Merlin’s time, however, was great. It was nice to see Emma be able to open up about her struggle with someone. She hasn’t been sharing her struggle with anyone, and her struggle to resist the darkness is what’s the most exciting about this entire season so far. We need to see more of it.
Merlin is a great way for Emma to open up. Merlin doesn’t know Emma. She doesn’t feel like he will judge her as harshly as her friends and family would if she told them or hinted to them about what she did to Henry. Merlin is there to help her.
Emma asked Merlin if the darkness could ever be used for good, to protect people instead of harm them. Merlin said maybe someday. Who else is thinking this is what is going on with Emma in Storybrooke?
Come on! Emma could totally be playing all of us, or maybe at some point in Storybrooke, she will figure out how to be dark but be good, if that makes sense. Emma hesitated before grabbing Excalibur because she remembered what Merlin said to her. She’s not completely gone.
What did you think of the episode? Did anyone else love how Emma held onto Killian’s ring before summoning Nimue? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.