Rumple: “If you want to know what Emma Swan is after, find out what she’s atoning for.”
“Birth; The Bear King” are the November 15 episodes 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” returns on November 29 on ABC.
Emma gave into the darkness in order to save Killian’s life, and just when you think Captain Swan couldn’t get anymore heartbreaking. Honestly, it makes complete sense. Emma would only willingly turn dark if it meant saving the life of someone she loved.
The memory wipe also makes sense now. Emma didn’t want anyone to know about Killian being a Dark One, and more importantly, she didn’t want him to know it either. It’s unclear, but maybe the memory wipe was also done to keep Killian’s darkness at bay.
He’s already talked about how he has fought off darkness before. Killian’s used to doing it, and if he didn’t know he had all this power surging inside of him, then he couldn’t be tempted by it. What did you think of the twist that Killian is a Dark One?
This was a great Emma episode. She’s always been afraid of letting people in, being loved, and loving someone. Holding onto the darkness meant postponing taking the next step with Killian. Emma was afraid, and the darkness was a distraction.
It’s no secret that Mary Margaret and Charming haven’t been the best of parents during Emma’s time of need both before she fully gave into the darkness and then once she embraced it. Tonight, Mary Margaret admitted that there was a very good chance that there wasn’t an Emma anymore.
This came from the Queen of hope herself. It was shocking. She gave up on her own daughter. But, it seems like Mary Margaret doesn’t quite know what she believes regarding Emma.
When Regina went to go save Zelena from Emma, Mary Margaret and Charming stated that they wouldn’t hurt or go to war with their daughter. What’s the truth, Mary Margaret? Do you believe Emma is still in there or have you given up?
One thing that has been great about Emma becoming the Dark One is that we get insights into her from unexpected sources. Both Regina and Rumple have a unique insight into Emma, and it’s always great to hear them share their knowledge with others and with Emma.
As for the second hour, it was just all right. All the drama and intensity right now is back in Storybrooke with the reveal that Hook is a Dark One. Merida’s quest to save her kingdom, again, really isn’t all that entertaining. It was great to see Mulan and Ruby again, but they couldn’t save this hour.
One issue was there was a lot of time jumping. They would be quick scenes too, so the jumps happened quite a bit. It was not a huge issue trying to keep track what was happening in what time, but it was still annoying. What did you think of the adventures in DunBroch?
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