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I’ve just had the pleasure of watching the latest episode of Once Upon A Time, ‘Welcome To Storybrooke’.
A vengeful Regina vows to kill Snow White/Mary Margaret. Meanwhile, during the first days of Storybrooke, a father and son make their way into the believed undetectable town. Because every single day was the exact same one, Regina grew close to the outsiders who weren’t stuck in a loop. However, her desire to keep them in Storybrooke backfired when she ended up scarring the boy, who is later revealed to be Greg Mendell (the car crash man), for life, making him vow to find his father.
In the present, Regina finds a completely opposite curse in her mother’s belongings; in exchange for the heart of the one she hates most, she can force Henry to love her. However, Henry turns the tables on her by explaining all that magic has done, is making others do terrible things; Regina burns the curse as a sign of good faith. Mary Margaret, consumed by the guilt of committing murder, offers her life to Regina to put a stop to their fighting. Regina takes her heart and shows her a speck of darkness that is growing in it; she doesn’t have to do anything herself to kill those keeping Henry from her, all she has to do is let the darkness fester in Mary Margaret’s heart until it takes hold. Regina returns the heart, not wanting to end the suffering of her mother’s killer.
It was a fun episode, that use flashbacks to the past, instead of fairyland, to reveal story lines. We finally learned who the stranger was, and why he’s there. We got a further glimpse into what makes Regina tick. Most importantly, we finally got to see Graham again (hurrah!). I can’t wait for the next episode to see where they take the story next.