04x00 - Storybrooke Has Frozen Over

Do you trust me?

Yes, of course I do.

Then I need you to believe.

Believe in what?

Believe in magic.

Once upon a time...

You're too late.

Every fairy-tale character...

You found me.

I will always find you.

Made their home in a magical land...

We'll see about that.

Until a powerful curse...

It's here!

Brought them to our world...



And a family was reunited.

We are going home... all of us.

But their search continued...

What is that?

Across incredible worlds...

Hold on!

We're coming to get you.

Against powerful foes...

I will get your heart!



Facing enormous odds...

We'll be ready.

I deserve to know everything.

No, you don't!

All to find their happy ending.

Stay away from my wife!



If she wants to kill you, she's gonna have to go through me!

This is how you take away a happy ending.

But the price of magic...

You never should have brought me back.

Can rise and fall.


No one's that powerful.

And though it has the power...

I remember!

To warm the darkest of hearts...

Enjoy this moment together, 'cause you don't have many left!

It can sometimes leave you... out in the cold.

everyone loves a good story, and across all the realms, there are none more enchanting than those of the heroes and villains...


From classic fairy tales.

But what if those characters were real?

What if they lived in our world?

For answers, we turn to "Once Upon A Time" creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

Horowitz: You know, we started with the idea that all the characters you know and love... those characters are real. They live in a land that we call the enchanted forest. And do you, snow white, promise to take this man to be your husband and love him for all eternity?

I do.

Horowitz: Everything they went through was real. They have their own history, their own lives, and then they're ripped out of that world, into our world, by a curse. The curse would be cast by Regina, the evil queen...

Sorry I'm late.

Who had spent her days trying to exact her revenge on snow white.

I shall destroy your happiness, if it is the last thing I do.

Kitsis: She's sick of losing in the enchanted forest 'cause she believes everybody there has a happy ending.

Where are we going?

A place where the only happy ending will be mine.

Kitsis: She has cast a curse that brings them to a land where they would be miserable and no longer remember who they were, and that's our world. Everyone was brought to the town of Storybrooke, Maine...

Beautiful day, isn't it?

Yes. Yes, it is.

Where they lived quietly for 28 years, not knowing their true identities... Except for Regina. We learn that all magic has a price. There are no shortcuts. So, when she cast the curse, it created a void in her heart.

Beautiful day.

Save it.

Sure, the first week of the curse made her feel great. But after a while, it was an empty feeling.

I'm not dissatisfied. I love my life.

Well, what's the point if you've got no one to share it with?

In order to fill the void, Regina adopted a child.

Horowitz: What she did not anticipate happening was what that would do to her...


And that the love she felt for this boy would start to change her.

Let's go home.

But as Henry grew...

Regina: What did I tell you?!

Their relationship would not always be easy.

Do not leave your shoes lying around on the stairs.

Henry had begun to uncover the truth about Storybrooke through a mysterious book.

I'll see you in class.

Kitsis: He started to realize that this was all real.

Miss Blanchard!


Thank you.

You're very welcome.

The book contained stories about everyone who lived in the quiet, little town. We have Geppetto, who, in Storybrooke, is Marco.

Pickaxes down, brothers! First round at granny's is on me!

We have the Dwarves... Grumpy, who is Leroy...

You have no idea.

Mr. Clark, who is Sneezy...


Little Red Riding Hood and Granny, who run Granny's diner.

They smell delicious, Granny.

Didn't take any dark magic, either.

Horowitz: Mr. Gold is Rumplestiltskin who in fairytale land makes deals and is a sinister character, and in our world runs a pawn shop.

[Bells jingle]

I do hope you're not gonna break my little bell.

Belle, who runs the library.

Jiminy Cricket, who is a conscience, who in our world is Archie, the town shrink.

We also have Robin Hood on our show, who, of course, came from Sherwood forest.

So, this book is obviously very magical.

Henry: Emma.

And it was the book that had inspired Henry to search for his biological mother.

Are you Emma Swan?

Yeah. Who are you?

My name's Henry. I'm your son.

[Baby crying]

Snow: You have to take her.

Take the baby to the wardrobe.

Emma was the daughter of snow white and prince charming.

When she was born, they placed her in a magic wardrobe to protect her from the curse.

Find us.

Horowitz: And Emma was sent to our world as a baby and had no idea who her parents were.

She grew up going from foster home to foster home, with no real direction and, more importantly, no home.

Don't worry. You'll find a home, too, Emma.

And that's something she's always been looking for and never really found.

But Henry was determined to show Emma the truth about her family.

Every story in this book actually happened.

Of course it did.

Emma brought Henry home to Storybrooke... And Regina.

Are you okay? Where have you been?

And while they grew closer, Emma was skeptical.

You're the only one who could stop her curse.

Because I'm the daughter of snow white and prince charming?


Emma didn't believe in magic or didn't believe in any of this.

But as she came to Storybrooke and her relationship with Henry grew, she began to believe.

As the product of true love...

I love you, Henry.

Emma would learn to use her powerful light magic.

It was the only force strong enough to break the curse...



And return the people of Storybrooke to their true selves.




[Glass clinking]

Mary Margaret and I We have a saying... that we will always find each other.

Here's to not having to look for a while.


Horowitz: With the arrival of Emma and her subsequent breaking of the curse, the town has become more and more alive.

[All cheer]

And while Storybrooke can be festive at times...

Sorry I'm late.

There have been some disturbances, from a sinister Peter Pan...

To a soul-sucking wraith...


And, most recently, the wicked witch of the west, who was ultimately defeated.


You know, we've spanned many worlds.

We've gone from the enchanted forest to wonderland to Oz to Neverland.

Kitsis: And now to Arendelle.

The world of "Frozen" is coming to the world of "Once Upon A Time."

Take a look.

"Frozen" is a movie that we loved, and it inspired us.

Is that...

Mother's. Yes.

And there were so many themes in that movie that spoke to us.

This diary is only part of the story.

You are not a monster.

At the very heart of "Once Upon A Time,"

it's about hope.

Kristoff, where did she go?

It is the hope of Anna that she will find her sister and that they can go off and build another snowman.

What were they really doing on that voyage?

It's the belief that, overnight, our life can change, but for the better.


I understand what you're going through.

It's painful when someone we care about betrays us.

She's a good person. I know her.

There is a thin line between good and evil.

I always believed that evil isn't born.

It's made.

Horowitz: We've always said on the show, "evil isn't born. It's made."

And with Regina, we showed that story over the course of the first few years of the show.

Kitsis: When she was very young, she fell in love with a Stable Boy, and the two of them were going to run off together.

True love...

Is the most powerful magic of all.

Girl: Help! Shh. Someone's here.

Somebody, help me!

But destiny intervened when a young girl rode into Regina's life.


[Breathing heavily]

You saved my life.


I'm snow. Snow white.


Kitsis: Regina's mother wanted her to become queen and marry snow white's father, who was a widower.

Being queen means nothing.

All I care about is you.



But when young snow saw Regina with the Stable Boy, she grew confused and told Regina's mother about their romance.

You always have to do what's best for your children.



From then on, Regina blamed snow white for the life she would never have, and she believed she would never get her happy ending.

Rumplestiltskin, I summon thee.

Rumplestiltskin: That's not how you say it, dearie.

Rumplestiltskin was the most powerful sorcerer of dark magic, and he found a promising pupil in Regina.

You could do so much if you just let yourself.

[Horse neighs]

Show me what you've learned.

[Whoosh] [Giggles]

Now, there's just one last tiny little detail.

Take its heart.

Like what my mother did to...

Oh, your true love.

Then you already know how it's done.

Regina was reluctant to embrace the dark side, and she grew quite frustrated...


Until she met someone who could show her the light.

What are you doing?!

Giving you a second chance.


Tinker bell took Regina under her wing.

You need love.

[Chuckling] You're gonna help me find another soul mate?

It is possible to find love again.

Look, there he is... the guy with the lion tattoo.

Pixie dust doesn't lie.

Go get him.

But Regina wasn't ready for love just yet.

She allowed her desire for revenge to win out...

The queen is dead.

Long live the evil queen.

And turned her attention toward hunting down snow white.

If I find out anyone in this village has helped the bandit snow white, they will suffer dearly.

Her whole life was really about revenge, and she found out that that was kind of an empty pursuit.

It didn't make her happy.

When Emma arrived in Storybrooke, Regina saw her as a threat.

You may have given birth to him, but he is my son.

I was not...


You don't get to speak. You don't get to do anything.

But both wanted the best for Henry, and they eventually found common ground.

Thank you for inviting me.

Henry wanted it.

I'm glad you guys got to spend some time together.

Me, too.

They are characters who have been hurt in their past and have put up walls and who feel like they could never love again.

You said you wanted to change... to be better.

You want me to have faith in you?

Have faith in me.

Is that it?

Aye. Neverland.

Recently, Regina joined forces with the heroes to save Henry from Peter Pan.

Henry, are you okay?

Henry, can you hear me?

You're here.

Yes, we're coming to get you.



Henry was saved.

But in the aftermath, another curse threatened Storybrooke, and it was Regina who stepped up.

Horowitz: By the end of that, pan's plan was in action, and a curse was about to wipe them all out.

She had changed.

Regina: I'm a villain.

Villains don't get happy endings.

You're not a villain. You're my mom.

Henry got Regina to kind of put down her wall and start to live a different life.

And as she did that, she ended up making heroic decisions.

Robin: Get down!




You're injured.

It's "your majesty." And I'm fine.

Well, I am grateful for the assistance.

Robin, Robin of Locksley.

Regina had evolved, but she still found it difficult to let people in.

So, what do you think of our new friend?

Can we trust him?

He's kind of cute, huh?

He smells like forest.

Despite her fears, Regina discovered she and Robin had much in common, for he, too, had suffered the loss of his true love.

Roland's mother... what happened to her?

[Sighs] After our boy was born, I inadvertently put her in harm's way during a job.

It's my fault.

Sometimes when you re-examine your life through somebody else's eyes, things don't look as bad.

That forced Regina to realize maybe she did have people in her life who cared about her.

You want to have a drink now.

Well, I'd say we've earned it. Wouldn't you?

The familiar tattoo brought old fears to the surface.

Is something wrong?

But snow provided reassurance.

Snow: Sooner or later, your heart will find its way to happiness.

Don't let anything hold you back.

Regina thought, "if I continue on this path, "I'm not gonna find happiness.

I'm only gonna find darkness."


She ended up being able to fall in love with Robin Hood, and she started to put her life back together.

You helped me reunite snow white and her family in Neverland.

Some people say that you're a hero.

Heroism is a selfless act.

Look, don't believe every story you hear.

Being good is nothing to be ashamed of.

I'm a pirate, and I always will be.

You had a life, Belle... before this.

A hero puts somebody else's happiness in front of their own.

What made you choose to come here with me?

And they're doing it for a greater good.

Heroism? Sacrifice?

I figured, do the brave thing, and bravery would follow.

There's a bit of dark and light in all of us.

Ugh! Aah!

Our most heroic characters face moments of darkness.

What did you do to it?

Oh, I didn't do that.

You did it.

And there's light in all of our characters, as well.

Stay away from them.

Kitsis: We saw it with Rumplestiltskin.

When he got rid of Peter Pan... who turned out to be his father... so that everybody could live, he made the right decision.

Rumple, please. We can have a happy ending.

Ah, but I'm a villain.

And villains don't get happy endings.


Malcolm: Follow the leader, gents.

Kitsis: Rumple started out the son of a very selfish man, a con artist...

[Coin clinks]

You tricked me.

Who actually abandoned Rumplestiltskin to become Peter Pan.

The father never wanted to grow up, so rumple grew up a coward, worried that he would end up like his father.

What do you want?

Kiss my boot.




Baelfire: Papa! To protect his son, Baelfire, Rumplestiltskin took on a powerful curse. I summon thee.

Horowitz: The dark one... that's not a name you get when you're a happy-go-lucky guy.

Rumple became the dark one by an ancient dagger that provides incredible power, but there's incredible price with that power, which is that you can be controlled by this dagger.


Rumplestiltskin is that rare dark one who has his dagger in his own control, which makes him very dangerous.

But power is very seductive for Rumplestiltskin.

Kiss my boot.

Baelfire: No, papa!

It is the one temptation that he can't ever seem to resist.

I'm afraid that's not in the cards for you, Sonny boy.


And now he is the strongest sorcerer throughout every world we've been to.

No, papa, no.

But young Baelfire wanted nothing to do with his father's power.

I want my father.

So he found a portal to a land where they could begin a new life.

What kind of world is this we're going to?

What kind of world is without magic?

A better one.


We have to go! Come on!

I can't!

It's the only way we could be together!


He made a horrible choice.

He chose the knife over going with his son to a land without magic.


[Pounding on door]

Belle: It's him. It has to be him.

During the ogre's war, sir Maurice's army needed help, so he called upon the dark one.

Well, that was a bit of a letdown.

But the price would be his daughter Belle.

I will go with him.


You cannot do this.

You can't go with this... beast.

To save her people, Belle agreed to be rumple's servant.

You will dust my collection and launder my clothing.


You will fetch me fresh straw when I'm spinning at the wheel.

Got it.

And you will skin the children I hunt for their pelts.


That one was a quip.

[Exhales sharply]

Belle made the best of her situation and slowly began to win him over.

What are you doing?

Opening these. It's almost spring.

We should let some light in.


Horowitz: He's always been caught in a push-pull of his lust for power and his pure love for Belle...

Thank you.

Which brings out the best side of him that doesn't want to give in to his darker impulses.

Ooh. What's happening?

Any curse can be broken.

Who told you that?!

Belle's superpower is she can see the real person beneath everything.

There's more books in here than I could read in a lifetime.

Well, I hope you can clean faster than you can read.

You're not who I thought you were...

And I'm glad.

In rumple, she sees the beast, she sees the power-hungry man, but she also sees the good man in there.

Promise me you won't give in to your hate, and we can be together.

I promise.

Horowitz: And the love between Rumple and Belle has been the saving Grace in his life.

Take it.

I am now, and for all the future, yours.

What are you saying?

Will you marry me?





Emma, I get what you're doing, you know.

You don't want to open yourself up to the hope that he's alive, but you should.


Because you deserve a happy ending, Emma, and happy endings always start with hope.

The message is simple. Its meaning is timeless.

This show has always been about hope, and we thought that that was something we've always found in these stories...

This book somehow arrived, and do you know what I saw when I looked inside?


Horowitz: And that there is a happy ending, if you can just work to find it.

It looks like fairy tales to me.

And what exactly do you think fairy tales are?

Kitsis: Snow white was ripped from the people she loved.

She had her happy ending stolen from her.

Even then, she had the strength to say, "I'm gonna believe that tomorrow can be better."

That's what makes her kind of the heart of the show.

We'll find another way. I know it.

What makes you so sure?

This does.

And I know it better than anyone.

[Hoof beats]

As a young woman, snow white was strong, independent, and not looking for a prince.

Worry not. It's but a fallen tree.

But fate would bring them together.

[Woman screams]

[Indistinct shouting]

You're a... Girl.



Wherever you are, I will find you!

The princesses in our show don't need saving.

They do the saving, and that's snow white.

Back away from my daughter!


One of the very first things we see is at her wedding, when the evil queen comes in and threatens them.

It's the queen. Run!

She's not a queen anymore.

Snow stands in front of her husband and grabs his sword, ready to fight.

She's nothing more than an evil witch.

No, no, no. Don't stoop to her level.

This is a snow white who is not a damsel in distress.


Kitsis: When she was hunted by the evil queen, snow white became abandoned.

And she gave up on love until she met prince charming.

Aah! Aah!


I told you I'd find you.

Is this the only way you can catch a woman?

The only way to catch thieving scum.

[Chuckles] Aren't you a real prince charming?

I have a name, you know.

Don't care. "Charming" suits you.


A common purpose brought them together, and snow came to the prince's rescue.


You saved me.

How could I let prince charming die?

I told you... I have a name.

And she realized that you need light in your life.

I know... not your style.

Well, there's only one way to find out.

Horowitz: She can be in love with prince charming, and she can have this love for him, but it's not the love of, you know, a prince who's saving her.

It is love on an equal footing.

Yeah. Not me at all.

They're two people who both believe that the world could be a better place and who look at each other as equals.

If... if you need anything...

You'll find me?


I almost believe that.

He said it would be on her 28th birthday.

What's 28 years when you have eternal love?

Snow and charming missed their first chance at raising a child.

Kitsis: The last time she thought she was going to have her happy ending was when she married the love of her life and she became pregnant.

But unfortunately, they had to give that child away.

We have to give her her best chance.

As much as they love Emma And they do love Emma...

there was a whole chapter of their life they missed out on.

We were cheated out of everything... her first step, her first word, her first smile.

We missed it all.

What are you saying?

I want to have another baby.

And the two of them have faced many, many challenges together, and now we're gonna see them face many new challenges, starting with the birth of their new child.

I don't know.

I've never done this before, and I don't know if I can.

We're going to do this the way we do everything...


You weren't even going to say hello first?

What happens when evil meets wicked?

You really don't know who I am, do you?

I know exactly who you are... the wicked witch.

Cora really never told you?

How do you know my mother?

I'm your sister.

Cora: Poor babe.

[Baby coos]

As long as I have you, I can never be anything more than a Miller's daughter.

Years before Regina was born, her mother, Cora, had a baby out of wedlock.

[Baby crying]

We wanted to show what made the wicked witch, the wicked witch, and it was their mother, Cora.

Kitsis: She abandoned the child in a forest, and Zelena was sent to the world of Oz in a tornado.

Oh! She's beautiful.

But this was no ordinary baby.


She knocked that tree away.

Calm your nerves, dear. It was just the wind.

Baby Zelena had found a new home in the Emerald City.

But as she grew up, Zelena yearned to find her real family, so she went to the Wizard for answers.

I am Oz, the great and terrible.

Can you help me?


The wizard revealed that her sister, Regina, was a queen and being taught magic by the most powerful of wizards, Rumplestiltskin.

He should be teaching me... not her.

Look down.

And with the click of her heels, Zelena made her way to the enchanted forest.

Kitsis: She was a prodigy of magic.

She was better than Regina ever was.

You're not Regina.

I'm Cora's other daughter.

We'll see about that.

Rumplestiltskin immediately saw Zelena's potential.

Well, hello, dearie.

And she became his student, training in the ways of dark magic.

Magic comes from emotion.

Simply think of a moment that makes you seethe with anger.

It's hard to pick one.

[Voice breaking] My sister got everything that I ever desired, that she didn't even have to try, that it was all just handed to her, that she doesn't even know what she has!

[Breathing heavily]


But in the end, rumple favored Regina.

You don't need Regina.

She's not nearly as powerful as me.

She doesn't deserve to have you as a teacher!

Careful, Zelena!

You're turning green, dearie.

Envy will do that to you.

She was so jealous of the life that Regina had, she ended up being the wicked witch of the west.

I learned some tricks while I was gone.

Zelena returned to Oz more powerful than before...


And set her sights on revenge. [Chuckles]

You're shaping up to be the best pupil I ever had.

When I'm done, Regina, you'll have never even been born.

What we were really interested in is, why was the wicked witch green?

And it was envy of her sister.

Their mother, Cora, chose Regina over her.

You cast a curse that was just a fancy form of running away.

[Chuckles] With every advantage, you still turn your back on every opportunity for happiness.

I can see why our mother was so disappointed in you.

She gave you away.

In order to exact her plan for vengeance, Zelena used the dark one's dagger to force him to do her bidding.

Horowitz: What does a wicked witch do when she doesn't have the life she wants?

She creates an intricate spell that would allow her to change things.

Kitsis: She wants to go back in time and have her mother never give her up.

And to do that, she needs certain ingredients.

She needs Regina's heart, she needs Rumplestiltskin's brain, she needs prince charming's courage, and she needed an innocent, which was snow white and prince charming's baby.


And with the birth of snow's baby imminent...


No one had the power to stop Zelena.

Take another step, and I'll roast you.



It's a boy!



What a charming family.

It's a shame I have to break it up.

[Baby crying] So innocent.

And now... Mine.


Snow was devastated.

He's gone.

And to prevent Zelena from succeeding, Regina needed to find the light magic within herself.

Zelena only beat you because you were using dark magic against her.

You're a hero now. I believe in you.

Now you need to believe, too.

With all the pieces in place, Zelena was ready to open the time portal.

Regina: Zelena, stop now.


Only light magic can harm me, and you're as dark as they come!

You're wrong, sis.



Horowitz: Regina learned that she's not just filled with evil.

There is light inside her. There is light magic.

And for the first time, she became in touch with that.

I make my own destiny.



With Zelena defeated, Rumple sought his own revenge.

[Breathing heavily]

What are you waiting for? Just do it!

With pleasure.

Regina: No! [Whoosh]


This ends now.

You can't be serious.

Heroes don't kill.

So now you're a hero.

Today I am.

Horowitz: Unfortunately for Zelena, our heroes defeated her.

Unfortunately for our heroes, Zelena's time portal still opened.

Hook: Whatever's going on in there can't be good.

And into that portal fell Hook and Emma.

Ugh! Whoa!

Hold on! I can't!

Aah! Aah!


It appears we're back in the enchanted forest.

Yeah, I got that.

The only question is, when?

I have a pretty good idea.

[Breathing heavily] First beanstalk?

Ah, you never forget your first.

It has been a long climb for Emma and Hook.

Most men take your silence as off-putting, but I love a challenge.

Trust me.

Things will be a lot smoother if you do.

Are you used to people not trusting you?

Ah, the pirate thing.

Kitsis: I think from the moment Emma met Hook on that beanstalk, she recognized somebody that she was immediately attracted to, and that frightened her because that meant she had to lower her wall again and that meant she could get hurt.

Perhaps gratitude is in order now.

Please. You couldn't handle it.

Perhaps you're the one who couldn't handle it.

[Breathing heavily]

Horowitz: There was always an attraction, but there was also always something in the way.

What was that?

A one-time thing.

Don't follow me. Wait five minutes.

Go get some firewood or something.

She is so worried about being hurt that she pushes him off.

But the biggest challenge for Emma and Hook may have been their journey back in time.

We're trapped in the past.

Any ideas how to get back?

How would I know how to get back to the future?

Who do I look like Marty Mcfly?

Marty mcwho?

[Horse neighs]

[Indistinct shouting]

Horowitz: The time travel was really about Emma.

It was a lot of fun to do, and it was really about pushing that character toward that moment of realization of what her parents mean to her and what Storybrooke means to her.

It's but a fallen tree.

Is that...?

Your father.

We should go.

But instead of witnessing history, Emma interrupted destiny.



It's an ambush.

[Horse neighs]

She prevented her parents from meeting each other, and now they had a big problem, which was how do they get snow and charming to fall in love the way they should.

Emma and Hook eventually found the dark one...


And explained their dilemma.

Anything that was supposed to happen after they've met has disappeared. The ripple effect.

Once you change something in the past, anything from that point forward is a blank page.

We need to get snow to steal that ring so we can put their story back on track.

You're in luck.

There's a ball tonight at king Midas' castle.

Prince James will be there And so will his ring.



Horowitz: So, with the help of Rumplestiltskin...

A glamour spell.

This is how you shall appear to one and all.

Hook and Emma had to embark upon a journey to kind of reset the things they had messed up and get everybody back on track.

Just when I thought the clothes here couldn't get any worse.

You might not be able to move, Swan, but you cut quite the figure in that dress.

Midas: Greetings.

I am king midas, father of the bride.

I'm prince, uh...

Charles. Prince Charles.

And I'm princess Leia.

An honor to have you both.

The ball gave Hook an opportunity to sweep Emma off her feet... before they returned to the mission at hand.

The ring.

You've got to get it to snow. Go. I've got this.


Unfortunately, the queen's guards had other plans.

There she is!

And Emma ran into a familiar face.

Going somewhere?


Are you all right?

Yeah, I think so. Thanks.

In the queen's dungeon, Emma befriended another prisoner and found a way to escape.

What are you doing?

Horowitz: Emma didn't necessarily think it all through, but she was doing something that she saw as good and just, which was saving the life of someone she saw as an innocent.

[Lock clicks]

You did it.

But she never thought about the consequences of messing time travel and the past.

What the hell are you doing?

You're depriving me of a dashing rescue.

Sorry. The only one who saves me is me.

Thank you, Leia.

After the escape, Emma and Hook put snow and charming back on course.

I know... not your style, right?

Well, there's only one way to find out.

Horowitz: The thing that changes isn't the past.

The thing that changes is Emma.

Hook: It's okay, Swan.

Not everyone gets a chance to watch their parents fall in love.

Kitsis: She realized that snow white, prince charming... yes, they're icons, but they're also people.

They're not just characters in a book.

She missed them.

[Exhales sharply]


You're alive!

Horowitz: And she saw it with her own eyes, that her parents were falling in love, and then also saw that her mother didn't recognize her...

It would appear so. Thank you.

It really deeply affected Emma.

It made her realize the importance of these connections she's been developing over the last few years and how much they mean to her.

Looks like we're back on track, love.

It told her something very important, which is where her home is, which is Storybrooke.

But we have another problem.

Well, I had to save her.

Sure, you did the noble thing, but she's supposed to be dead.

And she doesn't belong here.

I know exactly what we could do... take her with us.

The future?

You were supposed to die hours ago.

All due respect, but I don't trust you.

So, unless you're kidnapping me, I'm going to go find my family.


We did it.

Rumplestiltskin: I see.

And you brought some luggage.

How's the portal coming? Can you open it?

Well, apparently, only those who use the portal can re-open it.

So, unless you can wield magic, I'm afraid you're going nowhere.

So, you just expect us to stay here.

I mean to put you someplace safe, where I store the magic that is too dark or unpredictable, even for me.



[Exhales sharply]


Rumple's vault contained only the most dangerous magical artifacts.

Wait. Don't touch anything.

If rumple's afraid of this stuff, there's got to be a reason.

But it could not contain Emma's light magic.

She opened the portal, and they were on their way home.



[Breathing heavily]



Hey, do me a favor fill her in.

Make sure she doesn't freak out.

And where are you going?

I have some people I need to see.

Emma! We were worried.

I'm fine.

I'm home.

This is where we belong. This is where our family is.

Home is something that has been very important to this show.

Emma's been seeking a home.

She's never really been able to find one until she found Storybrooke.


Dad, I missed you.

Horowitz: And all these characters who have been ripped out of the enchanted forest and then brought to Storybrooke, they're searching for a home, and now they're realizing this crazy town in Maine is their home, and what is it going to take to find a happy ending in it?

You're a bloody hero, Swan.

So are you.

Kitsis: For Rumplestiltskin, how does he move forward with Belle and become the man she knows he can be, as opposed to the man he fears he is?

I owe more to you than I can ever say.

Horowitz: And with Regina... Can she find love, now that she's opened up her heart to it?

As we search for our own happy ending, let us remember...

It begins with hope...

It is fueled by love...

And, mostly importantly...

[Indistinct conversations]

Happy endings are not always what we think.

It's the evil queen.

It's okay. She's different now.

Regina, I would like you to meet...

Robin: Marian?



I thought I'd never see you again!


[Gasps] Roland!

Oh, my baby!



You did this?

I didn't know.

Of course you didn't.

Well, you just better hope to hell you didn't bring anything else back.

And so we hold on and believe, knowing forces both evil... and good...

Dark and light.

And when the stars align...

And a chill fills the air...

Never forget that magic always comes... with a price.

[Ice crackling]