05x01 - The Dark Swan

SCENE: Minneapolis. 1989. Movie Theater showing "The Sword in the Stone" animated Disney movie.

[A young Emma is escorted with her foster siblings into the theater.]

Woman: Okay, come on. Everybody stick together.

[Indistinct conversations]

Arthur: Archimedes, look. Merlin, look, I'm a squire!

Archimedes: Oh, uh, very nice, boy. Yes, indeed. A fine monkey suit for polishing boots. A stooge for that big lug Kay. It's what all the squires wear. And I thought you were going to amount to something. I thought you had a few brains.

[Emma steals a candy bar from someone's pocket.]

Attendant: Don't.

Young Emma: What?

Attendant: Don't.

Young Emma: I'm sorry.

Attendant: I wasn't talking about the candy bar, Emma.

Young Emma: How do you know my name?

Attendant: I know many things. And I'm here to tell you, don't do it.

Young Emma: I don't understand.

Attendant: When you do something that you're not supposed to do, even if you do it for the right reasons, bad things will happen, Emma. Bad things.

[The theater screen shows an animated young Arthur pulling Excalibur out of the stone.]

Attendant: One day, you will have the opportunity to remove Excalibur from its stone, but you must not. Leave the sword alone.

Girl: Shh!

[Emma turns back and the Attendant is gone.]

SCENE: Camelot.

[Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival race on horses through the forest to the shore.]

King Arthur: Is this the place, Lancelot?

Lancelot: Have faith, Arthur. Merlin's prophecy was quite clear. This is it.

King Arthur: The prophecy isn't what I'm worried about. Someone beat us here.

[They draw swords and approach the sword in the stone.]

Kay: You're too late.

King Arthur: Sir Kay, do not give into dark temptations. That sword is not yours to take.

Kay: Why not? Because of some prophecy from some old wizard? So I should accept you as my king? No thank you. I just need to take what I want, and then I shall be the greatest king in all the realms.

[Kay moves to take the sword from the stone. It does not budge, and he explodes into a dust cloud.]

Lancelot: Your turn.

King Arthur: I suppose it is.

[Arthur removes the sword from the stone easily. However, the curvy tip of the sword has already been broken off.]

Lancelot: Where's the rest of it?

King Arthur: This is all there is.

Percival: How can you take the throne with half the sword? What will you tell the people?

King Arthur: Nothing. All they need know is they have a king. In the meantime, we have a new quest to begin. We must make Excalibur whole!

[Camera pans down Excalibur, revealing that the sword tip is decorated with the same metal filigree as the dark one dagger.]

SCENE: Storybrooke. Present day. Main Street.

Regina: How could she be so stupid?

David: Regina!

Regina: Well, there had to be another way.

Mary Margaret: There wasn't. That thing was going to kill you. She saved your life.

Regina: Don't you think I know that?

Henry: And now she's the... Dark One.

Regina: Now she's a problem for all of us.

Mary Margaret: She is still good.

Regina: I hope so. It's not like she rode off on a unicorn. She got sucked up by a vortex of evil!

Robin Hood: Where is she? Where's she gone?

Hook: It doesn't bloody well matter.

[Hook approaches the dagger, and Robin Hood grabs his arm.]

Robin Hood: Mate, don't.

Hook: Get out of my way.

Hook: If I can't find her, I can damn well bring her to me. Dark One, with this dagger I command thee: Return!

[Emma fails to appear. Hook looks at Henry.]

Hook: Dark One, appear!

Regina: Put that thing down before you hurt yourself, Guyliner. I thought you knew the dagger's rules?

Hook: With it, I can summon the Dark One from any corner of the world.

Regina: Well, there's your answer. She's not in this world.

SCENE: Camelot. A black blob forms from a ring in the ground, and the ooze falls away to reveal Emma.

Emma: Where am I?


Emma: Who's there?

[Emma turns to see Rumplestiltskin behind her.]

Emma: You're supposed to be in Storybrooke. You were in a coma.

Rumplestiltskin: Yes, I am. Or rather, he is.

Emma: What are you?

Rumplestiltskin: I'm many things. I'm the voice in your head, the Dark One's powers inside you, inside all the Dark Ones. Rumplestiltskin is but one of many. Perhaps I can be another. How about Gorgon the Invincible?

[Rumplestiltskin turns into a fire-breathing giant boar.]

Rumplestiltskin: Yes, probably easier this way. Now, are you ready to begin?

Emma: Begin what?

Rumplestiltskin: Well, learning to be the Dark One, of course. Think of me as your guide, but only until you've learned to embrace your powers.

Emma: I will never embrace the darkness.

Rumplestiltskin: Ah, they all say that. Everyone who steps from this well enjoys the taste too much. The only way to stop is to be stopped. This is the fate of all Dark Ones.

[Emma turns from Rumplestiltskin]

Rumplestiltskin: You can't just walk away from it.

Emma: I'm in the Enchanted Forest now, which means Merlin can't be far from here, and the Apprentice told me he can destroy the darkness, so I'm going to find him.

Rumplestiltskin: Merlin?! Oh, you're much better off with me.

Emma: No! I'll never be like all of you! I'll never hurt the people I love, the people who love me.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Present. Gold's shop.

Hook: Apprentice. That monstrosity took Emma. Where did they go?

Apprentice: She is now where all darkness is born. In your realm.

Hook: Then take us there.

Apprentice: I am too weak now, but this will help.

[He conjures a green wand with a knobby brown nut on the end.]

Apprentice: It is a gift from the sorcerer, from Merlin, on the day I became his apprentice. In it is all the light magic.

Mary Margaret: It can take us to our daughter?

Apprentice: Not on its own. In order to cross realms, it must be wielded as it was forged, with both sides of the coin. Light and the dark.

[Apprentice closes his eyes and drops the wand.]

Regina: I guess that's my cue.

[Regina waves the wand overhead, but nothing happens.]

Hook: Enough! You're going to embarrass yourself and waste our time.

Regina: Watch it! I know what I'm doing.

Hook: Well that's not enough. You heard the man, it needs darkness. You've gone soft.

Regina: You wanna see soft? Why don't I use that hook to show you your intestines?

Hook: Oh, you've got the fire love, but not the blackness, not anymore. How's this for irony? You've done too much good. No, we need someone wicked.

Regina: No. No. No. Not my sister. That witch is more than wicked, she's deranged.

Hook: For Emma, it's worth the risk. She sacrificed herself for you, Your Majesty, because she believed that an evil queen could be good. Don't you think you owe it to her to repay the favor?

SCENE: Camelot.

[Emma comes upon a peddler with a cart.]

Emma: Hey! Excuse me! I need help! I need directions to Camelot. Do you know the way?

Peddler: Of course! I will only cost you... two pieces of silver.

Emma: I, uh, don't have any silver.

Peddler: Three pieces now.

Emma: I'm in a hurry.

Peddler: Four.

Emma: Just tell me!

[The peddler begins to choke and is lifted off the ground.]

Peddler: What are you doing?

Emma: I'm not doing anything.

Rumplestiltskin: Well, of course you are.

[Emma looks at Rumplestiltskin's hand, which is gripping the air.]

Emma: Stop.

Rumplestiltskin: It's not me doing this, Dearie. Tis you.

[Emma looks down to see her own hand gripping the air. She releases the peddler, who runs away.]

Rumplestiltskin: So, did you enjoy it? Your first taste of darkness?

SCENE: Storybrooke. Gold's shop.

[Belle stokes Mr. Gold's forehead, who is unconscious.]

Blue Fairy: Belle. You should go and help them with Emma. You're resourceful. They could use you, even if they don't know it yet.

Belle: If he goes, I want to be here with him.

[The Blue Fairy uses her wand to conjure a rose under a glass jar.]

Blue Fairy: This rose is now linked to your Beast, Belle. As long as it still has petals, he lives. Now go.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Zelena's cell.

Zelena: Regina dear, I'm trying to meditate. It's good for the baby. Please go, you're ruining my Chi.

Hook: We need your help.

[Zelena laughs.]

Zelena: Wow. You must be really desperate.

[Zelena approaches Robin.]

Zelena: Unless of course, someone was just looking for an excuse to come see me?

Regina: Careful.

Zelena: What is it then?

Robin Hood: Something's happened to Emma.

SCENE: Camelot.

Emma: Leave me alone, I don't need you.

Rumplestiltskin: That maple tree ahead, we've passed it three times already. You're going around in circles, Dearie. Now I can help you, if you let me.

Emma: I'm not using dark magic.

Rumplestiltskin: I didn't say it was going to use magic. If you want to find Merlin, just ask, and find him you shall.

Emma: Fine. How do I find Merlin?

Rumplestiltskin: I'm glad you asked. There's a magical force that can lead you to where ever you need to be. Now if you'll allow me, I can show you where to find it.

Emma: I'm listening.

Rumplestiltskin: Excellent. Imagine a mirrored lake. A tall tree with low-hanging branches that loom over it. Above it, a beautiful blue sky. Now picture it in your mind's eye. Picture it clearly.

Emma: All right. I'm picturing it.

[Emma finds herself beside a creek.]

Emma: What the? I said don't use magic!

Rumplestiltskin: I didn't, Dearie. You did. Congratulations on your first magical transportation.

Emma: You tricked me.

Rumplestiltskin: Of course I did! I'm a Dark One!

Emma: Go away.

Rumplestiltskin: Ugggh. I don't think you want that. Look.

[Rumplestiltskin points to a blue floating creature.]

Rumplestiltskin: The will-o-wisp. Now if you want to find Merlin, better catch it.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Zelena's cell.

Zelena: Well, that is quite a mess.

Robin Hood: Help us. We can rid the world of this darkness once and for all. Don't you want that for our child?

Zelena: My child. And mine alone. I'm doing all the work. You were just an unwilling pawn in its creation.

Robin Hood: Quite unwilling.

Zelena: If it makes you feel any better, I didn't enjoy it.

[She turns to Regina.]

Zelena: You know, I'm not sure what you see in him.

Regina: Zelena, you can still deliver a baby without your tongue.

Hook: Enough of the family squabbling. Are you going to help us find Emma or not?

Zelena: Of course.

Regina: What?

Zelena: Well, pregnancy's changed me, Dear. I'm going to do whatever I can to free Emma of the darkness. Just let me see that wand.

[Regina looks suspicious.]

Zelena: Don't worry, this little love brace that you put on me neutralizes my magic. I am powerless.

[Regina hands her the wand.]

Zelena: Oh yes, so simple. You simply need an object that guides the portal to its destination. Something that belonged to Emma. Something meaningful to her.

Regina: Fine. That we can do.

Zelena: No, you can't. Your magic isn't powerful enough.

Hook: Can you make it work?

Zelena: I believe so. There's just a tiny something standing in my way.

[Zelena holds up her arm with the magic-neutralizing brace on it.]

Regina: Never.

[Regina and Robin walk out. Hook stays behind.]

Zelena: Well, she really holds a grudge, doesn't she. You know, you should talk to her, because I may be your only way to find Emma.

SCENE: Camelot.

[Emma chases the will-o-wisp, but a hooded woman grabs it and stuffs it in her bag.]

Emma: Hey! Hey, I need that! Stop!

[The hooded woman is grabbed by dark magic and flung backwards on the ground.]

Merida: Back off, lassie. My aim is true. Don't test me.

Emma: I wasn't trying to hurt you.

Merida: So that was just a wee magical love tap? Oh, I've met my share of witches, and I know 'em when I see 'em. Witch.

Emma: No, I'm not a witch. I was just cursed with dark magic.

Merida: And the difference is?

Emma: I want to be rid of it. The will-o-wisp is the only way.

Merida: You want to be rid of it?

Emma: Desperately.

Merida: Aye. I know what that's like. It's a terrible fate to be cursed. Just be glad you're not a bear.

[Emma looks confused.]

Merida: Oh, nevermind. Look, I wish I could help ya, but I need the wisp too, for my kingdom, for my family. So... I'm afraid you're gonna ha' to fight me for it.

[Merida drops her bow and raises both fists.]

Emma: What?

Merida: I'm willing to fight fair if you are. No magic.

Rumplestiltskin: I like her spunk. Break her neck.

Emma: I'm not going to fight you.

Merida: You're not?

Rumplestiltskin: Well, why not?

Emma: Magic or no, fighting is giving into the darkness, and I don't do it. Go on, take it, and get on your way. It's yours.

Merida: Don't be trying to sucker punch me.

Emma: I'm not going to. Just go.

[Merida lowers her fists.]

Merida: Thank you. I'm Merida.

Emma: Emma.

Merida: You're in dire straights, aren't ya Emma?

Emma: You could say that.

Merida: Well, it wouldn't be fair to leave ya. I can help.

Emma: I don't think so.

Merida: Well, maybe I can. You don't know much about the wisp, eh? They're born in a magical place. The Hill of Stones. They answer your question when you bring them back home. It's about a day's trek from here. We can go together, and I can get my help from the wisp, and then maybe I can give it to you and you can get yours.

[Emma smiles, and Merida tromps off.]

SCENE: Storybrooke. Granny's.

Hook: Henry. You can fix this. You're the Author now. Use that pen, and write the darkness out of Emma. Bring her back.

Henry: I broke it.

Hook: You what?

Henry: It's too much power. That's how the last Author got in trouble. He stopped recording history and started using magic to change it. My mom wouldn't want me to. She'd want me to be good.

Hook: Ah, honor. She wouldn't want you to break any rules, then?

[Hook gives Henry a sly look.]

Hook: What if there was a way, a dangerous way, to help your mother? Something your other mother wouldn't like?

Henry: I don't need her permission. I'm not a kid anymore.

Hook: Good, because our best bet is the person Regina hates the most.

Henry: Zelena.

Hook: That's right. We're going to break out the Wicked Witch.

SCENE: Camelot.

Emma: You ever hear the phrase, "Slow and steady wins the race?"

Merida: I don't have time for slow.

Emma: What exactly is your hurry? Why do you need the wisp?

Merida: My brothers. They were kidnapped by the united clans of my country. Just three wee innocent boys. Savages. Because of me. My father is--was--the king. When he passed, the clans no longer approved of me being queen. In my land, people, well, men, don't think a woman can lead.

Emma: Oh, not just in your land.

Merida: But I'm going to show them. I need the wisp to take me to my brothers, and when it does, I will save them, no matter what the cost. If it's war the clans want, it's war they'll get.

[Merida turns to look at Emma and trips over a rock.]

Merida: Ah!

Emma: You won't do your brothers any good passed out from exhaustion. When's the last time you slept?

Merida: What month is it?

[Emma looks at her.]

Merida: Fine. We can make camp. But just until first light.

SCENE: Camelot. Forest at night.

[Emma stares out into the darkness. She turns over on her other side.]

Rumplestiltskin: Can't sleep?

[Emma gasps]

Rumplestiltskin: Don't worry. Dark Ones don't need sleep. That's why I spun straw, to pass the time. You need a hobby. Something to take your mind off all the terrible things you're going to do. Do you like knitting?

Emma: In case you haven't noticed, I'm doing good here. I'm helping Merida, and then when she's done with the wisp, it will be my turn.

Rumplestiltskin: The wisp isn't a toy you can share. She can't just give it to you. The person who whispers to it becomes its owner. Forever.

Emma: So if I let her use it, I can never use it?

Rumplestiltskin: Not while her heart beats.

Emma: You want me to take it for myself?

Rumplestiltskin: I want to you start behaving like a Dark One.

Emma: You knew this would happen. That's why you lead me to her. You wanted me to betray Merida.

[Camera pans to Merida, who is awake and listening.]

SCENE: Storybrooke. Hospital basement where Zelena's cell is.

Hook: Well done, lad. How'd you know the code?

Henry: My mom's good with magic. Not so much with passwords. She uses my birthday for everything. You'd think she'd change it after a bank statement or two?

Hook: So what's the plan now? How do we get to her? The old Wookie prisoner gag?

Henry: Nah. I never use the same trick twice. I've got another idea.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Hospital basement where Zelena's cell is.

Henry: Hey Miss Gertrude, is my mom here?

[Henry stumbles and spills his drink all over her.]

Henry: Oh!

Severe Nurse: Henry!

Henry: Oh! Um...

Severe Nurse: You! With the mop! A little help.

Henry: I'm-- I'm-- I'm so sorry.

[Hook sneaks through the door, winks at the person with the mop, and grabs the key with his hook.]

Henry: It was an accident.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Zelena's cell.

Zelena: What do you want?

Hook: I want your help with the wand.

Zelena: Ah! So this is a rogue mission? I like it.

[Zelena gestures to her arm with the magic-neutralizing band on it.]

Zelena: Go on then, take it off.

Hook: Well, I'm going to need some assurances first, that you're not going to do anything... unexpected.

Zelena: On my unborn child's life.

Hook: Afraid I'm going to need some real assurance.

Zelena: What's that?

Hook: This is a potion your sister gave me a long time ago.

Zelena: To do what?

Hook: To rip out a heart.

[Hook pours the potion over his hook.]

Zelena: Why would she give you that?

Hook: Because she wanted me to take your mother's heart. You can't be surprised your family's troubled. Now then, this is probably going to sting.

[Hook attempts to take her heart and is blown back by a magical force.]

Hook: Ah!

[Zelena laughs.]

Zelena: My family may be troubled dearie, but we all know that a heart is a precious thing, and I cast a protection spell on mine eons ago. So you're going to have to do better than that.

[Zelena moves over to examine Hook, who is trying to get off the floor.]

Zelena: Oh, it appears you were right. It did sting. Now then, do you want to see something really painful?

[Zelena takes his knife and cuts off her own hand to remove the bracelet. She magics it back into place once it's off.]

Zelena: There. Much better. You should have listened to my sister.

[Zelena disappears in a cloud of green smoke.]

SCENE: Storybrooke. Mayor's office.

Regina: You let her out?

Hook: Technically, I let her escape.

Regina: Moron.

Hook: Watch it, Your Majesty. At least I'm doing something to save Emma.

Regina: What's that supposed to mean?

Hook: Well, maybe you like being with Henry alone.

[Belle rolls her eyes.]

Hook: Maybe you like not having Emma around?

Regina: Maybe you having a hook? Maybe you'd like another?

Mary Margaret: Enough! Zelena's out, that is what matters, but not as much as Emma. Emma kept us united, and that is exactly how we are going to remain. Come hell or high water, we are going to put our nonsense aside, and find my daughter. Ok? Ok. Where would Zelena go first?

Regina: I know exactly where. Or more accurately, who she's after.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Mary Margaret's apartment.

Regina: Robin!

Robin Hood: Shh! I finally got him to sleep.

Regina: I'm sorry. I was just worried.

Robin Hood: Why? What's wrong?

Regina: Zelena. She got out. Come on. We have to get Roland and go. The others are waiting.

[Robin gives Regina a look.]

Regina: What?

Robin Hood: No, I just... I like when you're concerned about me.

[He kisses her, then recoils.]

Robin Hood: Zelena?

[Zelena drops the Regina disguise.]

Zelena: Well done. You really do love her, don't you? Funny that you couldn't tell when I was glamored as Marian though.

Robin Hood: What do you want?

Zelena: Why you, Dear. See, you're the key to everything for me.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Main Street.

Zelena: Hello, sis. I see you've fixed the clock. It would be a shame to break it again. Although, it might be fun to see Robin fly like one of his arrows.

Regina: You lay another finger on him...

Zelena: Oh, I'm not here to hurt Robin. I'm here to trade him for the apprentice's wand.

Regina: What the hell do you want with this?

Zelena: I am tired of losing to you! You continue to get everything! But now... now I have someone to love me and only me. See, this is my future, and I am not letting anyone take it from me or turn it against me. So I am going as far away from you and Robin as possible... Over the rainbow, where you can't follow.

Regina: Back to Oz?

Zelena: I may have been feared and despised there, but at least I was free. At least I was in control. So if you want your forest-smelling boyfriend to live through the day, you will give me that wand.

Hook: Don't even think about it.

Mary Margaret: You can't, Regina. Please.

[Robin chokes under Zelena's magic]

Regina: I have to.



Zelena: Lovely. Now, all it needs is a little direction. A trinket from home. Now see me do what you weren't powerful enough to do yourself.


[Thunder rumbling]

Zelena: Ohh! Ohh! [Breathing heavily] No!

Hook: What the hell happened?

Regina: What happened is I'm not stupid. I knew you could open that portal, but I also knew it would weaken you. See, there's one thing our family does well, sis, and that's exploit pain. Now we're gonna take your portal, but we're not taking it to Oz. We're taking it to Emma.

SCENE: Camelot.

[Birds chirping]

Emma: No! No! No, no, no.

Rumplestiltskin: Oh, yes.

Emma: Where is she?

Rumplestiltskin: Doing what you should be doing... Taking care of herself first. If she gets to the Hill of Stones and whispers into that wisp, it's all over for you, deary... unless you kill her.

Emma: I'm not killing anyone.

Rumplestiltskin: Ah, you don't really mean that.

Emma: What does the Hill of Stones look like?

Rumplestiltskin: You're not thinking of magicing there, are you?

Emma: Tell me.

Rumplestiltskin: I thought you didn't want to use dark-one magic.

Emma: What does it look like?

Rumplestiltskin: Well, if you insist...

SCENE: Camelot. Hill of Stones.

Merida: Please... please take me to my brothers and save them.

Emma: No! Do you have any idea what you've done?

Merida: Aye. That I do. Stop. I don't know what kind of witch you are or what strange voices are in your wee head, but I heard everything.

Rumplestiltskin: What's she saying? Accent's a bit much, no?

Emma: You don't know what you heard. I can explain.

Merida: I don't need your lies. I need this wisp and I need my brothers, so turn around and go.

Rumplestiltskin: She's daring you.

Merida: Now get out of here.

Rumplestiltskin: Kill her.

Merida: Don't test me, witch!

Rumplestiltskin: What are you waiting for, dark one? You know what you have to do. Now go ahead... And rip her heart out.

SCENE: Storybrooke. Granny's.

[Wind howling]

Granny: Floyd, shut down the fryers, secure the condiments!

Robin Hood: Don't move.

Granny: I'm not sure my insurance covers this place going airborne.

Regina: We'll be fine.

Hook: Well, Your Majesty, it's coming. How do you suggest we get this cyclone to take us to Emma and not to Oz?

Regina: By using this.

Mary Margaret: Emma's baby blanket.

Regina: I, uh, couldn't very well carry her yellow bug. Ready?


Grumpy: Twister!

Mary Margaret: Leroy!

Mary Margaret: It's okay. We summoned it.

Grumpy: You did?

Mary Margaret: It's taking us to Emma.

Regina: Out, dwarves. Adults only.

Grumpy: No!

Happy: No?

Grumpy: We're staying.

Happy: We are?

Grumpy: We've been on the sidelines too long, sister, missed too many adventures. Now it's embarrassing. How do you think it feels when everyone asks you how the adventure was, and you got to say that no one asked you to go along, that you weren't needed? We're not turning our back on you again, not even in the face of certain death.

Mary Margaret: Thank you.

Happy: Certain?


Granny: Hold on tight, everyone!

Henry: You did it.

SCENE: Camelot.

Rumplestiltskin: Now's the time. You want the wisp? There's only one way. Now do it.

Emma: I'm not going to kill her.

Merida: You got that right.

[Merida fires an arrow at Emma, who catches it before it strikes her heart.]

Rumplestiltskin: Go on. Use your anger. Use your power.

[Exhales sharply]

Emma: I can talk to her.

Merida: You're a crazy woman. I don't want to talk.

Rumplestiltskin: You need to find Merlin, Dark One. You need that wisp.

Emma: Please, don't.

Rumplestiltskin: Kill her. What are you waiting for? Kill her.

Emma: Stop!

[Merida gasps as Emma pulls her over with a magical force and rips out her heart.]

Rumplestiltskin: Excellent. Now... crush it.


Hook: Swan. Don't.

Emma: What? How?

Hook: It doesn't matter how. Has anything ever stopped me before?

Emma: You don't know what's happening. This is the only way to find Merlin. He's the only one who can stop the darkness.

Rumplestiltskin: Quite right. Crush it.

Emma: The only way to protect all of you.

Regina: But to stop the darkness, you're going to let it consume you.

Emma: You don't know that.

Mary Margaret: We're not going to take the chance.

Hook: No, wait. You can't do that. This has to be her choice.

[Heart beating]

Rumplestiltskin: Don't listen to them. They don't understand what's at stake.

Emma: You don't understand what's at stake. If I don't find Merlin, the darkness will destroy all of you.

Hook: Emma, please. No.

Emma: The dark one destroys everyone near it. Look at Gold. I can't do that to my family. And to you.

[Heart beating]

Rumplestiltskin: She has to die.

Emma: She has to die.

Hook: Listen to your words. It's not you speaking, Emma. We can find another way together. Look at us... heroes and villains together for you, because of you. And if we can overcome it... if we can overcome our demons...

[Merida whimpers]

Hook: Then so can you.

[Beating continues]

[Merida gasps as Emma shoves the heart back into her chest and then hugs Hook.]

[Breathing heavily]

Emma: You okay?

Merida: Oh, for someone who just now had their heart outside their chest, grand.

Emma: Thank you for... well, sort of understanding.

Merida: No, thank you.

Emma: For what? I nearly killed you.

Merida: Well-aware. Thank you for showing me the darkness in you. Reminding me I've got darkness in me, too. I was on my way to kill the people who took my brothers, but maybe... maybe I'll show them mercy... Mercy that can heal my divided land. But someone's gonna get a right good punch to the gut for putting me through this. Then mercy.

[Wisp whooshing]

Emma: Mom, dad, this is too dangerous. You shouldn't have come.

David: We had to.

Mary Margaret: You're our daughter.

Hook: Well, you don't look like a crocodile.

Emma: I guess I lucked out.

Mary Margaret: Here. We think you should have this.

[Mary Margaret offers Emma the Dark One dagger.]

David: Take it. You'll be able to control yourself.

[Rumplestiltskin appears over David's shoulder.]

Emma: No.

Hook: Emma, think about it. If it falls into the wrong hands, what it could do... what you could do...

Emma: The fight to control my darkness has just begun. It's too much power. Someone needs to watch me.

[Emma offers the dagger to Regina.]

Regina: Are you serious?

Emma: I saved you. Now save me. And if you can't save me, do what no one else will willingly do. You're the only one who will get past their feelings and do what is necessary... Destroy me.

Henry: It won't come to that.

Emma: I know, kid. So, are you guys gonna tell me how y'all got here?

Hook: Well, it might be easier to show you.

Emma: You brought Granny's...

Granny: Backup generator's working, but the fryers are shot.

Emma: And Granny.

Grumpy: Terrible news! No onion rings!

Emma: And Leroy.

Mary Margaret: There's no shortage of people who want to help you.

Belle: Emma!

[Horse whinnies]

Grumpy: What now?

[Horse whinnies]

Emma: Stand back.

[Horse whinnies]

Emma: Who are you, and what do you want?

King Arthur: I'm King Arthur of Camelot. We've come to find you.

Hook: Find us?

Percival: My Lord, they think their arrival is a surprise.

Mary Margaret: You were expecting us.

King Arthur: It was Merlin. He prophesied your coming here a long time ago, just as he prophesied many things.

Emma: Merlin. Where is he? We were told that he's been missing.

King Arthur: For years, yes. But not for much longer because according to his prophecy, you're destined to reunite him with us. Now, then, if you'll all follow me...

Emma: Where?

King Arthur: Why, Camelot, of course.

[Fanfare plays as the whole crew walks across the bridge to Camelot castle.]

SCENE: Storybrooke. Six weeks later.

Sleepy: Well, Sheriff, I love how quiet the town is.

Sneezy: Oh, that's 'cause I know how to sheriff.


[Thunder crashes, tires screech]

[All groaning]

SCENE: Storybrooke. Granny's.

Sneezy: What are you guys doing here?

Mary Margaret: What happened?

David: We're back.

Hook: Bloody hell.

Regina: This doesn't make any sense. We were just walking into Camelot.

Grumpy: What the hell are we wearing? Sneezy, what happened? How long were we gone?

Sneezy: Six weeks.

Regina: What?

David: Our memories... they're gone.

Mary Margaret: Again?

Hook: Where's Emma?


Emma: Relax. I'm right here.

Henry: Mom? What happened to you?

Emma: Isn't it obvious? You went to Camelot to get the darkness out of me.


Emma: And you failed.


Emma: What the hell are you supposed to be?

Sneezy: Ah...

[Emma turns Sneezy into stone.]

Emma: There's no savior in this town anymore.

Regina: Emma, stop. That's enough.

Emma: Or what?

Regina: Or I'll do exactly what you asked me to.

[Regina reaches for the Dark One dagger at her side and finds it missing.]

Emma: Looking for this?

[Thunder rumbles]

Emma: Nobody's gonna touch this dagger but me. Now, for what you all did to me... You're about to be punished.

Hook: Emma. Why are you doing this?

Emma: Because... I am the Dark One.