Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...
The globe will be filled with snow by midnight.
Your family will lose their lives.
You were after the pen.
I watched you crush my grandparents' hearts.
And that story still needs its ending.
Where are you going?
To get help from some friends.
I tell you, there's nothing like morning in Storybrooke.
Now get whistlin', you two.
Dwarfs got standards to maintain.
[ALL WHISTLE "HEIGH-HO"]
Here you go, Leroy.
The usual. Times seven.
The greatest sandwich in all the realms.
[HORN BLARES, TIRES SQUEAL]
Oh, no! I'm so sorry.
- Are you okay?
- I'm fine.
My lunch ain't so lucky!
- Who you are?
- It's a bit complicated, but, um, there was another curse.
We were trapped in Seattle...
Great coffee, too much rain...
And then we broke the curse, and Henry's wife and daughter, well, they were kidnapped, and now he's in trouble and the point is, Henry Mills needs our help!
I saw Henry at his graduation.
- He's fine.
And he certainly doesn't have a daughter.
Ugh! Do I have to explain everything?
The curse brought us back in time.
Our Henry's all grown up.
And right now, he's in need of a serious rescue operation, so go tell Snow White and Prince Charming.
Do you understand us, or do we have to try again?
Yeah, we understand you.
We've been through this before.
Oh, finally! [CHUCKLES]
When you told me about Storybrooke, you said warm hugs and apple pies, not cross bolts to my head!
Yeah, well, I guess when strangers show up here, it's safe to assume they come with a villain plan.
That's Aunt Regina's car.
If we tell her Henry's in trouble, she'll believe us, no matter what our story is.
Go! Go, go.
You can stop staring.
Yes, it's me, the Wicked Witch.
Did you want a selfie or are you just going to stand there all bloody day?
Uh, we were looking for Regina.
She's not here.
She and Emma took Henry on a graduation trip.
Just... move along before I turn you both into flying monkeys.
No, you won't.
I happen to know that you don't have magic right now.
That's why you're driving
Robin to Ashley's daycare.
If you had magic, you would just poof there.
You always hated driving.
Especially that car 'cause the brakes that always jerk, but really it's just because you have a lead foot.
Who are you?
And how the hell do you know so much about me and my daughter?
This may be a little hard to process, but that -year-old girl in that car seat there...
So, you better get your game face on and go and get that magic bean hiding in the cupboard because our family needs your help.
I knew you'd save us!
Yeah, uh, let's... let's get you warm, first, okay?
Let's see if we can find some blankets or something.
I don't understand.
Why are you cold?
The Dark One doesn't get cold.
Rumplestiltskin used the author's pen for more than he let on.
He's stripped me of my immortality... and of my powers.
So I can neither escape, nor stop him.
From doing what?
Well, that's the question.
You see, he is me... but with the darkness unchecked by the love of Belle.
He will use this new power to hurt anyone he can and drag us all into the darkness where he wallows.
Seems like wallowing is something you have in common.
Look, I'm sorry that you can't be with Belle, but you're not the only one who's suffered loss.
I may never fix my heart.
I may never be together with Alice again... but I'm not giving up.
Let's play a little game, "Your Majesty."
Tell me... do you remember this place,
what you did here?
This is where I first declared I would cast the Dark Curse.
At my grandparents' wedding, no less.
Henry, that wasn't me.
I am not who you think I am.
And I am not the Evil Queen anymore.
So that wasn't you who crushed their hearts?
That's what I thought.
Tell me, was revenge everything you'd hoped it would be?
I didn't mean to kill your grandparents.
It was a mistake.
Don't mind them.
They're just here to make sure you don't make any more...
Not that you'd get that far wearing that cuff on your wrist.
No magic, remember?
I want to help you.
Rumple is using you.
Why should I ever trust you?
Because in another realm... I am your mother.
And I can't bear to let anything happen to you.
I don't care what realm we're in.
This isn't you.
You are brave and kind.
And when life gets hard, you always do the right thing.
You've saved so many people. Hell, you've saved me.
Please, let me save you now.
[STERNLY] I don't need to be saved.
Consider that a reminder that in this realm, stories are written in blood and tears.
And now they'll be written in yours.
We fight tomorrow.
And I'll finally have my happy ending...
MAN: The lady looks thirsty.
Is this a dream?
Well, if it is, it's an excellent one.
I thought you were gone.
But I'm also in here.
I'm always in here.
I've missed you.
I might be joining you soon.
My own son wants me dead.
Or, at least, a version of him does.
He doesn't... see me as his mother.
Like when we met?
And I thought of you as a villain?
I was a villain.
You were... betwixt and between.
But I knew that you could and would move to the light.
You were the one who got me there.
No, I only helped.
You did the work.
And Henry must, too.
You can help him, too. You can show him it's possible.
Your life is proof that no one's path is set.
It's not fair, Robin.
Our story was so short.
That doesn't make it any less epic.
Our spirit's gonna break long before that glass.
We should try another area.
There must be a weak spot.
There's that unshakable determination, however misguided.
That's the reason why I kept you as a partner, Detective.
That and your good heart.
Well, seeing as we're allowing certain death to bring up secret truths, I do have to ask you... giving the amount of power that you once held, how come you never
used it to destroy me?
Because you were the closest thing I ever had to a friend.
The hell is that?
It's our salvation.
It's Maui's Hook.
Oh, where did it come from?
Well, I have a good hunch.
Let me see if I'm right.
I knew it was your magic saved us.
Don't apologize. [SIGHS]
Without you, we'd all be dead.
Hey, where's my mom? Please tell me she's with you.
We found this nailed to a tree right when we got here.
"Come see King Henry serve justice to the Evil Queen at dawn"?
Looks like we've got another rescue to mount.
ZELENA: And we'd better hurry...
Seems your alter ego has got a twisted take on "happy endings."
Yeah, and while you find his alter ego,
I'm gonna search the castle to find something to deal with mine.
Where have you been?
Don't get your crown in a twist, Dearie.
I've been writing a new spell.
That doesn't look like a spell.
It looks like a storybook.
Well, uh, aren't spells just stories of a kind?
After all, they're both merely words on a page.
Until you give them something more.
And I need magic ink to do so.
You found a loophole.
Well, you did, Dearie.
Th-That little stain on your knife...
The Queen's blood, I presume?
Now the test.
Bring in the sprite!
When looking for expendable guinea pigs for questionable experiments, always mine the fairies.
So, that's why you needed the Queen's blood?
To torture a fairy?
The Queen's blood was mere motivation.
What I really needed was your blood... to boil.
Emotions run strong in Authors... highly potent.
So, you think my emotions can power your spell?
Well, there's only one way to find out.
Close your eyes.
I want you to hold that knife... feel its cold blade.
Now think back.
Remember how it felt to cause your enemy pain... to spill her blood?
That was really impressive.
You've got great darkness in you, Dearie.
Where's the fairy?
Trapped in a prison made just for her.
Don't you just love a happy ending?
And soon, every hero from every realm
shall suffer the same fate.
Each one drowning in their own isolation and loneliness.
Once you kill the Queen, their fates will be sealed.
Look at your face.
[VOICE BREAKING] Now the Guardian's gone.
And no matter what I do...
I can never earn my way back to you.
and I've failed.
And I'm so sorry.
Look, I'm pretty good with a bow, but that is a lot of bad guys.
We just have to create a diversion so that the others can sneak Henry in to rescue Regina.
It's getting worse, isn't it?
I've survived this long, but my end is close at hand.
Take care of Alice.
Of course, I will.
[SIGHS] There's something I want to ask you.
[SIGHING] I'm not sure right now is the best time.
This might be your only time.
Can I... have your blessing to marry Alice?
Of course, of course, you have my blessing.
And here's the thing. You're wrong.
Your ending isn't "at hand."
I don't care what we're up against.
No matter what, you are walking Alice down that aisle.
I wouldn't dare argue with my future daughter-in-law.
[ALL SHOUTING, HORSE NEIGHS]
HENRY: Alice, wait here.
[SHOUTING IN DISTANCE]
I got this.
Please don't hurt him.
Who are you?
We heard you needed some help.
CHARMING: When I look around this table,
I see old friends and a lot of concerned faces.
Snow and I led a war room like this once before, and we prevailed.
Yes, a lot has changed since then.
Enemies have become friends.
A new generation has joined the fight.
And a new friend, who feels like an old friend, has found his way to us.
But what hasn't changed is, we are on the side of right.
We know how dangerous Rumplestiltskin has been in the past, and this version is evil beyond anything we've ever seen.
When we went to rescue Regina, we found a room full of new storybooks.
And let's just say for each and every one of us, he's crafted a terrible fate.
One that's designed to pierce our hearts and break our spirits.
Well, this is bloody disturbing.
Separate books, separate realms.
The stories are complete, but Rumple hasn't been able to make them real yet.
That's what we have to prevent him from doing.
There's no time to wait.
I'm gonna go find Weaver...
I-I mean our Rumple...
See what he's found out.
Take Robin and Henry with you.
I'll go with them.
I'm getting good at keeping far enough away for safety.
Okay, then. Everyone else, scatter throughout the realms.
Reach whoever you can and warn them.
Snow and I will start with the outer villages.
They need to be reminded not to lose hope.
If Rumple succeeds, he thinks everyone will be lost for good, but I don't believe that.
Charming and I have always been able to find each other, and I refuse to believe that we're the only ones.
With love in their hearts, with hope, anyone can do it.
They just have to believe that no one would be able to pull them apart forever, that we will succeed.
ROGERS: Please tell me you found something.
We may be in luck.
As I did, this Dark One...hid some magic for a rainy day.
All I have to do now is get close enough to that Crocodile to rip his heart out... and this whole thing will be over.
Too late, Dearie.
Already have it.
An Author with a darkened heart.
She couldn't have gotten far.
No need for the cavalry.
I'm right here.
Turning yourself in?
Or are you here to mother me some more?
I know you might find this hard to believe, but there are people out there...
A good, kind version of your family...
That can help you heal... just as they helped me.
The only way I'm going to heal is by killing you.
But I'll give you a chance to defend yourself 'cause I'm better than you.
Henry, I won't fight you.
As long as you die, I don't really care.
Alice, hold on!
Henry... this isn't the way.
You don't get to decide that.
Alice, no! Hold on!
I'm so sorry.
Daddy, let go!
You knew I wouldn't listen to you, so why did you come here?!
I had to.
No, you didn't! What do you want from me?!
I just want you to know that you weren't alone.
Because I know what that's like, too.
You deserve to be alone, and that's how you're going to die.
I know you think I'm a villain whose life isn't worth saving, but yours means everything to me...
All versions of it.
So if this is how I have to go out...
Showing you that there are people in the world that love you, no matter what you do...
Oh, then... that's a worthy end for me.
TILLY: Papa! Papa, hold on!
MARGOT: Alice, what's happening?
His heart's given out. He's dying!
Hold on, Papa! No!
- [SOBBING] Papa...
This is all your fault.
- Look at you.
[STRAINED] I am not weak.
- You could've fooled me.
- [BREATHING HEAVILY]
You see, what you don't understand is,
I am the strongest version of us.
You have evolved into a pathetic shell of us.
But don't worry.
You will soon just be a faded memory, and I shall be the Rumplestiltskin the world remembers.
Papa, please wake up.
Please. Please. Oh, Papa, please!
Please wake up, Papa.
You are the Dark One.
As was I.
And I know all our little secrets.
Becoming the Dark One was the act of a coward, but I'm no longer that man.
And that weak coward will not be the Rumplestiltskin the world remembers.
So, what's your plan then?
Talk me to death?
Oh, my plan is... to do whatever it takes.
No, the line of the Guardians is gone.
You'll never be with Belle!
I know that.
But I also know... you don't do the right thing for a reward.
You do it because it's right.
Now, I've been selfish for too long.
I've been living on stolen time.
Now I will finally face the unknown.
[GASPS, CLICKS TONGUE]
- [WEAVER GROANS]
- [HEART BEATING]
No more Rumple?
Papa, are you...
I'm fine. I-I'm cured.
I thought I'd lost you.
So did I.
He did it.
He gave you his heart.
Goodbye, old friend.
Oh, you're okay?
Yeah, I'm fine.
It's all gonna be fine, but w-what's happening here?
He did it for me.
He did it to save me.
To save all of us.
Thank you for one last lesson...
That darkness can always find the light.
And thank you for one last gift.
You saved us... and I know you thought that that would make your dreams be in vain.
[WHISPERING] But I refuse to believe that.
If anyone deserves peace, it is you.
I will miss you.
But you deserve your happy ending.
Now go find it.
I knew you'd make it home.
WISH HENRY: Everyone's been looking for you.
I just... I needed a moment.
They, uh... well, we want to know... what's next?
[SIGHS] There's a lot to figure out.
But we all do need to go home.
I found something here I think might be able to help us.
I need to cast one more curse.
You can't be serious.
The Dark Curse is the blueprint for something wonderful.
What if instead of crushing the heart of the thing I love most... everyone I love and who loves me gifted a small piece of their own?
And then maybe... just maybe... instead of separating everyone... this magic brings them together.
What if I could bring all the realms to Storybrooke?
There would be no more separation.
For once, we can... all be together.
All the realms of story, secretly tucked away in a forgotten corner in Maine.
"Operation: We Are Both" is a go.
ZELENA: Is that Maleficent?
REGINA: Yeah, she found Lily's father.
You know it was Zorro?
Really? Zorro's a dragon.
She didn't RSVP.
RSVP to what? Where are you taking me?
All right, Zelena. What is going on?
I mean, obviously this isn't a meeting about state affairs.
Oh, she catches on quick.
Remember Operation: Keep Your Trap Closed?
All right, everyone. What's going on?
What is this?
This is for you.
SNOW: All the realms have been united.
And now... we need someone to lead us.
The people have decided... Your Majesty.
Okay, Neil. Go on down.
They want it to be you, Regina.
Are you ready?
Is everyone here?
[WHISPERS] I think the baby was fussy.
Oh, okay. [CHUCKLES]
Shall we begin?
Do you, Regina Mills, accept the role of the first elected ruler of the newly united realms?
So, if you please.
I now crown you...
You didn't think I was gonna miss this, did you?
- Aww, hey, kid.
- Hi, Mom.
You want to give your stepfather a hand there?
- Pun intended.
- [BABY COOS]
Pun always intended, isn't that the case?
- So, how is little Hope?
Is she ready for her first coronation?
[WHISPERS LOUDLY] If we're all here, can I please continue?
Sorry, Mom. Sorry.
I now crown you...
The Good Queen.
Long may she reign!
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
Uh, I think you'll find it's "Your Majesty."
Well, she'll always be "Madame Mayor" to me.
- This is it.
It's your happy ending.
Mm, no, Miss Swan, not even close.
This isn't an ending.
I hate endings.
Because then your story is done.
And everyone here...
well, their stories are far from over.
Well... a happy beginning then.
I like to call it... a second chance.
I thought my story came to an end a long time ago, and then new people came into my life...
People who gave me a second chance.
I can't wait to see what's store for me next.
Well, for everyone.
I refuse to believe there won't be more adventures.... more love...
And yes, there will be more loss...because that's just a part of life.
And in the end, we can get past it all...with hope.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]