Clues, easter eggs and observations from Once Upon A Time Episode 8 — “Desperate Souls”.
TITLE CARD Clue
As we know, the opening title cards for OUAT contain a foreshadowing clue for the episode. The clue for “Desperate Souls” depicts “The Dark One,” teasing Rumplestiltskin’s backstory.
A Wheel Of A Time
The spinning wheel is representative of Rumples’ character — as illustrated with his patience, ability to spin a yarn and eye for a ‘loophole’. The wheel can also signify history repeating itself, with Baelfire set to fight in the war just as Rumples did (or, y’know, didn’t).
He’s A Real Choker
One of “The Dark One’s” abilities is to seemingly choke the life out of people from range. You’d think he’d be able to ‘turn the tide’ in the Ogre wars single-handedly.
Sheriff Died? Humbug
Graham’s last name revealed — Humbert. And look! He organized charity fundraisers. In case you were wondering why he’s considered to be such a ‘good’ soul when very little evidence of that was shown in the story. Oh, off-screen.
Emma’s A Glass Act
The guy in the blue overalls at Regina’s press conference resembles the giant who gave a lock of his hair to fuel Regina’s curse in the Pilot. (hat-tip to Seriable reader David B. who also made this possible connection).
Got The Moves Like Dagger
Alluding to the mystical dagger, Gold tells Regina: “I like small weapons, you see. The needle, the pen. The fine point of the deal.”
Of course, Gold’s fascination with contracts is a direct result of his life-defining encounter with Zoso, who warned him that magic always comes with a price.
Fire Of Contrivance
Emma says she’s fighting fire with fi– BOOM!
Given that Gold set the fire, it’s another direct parallel — to his equally contrived mission to retrieve the Duke’s mystical dagger, in which he was set-up by Zoso.
The SB events in this episode are just as much about Gold as they are Emma.
Hop Along Archie
Archie: “wow, crickets..”
He’s here all week, folks!