- Snow unwittingly drinks another cup of water containing something unexpected, this time it restores her ability to conceive — a moment intertwined with Emma drinking water from the Storybrooke wishing well (aka Seemingly Lake Nostos).
- As the time, August told Emma that “if you drink the water from the well, something lost will be returned to you.” And returned something was, in both instances.
THE LIAR, THE WITCH, AND THE RIDE HOME
- Snow and Emma’s “ride home” is up in smoke, as is the symbolism of Emma taking the same trip twice over — though there’s meaning in Emma burning the portal to protect Henry, just as Snow and Charming sort of protected her by sending her through the portal as a baby.
- Cora has the wardrobe ashes which seem to activate. She mentioned earlier (while still in the guise of Lancelot) that there may be a way to recharge it, and you wouldn’t put it past her. Is Regina going to get the MUTHA of all shocks?
MORE UPON AN OBSERVATIONS
- In Arthurian legend the lady of the lake was (among other interpretations) the ruler of Avalon who raised Lancelot after the death of his father. It seems OUAT’s titular “lady of the lake” is Charming’s mother given that her sacrifice broke Snow’s curse and enabled the ‘”saviour” to be born. Snow and Emma are also reasonable interpretations.
- The “safe haven” is apparently a little island that the survivors found after they woke from their frozen state. It remains to be seen how Cora found her way back from the “annoying little world” that Regina apparently sent her to.
- Cora may have something to do with ‘protecting’ the survivors from the curse, whether intentionally or by the circumstance of being Regina’s mother.
- Amusingly, Cora tells Emma that “the apple fell very far from the tree”. How sweet, Cora knows Regina’s signifier! Though it’s interesting to think that Cora may actually mean this. She may not see herself as quite the antagonist that most everyone else does, which may imply that she’s not after the kind of mother/child redemption that Regina is currently seeking with Henry.
- As I mentioned in the preview post, Snow believing that Cora is worse that Regina makes sense after what she put both of them through. Though one wonders whether Cora has a redemptive shred to her own origins story?
- Presumably Cora also inhabited Lancelot’s memories as well, which ties in with the whole “we are both” theme being explored.
- The Ogres have indeed returned, suggesting at some point the war was ‘won’? Presumably the Ogres regained their foothold once Emma decided to stay in Storybrooke? Or is it Cora’s doing, a means of controlling the survivors through fear?
- Emma mistakes Ogres for Giants, “As in Fee-fi-fo-fum,” which was a bit silly and just an excuse to have Smarty Pants Snow correct her, as well as foreshadow the arrival of an actual giant.
- As everyone knows, “Ogres are far worse”. Why? Because! No origins story for the Ogres, it seems. Though as terrible as they are, they are easily killed. Shooting them through the eye gets the job done.
- Dragons v Ogres? I don’t Mulan, I know Emma was being a smarty pants, but I think I’d take my chances with an Ogre.
- Apparently lighting a fire doesn’t attract Ogres because they can’t see. I guess they can’t smell either, according to that logic.
- Apparently, the water from Lake Nostos is more powerful than fairy dust, and it can be used for just about any problem. To bad there’s none left otherwise a quick dip and Cora would be ‘fixed’.
- First Snow drinks Rumples’ love-erasing potion, then she eats Regina’s poisoned apple and here she rather inexplicably drinks George’s cursed water before knocking back de-cursing water. Yikes, Snow.
- Lancelot apparently had a love story of his own, though it doesn’t look like we’ll get to find out about the woman who shaped his path from the Round Table. That being said, flashbacks leave the possibility open.
- I know Regina’s turned ‘good’ and all, but I don’t believe her motivations in this episode. Letting Henry and Charming run around in her lair? Really, Reggie?
- Albert Spencer (aka King George) watches Henry (aka his ‘great grandson’) from the shadows. As far as the backstory narrative goes he hates Charming and Snow, and obviously didn’t want them to have children. It might be interesting to see how he now feels about being a grandfather and great grandfather. Is blood thicker than cursed water, so to speak?
- So now Henry wants to be in fairytale land. Not so much because his mother and grandmother are trapped there, but because he wants to learn how to ride horses and sword fight. Heck Henry, you can do that on Earth!
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