This is a tricky one. On one hand, this season of Once Upon a Time is actually ten times better than the series has been for the last few years. On the other hand, you got rid of 66% of the beloved cast, and there are people that are very upset. That being said, the ratings are in the toilet. Can Once Upon a Time recover from this? I don’t know. I’ve seen it done before. Sometimes, fan favorites, regardless of how crappy their numbers are, get the renewal anyway. This will come down to if ABC really wants to invest. Of course, with the graveyard slot it, seems like the network’s faith in the fairytale drama is fading.
The two-episode sign-off before the three-week hiatus featured yet another male character being raped without so much as an utterance of the assault. This lack of sensitivity that Once Upon a Time has shown — multiple times — is majorly problematic, especially since a huge part of the fanbase is made up of children.
The thought of a Regina/Roni/Lana Parrilla centric episode sends a wave of excitement through the fandom — for good reason. She’s easily one of the strongest actors on this show and has carried it from the start. This episode of Once Upon a Time was no different. The question remains, where the hell is her Emmy?
On the next episode of Once Upon a Time, Drizella seeks out magic in the enchanted forest. Meanwhile back in Hyperion Heights, Roni learns an unsettling truth.
Princess Tiana got to take center stage, as her story starts to unfold on Once Upon a Time. See how she owned up to her nature and became a badass princess, like all the other women on this show… at least how they started — Emma Swan I’m looking at you.
Rebecca Mader is expected to return this season for a multi-episode arc; and along with her, her grown up daughter Robin will be making an appearance or two.
Emilie de Ravin returns to bid farewell to Belle as the town of Hyperion Heights celebrates Halloween, in the latest episode of Once Upon a Time.