We learn more context to the original Rumplestiltskin tale and see Regina and Cora in a battle over the powers of the Dark One. One will die!
These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “The Miller’s Daughter” in our upcoming full episode live on Wednesday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. (EDT/GMT-4).
Cora’s desire to rid herself of Rumplestiltskin in order to take his place as The Dark One takes one step closer to becoming reality as she and Regina try to overpower a dying Mr. Gold, and Mary Margaret is once again tempted by dark magic. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to offer his services to a younger Cora – for a price – when the king calls her bluff and orders her to actually follow through on her boast of being able to spin straw into gold.
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Some of our interesting discussion points (in no particular order):
- Princess Eva from northern kingdom, so she’s not Cora’s sister after all. But where is Leopold (Snow’s father) in all this?
- The Ball looks like its at Cinderella’s castle, but this could just be a reused set.
- The dagger David and Mary Margaret found was definitely the real Dark One’s dagger.
- Rumplestiltskin told Cora to use negative emotions to wield magic, but Mr. Gold told Emma to use positive emotions. Is Emma starting to enjoy magic?
- Rumplestiltskin and Cora had affections, but it wasn’t true love or else their kisses would’ve broken Rumplestiltskin’s powers.
- What a phone call from Mr. Gold to Belle! And Neal is showing love for his dad.
- Rumple’s visions could see as far as Cora’s coming to kill him.
- Regina, which means queen, was named that because should was supposed to someday be queen.
- When Cora had her heart back, she told Regina, “You would have been enough.” This seemed to be her one and only moment of true love.
- Regina’s holding dying Cora with Mr. Gold standard over was very similar to scenes in the Pilot and “Stable Boy.”
- Cora is dead! But not Regina will probably become the Evil Queen again, perhaps even in her previous wardrobe (which she has in her vault).
We gave everything a brief overview and would love to hear your thoughts!
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