Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×08
CAUTION: promo previews, sneak peeks, & speculations
“Smash the Mirror” – In Arendelle, when the Snow Queen tries to pit Elsa and Anna against each other and it proves more difficult than she anticipates, she takes drastic measures. Meanwhile, in Storybrooke Emma’s powers are out of control and her fear of hurting loved ones pushes her away from everyone she cares about. In her confusion, Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control. Gold tells her about a way to get rid of her powers altogether and Hook tries to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with her plan to find the author of the storybook until her quest takes an unexpected turn. Robin Hood recruits Will Scarlet to assist him on a mission and Mary Margaret and David search for Emma in this special, two-hour “Once Upon a Time,” written by David H. Goodman and Jerome Schwartz and directed by Eagle Egillson and Ralph Hemecker.
Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:
As usual, two sneak peeks were released for “Smash the Mirror,” despite it being twice as long. In the first, an angry Elsa confronts the imprisoned Anna.
The second, Emma seeks Gold’s assistance in removing her magic.
Surprisingly, I think the promo reveals a lot more than both the sneak peeks put together. The peeks just flesh out, “Emma turns to Gold for help getting her powers under control. Gold tells her about a way to get rid of her powers altogether,” and, “the Snow Queen tries to pit Elsa and Anna against each other.” Sure, they whet the appetite and show a bit of how those situations start. But the promo has so much more.
Some of it’s expected: Emma accidentally blasting henry, the ribbons on Ingrid’s bed. Some of it isn’t. There’s a lot going on in what we’re still calling “The House of Mouse,” where Rumple and Belle had their honeymoon dance. Emma and Rumple face off under the chandelier in the ballroom. Then Emma approaches the door as The Apprentice’s warning, “You have no idea the forces you are dealing with,” plays over the scene. Finally, Emma and Elsa grasp hands and something we usually only see when she touches Regina happens.
Slipping The Apprentice in there might be nothing more than a clever voiceover, but I think it points to this being part of Rumple’s plan to cleave himself from the wavy knife. I suppose the sneak peek offers one insight that bears on this. The spell Rumple presents removes “light magic from those who choose to part with it.” We’ve seen Emma practice dark magic with Regina in Neverland. Is that why the Snow Queen isn’t interfering?
The second shock is Anna holding the urn in Arendelle. Ingrid told Elsa that her sister put her in the urn in the first place, but I still don’t want to believe it. Once tends to work parallels pretty consistently, though; and since Gerda imprisoned Ingrid, it makes sense. In the same scene Anna throws the necklace Elsa gave her into the fireplace. That tells us a lot. It was taken from her when Ingrid put her in the dungeon. She gets it back and gets out. And things go sour between the sisters again.
We also know how the necklace suffered the damage we see in modern day Storybrooke. I imagine we’ll actually see how both the necklace and the urn come into Rumplestiltskin’s possession in this episode. Which means we’ll probably see Elsa trapped and some more memory wiping in Arendelle. Exciting stuff.