Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×16
CAUTION: spoilers (no, really, the sneak peeks are wild)
“Best Laid Plans” – Hook tells Emma that her fate is at stake in Gold’s plan while Regina leads the villains on a wild goose chase. Henry makes a breakthrough in his search to find the Author, but Mary Margaret and David need a moment to reconsider the best course of action. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Snow and Charming search for a way to ensure their child will grow-up to be a hero. When a travelling peddler directs them to visit a kindly old hermit, Snow and Charming are presented with a choice that could secure their child’s goodness, but at a price that will haunt them for years to come, written by Kalinda Vazquez and Jane Espenson and directed by Ron Underwood.
Here’s the ABC promo:
In the first sneak peek, Snow and Charming seek some equestrian augury.
In the second, Henry discovers a secret.
If those are the scenes they’re teasing us with, the episode should be dense and surprising. In fact, they’ve already given away a pair of the complementary moments. Snow’s, “I’m your mother,” and Emma’s, “I don’t care,” are present in the unicorn-induced vision and in present day Storybrooke.
Once Upon a Time’s social media accounts released this image yesterday, which is another spoilery bit.
She’s totally going dark. I don’t know if she’ll undergo a full transformation tonight, but it’s coming. And whatever Snow and Charming did, it was ultimately their best laid plans, and those of a certain mousy magician, that lead to this.
The season’s been teasing it. The first half ended with a curse that brought out the worst in everyone followed by devastating heartbreak for both of the show’s primary antagonists. It was also heavy on mirror imagery. And in a sense that’s what we’re seeing now. Rumple’s renounced romance and redoubled his quest for power. A happy ending no matter what the cost.
I’m reminded of the trailer shown at ComiCon.
There’s a lot to unpack, but the notable quotes are, “Evil isn’t born. It’s made.” and “Magic isn’t about what you seem. It’s about what you feel, inside.” The extent of her parents’ betrayals (that’s an egg they’re stealing from Maleficent in the promo) in her name will sour the savior. This episode is the first step toward a situation where the heroes and villains swap positions. Rumpelstiltskin and Maleficent are going to succeed. They’ll find the Author and the stories will change.