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Once Upon a Time “Operation Mongoose” Previews and Predictions

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Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time Season 4 Finale 4×21 & 4×22

CAUTION: spoilers, speculation, & sneak peaks

“Operation Mongoose, Part 1 and Part 2”The Author proves to be a formidable wild card and forges an alliance with Gold. Emma, her parents, Hook and Regina scramble to stop them, but when Gold and the Author turn the tables on heroes and villains alike, the prospect of any happy outcome appears worlds away. Henry discovers he has big shoes to fill as he steps up to save his family before the story’s final page is turned. It’s a race to the finish, and everything culminates with a shocking twist that will leave the residents of Storybrooke reeling, written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and directed by Romeo Tirone (Part 1) and Ralph Hemecker (Part 2)

Brace yourself, ABC released a lot of promotional material this time: two promos and three sneak peeks.

Here’s the promo that aired after last week’s episode:

Here’s the additional promo released late in the week:

In the first sneak peek an evil queen surprises an outlaw in a different sort of story.

In the second, Henry is Isaac’s captive audience.

In the third, your Baelfire question gets answered.

What? You didn’t have a Baelfire question? Monster.

This is all terribly exciting. But how does it all fit together? Normally the sneak peeks are from early in the episode, so I’m guessing these are all from “Operation Mongoose: Part 1.” I realize that leaves a crazy amount unsaid. Still, I’ll roll with it. This is the last time I get to be wrong for awhile.

The episode will essentially continue from the end of “Mother,” opening with the Isaac and Rumple scene and rip into Fairy Tale Land, probably straight into Regina and Snow. Like Isaac says in the last sneak peak, it’s the inciting incident. It gives us a feel for the topsy turvy alternate universe and the mystery within it. Nice and tight.

Even money says Emma saves her. Then we’ll cut back to Isaac and whatever happy ending he was looking for. The episode will play with our feelings, forcing us to wonder if true love can withstand authorial intervention.

But I think it’ll come down to Emma, Rumple, and Henry. Henry’s the boy Snow and Charming were talking about.

4x21-22 Truest Believer

He’ll be trying to convince Emma that she’s in a story all over again. They’ll seek Rumple’s help and explain everything to him. The White Knight will be faced with an impossible choice, but make the right decision. There will be tears.

The author says he can alter memories of the past, but there’s a force greater still, fate prophesied hundreds of years ago. Henry will always be Rumple’s undoing. Remember?

Once they’re out of the book, they’ll be tying up loose ends. Engaging the help of the Sorcerer or his Apprentice. Stopping the Author. And accounting for the power of the Dark One, which had to go somewhere.

I think Emma will make good on her promise from the beginning of the season. She won’t stop until everyone has their happy ending. But I think it’ll take all of her savior game, including a real sacrifice. Everyone but her, then.

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