Recap by Joanne Denney
What does it take to be a good leader? Do you have to do whatever it takes no matter what or do you have to be willing to sacrifice? In this episode, Merida seeks knowledge on how to lead her people and save them from a witch’s curse. She also discovers her father’s killer in the process.
Zelena transports Arthur to Camelot after being defeated by Merlin and Emma. Arthur thinks that his knights can overcome the Charmings and Emma if properly motivated. He asks Zelena how far her magic can transport them since he knows of a magical object that can help them in DunBroch.
In DunBroch, Merida lays flowers at her father's grave after saving her brothers and proving that she is fit to be queen. But she still worries that she cannot rule over the clans. Her father made it look so easy, and Merida wishes that her father were there so that she can ask how he did it. Her mother reassures her that her father is always with her. It is her coronation day.
By Joanne Denney
Would you want to know the truth, no matter how terrible the answer? Captain Hook has relentlessly pursued Emma to learn what happened in Camelot that turned her to the dark side. In this episode, Emma’s dark secret revealed, and we witness not one, but two births.
As the episode begins, Charming, Hook, and Robin arrive at Arthur's camp and confront him on why he tried to burn the Crimson Crown and the identity of Nimue. Arthur attempts to flee cutting his way through the tent. Hook and Arthur tussle. When Killian loses his weapon, Arthur brings his sword downward only to be blocked by Emma with Excalibur. She has appeared out of nowhere to save Killian. Arthur realizes that Excalibur is finally whole before Emma knocks him out.
Hook demands to know from Emma about Nimue and why she wants Excalibur. Emma finally confesses that she's doing it all for him and then disappears.
by Samantha Lee - @samsjag
In this episode of Once Upon a Time we learn about Merlin's tragic love story and how it is related to the origin of the Dark One. In Camelot, Emma continues to battle against the Darkness inside her, while in present day Storybrooke the Dark Swan finally manages to reunite Excalibur and the Dagger.
In the Beginning, or 1000 years before the Age of Arthur anyway, two men are racing across the barren desert. It's Merlin and a companion. They have escaped from someone. A flash of light draws them on with the hope of water. What they find is nothing less than the Holy Grail. The companion chooses poorly and ends up as dust, but Merlin knows to be humble and asks the gods' permission before drinking. In return, he is granted powerful magic and the desert is transformed into an enchanted forest when he touches the ground. So Merlin's story begins.
The Bear and The Bow