Once Upon A Time aired a jam-packed Season 3 finale last Sunday night. While the entire season was on fire, it's clear next season things are about to get very cold. Check out what happened to our favorite Storybrooke characters at the conclusion of Season 3 after the jump!
Rewriting The Past
Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) attempted to stop Zelena’s (Rebecca Mader) time portal, but ended up being sucked into it. They landed in The Enchanted Forest of the past, before Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) met.
Emma suggested they find Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) to return to Storybrooke, but they ran into trouble and accidentally altered the future. Emma was behind her parents never meeting, and had to remedy the situation, so she could be created.
Hook and Emma traveled through the forest to find Rumpel, but he found them first. Rumpel immediately put Hook in a Darth Vader chokehold, while Emma begged for him to be freed.
She updated Rumpel on their current predicament, and he brought them to his castle to fix it. He advised them to help the future royal couple meet at a ball later that evening.
Emma and Hook donned the proper attire and headed to the ball. However, everything went wrong. Snow and Charming met, but it was because she stole his mother’s wedding ring.
Emma found herself locked up in the dungeon, while The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) eventually captured Snow. Emma managed to free herself and a fellow prisoner from the dungeon in just enough time to watch TEQ burn Snow at the stake.
As Emma sulked outside the castle with Hook, Red (Meghan Ory) and Charming, a bug kept bothering them. It turns out the bug was Snow, who used the last stash of dark fairy dust on herself ,before the fire burned her to ash.
Snow, Charming and Red parted ways from Emma and Hook. Emma remembered an important detail of the story, which had been altered again. Originally, Snow saved Charming from the trolls with the dark fairy dust, which she already used on herself. Hook and Emma made sure Snow saved Charming from the trolls, and the love story was back on.
There’s No Place Like Home
As Hook and Emma brainstormed a way to escape Rumpel’s powerful magic closet, Hook informed Emma it was time to stop running. She admitted he was right.
Hook demanded to know what changed her mind. Emma confessed watching Snow White die changed her outlook on life. When Emma hugged Snow after her great escape, she was devastated her mother didn’t recognize her. Emma realized the reason Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) brought her to Storybrooke in the first place was to bring her home.
Once Emma admitted Storybrooke was her home, the magic wand Emma was holding glowed. She got her powers back!
Emma opened the portal. Hook, with the prisoner from the dungeon, jumped through it first.
Just as Emma was about to jump through it, Rumpel grabbed her. He ordered Emma to tell her what happened in the future with Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James). She spilled her guts, and Rumpel let her go.
After Emma’s departure, Rumpel drank a forgetting potion to ensure he didn’t know too much about his future. Emma returned to Storybrooke and reunited with her family. She also informed Henry they were staying in town, because there’s no place like home.
Naming The Prince
The entire town gathered at Granny’s (Beverley Elliott) for the naming of the new prince. After Hook and Emma returned from The Enchanted Forest, the festivities finally began.
Charming gave a speech about the boy’s namesake being a hero. Please welcome to the world Prince Neal Charming. I think a collective “Awwww” is appropriate here.
Rumpelstiltskin and Belle Tie The Knot
Rumpelstiltskin and Belle (Emilie de Ravin) decided get married after the naming of the prince. In a small ceremony in the forest, Archie Hopper (Raphael Sbarge) presided over the nuptials.
Rumpel told Belle he owes her everything. He doesn’t understand how she sees the man beneath the monster.
As for her reply, well I’ll let her take it from here. “The monster is gone. The man beneath him may be flawed, but we all are. I love you for it. Sometimes the best book has the dustiest jacket. And sometimes the best tea cup is chipped”.
Well, I’m officially a blubbering mess. However, I better dry it up when Season 4 arrives, because Belle still doesn’t know Rumpel gave her a fake dagger and killed Zelena.
Hooked For You
After the naming ceremony, Emma found Hook outside of Granny’s by himself. They reminisced about their adventure in The Enchanted Forest.
Emma thanked him for coming to her rescue in New York. She asked how he was able to find her.
Hook explained he out ran the curse on The Jolly Roger, and then traded it for a magic bean to open a portal to New York. Emma was floored Hook would trade his ship for her. She rewarded him with one big makeout session. Someone pass me a cigarette, because these two are smoking!
Good Feelings Gone
Regina, Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and Roland (Raphael Alejandro) all arrived at Prince Neal’s naming ceremony, after getting ice cream. The dungeon prisoner saw Regina and began to panic.
Emma assured her Regina had changed and introduced the two women. Before Emma could tell Regina the prisoner's name, Robin Hood blurted out “Marian”? Marian (Christie Laing) couldn’t believe it was Robin and vice versa. Apparently, Emma saved Robin Hood’s first wife and the mother of his child from death, therefore destroying Regina’s happiness yet again.
Regina was devastated. She likened Emma to Snow, because they never think of the consequences of their actions. Regina warned Emma she better pray she didn’t bring anything else back from her visit to The Enchanted Forest.
Winter Is Coming
Hook and Emma unknowingly had another traveler with them in the portal from The Enchanted Forest. At the scene of Zelena’s magic portal, an urn opened up and a blue liquid poured out of it. It filled the markings where the portal was in the ground, and a woman appeared from the liquid. It was none of than Elsa from Frozen! It appears winter is coming to Storybrooke next season.