Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Where does Regina find time to get a haircut in between all the final battle planning?
  • Granny’s is the heart of Storybrooke?
  • Did these guys always call Rumple “Gold”? Sounds weird.
  • Some nice continuity with the reveal of why Rumple and his father, the eventual Pan, had such a contentious relationship.
  • Also liked the parallels between Emma and Rumple, especially now that we know they were both saviors: “No curse, no monster, is ever going to be as terrifying as finding out why you were abandoned.”
  • Tiger Lily really shouldn’t have given those prophecy books to Fiona.
  • This show’s penchant for offspring and parents that are the same age is really disconcerting.
  • Zelena + Regina = meh. Figure the production team had to search pretty hard to find that ugly of a green car.
  • Trying to follow this: Rumple was going to be the savior and defeat a great evil. In the effort to root out that evil to save her son, Fiona becomes the Black Fairy and that great evil herself. She uses the sheers to remove that savior status from her son, and gets banished to the Dark Realm by the Blue Fairy (a nebulous place that enables her to escape and steal children occasionally). So now her final battle will involve defeating savior Emma, not her son.
  • Just like her son, however, the Black Fairy ultimately chose power over love, as Rumple has done any number of times. Also in the name of protecting her family, which is a theme he’s pulled out often as well.
  • There’s so much talk about “now we can be a family,” I have to wonder what people like Belle and Black Fairy think that entails. Picnics? Board games?
  • I am not really psyched for next week’s musical wedding (although “Operation Best Man” was cute), but I can see why longtime OUAT “Captain Swan” fans would be. The fate of season seven is still unknown, but guessing that Rumple will somehow double-cross his mother in the final battle in the following week’s finale. But all the talk of “if the worst happens” makes me think that this is the way they’re going to siphon out a bunch of characters, leaving behind Hook, Emma, Regina, and Rumple. Let’s see what happens!

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