Sunday's episode of Once Upon a Time was all about preparing for the Snow Queen's curse that would turn loved ones against one another to hit the town of Storybrooke, and it was in the final moments that it happened, despite the residents' attempts to find a cure.
Mashable aptly called it "the calm before the Spell of Shattered Sight storm," as this Once Upon a Time episode saw a few reunions and everyone except for a select few needing to be locked up -- or away -- to protect them from hurting someone they loved. First, however, Elsa's determination to find her sister was one of the reasons why they couldn't come up with a cure; she took the necklace that eventually helped her to find Anna instead of letting the fairies destroy it for the cure.
That necklace ended up being the Wishing Star and granted Elsa's wish to be reunited with her sister, and so Anna and Kristoff, after being thrown off the Jolly Roger in a trunk by Blackbeard, arrive in Storybrooke. Hook, on Mr. Gold's order, trapped the fairies into the sorcerer's hat so even if there had been enough time by the time they found Anna, it didn't matter. It was too late.
While Emma, Elsa and Anna were declared immune to the curse, the others had to make sure they were separated from the ones they cared about when the curse hit. Mr. Gold sealed Belle into his shop with a protection spell, while Regina did the same to Henry before sealing herself in her vault. Snow and Charming locked themselves up in separate cells and left baby Neal in his sister's care. While Charming believed that the spell wouldn't affect them -- they do share a heart -- Mashable noted that "the crazy look in the couple's eyes as they let go of each other's hands" was a pretty good indication that that's not true.
As the Inquisitr previously reported when it was released too early, the Once Upon a Time promo for the next episode, "Shattered Sight," which you can watch below, shows the effects of the spell on the town. The Evil Queen is back, and she and Snow White are going to be facing off -- with swords. "They're their worst selves," Elsa says as she, Emma and Anna are going to have to watch what the spell does to their friends and family.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly spoke to Jennifer Morrison, who defended all the curses on Once Upon a Time. She explained that she views the curses and spells as representations of things that "are hard in life," like illness, death and fights with loved ones.
"The underlying message of the show is that you have to fight for the people that you love, because those are the people that are going to stand by you in those battles. … It is worth it every day to fight through those hard things, just like it's worth it to fight through the curse or whatever in Storybrooke. Whether it's a good battle or a bad battle, you're going to fight together, and that's what we all have to hang onto. That's the only way I can see it. Otherwise, if you take it too literally, you're like, 'Well, this is kind of crazy.'"Once Upon a Time Season 4 airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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