Reacting to the “Once Upon a Time” Season 3 Finale *Spoilers*

Last night’s season finale for Once Upon a Time was probably the best finale of the three seasons it’s been on TV. The two-hour episode felt more like a made-for-TV movie, and it had a less complicated plot than most nights (that or Doctor Who has made me immune to complicated plots).

To recap: Zelena’s death last week triggered the opening of the time portal she planned to use to rewrite the past and claim the evil life of luxury she believed should have been hers. Good news: the fact that she’s dead means that she can’t do this anymore–the portal’s open, but she’s dead, so all evil schemes are now rendered moot. Bad news: Emma accidentally falls down the portal and inadvertently interrupts her parents’ first meeting. It’s okay; I mean, it’s not as though the Savior of the Enchanted Forest needs to be born. At least Captain Hook is on hand to provide pirate-y assistance, and they even manage to finagle a bit of help from past-Rumpelstiltskin, whose curiosity is piqued when they tell him that the dark curse he is currently planning will help him reunite with his son in the future.

As exciting as the episode itself was, the ending was practically perfect. It really felt more like a series finale than a season finale with all the loose ends they tied up–Snow White and Prince Charming’s new son is safe in his parents’ arms; Emma finally accepts that Storybrooke is her home and opens herself up to a relationship with Hook; Regina lowers her defenses and allows herself to take a second chance on love with Robin Hood and his son Roland, and Rumpelstiltskin and Belle finally get married!

If it were up to me, the episode would have ended there. Unfortunately, it did. Why, oh, why must the writers keep crushing Regina’s heart and dreams? She made such progress towards redeeming herself this season–WHY ARE YOU GOING TO UNDO ALL THAT WONDERFUL PROGRESS!!?? And as for the sneak peek of season 4’s villain–I don’t know what to think. On the one hand, I think it could be interesting. On the other, I think it’s a little soon to be bringing in characters from Frozen. The good news is that I have until September to make up my mind.

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