What Happened During That Lost Year?

In the Once Upon a Time Season 3 winter finale, everything changed for all of the residents of Storybrooke. What will happen when the show returns next year?

Once Upon a Time Season 3 winter finale - Is Hook the new hero?

The people of Storybrooke went through the wringer in the Once Upon a Time Season 3 winter finale. First, there was the threat of Pan's curse to deal with — which caused its own set of challenges and drama. From the taking of the Black Fairy's wand to using it to switch Henry and Pan back into their own bodies, those tasks alone could've been enough for one episode of the hit ABC show.

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But once Pan and Henry were in their own bodies, there was still a lot more story to tell. Pan took Rumple's power away and then basically tore his son's heart out when he proclaimed that he'd never wanted Rumple since the day he was born. Any man would've been devastated after that, but Rumple fought back and sacrificed himself to save his family and the rest of the people of Storybrooke. Nary was a dry eye found when Rumple took his dagger and stabbed it through his own heart and the heart of his father and ended both their lives.

After barely recovering from that trauma, the people of Storybrooke then had to face Pan's curse. At that point it was Regina's turn to give the ultimate sacrifice to save the town. Her sacrifice wasn't her life though, it was her son. Regina sent Henry and Emma away to live their lives with a new, happy set of memories, while the rest of Storybrooke went back to fairy tale land where they belonged.

In the end, Emma and Henry were living a happy life as mother and son when a knock on the door changed their world forever. Hook arrived with the shocking news that something had happened to Emma's parents. This news probably would have been bad enough if she hadn't already lost her memories and had no idea who her parents were, or who Hook was for that matter.

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Going into next year, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Hook's arrival at Emma's door by himself seems to indicate that he came back to the real world on his own. What kind of trouble could there be that would send him back and how did he get there? Also, if Hook is on his own, is the show possibly setting him up as the new hero of the season? At the very least, he's got a massive job ahead of him and whether he turns out to be the big hero, could fans finally get the "Captain Swan" hook-up they've been looking for?

Another question to be asked: Is Rumple really dead? The history of the show suggests that death is relative, so it's very likely that Rumple will return. But if he does, will that mean that his father will return as well? And if he does come back, will he be an old man or Peter Pan again?

These are but just a few of the questions to be answered once the show returns on March 9, 2014.

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What did you think of the Once Upon a Time Season 3 winter finale? Do you think Rumple is really dead and what do think brought Hook back?

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Ls1 January 11, 2014 | 5:23 AM

To me i dont see how Neal and Emma can be together, yeah they have a kid but thats it, there is nothing else substaning them - i mean i dont see trust, i dont see understanding and i certaining dont see belief in her and also love that holds against the odds. Henry is not the product of true love, he has Rumpel's blood hence Neal and saviour - Emma, thats it IMO. I am rooting for Emma/Hook here... this man who understands her, believes in her and builds her, hope in each other

Stephanie December 18, 2013 | 12:43 PM

The Darlings were from this world, not the world Alice is from. The writers have confirmed this. He was in this world but didn't stay long as he ended up going to Neverland to save the others from the shadow. Neal could not have stayed with Emma and Henry. The curse could not be altered because there was no time, so it took everyone and everything that did not belong in this world. Henry was exempt because this is his world and Emma was able to stay because there was a loophole of her being the saviour and Regina was able to work it so she could stay. No one else could stay. Neal sent Emma to jail without a word and let her think he just abandoned her. He believed August for no other reason that because August knew his true identity. It doesn't seem like he even considered an alternative path (and you'd think if he really loved her he might TRY to think of a better way than sending her to jail). Even AFTER the curse broke, he could have sought her out (he knew exactly where she was) and offered an explanation or an apology but chose to do nothing. He chose to get start a relationship and get engaged to another women AFTER finding out Emma was about to break the curse and he could see her again without altering her destiny. When they saw each other in Manhattan, he flat out told her he would never have gone near her if he had known she was from the Enchanted Forest. He had no intentions of maintaining the connection and told her she never had to see him again if he told his father she didn't find him. He only came back to Storybrooke in the end because he found out he had a son. Then he chose to put everyone in Storybrooke at risk because he "needed" Tamara to be there with him. He belittled Emma's concerns about Tamara and dismissed them as jealousy. All of Neal's actions seem to have been motivated by his fear of his father. He was unwilling to fight for their relationship because he was scared. Does that sound like true love to you? Maybe this type of relationship makes sense in the real world, but this is a fantasy and this is no fairy tale love story. There is zero evidence that Henry is the product of true love; a much more likely explanation for his "abilities" (what abilities, exactly?) is that his mother has magic and is the saviour. If Emma ends up with Neal, it might be realistic, but it is a pretty pathetic excuse for a fairy tale.

anne December 18, 2013 | 6:19 AM

Actually Neal didn't arrive in our world when used the bean. He arrived in the Victorian or Edwardian England world where people like Alice are from.Their worlds aren't the same as our world.

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