Honestly, I was soooo skeptical about watching this episode. For me, the last episode of Season 6 was a perfect ending for a series. I thought that it was better to end the series that way. So, for everyone who thought the same way I did, I suggest that you give this episode a chance.
Henry left Storybrooke to find his own story. He was warned by Regina that he only has one magic bean so getting back to Storybrooke would be difficult but for Henry difficult means an adventure. With this, I got the sense that the series will offer something brand new. Honestly, I was getting tired after six seasons of OUAT but I guess something refreshing awaits in this new season.
What Happened in the Episode
A New Realm
Years after Henry left Storybrooke, he meets another Cinderella with a twist in her story. Instead of falling in love with prince, she actually wants to kill him. She was really close to doing so but changed her mind. Unfortunately, her stepmother killed the prince and blamed it on her. Henry rescues her and asks her to meet him in the place where they first met. That’s where the portal will open. Henry was actually aiming to go back to Storybrooke through a portal that would appear only at midnight.
In the present time, it is shown that Henry is living an unsuccessful and uneventful life. After publishing one successful book, he has trouble starting the next one. One day, he gets a knock on his door and a little girl is claiming that she’s her kid but Henry insists he does not have one. Kid steals his laptop so he has to check out Hyperion Heights to find it. There he meets Jacinda (who was actually Cinderella) and he seems enchanted by her. However, he has no memory of ever meeting her. They both have “curse memories” and forgot their original lives. Henry also meets Victoria Belfrey (Cinderella’s stepmom) who seems to be the main villain. Belfrey wants to tear down the street and remodel Hyperion Heights. Hook, Regina, and Rumplestilskin are also in Hyperion Heights but like Henry, they seem to have no memory of their original lives.
The episode ends with Henry arriving to the place he and Cinderella first meets but Cinderella wasn’t there. The portal opens but Henry notices that a glass slipper is lying on the ground. He takes this as a sign and chooses not to leave the realm.
With these new characters, I think that Once Upon A Time has a chance to be wonderful again.Well, as long as they don’t drag it out again. The reboot, so far, looks interesting so I guess I’d stick around for the season.