The two quickly marry, surrounded by nearly every creature and person in the kingdom to wish them happiness on this day. However, the Evil Queen has heard her curse has been broken. Just as Prince Charming and Snow White are about to seal the deal with another kiss, the Evil Queen crashes the wedding. She’s not here to wish them many blessings but to warn them of her wrath. She’s infuriated, but with an eerily calm voice and demeanor threatens them that “soon” she will destroy their happiness. Not just Snow White’s and Prince Charming’s, but the entire kingdom’s. “Soon” everything they all hold dear will be ripped from them.
Deep in the tunnels there is a dungeon where the one resides to waste away his never-ending days: Rumplestiltskin. He confirms Snow White’s fears. The Queen will make good on her threat and it’s coming. And when it does, all will be taken to a place where there are no more happy endings. Only one will be able to save them—the unborn baby of Snow White and Prince Charming. On her 28th birthday she will return and she will restore the happiness in the realm.
So the Charmings quickly gather a group to determine how best to take down the Queen before she can enact such a curse. Again, only one solution is available. No one can stop this curse from happening, but the child can be spared. If the stump of an enchanted tree can be made into a vessel, a wardrobe, it can safety hold one.
Skip to Storybrooke, Maine...or first, Boston, Mass. Emma, grown and taking on the world, is a bail bonds person. She's just come home from tracking down another irresponsible louse. Alone in her empty apartment, she lights a lonely blue candle in the shape of a star in a single cupcake she bought herself. You see, today is her birthday, her 28th. Normally not significant or any type of milestone year. Just one more on the way to 30. Except, for us. We know her destiny and what her 28th birthday represents.
Just as she's finished wishing upon the lonely blue star candle and blows it out, the doorbell rings. It's Henry, the 10-year-old boy she gave up for adoption 10 years before. He wants her to come home with him...to Storybrooke, Maine, where all the fairy tale characters in his book are trapped because of a curse the Evil Queen created. Emma, for obvious reasons, is skeptical. But she concedes when Henry threatens to tell the police she kidnapped him.
Once in Storybrooke, Emma encounters the first of several things amiss with the town, not that she believes any of it: the clock tower resting at 8:15pm--"Time is frozen here," Henry claims. And they can't leave or else "bad things" will happen. But that doesn't convince Emma. So what if the clock is stopped? Merely a coincidence. But what about Henry's adoptive mother, the mayor? She's a little overbearing, overly polite, and a little off. But that's not her concern. He's the mayor's kid, not hers. She has no ties; she can leave. Besides, she did what the kid asked: she brought him home.
And that's when it happens, the clock moves, just a single minute more, but that's enough. It has begun!
1) How did the Evil Queen become dethroned?
2) What does the writing on Emma's apartment door mean? Will we see it again?
3) What kind of power does Rumplestiltskin have if he knows your name?
4) Did Rumplestiltskin choose the 28th year to be the year Emma came back? Or was it because he could see the future and he knew Henry would find Emma and bring her back, and it just happened to be her 28th year?
5) What happens if you break Rumplestitskin’s deals? He’s locked up…so why did Snow White adhere to the deal?
6) How long has Henry been aware that time is frozen?
7) How did Henry make the connections from the Storybrooke citizens to their fairy tale counterparts? What tipped him off—other than their creatively fitting, human occupations, i.e. a therapist for a conscience?
8) What did Regina ever do to make Henry suspect that she was the Evil Queen?
9) How long has Henry been seeing Archie Hopper for therapy? And for what exactly? Because he believes in fairy tales?
10) Where did the fairy tale book come from? How did Mary Margaret get it?
11) Why would Regina (Evil Queen) want to send everyone to a town where she would have to keep track of them all the time? How is that a happy ending for her?
12) Is Emma’s “superpower” real or just part of her job that she would say that?
13) How can Mr. Gold (Rumple) own the town? Isn’t this the Evil Queen’s happy ending? Does that make him have power over her?
Any theories? Leave a comment below!