We love all of Once Upon a Time’s many, many mysteries, but sometimes it seems like each episode introduces more questions than it answers. To that end, we’ve tackled the ten biggest questions from this week’s season premiere in order to make sense of everything that happened. Here are ten questions from Season 2, Episode 3: “Lady of the Lake.”
1. Is Lancelot really dead?
Cora (Barbara Hershey) tells Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) that she killed Lancelot (Sinqua Walls) a long time ago, but who’s to know if this is really true. (Especially when you factor in Sinqua’s recent tweet.) Granted, we’re sure that Cora would have killed him if she had the chance (because that’s just how she rolls), but given what a capable fighter Lancelot is, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still alive, meaning Cora may have said that just to dampen Emma and Snow’s spirits. And if that’s what her goal was, then mission accomplished.
2. What does the name “Leviathan” tell us about Dr. Whale?
It’s quite the coincidence that a dangerous warrior is referred to as “Leviathan,” a word meaning sea monster or whale. So does this mean that Dr. Whale (David Anders) was some kind of scary warrior back in Fairytale Land? Or could he perhaps have a connection to Lancelot — like, maybe he’s King Arthur, which would explain why he said that Charming wasn’t his prince? The Dr. Whale-related suspense is killing us (but not “killing us” in the way that Cora literally kills everyone).
3a. Will Cora use the ashes from the wardrobe to create a portal to return to Storybrooke?
Yes, despite what we heard the fake Lancelot say about Cora’s powers having been stripped, it indeed appears that she is as powerful as ever, and we can assume that she’ll have a portal in no time. Let’s just hope that Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Henry (Jared Gilmore) stop screwing around with wooden swords and actually find a way to get Emma and Snow back pronto.
3b. Follow-up question! What will happen if Cora gets to Storybrooke before Emma and Snow do?
When Cora gets to Storybrooke, it’s safe to say that she’ll finally decide to change her ways and make amends with everyone, and she’ll probably buy everyone in town a basket of tiny muffins to apologize. Actually, scratch that. But the fact that Cora can shapeshift means that she just might disguise herself as Emma or Snow and really screw with people. We’re scared, you guys.
4. When Cora was posing as Lancelot, why did she want Mulan to go with Emma and Snow on their journey?
It’s interesting to rewatch Lancelot’s conversations with Emma and Snow early in the episode and realize that it was actually Cora who was saying everything that Lancelot said. So we at first were wondering if Cora was up to something by making sure that Mulan (Jamie Chung) accompanies Emma and Snow into the forest, but now we just assume it was to make sure that they reached their destination safely, given that Cora didn’t yet know exactly where they were headed.
5. Is Cora actually clueless about why the curse spared that region — or was this another one of her famous lies?
Another thing that Cora says while she’s Lancelot is that it’s a mystery as to why the people in this region were left behind. So is Cora just saying that, or did she have something to do with shielding this region and protecting it? Or maybe Regina (Lana Parrilla) had some reason for protecting that region — especially if she knew Cora was there? Either way, we’re guessing Cora had something to do with that “spilled blood” that Lancelot refers to.
6. Who was King George in love with — and who tricked her into drinking that anti-pregnancy curse?
We don’t know who King George’s (Alan Dale) wife was yet, or who cursed her, but we feel that Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) may have been involved, especially since we know that George made a deal with Rumple to acquire James and then Charming. Or might Cora have been responsible for that initial curse?
And we also don’t know who provided George with the curse that he used on Snow, so perhaps this was Rumple’s doing as well. Then again, if Rumple were at all involved, he probably would have worked harder to make sure that Snow didn’t break the curse at the lake. By the way, why is it that Snow and Charming could both drink from that wedding chalice that contained the lake water, but yet there wasn’t enough for Charming’s mom? Kinda sucks for Ruth, no?
7. What does King George have in mind while he spies on David and Henry in Storybrooke?
We’re not sure how King George and Charming left things in Fairytale Land prior to the curse, but it seems like they probably came to an understanding at some point because George had stopped chasing him.
Either way, George is definitely up to something now, and we’re worried that he’ll either try to hurt Charming or Henry, or he’ll try to prevent Snow from returning to Storybrooke. And if George is going to do much more ominous spying from his car, he might want to consider getting tinted windows. Just sayin’.
8. So Regina is being forced out as mayor? Aren’t things like mayor usually decided by, y’know, an election?
Yes, there’s no denying that an election is the more typical way for a town to choose a mayor — or at the least, you’d think that the decree of a judge or something would be needed for removal. But nevermind that — like, when did anything in Storybrooke happen in the typical way? We suppose that when your mayor ruins the lives of every single one of its inhabitants, that’s grounds enough for impeachment.
9. How badly do you want to meet Queen Guinevere? And by the way, the only acceptable answer is, “So badly.”
Don’t tell us how to answer! But yes, as soon as Lancelot mentions that it was a woman who got him thrown out of Arthur’s court, we immediately wondered how long it would be until a flashback introduces us to the presumably smokin’ hot Guinevere — and for that matter, to King Arthur. Also, Lancelot mentions the cup of eternal life, so we have to think that Cora or Rumple would have tried to get their hands on that at some point, too.
10. Uh, not to nitpick or anything, but didn’t Charming and Snow get married in the pilot episode? So, like, they got married twice or something?
Well, far be it for us to say that the show might have goofed on that one (cough cough), but it is odd that Lancelot had already married Snow and Charming before the big ceremony in the first episode of Season 1. Maybe they just wanted to renew their vows or something? (If renewing your vows is good enough for C-list celebs, it’s good enough for Fairytale Land, too.)
Read previous 10 Burning Questions from past episodes.
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