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 head-scratchers from this week’s episode in order to make sense of everything that happened. Here are ten questions from Season 2, Episode 6: “Tallahassee.”
1. Is Neal Cassady actually Baelfire?
Neal (Michael Raymond-James) has to be Baelfire, right? We learn so little about Neal’s past that we’re still confident Neal and Baelfire are one and the same. If we knew Neal’s thoughts on magic, it might make things a little clearer (since Bae wasn’t crazy about magic), but sadly, Neal won’t answer August Booth’s (Eion Bailey) question about it — which is right before August shows him the box. Which brings us to...
2. What the heck is in that stupid box?
The box almost certainly contains something from Fairytale Land, and we’re thinking Neal recognizes what’s in there because he’s Bae. So what is in there? Our leading guess right now is a magic bean (how cool would that be, right?), and since we know that Bae used a magic bean to get to our world, this would mean something to him. Plus, we assume more beans may exist, since Smee was able to get one.
But there are plenty of other things that could be in the box. Like, it could be a drawing of Rumple's dagger. Or maybe Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) book is in there, since we know that August is a big fan of that book. Okay, so we didn’t exactly narrow anything down, but the possibilities are nearly endless.
3. What’s up with Aurora and Henry’s dreams?
Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger) and Henry both could have really used that dreamcatcher of Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Neal’s. The nightmares that Aurora and Henry have are because they both recently broke their sleeping curse, and so they now have nearly identical dreams about a red, door-less room with curtains aflame — although Aurora sees a male watching her, and Henry sees a female.
So what was the dream about? Could they be seeing each other in their dreams — or are they each seeing the person who broke their curse, meaning Henry sees Emma while Aurora sees Philip? Or could the curtains be a portal?
However, we’re also worried that this dream might be a premonition of things to come, and that Cora (Barbara Hershey) will cause this fiery room debacle to actually happen. But all we know for sure is, Aurora and Henry clearly don’t dream of themselves singing onstage with Beyonce, which is what we typically dream about.
4. Did Snow lie about the fact that the dreams fade?
We love seeing Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) ass-kicking side this week as she takes Mulan (Jamie Chung) down for trying to destroy the beanstalk — who said grandmas are weak? — but we also appreciated her nurturing side while comforting Aurora. However, was Snow telling the truth about the dreams fading, or did her look as she hugged Aurora suggest that she’s still seeing them?
And did Snow see the same dreams as Aurora? Well, we assume Snow would have been a lot more surprised if she in fact saw the identical dream as Aurora, involving the flaming curtain. And by the way, if we ever decide to open a cabaret club, we are totally going to call it The Flaming Curtain.
5. Does the name “Phoenix” tell us anything about Aurora and Henry’s dreams?
We’re thinking it’s quite the coincidence that we learned about Emma being imprisoned in a city called Phoenix on the same episode that we learn about Henry’s nightmare involving fire. So are we being told that Emma is perhaps the one in Henry’s dream — and that something bad will happen to her involving fire? (She should keep a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.)
We also loved seeing more of David’s (Josh Dallas) paternal side, as we helps soothe Henry after the nightmare. And sure, we get that David was trying to calm Henry down with that candle, but lighting a candle after someone has had a nightmare about the room being on fire doesn’t seem like the best idea, does it?
6. Who will Emma choose?
We can think of worse problems than having three hunky bachelors at your beck and call. But we still want to know who she’s gonna pick! Certainly, we can’t wait for Neal to meet up with Henry (sob!) and Emma, but does that mean that Emma and Neal are really right for each other?
And we used to like August for Emma, but we’re thinking Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) might be our favorite — although maybe this is because we’re afraid that he’ll hurt us if we don’t choose him. Still, Hook definitely wins in the categories of “most dreamy” and “best use of guyliner.”
7. Was Emma right to not trust Hook — or is she just gonna send him back to Cora?
We don’t yet know if Hook was telling the truth about not having any allegiance to Cora, but given that he was recently hanging out in that pile of corpses (which is not where any normal person chooses to hang out), we can understand why Emma is slow to trust him — her own trusts issues notwithstanding.
However, now we’re worried that, if Hook wasn’t already aligned with Cora, he’s about to be, now that he feels betrayed by Emma. Unless Hook and the giant miraculously became besties during the ten hours that Hook was locked up in that castle (“Hey, Hook — wanna play board games?”), we’re guessing he’s gonna hold a grudge against Emma.
8. How will Emma react when she learns what August did? (Translation: August might want to duck.)
Emma seems on the verge of slapping someone just about 24/7, so can you imagine the smackdown she might deliver to August when she realizes he came between her and Neal — or that he apparently kept her cash from Neal? (A note to Neal: That’s what checks are for, buddy.)
Or maybe she’ll ultimately appreciate that August wanted her to break the curse to help her parents and Henry? Uh, we gotta say that we’re leaning toward the choice involving the smackdown.
9. Does this mean we won’t be meeting Jack?
Things don’t end too well for Jack in the giant’s castle, judging by that skeleton that apparently belongs to him. But was Hook telling the truth about that being Jack’s skeleton? Hook isn’t exactly onCSI or anything, but we’ll go ahead and assume Jack is no longer with us.
Still, can we please meet Jack in a flashback or two? We’d love to get to know the guy and his golden goose, if only because we’re never ones to say no to one more potential hottie joining this cast.
10. What kind of an episode doesn’t have Regina, Gold, or Cora in it?
Before this week, we would have been inclined to answer: “The worst kind of episode imaginable.” But it’s a testament to Hook that he was able to carry the episode as the only potential baddie. Plus, Neal and Emma’s backstory was so fascinating-slash-heartbreaking that we kept wanting to see more. Who knew that carjackings could bring people together?
Read previous 10 Burning Questions from past episodes.
Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, November 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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