During the intense Once Upon a Time Season 2 finale (Episode 22: “And Straight On ‘Til Morning”), everyone was focused on Storybrooke’s fate, but we were more worried about one person: Neal.

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At the end of Episode 21: “Second Star to the Right,” Neal was shot and plummeted into a portal, presumably dead, but on OUAT, things aren’t always what they seem. Thankfully, that meant Neal was alive (but far from well) in the Enchanted Forest, as we predicted.

It was a fleeting moment in the episode, but we saw Aurora, Mulan, and Prince Phillip hovering over Neal — whose body dropped into their land — and though he was covered in dirt and certainly worse for the wear, he was breathing! He’s alive! Neal and Emma can be together! (Well, if they can open another portal in Season 3, as Emma, the Charmings, Regina, and Rumplestiltskin are en route to Neverland with Captain Hook.)

Who knows what this will mean for next season — especially since Mulan’s portrayer, Jamie Chung, is filming a new NBC show, Believe, and will be very busy — but as long as Neal’s alive for the time being, we’re ready and willing for anything.

Do you think Neal will be alive next season, or was this just false hope for fans? Sound off below!

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