While we have seen death on Once Upon a Time before, it has been a while since someone got their heart ripped out. However, the signature evil move came out when someone was killed in the Season 3 premiere (Episode 1: "The Heart of the Truest Believer") in a gasp-worthy moment.
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While it seemed like Tamara — who kidnapped Henry with her Home Office cohort Greg Mendell — was dead within the first few scenes after being shot by an arrow, she actually was found alive… by Rumplestiltskin. While he healed her and seemed to be listening to her apologies for killing his son, Neal (plus groveling and pleads to let her live), that wasn’t the case.
“Can you forgive me?” she asks, to which he promptly says “no,” yanks out her heart, and crushes it in front of her. Looks like the Dark One is back and won’t let anyone get in his way. However, by the end of the episode, Rumple is crying after a Lost One presents him with a small doll from his past. It remains to be seen if it was his, his father’s or his son’s, but hopefully we’ll find out soon.
As for Tamara’s love (and partner) Greg? He looked to be dead, too, after his shadow was ripped out, but since we didn’t see him die, he could have escaped and will likely pop up in one of the next few episodes. He does have business to settle with Regina, after all, and we still have no idea where his father is — and if he’s dead or alive.
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