Once Upon a Time Season 2, Episode 18: “Selfless, Brave, and True” finally cleared up what happened to August (Eion Bailey) this season — he was hiding in the forest, made of wood — but it also brought us the apparent end of the character as we knew him.
When we first saw August this week, he was still his same old self, though made entirely out of poorly-CGIed wood. (Sorry OUAT. Love ya, but that look was not good.) He moped around, he refused to see anyone, he even skipped town to save his own skin when Tamara offered him a way to de-woodify himself in exchange for leaving, which is clearly a suspicious request.
However, a conveniently-placed picture convinced him that Tamara was definitely, 100 percent evil, so he swung his car around and raced back to the sheriff's office to warn Emma of the danger. Too bad Tamara was a step ahead of him, and attacked him with her super-taser of doom, which somehow killed him even though he was made of wood. (We're pretty sure that's not how science works, but whatever.)
But! All was not lost. Because August's final act was brave, truthful, and unselfish, The Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy) was able to do her thang and save him — by turning him back into a real boy. Emphasis on boy.
August is a child again, and although it wasn't made clear whether or not he kept his memories, we kind of hope he didn't, because otherwise that would be really, really weird. Most fans are assuming that he's basically been reset to his pre-curse Pinocchio personality.
On one hand, this is a nice moment in a season that's all about second chances. On the other hand, is it taking things a little far? August as we know him is gone, replaced by a child (an option that Nealfire notably turned down with disgust when Rumple offered it earlier this season). There's something sad about the idea that August's redemption came at the cost of the man he'd become.
What do you think: Was this a beautiful moment, or did it leave you with more chills than smiles?
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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