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So how does it feel to finally be chosen before Regina?

Weaver to Kelly West

"Chosen" is the seventeenth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Paul Karp & Brian Ridings, and directed by Lana Parrilla. It is the one hundred and fiftieth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 13, 2018.


Kelly comes face-to-face with the Candy Killer after someone she loves is taken hostage. Meanwhile, Samdi uses Drew to execute a deadly plan. In a flashback, Zelena learns a harsh lesson after an encounter with Hansel and Gretel goes awry.[2]




Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • CAST NOTES: This episode is the directorial debut of starring cast member Lana Parrilla.[4]
  • According to Lana Parrilla, she wanted the gingerbread house to have a "horror-decay, nicotine coated, caked corners and cotton candy cobwebs" look.[7]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

  • Kelly knows that she is next on the Candy Killer hit list, something she discovered in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Henry was kidnapped by Nick in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Nick was revealed to be the Candy Killer in "Sisterhood".
  • Nick talks about his past identity as Hansel, which was revealed in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Nick talks about the death of his sister Gretel, who was murdered by Drizella in "Sisterhood".
  • Weaver mentions Zelena surviving his attempt to kill her with magic, an event seen in "Kansas" and "Heart of Gold".
  • Roni has found the necessary moss ingredient for a spell to cure Henry, which she started searching for in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Henry told Jacinda, Rogers and Weaver that he was going to a job interview in New York in "Breadcrumbs".
  • The Crimson Crow, the tavern that Jack took Henry to on the latter's nineteenth birthday, is the same tavern where Tiana met Robert in "Greenbacks".
  • Rogers mentions how he and Nick visited Flynn's Barcade, which took place in "Sisterhood".
  • Drew is seen working at Rollin' Bayou, a result of Sabine hiring him in "A Taste of the Heights". She also mentions Tilly working there. Tilly started working for Sabine in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Kelly mentions that she killed a Munchkin, a reference to how she killed Boq in "Our Decay".
  • Kelly mentions how Margot has made "a cute blond" friend, referring to Margot's story with Tilly in "The Girl in the Tower" and "Breadcrumbs".
  • Margot says things with Tilly are "still really early", however, she eventually asks Tilly out in "The Guardian".
  • Roni says to Kelly, "Go on, you monkey. You get on that bike and fly.", mirroring Kelly's training instructions from "The Eighth Witch", where she said, "All right, my cycling monkeys. Grab onto your bikes and fly!".



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • When Zelena confronts the witch for the second time in the episode, she says, "I am tired of playing candy crush with you." This appears to be a play on words by the writers in reference to the Facebook game Candy Crush, in addition to the phrase being used by Zelena in the episode as a literal emphasis on the witch's penchant for baking sweets and using candy-based magic.

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (April 16, 2018). ‘Agents of SHIELD’ adjusts up, ‘Taken’ adjusts down: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.18”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Once Upon a Time: Chosen (4/13). Disney ABC Press (April 9, 2018).
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  4. 4.0 4.1 TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (January 16, 2018). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya 3/2!" (screenshot)
  5. Banfi, Riccardo (September 13, 2016). What does the Italian word "mangia" translate to in English?. Quora.
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  7. "Capturing Magic: Lana's Directorial Debut". "Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season.
    Once Upon a Time Season 7 DVD - Lana's Directorial Debut HD. YouTube (August 28, 2018).
  8. In "Where Bluebirds Fly", Stanum seeks out Zelena's help right after being cursed by the Witch of the North. In "Chosen", Zelena states that she banished from Oz all witches who wore the same necklace as her. As shown in "Kansas", the Witch of the North wears a similar necklace, meaning that "Chosen" takes place after "Where Bluebirds Fly".
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  16. SCOTCH & SODA LONG SLEEVE CIRCLE PRINT SHIRT. RF Store. Retrieved on May 10, 2018.
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    Swangard Stadium Street View - Jun 2017. Google Maps (June 2017).
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  22. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). April 17, 2018. "thanks for all the good pics Bex! It was so fun to watch you and Lana craft this scene." (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). November 7, 2018. "What an amazing scene this was to shoot, Lana directing a scene with Bex and Dan." (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). January 31, 2019. "hey Dan, whatcha think in’ about?" (archive copy)
  23. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). April 16, 2018. "Rebecca heading towards the gingerbread house" (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). June 16, 2018. "These 2!! Gah! Beauty... brains and ohhhh so fun 😜 hope you 2 have an amazing time in Birmingham this weekend 😘" (archive copy)