IconMoveProtect IconOUAT IconEpisode IconS6

I've dreamt of this moment for so long, Snow White. I'd wake up still feeling the grit of your crushed heart clinging to my palms. But that ending isn't poetic enough, is it? I want to give you... my pain... the pain of being alone.
—The Evil Queen to Snow White

"Heartless" is the seventh episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the one hundred and eighteenth episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 6, 2016.


In a flashback to the Enchanted Forest, Bandit Snow dodges a bounty hunter known as the Woodcutter while shepherd David goes on a fateful journey to sell his family's farm. In Storybrooke, the Evil Queen threatens to destroy the town and everyone in it unless Snow and David surrender their hearts. As Emma, Hook and Henry prepare to defend Storybrooke, Snow, David and Regina search for a magical sapling created by the first spark of true love. Regina uses Gold's and the Evil Queen's burgeoning romance against them, and Zelena offers Belle some friendly advice.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"True Love's Light" (Scene 28)

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season.

As David, Mary Margaret and Regina walk through the tunnel to find the true love sapling, they come across a fork in the passage. Since they don't have enough time to explore both ways, they must choose wisely. After they kiss, which makes Regina roll her eyes, a green spark glows out from the right way.


A scene with Grumpy was cut from the episode. However, Lee Arenberg is still credited in the press release.[2]



Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



  • There are close-ups of Hook's eyes as he studies the potion bottle.[7] This is a common theme on Lost.
  • The Evil Queen asks Snow if she remembers her 15th birthday. The number "15" is a recurring Lost number.

Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes


Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (November 8, 2016). ‘NCIS: LA’ and ‘Madam Secretary’ adjust up: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 3.56”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, November 06, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#607) "Heartless".”
  3. File:607Title.png
  4. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (September 6, 2016). "Hey #Oncers -- here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya 9/25 for season 6!" (screenshot)
  5. File:607DancingCurtains.png
  6. In "White Out", David learned how to sword fight. In "Heartless", he fights with the Woodcutter.
  7. File:607AddersFork.png
  8. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (November 6, 2016). "The Wood Cutter who rescued Little Red Riding Hood in the original fairy tale." (screenshot)
  9. TwitterLogo @catalystthecat (Cat) on Twitter (November 9, 2016). "Trying to the EQ's D. Thomas advice from your #ouat ep to rage, rage against the dying of the light. Thanks!" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (November 9, 2016). "rage rage! Thank you!" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (November 6, 2016). "she was quoting, not composing." (screenshot)
  10. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (March 30, 2014). "Pride and Prejudice" (screenshot)
  11. File:607Okay.png
  12. File:607FoundEachOther.png
  13. File:607AndThen2.png
  14. File:607TheyFoundYou.png
  15. File:607Sir.png
  16. File:506CementTheRule.png
  17. File:703ResistanceCamp.png
  18. File:708LeavingTent.png
  19. File:710YouAllToMeet.png
  20. File:105AGoodYear.png
  21. File:106Here.png
  22. File:114WhatsMoreSymphatetic.png
  23. File:413BeautySleepsOver.png
  24. File:607ReadingNote.png
  25. SMYTHE Duchess Blazer. Shopbop. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  26. File:607ToMake.png
  27. Joie Women's Natural Katrine Top. Lyst. Retrieved on February 7, 2019. (Note that most of the product details are at the bottom of the page.)
  28. alice + olivia Kylie Long Shawl Collar Jacket. Shopbop. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  29. File:608WhoCanHurtHer.png
  30. File:607OutOfTrueLove.png
  31. Rebecca Taylor EMBELLISHED TOP. Pradux. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  32. File:608WakeHimUp.png
  33. Cece Parekh's Embellished Top on New Girl. Pradux. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  34. File:607AnyInformation.png
  35. The Kooples Mixed Print Silk Dress. Shopbop. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  36. File:607ApproachingTree.png
  37. File:607Mom.png
  38. Harmony Dental Studio. Steveston Insider (March 25, 2018). (Photograph)
  39. TwitterLogo @mommabear75 (Lynn) on Twitter (September 19, 2016). "I saw a circus set up at North Langley Church with vans going to a farm at 96&213. On other side of tracks tho. Maybe OUAT?" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (September 19, 2016). "Signs for #OnceUponATime were spotted near the Cineplex Theatre in Langley this morning. No set spotted though." (screenshot)
  40. TwitterLogo @OUAT_Source_FR (Source OUAT FR) on Twitter (September 21, 2016). "Filming in Burnaby, Central Park on Sept. 21th. #5. On set : Josh, Ginny, Lana & Colin. Maybe : Jen & Jared." (screenshot)
  41. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). June 27, 2018.  "Slow day on set.... Josh hanging out waiting for the cameras to roll." (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). November 18, 2018.  "Throwback to shooting ouat in an amazing forest location" (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). November 19, 2018.  "Another pic from that time in the forest when josh didn't see it coming" (archive copy)
  42. TwitterLogo @knope_no_thanks (Hi) on Twitter (September 13, 2016). "Once Upon a Time is filming in Lynn Canyon this week!" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @knope_no_thanks (Hi) on Twitter (September 13, 2016). "well I know Josh was there, and I think I saw Ginnifer but it was through a bunch of trees" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @BRParrilla (Portal Lana Parrilla) on Twitter (September 17, 2016). "Lana com a dublê, as filmagens foram ontem {16}, aparentemente no Lynn Canyon Park. #6x07" (screenshot) (in Portuguese)
    InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 5, 2018.  "What's in the box? -" (archive copy) (note that this source only says "Vancouver")

Start a Discussion Discussions about Heartless

  • Best episode of the season

    19 messages
    • Heartless was the only good episode this season, everything else was boring to ridiculously bad.
    • Heartless, with I'll Be Your Mirror and A Bitter Draught close. 
  • Zelena turning green again

    4 messages
    • The curse normalized everyone originally because of the LWM aspect, which clearly does not apply at this point.  We've seen things l...
    • I gave up trying to figure this out ages ago. '''Season One:''' People like Rumple and other characters whose ma...
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.