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This article focuses on the Season Seven character.
For the Season Two character with a similar name, see Isra.


Now you can grow your roots in some other land far away from us because whatever thing you are, you don't belong in our world.
—Isla to Gothel src

Isla is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the nineteenth episode of the seventh season and is portrayed by guest star Emily Tennant.


History

Before First Curse

One day, Isla, Seraphina, and their house sisters are trying on dresses when Gothel, a curious tree nymph, sneaks into the home to feel the fabric of the unworn dresses. Seeing a small rose bud on one of the dresses, she uses her own magic to cause it to bloom, unaware that the girls have re-entered the room. When Isla makes herself known, Gothel begins to panic and begs her not to tell anyone that she can do magic, but Isla lies that she is fine with her having magic and wants to learn it, declaring Gothel their new sister and inviting her to join them at Lord Adriel's ball that night. ("Flower Child")

At the ball, Isla asks Gothel to go ahead and start teaching them magic, but Seraphina attempts to protect Gothel by reminding Isla that she can't do it in public. Instead, Isla takes Gothel, Seraphina, and the sisters to an abandoned building. Despite Seraphina encouraging her not to do it if she doesn't want to, Gothel demonstrates her magic by reviving a flower. Only then, Isla shows her true colors by smashing the flower with her shoe heel and then has her other sisters hold Gothel in place as she dumps mud on her head, mocking her for trying to be human although her magic cannot hide what she really is. Seraphina, meanwhile, can only watch with horrified shock as Gothel is tormented. Isla also steals the key Gothel wears around her neck and then begins leaving with the other girls, except Seraphina who pauses and stares at Gothel regretfully before Isla prompts her to follow. Isla later leads her sisters, except Seraphina, to the tree nymphs' home using Gothel's key, where they kill them all with fire and axes. ("Flower Child")

After seeing the destruction that befell her home, Gothel returns to the ball, seeking vengeance. Isla attempts to have the guards strike her down, but Gothel uses her magic to impale them with tree roots. As the attendees of the ball panic, Gothel wraps Isla with another tree root and, as she pleads for her life, snaps her neck, killing her immediately. ("Flower Child")

Trivia

Popular Culture

  • Isla pours a bucket of mud onto Gothel, who takes her revenge by going to the Lord Adriel's ball while still covered in mud and using her magic powers to lock the doors and kill all the guests. This is a reference to the famous scene from the supernatural horror film Carrie and the book of the same name, where the bullies dump a bucket of pigs' blood onto the titular character, who then locks everyone in and slaughters all the guests at the school prom with her telekinetic powers. ("Flower Child")

Appearances

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