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Your father went on a little detour because there's more important things to him than his daughter. He fought a duel for his precious honor.

Gothel to Alice

"Knightfall" is the thirteenth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Miguel Ian Raya, and directed by Steve Miner. It is the one hundred and forty-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 16, 2018.


Rogers strikes a deal with Eloise despite Tilly’s fair warning, while Ivy struggles to find herself after Victoria's death. Meanwhile, in a faraway realm, Hook confronts Captain Ahab over a legendary magical talisman which can free Alice, only to learn that his quest may have unintended consequences.[2]


Deleted Scenes

"I Know Who You Are"

This scene is included on the Once Upon a Time: The Complete Seventh and Final Season Blu-ray, but not the DVD.

An extended version of the scene where Ivy packs up her mother's things in Victoria's office. Ivy finds the photograph of her mother and looks at it yearningly before she packs it up. Lucy then shows up at the office, but Ivy tells her to go away, as she is not in the mood for "plucky and precocious". Lucy says that Ivy is angry and heartbroken because she (Lucy) knows Ivy is Drizella, and she knows Drizella poisoned Henry thanks to a storybook page that came to her yesterday. Ivy dismisses her, saying that she doesn't have time for fairytales. Lucy begs Ivy to save her father because her mother is gone now and she doesn't have to be evil. She also says that Ivy will never be with Henry, because good things doesn't happen to bad people, who are always alone in their misery. Before Lucy goes away. she advises Ivy to give up being a villain. To prove Lucy is wrong, Ivy decides to call Henry.



Guest Starring



  • Unknown baby as Alice*

*: Only in archive footage



  • The title card features the head of Ivy's doll, Beatrice, inside the "O" of "Once".[3]
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on November 13, 2017.[4]
  • In addition to being a reference to Wish Hook's actions, the episode title is also a subtle reference to the chess knight that Wish Hook gives to his daughter Alice. It is also a pun on the word "nightfall".

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

  • This episode features Captain Hook and Smee from the Peter Pan story, Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Dame Gothel from the "Rapunzel" fairytale, Rumplestiltskin from the "Rumplestiltskin" fairytale, and Captain Ahab from the Moby-Dick story.
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: Captain Ahab's wooden leg has an illustration of a whale,[6] a reference to the titular character of the Moby Dick novel.
  • Wish Hook and Captain Ahab both make references to the "white whale", a reference to the titular character from Moby-Dick, who bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. Since then, Ahab has been seeking revenge on the whale.
  • Maui's fish hook from Polynesian mythology appears.
  • Young Alice has a chess set next to her bed and she and Wish Hook each give each other a chess piece before he leaves. Chess is an important theme in the novel Through the Looking-Glass. Similarly, while Rogers is at work, Tilly tries to interest him in a chess game and in a brief flashback, Alice is shown playing chess to pass the time in the tower.
  • Wish Hook is pushed from the tower by Gothel, similar to what happens in the "Rapunzel" fairytale, where the prince, overcome with grief, throws himself from the tower after the sorceress lies to him and tells him that Rapunzel has died.

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Notes

Costume Notes

  • BRAND INFO: Roni is wearing[32] a T-Sily-D Leopard Tee by Diesel[33] (no longer available). She continues to wear the tee in "The Girl in the Tower".[34]

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (March 19, 2018). NCAA Tournament adjusts down: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.38”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Friday, March 16, 2018. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#713) "Knightfall".”
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (November 13, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
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  11. "Henry" and "David" (3) play swords from Once Upon a Time Season 2, Episode 3.. iCollector. Archived from the original on December 22, 2019. Retrieved on December 5, 2018. “Also seen used by Hook and Alice in S07.”
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  16. Sandro Pearl Embellished Peplum Sweater. evaChic. Retrieved on August 25, 2018.
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  19. 19.0 19.1 Jack Spade Solid Henley as seen on David in episode 3x21 "Snow Drifts" and 3x22 "There's No Place Like Home" (no longer available). ONCE UPON A TIME fashion and finds, Tumblr (March 19, 2014). Archived from the original on December 13, 2018.
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  33. RONI'S LEOPARD PRINT TEE ON ONCE UPON A TIME. WornOnTV. Retrieved on August 17, 2018.
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  35. TwitterLogo.svg @DeanMachine16 (GreenMachine) on Twitter (November 29, 2017). "Just a heads up to @WhatsFilming and @yvrshoots we just got these notices at work this week. Dunno if anyone has already sent this one in but it looks like Stage 49 (I think that's Once Upon a Time?) is filming in New West again on Monday on Begbie and Columbia from 7am-10pm.." (screenshot) (filming notice) (note that the other filming locations mentioned in the tweet are for the streets where Roni's and the Hyperion Heights 42nd Precinct Police Station are filmed)
  36. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). January 27, 2019. "#It doesn' surprise me that Smee's birthday is right after Hook's 😂 It was a pleasure to work with you sir, there were some good laughs with you and Colin on set 😂 I wish you all the best on your birthday 😊" (archive copy)
  37. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 22, 2018. "#bTS from last weeks episode... Colin about to put this wannabe pirate in his place." (archive copy)