"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.
"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.
*: Only in archive footage
- The title card features the head of Ivy's doll, Beatrice, inside the "O" of "Once".
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on November 13, 2017.
- 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".
- The Seattle events take place the day after "A Taste of the Heights", and before "The Girl in the Tower". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The New Enchanted Forest flashbacks take place several years after "Eloise Gardener" and several years before Alice escapes the tower in "The Girl in the Tower".
- The Wish Realm flashbacks take place several years after "Eloise Gardener" and before "Wish You Were Here".
- Alice was trapped by Gothel in "Eloise Gardener".
- Alice and Wish Hook each give each other a chess piece, something that was referred to in "A Pirate's Life" and "Pretty in Blue"-
- Tilly and Rogers first played chess together in "Beauty".
- Hilda was previously attacked by the killer in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Roni met with her "former-boyfriend" in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Henry spent game night at Jacinda's apartment in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Rogers and Weaver began their investigation into the deaths of the Coven of the Eight, including Doctor Sage's death in "Secret Garden" and in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Victoria was killed in "Secret Garden".
- The killer's identity is revealed in "Sisterhood".
- Wish Realm Rumplestiltskin's imprisonment in Rumplestiltskin's Cell was first seen in "Wish You Were Here". In the same episode, he eventually escaped the dungeon because of a deal with Regina.
- Lucy discovered the ramifications of the Dark Curse, in that Henry will die if it is broken, during "A Taste of the Heights".
- Lucy was in the hospital during "The Eighth Witch" and "Secret Garden".
- Henry is Lucy's favorite author, a fact which was established in "Hyperion Heights".
- The flute music playing in the tavern where Wish Hook meets Captain Ahab is the same tune heard in the tavern that Anton visits in "Tiny", the tavern where Hook and his crew celebrate in "The Jolly Roger", the tavern where young Cora is working in "Bleeding Through", the tavern where Emma meets past Hook in "Snow Drifts", and Robin Hood's tavern in "Heart of Gold" and the Fish & Bird tavern in the New Enchanted Forest in "Breadcrumbs". The same music is playing in the tent camp that Snow White visits in "Heartless".
- Hook gave the Jolly Roger to Smee in "Eloise Gardener".
- Hook agrees to forfeit the Jolly Roger to Ahab if he loses the game, much like the other Hook agreed to do with Black Beard in "Mother's Little Helper".
- Ivy reconciled with her mother in "Secret Garden".
- In a brief flashback, Alice and Wish Hook play chess. In "A Pirate's Life", Wish Hook said that he used to play chess with his daughter.
- Gothel poisons Hook's heart and banishes him from the tower, which was first mentioned by Hook himself in "A Pirate's Life".
- Alice escapes the tower in "The Girl in the Tower", and her counterpart Tilly is exonerated of murder charges in the same episode.
- Ivy finds Anastasia and makes amends with her in "Sisterhood".
- Lucy stopped Henry and Jacinda from kissing in "A Taste of the Heights".
- Roni became awake in "Wake Up Call".
- Lucy and Roni continue Operation Hyacinth in "The Girl in the Tower".
- The design of Maui's fish hook is based on Disney's Moana.
- Ivy brings a box of mochi from Lucky Cat Cafe for Henry. This is a reference to Mochi, a minor character, and the location of the same name, from Disney's Big Hero 6.
- The woman whose widower received a chocolate box, Luanne Hoffs-Drawler, is named after the Hoffs-Drawlar Funeral Parlor from Lost.
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, 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.
- On the box of mochi that Ivy gives Henry, the Japanese kanji characters "大福餅" (pronounced as "daifukumochi") are printed, which references a type of mochi that is round in shape and usually contains a sweet filling such as red bean paste.
- HIDDEN DETAILS: The bottles of sand that Wish Hook gave to Alice are sitting on a shelf inside Tilly's boxcar.
- REUSED PROPS: The wooden swords Hook and Alice are playing with are the same props used by David and Henry in the Season Two episode "Lady of the Lake".
- COPIED FROM PHOTO: The photograph of Hilda from the case file at the police station is taken from a promotional photograph of actress Chilton Crane from "A Taste of the Heights". Notice how the white apron Hilda wore in "A Taste of the Heights" has been CGIed away.
- BRAND INFO: Ivy is wearing a Sandro Pearl Embellished Peplum Sweater by Sandro. She continues to wear the sweater in "The Girl in the Tower".
- BRAND INFO: Henry is wearing a Jack Spade Solid Henley (no longer available).
- USE IT AGAIN: He continues to wear the shirt in "The Girl in the Tower".
- SECONDHAND CLOTHING: The shirt was also worn by David Nolan in the Season Three episodes "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home", the Season Four episodes "A Tale of Two Sisters", "Rocky Road", "Breaking Glass", "Heroes and Villains", "Darkness on the Edge of Town", "Unforgiven" and "Enter the Dragon" and the Season Five episodes "The Brothers Jones" and "Our Decay".
- BRAND INFO: Roni is wearing a T-Sily-D Leopard Tee by Diesel (no longer available). She continues to wear the tee in "The Girl in the Tower".
- For both exterior and interior scenes, GJ House Flowers & Gifts on 714 Columbia Street in New Westminster doubles as the florist shop that Rogers and Weaver visit. The name of the business was kept for the show.
- The tavern scenes were filmed on a television set at The Bridge Studios.
- The shootout scene with Wish Hook and Captain Ahab at the Wish Realm mport was filmed on a green-screen set at The Bridge Studios.
|French||"Le Talisman Magique"||"The Magical Talisman"|
|Italian||"La caduta del cavaliere"||"Knightfall"|
|Portuguese||"A Maldição do Coração Envenenado"||"The Curse of the Poisoned Heart"|