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Robin died... to protect me. That's what true love is. It's sacrifice. It's giving up everything for the person you love.

Regina Mills to Zelena

"Last Rites" is the twenty-first episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Craig Powell. It is the one hundred and ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 8, 2016.


Emma, David, Regina, Robin and Henry are finally back home in Storybrooke and reunited with Snow, but, unfortunately, they still have to contend with Hades, who continues to deceive Zelena as he lays out his plan to use the all-powerful Olympian Crystal to take over the town. The heroes desperately search for a way to defeat Hades while Hook does the same in the Underworld, looking for those missing storybook pages. Regina and Robin take a more direct approach, which culminates in an epic showdown that will leave our heroes forever changed.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Family Reunion

An extended version of the scene where Zelena talks to Robin Hood and Regina by the pond. After returning from the Underworld, Robin reunites with Little John, who has been looking after Roland. While John is standing nearby, Roland runs up to Robin and jumps into his arms. Roland says "Papa!" and Robin answers "Oh Roland" and spins him around and kisses and hugs him. Roland asks his father about his little sister.[3]

"Belle of the Box"

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

Upon entering his shop, Mr. Gold talks to Belle, saying that they are home, and once her father wakes her up from the sleeping curse, no one will ever threaten their child again.

"Two Halves"

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

After Hades hangs up the phone, Zelena asks him what Mr. Gold wants, and Hades answers that he thinks he can threaten them. But he remarks that Gold has no idea what's coming and the sooner he finishes making the Olympian Crystal whole again, the sooner he makes their problems disappear.



Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • ABANDONED IDEAS: In the episode script, after Robin says to Regina, "Our future is not written by our past", Regina responds, "So you think... we might... still have a future together?"[10] This line is not in the final episode.

Event Chronology

  • There are Christmas trees decorated with Christmas decorations outside the Storybrooke Town Hall,[11] indicating that the episode takes place around Christmas.[12]

Episode Connections



  • This episode features Merida from Brave.
  • A lost soul crawls out of the Acheron and tries to drag Arthur into the river, similar to the way the lost souls grab and drag Hades into the river Styx at the end of the Disney film Hercules. The soul has a blue tint, just like the lost souls do when they first grab Hades at the start of the film.

Fairytales and Folklore

  • Hook alludes to being physically tortured by Hades, and Arthur finds proof in the form of a cat o' nine tails. Ironically, in the Peter Pan story, Captain Hook threatens the Lost Boys with the same weapon.
  • The inscription on archway where the Underworld storybook is hidden reads as, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here".[13] This is a reference to Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy. In the poem, Dante passes through the gate of Hell, which bears an inscription ending with the famous phrase.
    • Divine Comedy features many elements from Greek mythology, one of which is the river Lethe, which Once Upon a Time's River of Lost Souls, which runs through the gates, is based on. In the poem, the stream of Lethe flows to the center of the earth from its surface, but its headwaters are located in the Earthly Paradise found at the top of the mountain of Purgatory. Cerberus, who appeared "Labor of Love", is also featured in the poem.
  • STORYBOOK CONTENT: Excerpts from the fairytale of "The Golden Bird" can be seen in the Underworld storybook,[23] and in Henry's storybook.[17]
  • An excerpt from "Snow-White and Rose-Red" can be seen in the Underworld storybook when Hook flips through it.[24]
  • The same text from both fairytales appears in many episodes; read the trivia section in the article for Henry's storybook for more information and a transcript.

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Hades nodded to himself, impressed with the
leader's magic. The leader was elegantly dressed in
black, which also impressed Hades. Proper fashion was
very important to him. He noticed that much more that
whatever the leader was shouting about. It was a vitri-
olic tirade about some young farm girl who had offended
the great leader. The leader believed that the blue
villagers were hiding the farm girl. But instead of snap-
ing the necks of the villagers for their heinous crimes
the leader merely went down the line of them, transform-
each one into a drooling, screeching beast. This form
of animorphic retribution may have been satisfying to the
leader, but it wouldn't do at all for Hades. He'd have
to somehow convince the leader to go back to plain old
killing. It turned out this leader was one of Hades' larg-
est suppliers of souls, and he couldn't very well having
that supply dry up. He started to think about what kind
of deal he'd offer when the leader tried to turn Hades
into a hairy beast.
Of course this didn't work. The leader had mis-
taken Hades for one of the blue villagers, due to his
outfit. But Hades is a god. Even though he [image ends]
to reside on Mount Olympus, like all the oth[image ends]

  • Another page reads:[22]

welling in his eyes. Only these were not tears of sad-
ness. They smoldered with rage.
"You’re wrong about me, Father. I will make a great
Hades wiped the tears away as he said this, though his
voice was a vacuum of emotion. With cold determina-
tion, he approached a towering pedestal on the far side of
the bed chamber where an ornate filigreed box was left
unattended. Hades face betrayed a slight smile. He
knew this box held the prize he sought, and no one
would stop him from taking it now. He opened the box
and inside was an ancient crystal shaped like a crude
lightning bolt.
"The Olympian Crystal", he said reverently, with more
love than he had ever shown for leathery old Kronos.
"So…" a voice boomed from across the bed chamber.
Hades turned to see Zeus in the room, looking at him in
Judgment while touching the lifeless frame of their father
for one last time. "…your heart really is sickened."
Zeus stepped forward to his brother, in all his chiseled
might. And every inch of his muscle nauseated Hades,
but he maintained an even keel. For now.
"Will you not take a moment to mourn our father?

"Who loved you?"
Zeus felt genuine compassion for his brother. And the
olive branch he offered bore no hidden thorns, only the
promise of reconciliation. That Zeus was capable of such
forgiveness only stoked the flames within Hades further.
"No, Zeus", Hades spat. "He only loved you."
Hades took the crystal into his hands. It was his now,
and no one would take it from him. Not even the
mighty Zeus. The powerful magic within it glowed fora moment.
"That power is not yours to wield," Zeus warned.
"The Olympian Crystal is dangerous. It belongs to the
"I should have been king," Hades said, wielding the
crystal like a scepter. "And once I use this to kill you,
I'll rule any kingdom I desire.
He approached his brother, and for a moment, Zeus
[illegible word] knowing that the crystal was powerful enough
to kill a god, even him. But Zeus bravely, perhaps
[three illegible words] proud. Hades raised the crystal,
had it pointing up at Zeus' chest, looking his
brother in the eye as he prepared to strike him down, by
[illegible word] it right into Zeus' heart, when…

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: When Emma opens Henry's storybook, you can see that she has the page with her and Hook bookmarked.[17]
  • HIDDEN DETAILS: The symbol of Jupiter (♃),[36] the Roman equivalent of Zeus, is printed on the handle of the Olympian Crystal.[37]
    • ♃ is also known as the astronomical symbol for the planet of the same name.
    • Jupiter's symbol was originally the Greek letter ζ, Zeta (Ζ), the initial of Zeus' name.[36]

Set Dressing

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: Inside Game of Thorns, there is a poster that says "Parents bowling for kids to fight child abuse" ... "At the Downtown Bowling Hall".[38] A similar poster ("...preventing abuse and neglect before it starts" – "Downtown Bowling Hall") is pinned to a board outside the Storybrooke Town Hall in the Season One episode "Desperate Souls".[39]
  • PAUSE AND READ: A sign next to the Town Hall reads:[41]

"The Storybrooke Improvement Society was founded by the
Storybrooke Women's Institute in order to build the Town Hall.
The architect was David H. Goodman cousin of Storybrooke
entrepreneur Neil Westlake. The Hall was built and continues
to be owned and maintained by members of the Society; men
planted the apple trees on the north and women planted the
apple trees to the south. The Hall has officially been
designated as a Municipal Heritage Site. It serves the
community as the focal and social center of Storybrooke"

  • CREW NAMES ON PROPS: David H. Goodman is an Executive Producer and writer for the show, and Neil Westlake is a graphic designer and production staff member on the show. Neil Westlake's name appears on several props throughout the show:
  • The sign is adapted, with illustrations and everything, from the real sign outside Fort Langley Community Hall in Fort Langley, the building that doubles as Storybrooke Town Hall for the show.[48] The real-life version, which features drawings of maple trees rather than the apple tree that emblazons the Storybrooke version, reads:[49]

The Fort Langley Community Improvement Society was
founded by the Fort Langley Women's Institute in 1924 in
order to build the Community Hall. The building was
completed in 1931. The architect was Archibald Campbell
Hope brother of Fort Langley entrepreneur Charles Hope.
The hall was built and continues to be owned and maintained
by society volunteers. The maple trees were planted by
members of the society; men planted the trees on the north
and women planted the trees on the south. The Hall was
officially designated as a Municipal Heritage Site in 1979. It
serves the community as the focal and social center of Fort
Langley and is available for rental for special events.

For information or viewing call 604-888-1223.

Costume Notes

  • HIDDEN DETAILS: When Hook returns to the world of the living,[50] he is wearing the same outfit and jewelry that he was wearing when he died in "Swan Song";[51] his Dark One outfit. When Emma healed his injuries in "The Brothers Jones",[52] his outfit changed into the one he was wearing before he was a Dark One, but when he is brought back to life, he is wearing the same outfit that he died in.

Filming Locations

International Titles



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    Once Upon a Time Filming at Central Park in Burnaby. What's Filming (March 2, 2016). “From what I could see there were a couple of main parts to the scene they were rehearsing. One with Robin Hood and Roland, with Little John standing nearby. It looked like Roland and Robin Hood were being reunited. Roland ran up to Robin Hood and jumped into his arms.”

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    TwitterLogo.svg @OnceUponAKayy (Mikayla) on Twitter (March 2, 2016). "Todays 5x21 scene was def back in Storybrooke! It was a reunion scene with Robin and Roland. R: "Papa!" R: "Oh Roland!" Spins him around" (screenshot)
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  12. Complicating matters is that the Season Six episode "I'll Be Your Mirror" takes place in the autumn (Henry refers to the homecoming dance as "the fall formal", and this tradition usually takes place in late September or early October), but in "I'll be Your Mirror", Belle's pregnancy hasn't even started to show, and Belle became pregnant sometime before her husband and the others left for the Underworld. However, Belle was put under a Sleeping Curse in "Ruby Slippers", which put the pregnancy in stasis, and it was never stated how long she was under it before she was awoken in "The Savior".

    Note that the Christmas decorations can also be seen in "The Savior" (File:601MyLast.png, File:601MyLast2.png), but since they are seen after Belle is awoken, "The Savior" cannot possibly take place at Christmas, since "I'll Be Your Mirror" takes place in the autumn, and Belle's pregnancy hasn't even started to show yet in this episode.
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  32. Jacobs, Milton. WorldCat. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
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    Note that parts of the sign are a bit blurred, but it can also be seen in behind the scenes photos:

    From "Witch Hunt": FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time December 5, 2013: IMG_3637 (December 5, 2013).  (archive copy) (photograph)
    From "Lily": Gittins, Susan (February 21, 2015). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME. Hollywood North Buzz.
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  49. Behind the scenes picture from "Witch Hunt":
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    TwitterLogo.svg @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (March 7, 2016). "#OnceUponATime is filming at Riverview today." (screenshot)
  58. Movies Filmed at Riverview Hospital. MovieMaps. Retrieved on September 22, 2019.
  59. TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (March 7, 2016, from Coquitlam, British Columbia). "one last scene to film in the tunnels" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (May 3, 2016). "they also used the tunnels below to film that day" (screenshot)
  60. TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (March 7, 2016, from Coquitlam, British Columbia). "OK so pretty much everyone is on set today" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (March 7, 2016, from Coquitlam, British Columbia). "yes Lana is here. All in black" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (March 7, 2016, from Coquitlam, British Columbia). "all I can tell you is there was a funeral scene most of the cast were there. Robin was not & I heard from someone he was killed" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (May 3, 2016). "it was not filmed in the usual cemetery they made this set in a different location" (screenshot)
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    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 15, 2017. "Exhausted from running around Riverview unsupervised with a camera ;) thanks @koepecetic" (archive copy)
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