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Regina: I can't just... can't just cast a curse. It takes time, and... ingredients.
Drizella: Eight, to be exact. And I have seven of them right here. The only one I'm missing... the most important one, and, of course, the hardest to find... is magic from a witch who crushed the heart of the thing she loves most. So... Regina. What'll it be?

Regina Mills and Drizella

"The Eighth Witch" is the tenth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the one hundred and forty-third episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 15, 2017.


When Drizella threatens the realm with a dark curse, Henry and Ella take extreme actions to protect Lucy and the others; and Regina is forced into making an unimaginable choice. In Hyperion Heights, Roni recruits Henry to travel to San Francisco to search for her sister, but when he learns Lucy has fallen unconscious, Henry rushes to be by her side. Meanwhile, Gothel earns the trust of Anastasia and the consequences of their budding relationship could prove to be fatal.[2]




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • Kelly's occupation as a peddling instructor is a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, in which Miss Gulch, the Wicked Witch of the West's Kansas counterpart, is a strict woman who rides her bicycle everywhere.
  • The slogan of the Emerald Acres Farm, the home of Zelena and her daughter, is "There's no place like home",[11] a famous line from the film The Wizard of Oz. The pigs in the pen are a reference to the movie scene where Dorothy walks along the pig pen fence on her family's farm and falls in.
  • Roni is wearing a T-shirt featuring the American punk band Ramones.[12]

Props Notes

Costume Notes

  • HERALDRY: The royal crest printed on the robes is also the same: A hauriant seahorse (in a vertical position with its head up). In heraldry, the seahorse is a hybrid with the fore quarters of a horse with webbed paws, and the hind part of a fish or dolphin. A scalloped fin runs down the neck and back in place of a mane.[17]
  • The dress she is wearing[34] during Lucy's eighth birthday celebration was worn by the Evil Queen in the Season Five episode "Labor of Love" (note that the shoulders have been altered and the underdress has been dyed another color).[35]
  • The coat she is wearing[36] while visiting her sister's farm and during the casting of the Dark Curse was worn previously by the Evil Queen in the Season Six episode "Page 23".[37]

Filming Locations


International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (December 18, 2017). ‘Hawaii Five-0’ adjusts down: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.29”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Friday, December 15, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#710) "The Eighth Witch".”
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  4. Abrams, Natalie. Once Upon a Time bosses on rise of new big bad. Entertainment Weekly. “Alas, the OUAT bosses are coy to reveal any of the Coven member's identities, only teasing there will be a pretty major new face among them. "I think there’s going to be some surprises," Kitsis says. “What happens with the witch story line hopefully will also be surprising. We will be seeing someone in episode 11, which is a reference we’ve never done before, which is from the Haunted Mansion.” (Crossing fingers for Madame Leota!)”
    MacDonald, Lindsay (December 15, 2017). Once Upon a Time Bosses Preview "Iconic" Witches of the Coven of Eight. TV Guide.
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  8. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 14, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
  9. Street View – aug. 2014. Google Maps (August 2014).
    Note the identical buildings.
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  17. Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art, by John Vinycomb, [1909], at sacred-texts.com. Internet Sacred Texts Archive. Retrieved on October 6, 2018.
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  19. Screenshot from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
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  52. Amplified Ramones 76 Tour Men's T-Shirt. Vanilla Underground. Retrieved on October 6, 2018.
  53. TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (October 19, 2017). "Wish Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) at Fremont Troll set in East Vancouver. Will be quick scene and then on to next location." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter (October 19, 2017). "I don't know. Their circus/base camp is near Crab Park so could be downtown somewhere. I'm sick with a cold so I'm back in for day." (screenshot)
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    InstagramIcon.png tvalisononset (Alison Fernandez). December 16, 2017. "What happens when you put queens, princesses, and witches in the same room? You get one heck of a party!💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻🎉🎊🥂🍾🎄🤪" (archive copy)
  55. TwitterLogo.svg @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (October 23, 2017). "Signs for #LifeSentence & #OnceUponATime spotted by @jmarie83" (screenshot)
  56. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 15, 2017. "Exhausted from running around Riverview unsupervised with a camera ;) thanks @koepecetic" (archive copy)
  57. 57.0 57.1 Movies Filmed at Riverview Hospital. MovieMaps. Retrieved on October 6, 2018.
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  61. Vancouver, British Columbia. Google Maps (November 2016).
    Note the yellow building behind Roni (File:710Vial.png) and the red boat house in front of Henry,(File:710WalkingToHenry.png) which places them along the wharves of Granville Island.
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    External image of studio #2
    Note the identical walls, layout and quote on wall
  63. Tumblr.png The Enchanted Forest News Service — Did Lana and bex film on location or in studio? on Tumblr  (October 17, 2017). "Stanley." (screenshot)
  64. Tumblr.png The Enchanted Forest News Service — Any idea who's filming in Stanley Park today? on Tumblr  (October 18, 2017). "Addy and Rose based on their instagram." (screenshot)
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