Wish Rumplestiltskin makes a new spell, one which allows him to create storybooks for "every hero in every realm" to entrap each of them in alternate realms where they live out unhappy endings. Since potent darkness within the Author is needed to open the portals to the realms, the Dark One has the Wish Blue Fairy brought in as a test subject for the spell. Rumplestiltskin carefully guides Sir Henry into reliving how satisfying it was for him when he cut Roni earlier with his knife, to which a vortex opens and pulls the Blue Fairy into it. He explains to Henry how the books will condemn the others to the same fate and says that once Henry kills Roni, their faiths will be sealed.
When David and Mary Margaret rescue Roni from Sir Henry's dungeon, they find the storybooks and bring them to the Wish Evil Queen's palace. Regrouping with the other heroes in the castle's war council room, Mary Margaret and David explain that the storybooks will condemn each person to alternate realms where they will live out their unhappy endings. As everyone has a chance to look through their own storybooks, David explains that although the stories are complete, they can still work to prevent Rumplestiltskin from making the realms real. While everyone else works on preventing the realms from becoming real, Roni attempts to steer Sir Henry away from the path of vengeance by telling him about the family he still has in her realm who can help him heal from his pain. Henry refuses as he believes only her death can satisfy him. As Roni reluctantly duels with him, the darkness in Henry's blood reaches a boiling point, enabling Wish Rumplestiltskin to open Weaver, Tilly, Margot, Rogers, and Henry's prison portals. The storybook pages turn in the wind as everyone hangs onto a table to prevent themselves from being sucked into the portals. When Alice loses her grip, Rogers grabs onto his daughter's hand to prevent her from being sucked in, although this gives him excruciating pain. The portals close without absorbing any of them after Roni persuades Sir Henry to turn away from his darkness. ("Leaving Storybrooke")
- When Roni opens her book, a micro-excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairytale can be glimpsed. ("Leaving Storybrooke")
- The illustration in Roni's book shows Regina sitting on a rock in the middle of the ocean, with a shipwreck in the background. The caption reads, "Regina knew the most important thing was not to lose hope. She'd see her son again. ("Leaving Storybrooke")
Mary Margaret's Book
- An excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Pink" can be seen when Mary Margaret opens her book. ("Leaving Storybrooke")
- Mary Margaret's unhappy ending reads: ("Leaving Storybrooke")
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- Fittingly enough, the illustration shows Snow White in the middle of the Agrabah desert (see "Props Notes" for more information). The caption beneath the illustration reads, "The shifting sands had Snow disorientated and heartsick with yearning."
- The character being trapped in a desert realm is ironic, given that her first name is Snow.
- The illustration is based on a frame of Snow White in the Enchanted Forest in "Red-Handed".
- The story is based on Disney's Aladdin, where the Disney version of the Cave of Wonders is protected by a sand guardian taking the form of a giant tiger's head, which kills anyone besides the chosen individual who attempts to enter.
- Kelly's book contains an illustration of Zelena looking out the porthole of the Nautilus. The caption reads, "“I hate fish and I have no desire to live like one,” Zelena thought as she looked out the porthole." ("Leaving Storybrooke")
- When the portals to the storybook realms are open and everyone hangs on to prevent themselves from being sucked in, pages from the storybooks are turning in the wind: ("Leaving Storybrooke")
- One page contains a blurred illustration of Sleeping Beauty lying on a bed. It is called "The Sleeping Princess" and is from the 1916 fairytale collection The Allies' Fairy Book (link to page), illustrated by the famous book English book illustrator Arthur Rackham.
- One book contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Little Sister and Little Brother".
- Another page contains a blurred excerpt from the "Cinderella" fairytale.
- The opposite page contains another excerpt from "Little Brother and Little Sister".
- A third excerpt from "The Pink" can be glimpsed on another page.
- Yet another excerpt from "The Pink" is printed in the storybook next to Rogers.
Wish Blue Fairy's Book
- A behind the scenes photograph posted by Keegan Connor Tracy on Twitter, and a prop page auctioned off on eBay, reveal that the Wish Blue Fairy's book shows Blue crying in a forest. The caption reads "The Blue Fairy soon realized she wasn't in her home anymore".
- According to another eBay auction, Blue's story reads:
home anymore. In fact, she wasn't anywhere near her
home. She was in another realm entirely, and that
wasn't even the worst part of all of this. Not only had the
spell ripped her away from home, it had brought her
somewhere very dark, and very dangerous. Because this
was not an ordinary forest, and these trees that surround-
ed her, nearly blotting the sky, certainly weren't ordinary
tress. They were moving, slow at first, then faster, their
branches starting to articulate like limbs, their knotted
trunks forming what began to look almost like a face if
you squinted just right. The Blue Fairy thought for a
moment of flying into the air for safety, but saw the
branches closing over her like some kind of net, meant
to catch things that foolishly sailed into the sky. She set
herself for a battle, realizing that she may need every bit
of magic she possessed to make it out alive. As
she prepared herself, she tried to remember the lessons
that had been taught to her as a novice fairy, all those
years ago. To be confident and brave and remember that
fairies are emblems of goodness in the world. And what-
ever forces of darkness may be arrayed against them, the
goodness will always win. She said those words over and
over in her mind trying to give herself the strength,
trying to imagine that her sisters were with her. But she
found that courage was hard to summon as self doubt
crept in. If only she hadn't been so foolish, she
thought, allowing herself to be captured. She shook
those thoughts out of her mind, knowing that no
time for negative self talk. This was a time to be reso-
lute and strong, and everything a fairy must be to sur-
- According to an alternate shot of the illustration in Roni's book, posted on the website of Gina Mackay, who worked as a graphic designer on Season Seven; and prop pages auctioned off or sold online, Roni's unhappy ending reads:
she stood on a slippery rock. She squint-
ed through the brightness, trying to get
a sense of where this other, darker Rum-
plestiltskin had sent her. All around her,
in every direction, was an endless expanse of ocean.
Regina looked out at the horizon, but there was no land
in sight, no sign of life. She yelled out to the watery
void, "Hello? Can anyone hear me?" But there was no
response, not even an echo of her own voice. Just the
crashing of waves on this lonely rock she now called
Regina knew the most important thing she could
do was not lose hope. There had to be a way to [obscured]
a way back to Henry and her family. Maybe [obscured]
she could use magic to conjure a rowbo[obscured]
her arm toward the sea, flexed he[obscured]
happened. Regina realized th[obscured]
powerless. Her magic[obscured]
stop her from [obscured]
ise of seeing her son. But the currents grew stronger and
stronger, until Regina became swept up in a massive
wave that took her right back to her barren rock. She
tried again. And again. But no matter how hard she
swam, the water would always pull her right back where
Regina collapsed onto the rock in exhaustion. "A
ship will come," she thought. So she watched the hori-
zon. But a ship never came. And as days turned to
weeks turned to months, any speck of hope in Regina
faded away, and she came to realize she would never
see her family again.
- An unseen page from Roni's book contains a combination of excerpts from the Grimm fairytales "The Seven Ravens" and "The Pink". Another unseen page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Little Sister and Little Brother" combined with another excerpt from "The Pink". Another unseen page contains another excerpt from "The Pink", while a third page contains another excerpt from "Little Sister and Little Brother".
Mary Margaret's Book
- A prop page auctioned off online in November 2019 reveals Mary Margaret's unhappy ending in its entirety. The text that cannot be seen (or is indecipherable) on-screen is set in fuchsia, or, in the case of links, is underlined:
trekked through the endless deserts of Agrabah. Things
were looking dire. The oasis she imagined had turned
out to be nothing but a mirage, a cruel trick of sunlight
and fatigue, and she was in desperate need of some water.
If only her camel hadn't run off! She could have been
back in the city bu now and sough shelter from this
dreadful storm. Snow looked at the ground to see
her footprints had disappeared. Now she knew not in
which direction she had come or which direction she was
going. Which way was forward and which way was
back? It was quite impossible to tell. Snow sunk to the
ground in defeat when a golden scarab landed on her
hand. She gazed at it, eyebrows furrowed in confusion,
when the scarab flitted off. Snow took after it --perhaps if
she followed, the desert creature would lead her to a
source of water. Snow wrapped the scarf around her to
protect herself as best as she could from the elements as she
followed the little bug darting though the air. When
suddenly, the ground began to shake around her! The
sand beneath Snow's feet began to rise in mounds,
threatening to bury her alive as Snow backed away on
terror. She watched as the mounds of sands began to take
shape -- forming the head of a giant tiger! Snow
gasped. Was this the legendary Cave of Wonders?
Suddenly, the Tiger spoke to her with a deep, rumbling,
intimidating voice. "Who disturbs my slumber?" the
Tiger roared down at Snow. Snow faced him uncertain-
ly. "It is I, Snow White. And it is not treasure that I
seek, merely shelter from this storm." The Tiger con-
sidered her for a moment. "I will allow you to pass.
But touch nothing within or you will never see the open
sky again." Snow shuddered ath the thought. It seemed
a dangerous proposition to walk into the jaws of this
Tiger, but what choice did she have? Perhaps if she
could wait out the storm, the skies would be clear again
tomorrow and she would be able to find her way out of
this desert. Snow took a deep breath and thanked the
Tiger for its hospitality. And with that, she walked into
his jaws and into the gaping darkness.
but his own heart [sic]
- The story is based on Disney's Aladdin, where the Disney version of the Cave of Wonders is a hidden cavern filled with riches. It is protected by a sand guardian taking the form of a massive tiger's head, which kills anyone besides the chosen individual who attempts to enter. The location of the cave is revealed by using a magical golden scarab beetle.
- The back of the prop page contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale of "The Seven Ravens".
- A prop page auctioned off online on eBay in November 2019 reveals the unhappy ending planned for Kelly:
tain's Chambers of the Nautilus, cursing the bloody
heroes, mocking the gumption that got her into this
mess. "Let's save the world! Things will always work
out! The good guys always win!" Well, they didn't
win this time. Wish Rumplestiltskin had his way and
now they were all separated. and sure, a large part of
Zelena didn't mind the solitude. She often took to her
farmhouse for weeks on end just to recharge. But her
farmhouse was infinitely better than this rat-infested hole,
and this time, Zelena was separated from her own daugh-
ter. It destroyed her to think of little Robin, left all
alone in Storybrooke, wondering what happened to
Mummy. Zelena vowed to get back to her, even if she
had to break through one of these portals and swim
there. Although Zelena didn't know how to swim. It
was a secret she had long held from the others, fearing an
enemy might use it against her... or that someone might
mock her. Not that any one should be surprised that
Zelena was water-shy; she was the bloody Wicked Witch
of the West, after all. Some might say water was her
Achilles Heel. Although she'd probably say it was the
backstroke that she feared most.
Zelena had to admit that Wish Rumplestiltskin had a
flare for dramatics and pain, trapping her in this water-
tight sardine can. Not only was she surrounded by
water, but he knew very well that she found fish bloody
disgusting and that traditional was her very least favorite
type of interior design. She dug her toes into the elabo-
rate rug beneath her. "Repulsive," she thought. And
that music! The Captain's pipe organ magically droned
on incessantly day and night. How many sea chanteys
must one listen to until they go mad? "What I
wouldn't give for one bloody round of Chopsticks,"
Suddenly the Nautilus shuddered, as if hit with ten
thousand pounds of force. The screws popped from the
walls and water sprouted in, spraying Zelena in the face.
"I'm under attack," she thought, terrified. Zelena ran
to the portal to see what hit her. And then she saw it...
"Giant bloody squid," Zelena sighed. As if this
under the sea entrapment couldn't get any worse...
- The giant squid is a reference to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the original story that the Nautilus is from.
- Another unseen page from Zelena's book contains an excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "The Seven Ravens", while a third page contains an excerpt from an alternate version of the Brothers Grimm's version of the "Cinderella" fairytale, where the titular character is known as Ash-Maiden.
- For David's book, a green field was used so that the illustration could be digitally added in post-production. According to a prop photograph from an online auction, the caption reads: "Charming knew exactly where he was, and yet had never felt so lost."
- David's unhappy ending appears in a storybook page which was auctioned off online in October 2019.
to have brothers. He had dreamed of hacing a pack of
other boys to run around with and play games and rogh-
house. He had always through that would be the idyllic
childhood. And yet here he ways, trapped with the Lost
Boys, as they lived out the dark and twisted version of
that childhood fantasy. Here, the "brothers" always
seemed to be in some sort of competition with each
other, and more often than not, the competition turned
deadly. They all dreamed of being the first among the boys,
and they would do anything to prove that they were the
most capable, the strongest, the deadliest.They tried to
drag Charming into their dark games, but he wanted
nothing to do with them, or this place. All he wanted
was to be back home. To see his wife and children
again. But he had learned through bitter experience,
that was impossible now. The magic that brought him to
this realm insured [sic] that he would never escape from it. So
he had nothing to do but look out into the dark water,
completely alone, dreaming of the life he once had. All
he wanted was to be back in his comfortable home in
Storybrooke, telling this tale along with the others.
Tales about impossible moment, the close calls, the
daring escapes. And yet, something told him that this
time was different. That something her was per-
manent. After all, it was always family working
together that got each other out if trouble. But for the
first time in many year he felt alone. Like maybe
this time, hope would not wind the day.
- For Lucy's book, a green field was used so that the illustration could be digitally added in post-production. According to a prop photograph from an online auction, the caption reads: "“My hair will never grow long enough. Not in a thousand years,” thought Lucy."
- A prop page auctioned off on eBay in January 2019 reveals Lucy's unhappy ending:
time. "That makes about a thousand
since I got here," she thought, despon-
dently. It had only been a day, but that
day had felt like a year. Lucy wondered
if eventually her hair, like Rapunzel's, would grow long
enough that it would allow her to escape. But she had an
idea that Rumplestiltskin wouldn't make it that easy.
Probably, she would be old before her hair got that long.
Or perhaps escaping the tower would only set her free in
a real where she was a friendless stanger, still without
a way to get back to those who loved and cared for her.
At least the basic necessities were provide for her.
There as a hearth with a warm fire that seemed to
magically regenerate itself without easier consuming
wood or filling the air with smoke. The flue had at first
struck her as a possible route for escape, but even if she
could make it to the roof of the tall tower, there was still
no safe way to the ground.
Food was provided as well, a small haunch of meat
at midday, along with an out gruel and a bucket of fresh
well water, all provided by magic. And there was a soft
bed waiting for her when she exhausted herself with
pacing the room and exploring every inch of it for a way
out. She wondered if she'd cry herself to sleep tonight
and wowed that she would not. She wouldn't give
Rumple, or the universe, the satisfaction.
She knew she should keep up hope right now.
But it was hard to have hope in this moment, with her
father and mother so far away, no doubt trapped in their
own stories of isolation. "I'm thinking of you," she said
to the sky outside the window as the first star
began to appear. "I'm with you," she added. But she
didn't say, "I have hope." She didn't want to lie.
- For Rogers' book, a green field was used so that the illustration could be digitally added in post-production. According to a prop photograph from an online auction, the caption reads: "Captain Hook climbed atop a large mushroom and surveyed the land around him".
- Rogers' unhappy ending was revealed in a prop page auctioned off on eBay in January 2020:
of skirmishes. He was quite experienced in the common
tavern brawl. And the Jolly Roger had been boarded by
enemy pirates more times than he liked to recall. But
perhaps he had met his match in Wonderland, where
nothing made any bloody sense to him. In fact it was all
quite upside-down. Hook feared he would be lost in this
absurd place forever. It was a miracle at all that he
managed to escape from the rabid Bandersnatch. If only
that ridiculous Caterpillar hadn't been so out of his mind
as to point Hook into a bloody den of them! Hook
climbed atop a large mushroom and surveyed the land
around him. In the distance, he could see the Infinite
Maze. Should he try his luck in that dastardly labyrinth?
Maybe the only way out was to go in.But Hook shook
his head to himself. There had to be some other way.
Hook turned and faced east where the Tulgey Woods lay
before him. The trees grew thick and menacingly in
those parts shrouding the woods in a perpetual darkness.
As Hook most often used the stars to navigate this way,
not being able to see them would present quite the prob-
lem. Perhaps his best chance would be to go through
the Meadow of Living Flowers. Hook had heard tales of
Bread-and-Butterflies large enough to swallow a grown
man whole. But with his cutlass by his side, this seemed
like a fight that he could win. The Meadow of Living
Flowers it would be. Hook climbed down from his
perch on the giant mushroom -- only to find himself
surrounded by more Bandersnatches! Bloody hell. Hook
raised his cutlass threateningly, but the Bandersnatches
only circled him more tightly. Should he fight them off
or make a run for it? Hook slowly counted down in
his head. Three.... two... one. And with that, he
bolted, the pack of Bandersnatches hot on his heel.
- Rogers' unhappy ending is a reference to his daughter Alice's trips to New Wonderland, as described in "Hyperion Heights" and "Pretty in Blue".
- The Bread-and-Butterfly, which does not appear on the show, is a creature from Lewis Carroll's novel Through the Looking-Glass.
- The Meadow of Living Flowers, which also does not appear on the show, is a location from the animated Disney film Alice in Wonderland.
- The back of the prop page contains yet another excerpt from the Grimm fairytale "Little Sister and Little Brother".
- A prop photo posted on Instagram reveals that the illustration in Tilly's book shows Alice in a winter forest with a frozen waterfall in the background. The illustration was created from a frame of Alice in the New Enchanted Forest in "The Girl in the Tower".
- The caption reads "Alice shivered [obscured]ately to keep [obscured]".
- According to a prop page auctioned off on eBay, Tilly's unhappy ending reads:
Alice hadn't seen her breath like that since last winter in
Hyperion Heights. She watched as the breath floated off
into the starry night. A moment ago she had thought
she saw the light of a city in the distance, but as her
eyes adjusted she came to realize it was simply the moon
reflected off the frozen tundra that stretched away to
forever. Alice wasn't just cold, she was alone. Alice
slumped on a rock, hugging herself, trying to keep warm.
She wondered if she would survive the night. And more
than that, she wondered if she would ever see her father,
or Robin, again. She had spent so much of her life alone,
now it looked like that's how she would end her life.
Only just then, the rock beneath her bum began to
quake. Startled, Alice sprung to her feet, but the rock
rolled toward her as if in pursuit! She turned to fee, but
another rock from nearby her side rolled her way. And
another from behind her. And a dozen more, from all
directions. They circled, herding Alice through an obvi-
ous attack pattern! Alice readied herself. For what, she
did not know when -- The rocks unfurled themselves, as
rocks almost never do. Arms and legs formed on each as
one after the other they revealed themselves to be little
stone men. None were taller than Alice's knee, but
together they made an intimidating force. Alice knew
exactly what they were: Trolls. She had experience with
trolls, but she didn't know what to make of this little
army that surrounded her now. She was scared --
|Once Upon a Time: Season Seven|
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