REVIEW: Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 18 – The Guardian

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 18 - The Guardian

“All magic comes with a price…” and Rumpelstiltskin finally learns to pay his on this week’s chapter of Once Upon a Time.

Rumple has come a long way since his mischievous imp days. He has had a long and happy marriage with Belle and has since been trying to find a way back to her. Since the destruction of the Dark One’s dagger and the darkness inside him has been dependent on finding the Guardian, one pure of heart, Rumple has been on this quest all season.

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 18 - The GuardianThough it was hinted in previous episodes that Anastasia was a potential Guardian, it turns out that Alice was the true Guardian all along. The flashback to the enchanted realm involves Rumple testing the purity of Alice’s heart by tempting her to crush that of Dr. Facilier (who has a very blackened heart, I must say). Alice passes the test and Rumple finds his salvation.

Back in Hyperion Heights, Weaver stresses out not just over the murder of Nick but also on the dagger going missing. He suspects Samdi has something to do with it and expresses his suspicions to Roni, who confronts Samdi about it. But as shady as he is, he did not take the dagger after all. Facilier seems to have a history with most characters and it was never really explained how he had access to the shrine Rumple built to Belle. Facilier is determined to get the Dark One’s power which is never a good sign on Once Upon a Time and which should really make Regina more careful.

Once Upon a Time, S7 Ep 18 - The GuardianI’ve always enjoyed the complex relationship between Rumple and Regina and lately, they seem to have been in a good place. They’ve grown closer because of all their experiences over the years. Which is why it was so sad to see the trust they’ve built suddenly destroyed when Rumple stole the little magic Facilier gave to Regina just so he could track down the dagger. Regina makes her disappointment clear and for now they have “broken up,” so to speak. But we’re nearing the end of Once Upon a Time so I’m hoping they’ll patch things up soon.

The biggest reveal of the episode was that Rumple had come SO CLOSE to getting rid of the darkness and the dagger and returning to Belle. But, all magic comes with a price, and he realized that this would mean imposing immortality on Alice. He chooses to do the right thing (Belle would have been so proud) and decides to find another way to rid himself of the dagger. In the end, he wanted Alice to be happy and to live a normal life, and it’s this sacrifice that also wins Hook over to his side. Maybe that’s why they work as partners in the cursed realm.

As much fun as it is to see Rumple in his scaly glory with all his “Dearie!” flamboyance, this time was different. He knew that there was a chance that he would never see Belle again and that he would live the rest of his immortal life in mourning. The way he said “spin, spin, spin” was heartbreaking. But we must not lose hope. Rumple did not come this far only to fail now.

Meanwhile, Tilly and Margot go on a cute date while their magical selves also develop a serious relationship. On the main plot front, Henry drops a bombshell on Jacinda when he shows her the test results that prove he is Lucy’s father. But that major revelation will probably be addressed in the last few episodes.