‘Once Upon a Time’ season 3, episode 15 review: Who died in ‘Quiet Minds’?

WhatEarlier this year, news broke out about a character dying during the spring portion of “Once Upon a Time” season 3. We were sad to hear that, but not nearly as sad as we were when it happened during “Quiet Minds.” (Obviously, there are some pretty MAJOR spoilers below.)

There are two very bizarre TV coincidences to talk about here right out of the gate. For one, isn’t it odd that the 15th episode of a season is like “death watch” for some of these shows right now? It was last week that we saw a major character death on “The Good Wife” at the same exact time. Also, why is it about Michael Raymond-James constantly having his characters die on things? Remember what happened on “True Blood”?

In all seriously, we know that there are going to be some enormous reverberations of what happened to Neal here. Much like Rumpelstiltskin at the end of the first half of last season, he died in order to protect someone else (in this case, his father). However, it doesn’t appear like there is any way to undo what happened to him here like there was with Rumple. You could say that this could lead to some Captain Swan romance possibilities in the future, but that’s not really what this was about. Instead, we see this as a little more of a terrible event that will keep Henry from ever knowing his dad if his memory never returns.

The only positive that came from this story, which was mostly all about how Zelena tricked Neal and Belle in the past and present to orchestrate this terrible sacrifice, was that Rumple was able to identify who the Wicked Witch truly is. This will cause the entire story to change the rest of the way, since the enemy is known among the residents of Storybrooke.

But nothing takes away the sting. Neal’s death will change Emma the rest of the series, and also raise the stakes higher than they have ever been when it comes to stopping this wicked witch. Grade: B+ (mostly because we still don’t fully understand Zelena’s motivation).

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