‘Once Upon a Time’ season 5, episode 3 review: King Arthur’s not-so-noble ways; Rumpelstiltskin’s fate

Once Upon A TimeFor all of you who have been waiting to get an inside look at Camelot on “Once Upon a Time,” the new episode on Sunday night was an excellent window into this world. You had a chance to learn a thing or two more about King Arthur, Guinevere, and even a character who you previously thought was dead in Lancelot.

Sinqua Walls returned near the end of the episode as the famed knight, who was seemingly killed off years ago, as he presented a warning to Snow White: This place was not what it seemed. The world is complicated, and while Arthur may not be wholly bad, he is thinking for both himself and the kingdom first and foremost. This is all about trust, and he is using the trust that Charming and company have in them in order to get his way.

Yes, there were many bromance moments between Charming and Arthur in this episode, and the King had a point when it comes to his frustrations: He was not told that Emma was the Dark One, he was lied to in the first place. By the end of the episode, the king went so far as to convince one of his “loyal” subjects to poison himself to keep from spilling the beans to the characters with their magical powers. Certainly a persuasive man, no?

In Storybrooke, we also saw the best attempts by Captain Hook in order to rebuff some of the attempts by Emma Swan to convince him to join her, even though she would not answer a key question: What is on the other side of the door? She eventually found a different (and surprising) replacement for her plan in Rumpelstiltskin, who thanks to just being awakened, is a completely clean slate. This was a nice twist ending, one that changes things and we certainly did not expect it. Grade: B+.

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