‘Once Upon a Time’ season 5 finale review: Did Regina kill the Evil Queen?

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After the first part of the “Once Upon a Time” finale on Sunday night, we were wondering why this was the time to bring Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde into the world of the show. Well, that came a little bit clearer when it started to become clearer that there were some ways to separate man from monster.

Near the end of the finale, Regina was able to finally come to terms with her past, and in many ways, completely destroy it. She crushed the heart of the Evil Queen within her, finally freeing her from that thirst to go back and handle things the wrong way as opposed to the right one. It was also a temptation that was rising fast to the surface in the wake of what happened with Robin Hood. Of course, we’re going to have more on this later, because it just so turns out that the world is not as free as she is.

In this moment, the mission of Regina and Emma was in many ways a success. They also helped to find Henry and Violet, who in many ways had yet another turnaround when it comes to magic in the world. Also, Henry’s first kiss! (Collective “aw” now.)

With Jekyll free from the wrath of his alter ego, he was brought over to Storybrooke and got to enjoy the town for the first time. Emma told Hook she loved him after the two also made it back, and that was your other romantic moment of the hour. Here’s the problem: Rumple still found a way to bring Hyde over to the world, and it turns out that there is a difference between separating the two characters and killing one. The Evil Queen is also still alive out there, and she turned up to the Dragon in the closing minutes, snatching his heart and proclaiming that she’s back.

For Lana Parrilla, this twist is going to be fun. For everyone else? Well, watch out. Finale Grade: A-.

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