‘Once Upon a Time’ season 2, episode 16 review: Cora, have a heart

Once Upon a TimeIf there was one character whose story was vastly missing on “Once Upon a Time” to this point, it was Cora. She was quite possibly the most wicked of all of the characters on the show, and while there was an essence of good somewhere in her, we learned that it never happened to be as important as her massive thirst for power.

Well, we had that void filled Sunday night with what was a pretty rich story of a very wicked woman’s rise to power, including how she went from a miller’s daughter to, with the help of Rumpelstiltskin, the eventual queen. This was a nice play on the classic character, and it was nice in a way to see that even the Dark One had a love interest prior to the days of Belle bringing out Rumple’s soft side.

Unfortunately, what we also learned in this episode was that Cora’s days as a villain in the present were limited. It made sense for part of Mary Margaret to want to kill her after just what she did to her own mother Ava, but she tried to rationalize it first by basically pawning the responsibility of giving Cora her heart back onto Regina … that way she could argue that she is not responsible directly for what happened. However, sooner or later she did come to her senses, and realized that she was dooming someone to her death.

Snow Dark White was unable to save Cora, as she died shortly after having her heart put back in her. What happens now? Well, let’s just say that Regina knows who is responsible now for her mother’s death, and she is not going to stop until she finds a way to pull off the ultimate revenge. This was a stellar end to a pretty fantastic episode, as it chose to really focus in something specific, show great character development, and push the story forward in a huge way.

Overall, what do you think about this episode, and just how do you think that Cora’s death will play into what Regina does next? If you want to see some more scoop on “Once Upon a Time” moving forward, you can do so by heading on over to the link here.

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