Loyal Once Upon a Time fans were floored after the revelation of the true villain for the upcoming second half of season six.
After the events from the previous episode when Belle (Emilie de Ravin) was basically robbed of her pregnancy and child, it felt as if things couldn’t get any worse.
Fans were left speculating about the masked figure in Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) vision, Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) was spiraling, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) was up to no good, and Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) were still cursed.
Chances of every beloved character making out of this alive seemed bleaker by the episode, yet the fandom held on.
The storylines couldn’t possibly get any more congested, could they?
— Shadowbunny49 (@Angelica563) December 5, 2016
Things took a turn after in the final two minutes of the finale, when the person behind the hood was finally revealed to be none other than Rumple and Belle’s son Gideon (Giles Matthey).
“Wait a minute…but he was a newborn an episode ago!”
Here’s where the plot gets even more twisted.
This episode revealed that Rumplestiltskin’s mother, the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) ended up kidnapping the newborn from Blue (Keegan Conner Tracy) shorty after Belle had entrusted her with the baby.
Don't trust the blue fairy. #OUAT
— Kim Olson (@ATimeIessLove) December 5, 2016
— Tanjeen Twinkle (@TanjeenTwinkle) December 5, 2016
But why? As of now, we’re not sure if the Black Fairy’s motive for stealing her grandson was tied to Rumple or if she served as a catalyst. And while the finale answered some questions, viewers are left with the impression that Storybrooke is about to plummet into chaos. And let’s not forget the ‘return’ of Robin Hood, and how that might affect Regina.
sHOOK IS THE WORD #OUAT
— katie (@katiedeecee) December 5, 2016
What will happen with Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz) and Jasmine (Karen David)? Will Emma actually die this season? What’s going to happen to the Evil Queen now? Is there a bigger picture?
Will OUAT ever make any sense in regards to timelines, different lands, and Irish exits?
Only time will tell. Until March, fellow Oncers.