Once Upon a Time Recap: “The Song in Your Heart”

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It’s been an interesting few days in the OUAT world. Sunday’s episode was a musical extravaganza complete with a CaptainSwan wedding and lots of Charming Family Feels. But Monday brought an announcement that left many fans reeling.

Spoilers ahead, dearies.

Let’s have a sit-down and chit-chat about the three most important things, shall we?

1.) The Musical

I’m generally a fan of musical episodes. They provide an opportunity to showcase plot and character feelings through lyrics instead of dialogue, lyrics being a medium that is often under-utilzed in modern film and tv. “Once More With Feeling” anyone? That being said, not every actor can sing, which sometimes results in less-than-ideal song and dance numbers. However, “The Song in Your Heart” blew me away. Not only were the seven original songs catchy, but each actor did their own singing, and they sang well. I guess you could say they hit all the right notes. *badummtssss* The songs were so good that I almost forgot about the plot holes. My main question is, how long do I have to wait before I can download the songs?

2.) The Wedding

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We had to have a happy ending in here for Emma and Hook, at least on some level, right? Although the wedding only took up a few minutes at the end of the episode, the entire second half of this season had primed us for it. There was some plot-hole-ish thing about her wedding dress, but who cares? Killian and Emma finally tied the knot, and I hope to God that their happiness extends beyond this episode, despite the curse that the Black Fairy cast. And if not, at least we can drown our sorrows in fanfiction, right?

Which brings me to…

3.) The End of Emma Swan

Jennifer Morrison, having reached the end of her six-year contract with ABC, has opted not to return to Once Upon A Time. Her statement appears to solidify what the writers mentioned many months ago—that season 6 was written in such a way that it could very well serve as the end of our time in Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest, and other realms.

Can there be an OUAT without Emma Swan? It seems highly unlikely. Her story as the protagonist has come full circle. Season 1 gave us a woman without a family, who didn’t know her place in the world—or even that other worlds existed. By season 6, Emma has grown as a person, becoming even more multifaceted. She has a family, a fiance, a place in society, and a desire to continue to do good. But the role that defined her, that of The Savior, is finally wrapping up. After the portentous and long-dragged-out Final Battle, what will be left for us plot-wise?

As of the time I’m writing this sort-of-recap, there has been no announcement of a season 7, even though Morrison has stated that she’s willing to appear in at least one episode should the series be renewed. And you know what? I’m not heartbroken. If the ending they have written, the ending that we’re about to see in a two-parter episode next week, is a solid one then I say let sleeping dogs lie. Don’t drag out the show like so many others. Don’t let it go on without its protagonist. Let it end on a high note, with Morrison and everyone else going out in style.

Until next time (possibly the last time) dearies.

-The Collected Mutineer