Once Upon A Time: A Recap of the Series Season 5 before its Season 6 Premiere

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on season 5 of Once Upon A Time:

  • Henry became the Author.
  • Emma Swan became the Dark One when she used the dagger to contain the darkness from snuffing out the light.
  • They went to Camelot to find Merlin to save Emma from becoming the dark one and they found out that he was trapped in a tree.
  • They came back to Storybrooke with their six weeks of memories at Camelot gone and waking up to Emma still being the dark one.
  • The dark one dagger came from the Excalibur from Camelot. This Excalibur must be reunited with the dagger to make it whole again thus, saving Emma from being the dark one. But, the Excalibur wounded Hook (which wounds from this cannot be healed) and was about to die but Emma saved him using the dagger and the Excalibur. This way, she embraced the darkness and became the dark one. Not only that, she also created another dark one in Hook’s body.
  • Killian was so angry and wanted to get back to what Emma did so he’s getting revenge but Emma managed to changed his mind and they worked together to destroy the darkness. With this, Emma stabbed the Excalibur herself at Killian as a sacrifice.
  • As the midseason finale ended, it was revealed that Rumple tricked them and used some magic to transfer the darkness back to him, making him the dark one again.
  • Once upon a time season 5B returned with their 100th episode entitled Souls of the Departed. Regina, Emma, Robin, David, Mary Margaret, and Rumple went in to the Underworld to find and save Hook. Underworld was the place where the dead characters got trapped because they still have unfinished business. In this episode, we got to see Regina’s dad, Henry, moved on and find peace after their reunion. Regina apologized to her father for everything that she’s done and Henry forgave her. After saving Henry from the Underworld, Hades, the one who’s in-charge of the place, was not happy about it because it’s a loss for him.
  • Through their journey in the Underworld, they’ve met and saved Hercules and Meg, old pals of Snow White. And Henry, being the author, helped other people find peace and move in from the Underworld.
  • Hades didn’t like what the heroes were doing then he found a way to trap three of them, Regina, Mary Margaret and Emma Swan, in the Underworld by making them a tombstone as a replacement for the people they’ve helped move on.
  • Hades and Zelena were in a relationship in the past and they rekindle their romance.
  • One of the episodes featured young Regina and Zelena meeting in the past. With this in mind, they helped their mother, Cora, move on from the Underworld and their relationship as sisters became stronger.
  • Zelena got kidnapped by Pan and Gold to have a leverage so Hades will rip the contract about Gold’s second child being taken from him. Hades asked for the heroes help in exchange for removing everyone’s name in the tombstone so they can go home.
  • When it’s time for Emma to share her heart with Hook, it didn’t work because he was dead for too long. As a result, Hook was still trapped in the Underworld.
  • We got to learn about the history behind Emma’s leather jacket.
  • Going back to Storybrooke, Zelena believed that love and her changed Hades.
  • Meanwhile in the Underworld, Hook, with the help of Arthur, found a way to get out of the place.
  • Hades believed that he was destined to rule the living, Storybrooke. With his new beating heart, he was able to make the Olympian Crystal (his brother didn’t want him to have it so he broke it) whole again.
  • Emma tried to break-in the town hall where Hades and Zelena was to show the pages from the storybook. At the same time, Robin and Regina managed to get to his daughter but Hades found them. He wanted to kill Regina with the Olympian Crystal (which can end her, no underworld and no moving on) so he can have Zelena to himself but Robin saved her. Zelena came back and found Robin on the floor dead. She managed to get ahold of the crystal and with Regina’s speech about love’s a sacrifice, Zelena killed Hades with the crystal.
  • After Robin’s funeral, Hook appeared behind Emma at Robin’s grave. He’s back with the help of Zeus.
  • Henry went to New York City with Violet to find a way to destroy magic. Emma and Regina followed them. Inside the apartment Robin stayed when he was there, Regina found the book she gave Robin with a letter from him.
  • Snow, David, Hook and Zelena got trapped to the Land of the Untold stories where they’ve met Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • Back in New York, Regina and Emma found Gold trying to wake up Belle (who’s inside Pandora’s Box) using the part left from the Olympian crystal. But Belle has been drawn to a portal to another realm.
  • Henry succeeded to destroy magic but he didn’t know that Snow, David, Hook and Zelena were in another realm. To save them and bring magic back, Henry made people in New York believe in magic.
  • They came back from the land of untold stories with Dr. Jekyll, now separated with Mr. Hyde using the serum Dr. Jekyll created.
  • Back in New York, Regina was conflicted with the evil queen inside her. She wanted to destroy her so Snow helped her with some serum left. Regina injected herself and Regina achieved separating with the evil queen and she end her by crashing her heart to pieces.
  • Back in Storybrooke, Henry and Regina brought back magic and found Mr. Hyde after.
  • At the end of the season, The Evil Queen’s ashes were shown and put back in its live form.
  • The Evil Queen is back.

Once Upon A Time returns this fall, Sunday, September 25 for its sixth season. 8/7c on ABC.