Don’t remember where “Once Upon a Time” left off? We’re here to catch you up before the Season 6 premiere tonight!
The Season 5 finale of the ABC fairytale drama took viewers on a wild ride. Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) and Violet (Olivia Steele Falconer) leave Storybrooke on a mission to destroy all magic, but need the Olympian Crystal to complete the act. With the power of the Author’s Pen, Henry is able to summon the Crystal, which Rumple (Robert Carlyle) was planning to use to help lift Belle (Emilie de Ravin) from the sleeping curse.
Not knowing what would happen to everyone in Storybrooke if magic were destroyed, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Lana Parrilla) team up to stop Henry. Meanwhile, Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas) work with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Zelena (Rebecca Mader) to open a portal to help send everyone in Storybrooke back to the Enchanted Forest. Unfortunately the portal also swallows the four of them, transporting them to a mysterious world.
This new world turns out to be the Land of Untold Stories, and they immediately get knocked out and locked in a cage that no magic can break. However, they do make a friend out of a gardener, who promises to help them escape back to their world — if they take him with them. What the heroes don’t know is that the gardener is a man named Dr. Jekyll (Hank Harris), and he shares a body with an evil man named Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer).
While the others are imprisoned, Henry and Violet are getting closer to destroying magic. They go to the Midtown Library for research and come across a series of storybooks with untold stories. But that’s not the biggest discovery. Violet spots a display case with a goblet that looks like the Holy Grail. The goblet is actually the dark version of the Holy Grail, and can destroy magic.
Rumple shows up before Henry can use it and steals the Olympian Crystal, putting Henry right back at square one. But Rumple doesn’t get far either. A portal opens and begins to suck everything up before he can perform the spell. He has to choose between the Olympian Crystal and Pandora’s Box, which is storing Belle’s body. In a selfish move, Gold secures the Olympian Crystal. Despite holding the power, he no longer can free Belle from the sleeping curse.
Back in the Land of Untold Stories, Dr. Jekyll is able to free the heroes. He takes them back to his lab, where he’s working on a potion to split from his evil side. He’s about to take the potion when a guard for Mr. Hyde bursts into the room, using a different serum to transform Dr. Jekyll back into Mr. Hyde before taking the potion. The two men split, and the heroes run off with Dr. Jekyll before Mr. Hyde can kill them.
Things are just as dangerous in New York. Regina and Emma finally reunite with Henry and Violet in the hotel room that Gold was going to use the Olympian Crystal in. Watching his grandfather threaten his moms, Henry uses the goblet to destroy the magic in the Olympian Crystal. It’s after the fact that Gold reveals that his family is stuck in another magical world.
Regina and Gold attempt to get magic from a man named The Dragon (Tzi Ma). However, The Dragon reveals that no more magic exists in this world. That’s when Henry comes up with his own idea. He drags everyone to a wishing fountain and gives them pennies to toss into the water. The wishing fountain triggers a little magic in the Olympian Crystal, but not enough. He then gets other New Yorks involved, which fully opens the portal to the Land of Untold Stories. Snow, David, Hook, Zelena and Dr. Jekyll all come out of the portal, but Rumple slips through the other way to confront Mr. Hyde.
“Once Upon a Time” Season 5 concludes with Mr. Hyde making a deal with Rumple to gain control over Storybrooke and bring some friends from the Land of Untold Stories. Meanwhile, Regina takes Dr. Jekyll’s serum to separate herself from the Evil Queen. She uses magic to destroy her dark side, but it’s revealed in the final moments that it didn’t work.
“Once Upon a Time” Season 6 will premiere on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. EDT.