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Well, Snow White and Prince Charming may be awake. But the rest of this town is very much asleep.
Mr. Gold to Mary Margaret and David

"Awake" is the seventeenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss and Leah Fong, and directed by Sharat Raju. It is the one hundredth and twenty-eighth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 16, 2017.


Still trapped in Neverland, Hook aligns himself with Tiger Lily, hoping to find a way back to Emma. Back in Storybrooke, Regina works to break the sleeping curse that David and Snow are under, and Gold denies The Black Fairy, which brings the two of them to a fearsome impasse. In flashbacks, we learn what Snow and Charming sacrificed in order for Emma to fulfill her destiny as the Savior.[2]




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage


Production Notes

  • The title card features a closing magic door.
  • This episode has the lowest ratings of the entire series.[1]
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on January 18, 2017.[3]
  • This is the first episode since "I'll Be Your Mirror" that every main cast member appear.
  • Several mistakes were made on the press release of this episode:
  • In the episode script, Leroy winks at Mary Margaret after telling her, "If you change your mind, you know where to find me.", and David asks, "Was Grumpy... flirting with you?"[4] This exchange is not in the final episode.
  • According to Ginnifer Goodwin, it was hard for her to relate to Mary Margaret in real life because, as she has children now, she would have just taken care of herself and her immediate family. So, she had to find "a more generous place" in her spirit, as she finds what Mary Margaret did to be "of the utmost integrity and very Snow White-esque; very in keeping with her character".[5]
  • Before Marco drinks from the Sleeping Curse goblet, he says, "Cent'anni", an Italian toast which wishes all the clinkers 100 years. This is fitting, as The Adventures of Pinocchio is of Italian origin and Marco is known to speak with an Italian accent.

Event Chronology

Episode Connections

Fairytales and Folklore


Popular Culture

Props Notes

Costume Notes


  • In the 1993 flashbacks, the business known as Duperre & Hughes can be seen next to Granny's Diner.[27] However, as seen in the Season Two premiere "Broken", Duperre & Hughes did not move into these premises until after the Dark Curse was broken in 2012.[28] Before that, these premises were occupied by the restaurant known as LaTandoor.[29] This is most likely because LaTandoor, a real life business in Steveston Village which has since been closed down,[30] could not be used when Steveston Village was redressed as Storybrooke for the 1993 flashback, so they had to use a fictional business instead.

Filming Locations

International Titles



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Start a Discussion Discussions about Awake

  • Awake Episode Discussion and Thoughts

    83 messages
    • So, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily lost their wings, but the black fairy kept them after her banishment. Did Blue forgot about that little detail?
    • I thought this episode was okay. I wish they'd focused more on the BF/Gold family conflict, but what I saw was pretty good, too. Hook...
  • Awake Title Card

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    • Nope. They won't likely be seen again. I don't even seeing Granny and the dwarfs doing anything. I saw the door and knew they must h...
    • It's a shame, rather than bringing in new characters at this stage like Tiger Lily, I wish they would just come up with more interest...