"Heartless" is the seventh episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It will be the one-hundredth and eighteenth episode of the series overall, and will premiere on November 6, 2016.
In a flashback to the Enchanted Forest, Bandit Snow dodges a bounty hunter known as the Woodcutter while shepherd David goes on a fateful journey to sell his family’s farm. In Storybrooke, the Evil Queen threatens to destroy the town and everyone in it unless Snow and David surrender their hearts. As Emma, Hook and Henry prepare to defend Storybrooke, Snow, David and Regina search for a magical sapling created by the first spark of true love. Regina uses Gold's and the Evil Queen's burgeoning romance against them, and Zelena offers Belle some friendly advice.
*: Only in archive footage
- The Storybrooke events take place after "Dark Waters" and before "I'll Be Your Mirror". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Enchanted Forest events take place after "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and before "The Evil Queen" and "The Shepherd".
- The Evil Queen's plan to gain Mary Margaret's heart began in "Dark Waters".
- Mary Margaret and David began sharing halves of the same heart during "Snow Drifts".
- The Evil Queen's alliance with Mr. Gold formed in "Dark Waters".
- The flute music playing at the tent camp in the Enchanted Forest is the same tune that was playing in the tavern Anton visits in "Tiny", the tavern where Hook and his crew celebrate in "The Jolly Roger", the tavern where Emma meets past Hook in "Snow Drifts", the tavern where young Cora is working in "Bleeding Through", and Robin Hood's tavern in "Heart of Gold".
- Snow White tells the Blue Fairy that "home is where your family is". Her counterpart, Mary Margaret, says the same thing to David in "Tiny".
- The effects of Acheron water were first seen in "Devil's Due".
- Emma's visions began in "The Savior".
- Mary Margaret first voiced her desire for things to "go back to normal" during "The Other Shoe".
- Snow White's mother died in "The Queen Is Dead".
- Snow White's plan of having enough money to leave the kingdom and escape the Evil Queen was explored in "Snow Falls".
- Zelena turns green as a result of her jealousy towards the Evil Queen's relationship with Mr. Gold. This also happened in "It's Not Easy Being Green".
- Mary Margaret notes that the sapling's location is near to where she saved David during the Curse, an event seen in "Snow Falls".
- Adder's fork, a potion ingredient that Hook finds in Regina's vault, previously appeared in "The Apprentice", where Henry was looking through Regina's potion ingredients.
- Hook says that Emma's parents are in love today because she brought them together, referring to events in "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home".
- When Mary Margaret and David touch the sapling of true love, they both experience flashbacks from "Pilot", "Snow Falls", "A Land Without Magic", "Lady of the Lake", "The New Neverland", "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home".
- The ultrasound scan that Mr. Gold is looking at was left by Belle at the pawnshop in "Dark Waters".
- David wakes up Mary Margaret with true love's kiss as he did in "Pilot".
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale, the Blue Fairy from the The Adventures of Pinocchio story, Captain Hook from the Peter Pan story, the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story, and the Woodcutter from the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale.
- There are close-ups of Hook's eyes as he studies the potion bottle. This is a common theme on Lost.
- The Evil Queen asks Snow if she remembers her 15th birthday. The number "15" is a recurring Lost number.
- Excerpts from the Grimm fairy tales "The Golden Bird", "King Thrushbeard", "The Queen Bee" and "The Water of Life" can be seen in Henry's storybook.
- Zelena is wearing a Duchess Blazer by SMYTHE.
- Emma is wearing a Joie 'Katrine' Top (no longer available) and a Alice + Olivia Shawl Jacket. Emma wears the same outfit in the next episode, "I'll Be Your Mirror".
- Mary Margaret is wearing a Rebecca Taylor Embellished Top (no longer available). She wears it again in "I'll be Your Mirror".
- Belle is wearing a Kooples Mixed Print Silk Dress.
- The Enchanted Forest tent camp scene was filmed near the North Langley Community Church in Langley, British Colombia.
- Some of the scenes with Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin were filmed in Lynn Canyon Park in the District of North Vancouver.
- Burnaby's Central Park doubles as the Storybrooke Graveyard for this episode.