For the Season Three episode with a similar title, see "Going Home".
For the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode with a similar name, see "Home".
"Homecoming" is the twenty-first episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and fifty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 11, 2018.
This episode is the first part of the season seven finale and the series finale.
As the residents of Hyperion Heights celebrate the breaking of the curse, Henry is visited by Wish Rumple, who's hatched an evil plan to use Ella and Lucy to keep Weaver from destroying the Dark One powers. In order to stop him, Henry, Roni, Weaver and Rogers must travel to the Wish Realm, home to versions of some of our most beloved and fearsome characters. In a flashback, a discouraged Young Henry is visited by Wish Rumple and offered a deal that could have tragic consequences.
*: Only in archive footage
- The title card features the "O" of "Once" formed by a portal.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on March 6, 2018.
- Adam Horowitz has stated that the Henry seen in the flashback with Rumplestiltskin was Sir Henry from the Wish Realm, and not Henry Mills.
- A scene where Regina Regina is robbed by Wish Grumpy and Wish Blue Fairy, who had fallen on tough times, was cut from the episode. It was cut for time, because it was the only scene that could be cut without disrupting the whole flow.
- However, this scene can still be seen in promotional pictures.
- The flashback where Sir Henry meets Rumplestiltskin takes place in an unidentified realm, sometime after "Tougher Than the Rest".
- The Seattle events take place after "Is This Henry Mills?". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Wish Realm events take place place after "Tougher Than the Rest" and before "Leaving Storybrooke".
- The Storybrooke events take place after "Is This Henry Mills?" (due to the time travel revealed in the same episode; this is confirmed in "Leaving Storybrooke") and before "Leaving Storybrooke".
- The Dark Curse was broken in "Is This Henry Mills?".
- Mr. Samdi was killed by the Wish Realm counterpart of Rumplestiltskin in "Is This Henry Mills?".
- Rogers was hospitalized after getting too close to Tilly in "Is This Henry Mills?".
- Sabine rescued Drew in "Is This Henry Mills?".
- Henry became the Author in "Operation Mongoose Part 2".
- Henry mentions the time Emma wished on a cupcake to not be alone, an event in "Pilot".
- Rumpelstiltskin became a coward in "Manhattan".
- The Seer told Rumplestiltskin that Henry would be his undoing in "Manhattan".
- Regina killed the Wish Realm counterpart of Snow White and David and rescued Emma in "Wish You Were Here".
- How the ink for the Author's Pen got in Cruella De Vil's hair is explained in "Sympathy for the De Vil".
- As the Apprentice tests Henry, clips from "Operation Mongoose Part 2", "The Brothers Jones", "Ruby Slippers", "Page 23", "Mother's Little Helper", "The Final Battle Part 1" and "The Final Battle Part 2" appear.
- The Wish Realm counterpart of Rumplestiltskin references the titles of two episodes depicting Rumplestiltskin's backstory.
- Wish Rumplestiltskin calls Henry the Truest Believer, a title he was first acknowledged by in "The Heart of the Truest Believer".
- The opening sequence of Wish Henry riding his horse through an unknown forest to a sleeping princess mirrors the opening sequence of "Pilot" where Prince Charming rides his horse to Snow White who is also under a Sleeping Curse.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Rumplestiltskin from the Rumplestiltskin fairytale, the Little Mermaid from The Little Mermaid fairytale, Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians story, the Apprentice from The Sorcerer's Apprentice story, and Peter Pan from the Peter Pan story.
- A Polaroid from Belle and Mr. Gold's travel book shows them posing in front of Wandering Oaken's Trading Post in Arendelle.
- The table which Wish Rumplestiltskin places the snow globe (where Jacinda and Lucy are trapped) onto in the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle is a modified version of the rack, a well-known medieval instrument of torture. This rack has spiked rollers designed to slice into the skin and muscles of the victim's back, an "improvement" made by the French.
- The same torture device was sitting in the Underbrooke Sheriff's Department in the Season Five episode "The Brothers Jones". The black cage in the great hall, where Cruella is trapped, is another re-used prop from the episode, where it was sitting in the corner of the sheriff's station.
- The cage and the rack could also be seen in Dream World version of the original Dark Castle in the Season Six premiere "The Savior".
- Two hanging cages can be seen in Wish Rumplestiltskin's basement. The hanging cage was a medieval torture device in which the victim was either displayed and later freed from, or locked inside and left to die.
- The same props were sitting on the floor in the Black Fairy's chambers in the Season Six episode "Mother's Little Helper".
- One of the cages also appeared in the Underbrooke Sheriff's Department in the Season Five episode "The Brothers Jones" and the Dream World version of the Dark Castle in the Season Six premiere "The Savior".
- Two small paintings hanging on the wall in Mr. Samdi's office also appeared over the fireplace in Regina's study in the Season Four episode "The Snow Queen" and by the bed in Mr. Gold's hotel suite in the Season Five episode "Only You".
- Two dalmatian-spotted cushions are sitting on a piece of furniture in the great hall of the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle.
- Two modified versions of Garland of flowers around a cartouche with Jesus and St. John the Baptist as children, a 1630s painting by Flemish painter Daniel Seghers and the Dutch Flemish Baroque painter Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert, are hanging on either side of the exit of the great hall in the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle. The painting has been edited for the show; the most noticeable differences are the two children in the middle, who have been replaced with a different motif, and a large skull which has been added to the bottom.
- When Henry is doing research in the Wish Realm version of the Dark Castle, an illustration in one of the books shows the Sigillum Dei, a late Middle Ages magical diagram.
- Wish Rumplestiltskin implies that he and his other version heard the prophecy about the boy being their undoing on the same day they met the Seer. That is not true, at least for Original Rumplestiltskin, who didn't get that prophecy until years after his first encounter with the Seer. ("Manhattan")
- When a portal opens in front of Henry, Weaver, Rogers and Roni, a shadow appears in front of them, when it should've appeared behind them, because of the light of the portal.
- 500 Alexander Street in Vancouver doubles as the exterior of Rogers home.
- The scenes in Wish Rumplestiltskin's great hall were filmed on a television set at The Bridge Studios, as were the scenes in Wish Rumplestiltskin's basement.
- The basement set previously doubled as the Royal Castle's wine cellar in the Season Six episode "A Bitter Draught". This can easily be seen from the identical chandelier, the shape of the walls and the door.
- A redressed version of the basement also doubles as Dr. Jekyll's laboratory in Mr. Hyde's Hospital in the Season Five episode "Only You".
- Moreover, the hospital scenes with the cage in "Only You" were shot on the same set as the scenes in Dr. Jekyll's laboratory. The cage was removable, and the set was redressed as the laboratory. Some of the walls were removed, and windows put in.
- The scenes by the Wish Realm version of Rumplestiltskin's Farm was filmed in Vancouver's Everett Crowley Park.
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