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I was a coward, Father, just like you. But we can show your mother that she was wrong about both of us.
Gideon to Mr. Gold

"Ill-Boding Patterns" is the thirteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Andrew Chambliss & Dana Horgan, and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the one hundredth and twenty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 19, 2017.

Synopsis

When Gideon resumes his mission to kill Emma and become the Savior, Mr. Gold steps in to ensure that the use of dark magic does not poison his son. Meanwhile, Robin proves willing to ally himself with anyone offering the possibility of escape from Regina and Storybrooke. Hook gathers the courage to come clean to Emma, but not before she discovers he’s been keeping a secret. And in a flashback to Fairy Tale Land, the legendary folk hero Beowulf sets his sights on Rumplestiltskin after the Dark One uses his powers to defeat the ogres and win the war for humanity.[2]

Recap

Deleted Scenes

Regina visits Snow

In a deleted scene, Regina visits Snow to talk with her. Snow is surprised to see her, and asks her what is wrong.[3]

Cast[2]

Starring

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Uncredited

Trivia

Production Notes

  • The title card features an ogre.
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on November 15, 2016.[4]
  • The episode's title appears in a passage between the lines 1455 to 1458 of the poem Beowulf, in which Hrunting - the sword given to Beowulf by Unferth - is described: "The iron blade with its ill-boding patterns had been tempered in blood".[5]
  • When the ogres are fighting the soldiers, sending them flying through the air one by one, a Wilhelm scream is heard. The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect of a man screaming that has been used in hundreds of movies and television episodes.

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Props Notes

  • According to the label, the bottle that Hook is drinking from contains Hector's (the name is printed vertically on the back of the bottle) distilled and hand blended River Rum from Oracabessa, Jamaica.[6]
  • The first two pages in Gideon's spell book[7] are adapted from The Book of Ceremonial Magic by the American-born, British poet and scholarly mystic A. E. Waite. The book was first published in 1889, and is an attempt to document many of the famous grimoires (textbooks of magic). The excerpt in Gideon's book is from the section "The Conjuration of the Book"[8] in Chapter VII, which is about The Grimoire of Pope Honorius,[9] an 18th to 19th century grimoire, claiming to be written by Pope Honorius III. Note that in The Book of Ceremonial Magic, the text on page two of Gideon's book actually appears before the information on page one, with the information on page one being a direct continuation of the text on page two.


SHOW VERSION[7] ORIGINAL VERSION[8]
(differences are set in bold)
You shall obey, serve, instruct, impart
and perform all in your power for the
benefit of those who command you,
and the whole without illusion.
If perchance some of the invoked
spirits be unable to come or appear when
required, they shall be bound over to
send others vested with their power,
who also shall swear solemnly to execute

all that the reader may demand, and
ye are all hereby enjoined by the
Names of the Omnipotent Ones,
to fulfil [sic] everything as it is set forth above.
If ye obey me not, I will force you to abide
in torments for a thousand years.



You shall obey, serve, instruct, impart
and perform all in your power for the
benefit of those who command you,
and the whole without illusion.
If perchance some of the invoked
spirits be unable to come or appear when
required, they shall be bound over to
send others vested with their power,
who also shall swear solemnly to execute
all that the reader may demand, and
ye are all hereby enjoined by the
Most Holy Names of the Omnipotent Living God,
ELOYM [sic], JAH, EL, ELOY, TETRAGRAMMATON,
to fulfil [sic] everything as it is set forth above.
If ye obey me not, I will force you to abide
in torments for a thousand years,
as also if any one of you receive not this
Book with entire resignation to the will of
the reader.

I [illegible]
and [illegible]
with [illegible]
may [illegible]
and [illegible]
valid, you [illegible]
in [illegible]
are [illegible]
shall judge. In [illegible]
you [illegible]
or spirit of the reader, [illegible]
on those who may [illegible]
by mutterings, [illegible]
scandals, [illegible] by [illegible]
hindrance in the [illegible] of [illegible]
commands of this [illegible]
to appear immediately [illegible]
conjuration is made, to [illegible]
[illegible]
enumerated in its proper [illegible]
said book.

I conjure and command you, O Spirits, all
and so many as ye aye, to accept this Book
with good grace, so that whensoever we
may read it, the same being approved
and recognised as in proper form and
valid, you shall be constrained to appear
in comely human form when you
are called, accordingly as the reader
shall judge. In no circumstances shall
you make any attempt upon the body, soul
or spirit of the reader, nor inflict any harm
on those who may accompany him, either
by mutterings, tempests, noise,
scandals, nor yet by lesion or by
hindrance in the execution of the
commands of this Book. I conjure you
to appear immediately when the
conjuration is made, to execute without
dallying all that is written and
enumerated in its proper place in the
said book.


An enchanted blade may ebb and wane
in time with scores of differing hands on
the hilt. Like an oft blood letted vein, energy
escapes. To invigorate the instrument in
question, the practitioner should find the smith
who originally forged the blade. Some blood of
that might will needed [sic] to commence the great
work.
Make a magic circle with rope and estab-
lish the four quarters with a dedication to
the old ones. Mix the blood of the smith
with some wolfsbane and some juniper berries.
Pour this concoction into a cauldron and
stir it in a deasil motion on a clear evening
when the moon is waxing gibbous.
When the concoction has cooled, dip the blade
into the cauldron while willing the lost magic
to return.




North

Sanguinem et
ferrum*


South

*Latin for "blood and iron"[11]


  • According to magic lore, wolfsbane can be used to prevent shapeshifting, and has traditionally been used to protect homes from werewolves. Bundles of wolfsbane can be placed around barns and pastures to protect livestock from predators (this requires taking care that the livestock have no access to the plant, as wolfsbane is highly poisonous, and ingesting even a small amount can kill you). It can also be used to bring harm to another by creating "elf bolts" of sharpened flint dipped in wolfsbane juice and using it to pierce a poppet for the victim.[12]

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    • Why is the Blue fairy always waiting to be killed? Come on, she has magic, a wand... She could at least try to defend herself. If Emma was able...
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    • Eskaver wrote: AlbOuat wrote: The first sneak peek said it was the First Ogre War, so it's the one when Rumple escaped right? (But since...
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