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Robin died... to protect me. That's what true love is. It's sacrifice. It's giving up everything for the person you love.
Regina Mills to Zelena

"Last Rites" is the twenty-first episode of Season Five of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Craig Powell. It is the one hundred and ninth episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 8, 2016.


Emma, David, Regina, Robin and Henry are finally back home in Storybrooke and reunited with Snow, but, unfortunately, they still have to contend with Hades, who continues to deceive Zelena as he lays out his plan to use the all-powerful Olympian Crystal to take over the town. The heroes desperately search for a way to defeat Hades while Hook does the same in the Underworld, looking for those missing storybook pages. Regina and Robin take a more direct approach, which culminates in an epic showdown that will leave our heroes forever changed.[2]


Deleted Scenes

Family reunion

A scene of Robin Hood reuniting with Little John and Roland, after leaving the Underworld, was filmed. Robin was supposed to hug and kiss Roland, who asks his father about his sister.[3][4]

"Belle of the Box"

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season.


"Two Halves"

This scene is included on Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season.




Guest Starring





Production Notes

Event Chronology

  • There are Christmas trees decorated with Christmas decorations outside the Storybrooke Town Hall,[11] indicating that the episode takes place around Christmas.[12]

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Hades nodded to himself, impressed with the
leader's magic. The leader was elegantly dressed in
black, which also impressed Hades. Proper fashion was
very important to him. He noticed that much more that
whatever the leader was shouting about. It was a vitri-
olic tirade about some young farm girl who had offended
the great leader. The leader believed that the blue
villagers were hiding the farm girl. But instead of snap-
ing the necks of the villagers for their heinous crimes
the leader merely went down the line of them, transform-
each one into a drooling, screeching beast. This form
of animorphic retribution may have been satisfying to the
leader, but it wouldn't do at all for Hades. He’d have
to somehow convince the leader to go back to plain old
killing. It turned out this leader was one of Hades' larg-
est suppliers of souls, and he couldn’t very well having
that supply dry up. He started to think about what kind
of deal he'd offer when the leader tried to turn Hades
into a hairy beast.
Of course this didn't work. The leader had mis-
taken Hades for one of the blue villagers, due to his
outfit. But Hades is a god. Even though he [image ends]
to reside on Mount Olympus, like all the oth[image ends]

  • Another page reads:[15]

welling in his eyes. Only these were not tears of sad-
ness. They smoldered with rage.
"You’re wrong about me, Father. I will make a great
Hades wiped the tears away as he said this, though his
voice was a vacuum of emotion. With cold determina-
tion, he approached a towering pedestal on the far side of
the bed chamber where an ornate filigreed box was left
unattended. Hades face betrayed a slight smile. He
knew this box held the prize he sought, and no one
would stop him from taking it now. He opened the box
and inside was an ancient crystal shaped like a crude
lightning bolt.
"The Olympian Crystal", he said reverently, with more
love than he had ever shown for leathery old Kronos.
"So…" a voice boomed from across the bed chamber.
Hades turned to see Zeus in the room, looking at him in
Judgment while touching the lifeless frame of their father
for one last time. "…your heart really is sickened."
Zeus stepped forward to his brother, in all his chiseled
might. And every inch of his muscle nauseated Hades,
but he maintained an even keel. For now.
"Will you not take a moment to mourn our father?

"Who loved you?"
Zeus felt genuine compassion for his brother. And the
olive branch he offered bore no hidden thorns, only the
promise of reconciliation. That Zeus was capable of such
forgiveness only stoked the flames within Hades further.
"No, Zeus", Hades spat. "He only loved you."
Hades took the crystal into his hands. It was his now,
and no one would take it from him. Not even the
mighty Zeus. The powerful magic within it glowed fora moment.
"That power is not yours to wield," Zeus warned.
"The Olympian Crystal is dangerous. It belongs to the
"I should have been king," Hades said, wielding the
crystal like a septer. "And once I use this to kill you,
I'll rule any kingdom I desire.
He approached his brother, and for a moment, Zeus
[illegible word] knowing that the crystal was powerful enough
to kill a god, even him. But Zeus bravely, perhaps
[three illegible words] proud. Hades raised the crystal,
had it pointing up at Zeus' chest, looking his
brother in the eye as he prepared to strike him down, by
[illegible word] it right into Zeus' heart, when…

Set Dressing

"The Storybrooke Improvement Society was founded by the
Storybrooke Women's Institute in order to build the Town Hall.
The architect was David H. Goodman cousin of Storybrooke
entrepreneur Neil Westlake. The Hall was built and continues
to be owned and maintained by members of the Society; men
planted the apple trees on the north and women planted the
apple trees to the south. The Hall has officially been
designated as a Municipal Heritage Site. It serves the
community as the focal and social center of Storybrooke"

  • David H. Goodman is an Executive Producer and writer for the show, and Neil Westlake is a graphic designer and production staff member on the show. Neil Westlake's name appears on several props throughout the show:
  • The sign is adapted, with illustrations and everything, from the real sign outside Fort Langley Community Hall in Fort Langley, the building that doubles as Storybrooke Town Hall for the show.[39] The real-life version, which features drawings of maple trees rather than the apple tree that emblazons the Storybrooke version, reads:[40]

The Fort Langley Community Improvement Society was
founded by the Fort Langley Women's Institute in 1924 in
order to build the Community Hall. The building was
completed in 1931. The architect was Archibald Campbell
Hope brother of Fort Langley entrepreneur Charles Hope.
The hall was built and continues to be owned and maintained
by society volunteers. The maple trees were planted by
members of the society; men planted the trees on the north
and women planted the trees on the south. The Hall was
officially designated as a Municipal Heritage Site in 1979. It
serves the community as the focal and social center of Fort
Langley and is available for rental for special events.

For information or viewing call 604-888-1223.

Costume Notes

International Titles



  1. UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.8.2016. ShowBuzzDaily (March 8, 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, May 08, 2016. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#521) "Last Rites".”
  3. Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 9, 2016). Once Upon a Time's Sean Maguire 'Shocked' by Robin Hood Twist, Shares Secrets Behind 'Missing' Scenes. TVLine. “There were a lot of things in the episode that ended up on the cutting room floor, I guess due to time. We had some really nice material of me with my son [Roland, played by Raphael Alejandro], and saying goodbye to Little John…. I was a little disappointed that the episode we shot wasn't the one that I saw last night. But again, that’s television and there was a lot of story to tell. TVLINE | What do you mean by his “goodbye” to Little John, if Robin died on the spot…? Actually, that's not correct — it was me coming back [from the Underworld] and seeing Little John. He had been looking after Roland, so it was more of a reunion than a "goodbye." But again, because Jason Burkart (Little John) is a lovely actor, and I love Raphael Alejandro…. It would have been nice to have those scenes seen by the audience. TVLINE | And what was the nature of the Roland moment?It was just sweet. "Papa!" and hugging and kissing and him asking about his sister….”
  4. Once Upon a Time Filming at Central Park in Burnaby. What's Filming (March 2, 2016). “From what I could see there were a couple of main parts to the scene they were rehearsing. One with Robin Hood and Roland, with Little John standing nearby. It looked like Roland and Robin Hood were being reunited. Roland ran up to Robin Hood and jumped into his arms.”
    FlickrIconTemplate katmtan. Once Upon A Time March 2, 2016 (page 1) (March 2, 2016).  Retrieved on December 4, 2018.
    FlickrIconTemplate katmtan. Once Upon A Time March 2, 2016 (page 2) (March 2, 2016).  Retrieved on December 4, 2018. (archive copy created on September 9, 2018)
    FlickrIconTemplate katmtan. OUAT Filming (March 02, 2016) (March 2, 2016).  Retrieved on December 4, 2018. (archive copy created on July 12, 2017)
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  6. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya March 6th!" (screenshot)
  7. File:204EnteringShop.png
  8. File:521OnTheBuilding.png
  9. File:622TownHall.png
  10. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (screenshot) (script photo)
  11. File:521BreakingProtectionSpell.png
  12. Complicating matters is that the Season Six episode "I'll Be Your Mirror" takes place in the autumn (Henry refers to the homecoming dance as "the fall formal", and this tradition usually takes place in late September or early October), but in "I'll be Your Mirror", Belle's pregnancy hasn't even started to show, and Belle became pregnant sometime before her husband and the others left for the Underworld. However, Belle was put under a Sleeping Curse in "Ruby Slippers", which put the pregnancy in stasis, and it was never stated how long she was under it before she was awoken in "The Savior".

    Note that the Christmas decorations can also be seen in "The Savior" (File:601MyLast.png, File:601MyLast2.png), but since they are seen after Belle is awoken, "The Savior" cannot possibly take place at Christmas, since "I'll Be Your Mirror" takes place in the autumn, and Belle's pregnancy hasn't even started to show yet in this episode.
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  14. File:521Reunited.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 File:521HiddenPageTwo.png
  16. Modern eloquence. Internet Archive. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. “Publication date [c1901-03]”
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  18. File:521HadesIsGone.png
  19. File:521EmmaReading.png
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  21. Clyde Edward Jacobs. Prabook. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
  22. Jacobs, Milton. WorldCat. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
  23. File:521HiddenPageOne.png
  24. File:521GodOfDeath.png
  25. 25.0 25.1 File:521EmmaHookPage.png
  26. File:521HelpTheMost.png
  27. 27.0 27.1 Mattison, Hiram (1872). High-School Astronomy. Sheldon & Co. p. 35. Facsimile by Google Books.
  28. File:521WholeAgain.png
  29. File:521DoYouWant.png
  30. File:108Yeah.png
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  32. File:521StandHere.png
    Note that parts of the sign are a bit blurred, but it can also be seen in behind the scenes photos:

    From "Witch Hunt": FlickrIconTemplate Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time December 5, 2013: IMG_3637 (December 5, 2013).  Retrieved on December 4, 2018. (archive copy) (photograph)
    From "Lily": Gittins, Susan (February 21, 2015). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME. Hollywood North.
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  34. File:111Printing.png
  35. File:118EveryTime.png
  36. File:421BookBlurb.png
  37. File:522BroughtItWithHim.png
  38. File:714RobinHoodBook.png
  39. Gittins, Susan (March 3, 2016). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME's Emma, Regina, Robin Hood, Charming & Merida in Fort Langley as Storybrooke. Hollywood North.
  40. Behind the scenes picture from "Witch Hunt":
    FlickrIconTemplate Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon A Time December 5, 2013 (January 25, 2014).  Retrieved on June 11, 2018. (archive copy) (photograph)
  41. File:521GrandpaCameBack.png
  42. Wilfred Diamond Mosaic Blanket. Aritzia. Retrieved on September 9, 2018.
  43. File:521LastRites.png
  44. FacebookIcon Eduardo Castro. (Eduardo Castro) May 8, 2016.  Retrieved on December 4, 2018. "A sneak peak at Regina's costume for a funeral, my homage to "Alexis Carrington" !" (archive copy created on September 9, 2018)

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