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This article focuses on the Season Four episode.
For the spell, see Spell of Shattered Sight.
To break the spell... they had to kill the King.

"Shattered Sight" is the tenth episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Scott Nimerfro and Tze Chun, and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton. It is the seventy-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 7, 2014.


Storybrooke is in a state of chaos with all the residents under the Snow Queen’s Spell of Shattered Sight at each other’s throats. Emma and Elsa race against the clock to free themselves of the ribbons and take down the Snow Queen and her curse. David can only watch when Regina clashes with Mary Margaret in an epic battle. Meanwhile, Gold gathers Belle and Henry as he prepares to leave town forever, and Will Scarlet looks to square his tab with Hook. Kristoff’s thick-headedness leads Anna to a heartwarming discovery.[2]


Mary Margaret, David, and Kristoff begin to argue amongst themselves in the police station because of the spell of shattered sight. Anna joins Elsa and Emma, and recalling how the spell was broken in the story, informs them that the only way to break the spell is to kill Ingrid. Leaving Neal with Anna, Elsa and Emma try to fight Ingrid at Any Given Sundae, but the love in the ribbons prevents them from hurting her. Emma theorizes that hate of the same magnitude could destroy the ribbons and they set off to find Regina, who was sealed up in her vault.

Emma removes Regina's shielding spell around her vault and deliberately provokes Regina into using a fire spell. The spell burns through the ribbons on Elsa and Emma and they flee after Emma delays Regina with magic.

Deleted Scenes

"The Ice Cream Lady"




Guest Starring



*: Only in archive footage



Production Notes

  • When Hook walks through Storybrooke, in the background, you can see Floyd, the cook at Granny's Diner, being harassed by two of the waitresses.[7] After the spell is broken, Floyd and the waitresses are standing next to each other as the townspeople are happily crowding in the street.[8] In the opening montage in Storybrooke in "Darkness on the Edge of Town", you can see Floyd crossing the street, side by side with one of the waitresses.[9]

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Props Notes

Dearest darling daughters,
you need to know the truth about
why we went to this voyage.
It wasn't what we told you.
I wish we could be telling you
in person but alas that does not
appear possible. Elsa, Anna, time is running out. I do
not know if your father and I
will ever get back to you
but I need you to know we
were so wrong. We were wrong to
tell Elsa to conceal her powers.
You must know this. I feel terrible.
This happened before and I
cannot let it happen again.

Years ago I made the same
mistake with my sister Ingrid.
She like you had ice powers.
I never told you about my
sisters Helga and Ingrid. They
were beautiful and kind and
Ingrid they they were beautiful [sic]
and kind and wonderful and I[sic]
was fearful and I let that fear
guide me. I made the mistake
of letting Ingrid hide when we
should have celebrated her for
how she was. I loved her so much.

In this crystal are the memory
of my sisters which I stole from
the people of Arendelle.
Please return them. My sisters
deserve to be known. In a

cave in the north valley, you will
find an urn that contains my
sister Ingrid. Please do what I
should have done years ago and
release her. She deserves to
be remembered and more
importantly like you, Elsa and
Anna, she deserves to be loved.

When you see her, please tell her
I love her and that I am sorry. Tell
her I would give anything to take
back what I did, to hold hands with
her just one more time.

All my love, mama.

Set Dressing

  • One of the carousels at the funfair that Emma and Ingrid visit, has pirate flags.[25]
  • According to a sign, the funfair that Emma and Ingrid visit, takes place in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, between August 26. and September 1.[11] Interestingly, when Lily tracks Emma down in "Lily", she lies about her and Emma having been in the same group home in Falcon Heights.


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Shattered Sight

  • Rock Troll Memory

    3 messages
    • Which episodes? Maybe Anna told her, if it was during the spell. Otherwise, I would chalk it up to her thinking happy thoughts.
    • I don't think Elsa got her memories back until right before Ingrid sacrificed herself.
  • Thoughts of Shattered Sight

    58 messages
    • I re-watched this episode yesterday and I gotta say, I'm annoyed at the hype that Madam Faustina got. They made a big deal out of cast...
    • Hmcooper4 wrote:Repressed memory, dismissed as the ravings of a lunatic.  And when Henry talked about them on the trip to Storybrooke f...