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This article focuses on the Season Six episode.
For the Enchanted Forest character, see Black Fairy.

So, your mother wasn't always the Black Fairy.
Gideon to Mr. Gold

"The Black Fairy" is the nineteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jerome Schwartz & Dana Horgan, and directed by Alrick Riley. It is the one hundredth and thirtieth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 30, 2017.


In flashback, after Rumple's mother, Fiona, learns from his fairy godmother that his destiny is prophesized, she does everything in her power to keep it from happening. Ultimately, Fiona will have to make a decision that will change the course of both their lives forever. Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Rumple faces a similar dilemma.[2]




Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • The title card features Tiger Lily, Fiona and the Blue Fairy flying in the woods.
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on February 17, 2017.[4]
  • In the press release, the word "dilemma" is misspelled as "delimna".[2]
  • The spell used by Fiona to transform herself into a fairy is "Le sgiathan cumhachd draoidheil", which is Scottish Gaelic for "winged magic".[5]
  • The last ingredient Fiona needs to create the Dark Curse is wolfsbane. According to magic lore, this plant 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.[6]
  • When Mr. Gold meets up with the Black Fairy at the end of the episode, the moon has the same shape as Fiona's scar.[7]

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Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

  • While putting together a baby crib, Zelena says that she's just been soundly defeated by Sniglar and adds that she didn't name it, but IKEA did; a reference to the famous furniture retailer.

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  • The Black Fairy Episode Discussion and Thoughts

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    • I was thinking, only the saviour can kill the Black Fairy with the broken wand so even if Rumple tried to use it on her do you guys think...
    • D.Prince wrote:I was thinking, only the saviour can kill the Black Fairy with the broken wand so even if Rumple tried to use it on her do you g...
  • The symbolism of Fairies/Fairy prophecy (619)/Blue/Finale

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    • Well, we got some answers to this with 619 airing. I am interested to see if the mystery girl is connected to Tiger Lily in some way. Maybe Ti...
    • The mystery girl being Tiger Lily's daughter would be interesting, but I still prefer the theory that the MG is Robin. As for the theory...