For the previous episode, see "The Final Battle Part 1".
For the actual battle, see the Final Battle.
For the special, see The Final Battle Begins.
"The Final Battle Part 2" is the twenty-second and final episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It is the one hundred and thirty-third episode of the series overall, and premiered on May 14, 2017.
This episode is the second part of the season six finale, and premiered immediately following "The Final Battle Part 1".
Henry awakens to a cursed Storybrooke and discovers Emma has been in the mental hospital, and the Black Fairy is the new mayor. Henry attempts to help Emma regain her memory while Gold tries to find out what has really happened to Belle. Meanwhile, Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land and desperately try to figure out a way to be reunited with Emma and Henry.
*: Only in archive footage.
- In the original airing and the Blu-ray/DVD version, the two parts of the season finale were separated by a title card featuring no special element.
- The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on March 15, 2017.
- This episode is the last one to feature original cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas and Jared S. Gilmore as series regulars.
- This episode is filled with stock footage from previous episodes:
- The establishing shot of Boston is from part one of the Season Five finale, "Only You".
- A shot of Storybrooke Main Street seen after Mr. Gold kills the Black Fairy is stock footage from an establishing shot of Storybrooke in the opening scenes of part one of the Season Three finale, "Snow Drifts", but with a lower angle. The cars parked in the street and the ray of light in the middle of the road are a giveaway.
- When Mr. Gold breaks the Black Fairy's curse, the shot overlooking Storybrooke with the wave of light moving over the town is from the scene where Emma broke the first curse in the Season One finale "A Land Without Magic". Note that in the original shot, there was a wave of rainbow-colored magic traveling toward the camera. This was digitally replaced by a wave of light traveling away from the camera.
- The original shot from "A Land Without Magic" was also used for the scene where Regina releases Storybrooke's magic from the Olympian Crystal in "An Untold Story".
- It was also used for the scene where a cloaking spell is released in "Dark Hollow". In this episode, the wave of magic was digitally replaced by a magic shield.
- The montage shot of the Storybrooke Town Hall when the curse is broken is from the Season Five episode "Last Rites".
- The close-up of the town clock shown after the Final Battle is won is from the scene where time started moving in Storybrooke in the Season One episodes "Pilot" and "The Thing You Love Most".
- The montage shot of Sven after the Final Battle is from the Season Four premiere "A Tale of Two Sisters", but with a slightly darker color hue.
- The montage shot from the scene at the rocky cliff from which Skull Rock can be seen in the distance is from the Season Three episode "Dark Hollow". There are a few noticeable differences: Henry and Peter Pan have been removed from the shot and a flying Tinker Bell has been digitally added. Skull Rock itself has been altered to look more decrepit and the number of stars on the night sky have been reduced. However, the identical cloud cover is a dead giveaway.
- The montage shot of the Wonderland Maze is from the Season One episode "Hat Trick", but played in reverse: In "Hat Trick", the shot opened with a wide view of the maze before panning down to the gate with the red heart on top. In this episode, the shot opens with the gate before panning up to a view of the maze.
- The montage shot of Wonderland and the Caterpillar is also from "Hat Trick". The new shot has a lighter color hue and Jefferson and the Evil Queen have been digitally removed.
- An establishing shot of the pawnshop and Storybrooke Main street at the end of the episode is a zoomed-in version of a montage shot from the final scene of the Season Four episode "Unforgiven". The montage shot was also used as an establishing shot at the end of the Season Four finale "Operation Mongoose Part 2".
- Emma's Boston apartment has undergone a few noticeable changes since she lived there in "Pilot". One of the most noticeable differences is the missing floor to ceiling windows, which have been replaced by regular windows.
- In the episode script, when Belle finds the baby, she says, "It is. It's Gideon." In the final episode, she merely says, "It's Gideon". Also, in the script, she says, "No. A happy beginning." In the actual episode, she only says, "A happy beginning."
- Emilie de Ravin cried during the scene where Belle and Mr. Gold are dancing since it was her and Robert Carlyle's last scene together.
- A scene involving Zelena moving back in with Regina was cut from the final episode.
- The establishing shot of the Seattle monorail is stock footage from the website Getty Images.
- The Storybrooke events take place after "The Final Battle Part 1", and before "Beauty". (For more details, see the Land Without Magic timeline)
- The Enchanted Forest events take place after "The Final Battle Part 1". (For more details, see the Enchanted Forest timeline)
- The Arendelle events take place after "Heroes and Villains".
- The Agrabah events take place after "A Wondrous Place".
- The Wonderland events take place after the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland finale "And They Lived...".
- The Neverland events take place after "Awake".
- The New Enchanted Forest events take place after "The Final Battle Part 1" and before the last flashback scenes of "The Eighth Witch".
- The Seattle scene with Lucy on the monorail in "The Final Battle Part 2" takes place in October 2017, shortly before, or concurrently with, the scenes with Henry at work in "Hyperion Heights". The scene where Lucy knocks on his door is the same as the scene from "Hyperion Heights".
- In the episode's opening scene, we see the aftermath of the attack from the Coven of the Eight that found Henry and Lucy in "The Final Battle Part 1" and "The Eighth Witch".
- What happened to Lucy and Henry after the attack is explained in "The Eighth Witch".
- The mother of Lucy is first featured in "Hyperion Heights".
- The Black Fairy cast the Dark Curse in "The Final Battle Part 1".
- The Black Fairy shows Henry the storybook which Emma burned in "The Final Battle Part 1"
- Henry is in hospital because the Black Fairy pushed him down the stairs in "The Final Battle Part 1".
- Early in the episode, Hook and David are climbing down the Beanstalk, a journey they began in "The Final Battle Part 1".
- Snow White mentions how the worlds are crumbling. This process began in "The Final Battle Part 1".
- As Emma prepares to leave town, she makes a reference to how she came to Storybrooke, referring to how Henry brought her there in "Pilot" and how she ended up moving there in "Snow Falls". Regina also mentions how Emma first came to Storybrooke and she and Emma hated each other.
- Emma returns to her old apartment in Boston, where she hasn't been since Henry brought her to Storybrooke in "Pilot" (Emma never even went back to pick up her things, she merely had them sent to her via postal mail in "The Price of Gold").
- When Emma returns to her old apartment, the star-shaped candle from her twenty-eight birthday in "Pilot" is lying on the kitchen counter. The book that Henry gives her contains an illustration from her birthday celebration.
- Henry makes Emma return to Storybrooke by leaving a book among her things, just like he tried to do when he deliberately left his storybook in her car in "Pilot".
- The man Emma is talking to on the phone makes a reference to Emma's former job as a bail bonds person. Emma's life as a bail bonds person is shown in "Pilot" and "New York City Serenade". He also mentions Emma's "first date trick" for catching people who jumped bail, referring to the method Emma used to catch Ryan in "Pilot".
- The book that Henry gives to Emma contains an illustration from when the scene where she killed a dragon in "A Land Without Magic". It also contains an illustration from the moment where she woke Henry with true love's kiss in the same episode.
- Hook states that Snow White always finds Prince Charming. How Snow White and Prince Charming always find each other was first mentioned in "Pilot".
- When Snow White kisses Prince Charming, clips from the scenes where her husband awoke her with true love's kiss in "Pilot" and "Heartless" are shown.
- After Snow White wakes Prince Charming, their dialogue ("You found me." / "Did you ever doubt I would?" / "Truthfully, the Beanstalk that fell on me gave me pause.) mirrors the dialogue from the scene where he awoke her in "Pilot" ("You found me." / "Did you ever doubt I would?" / "Truthfully, the Glass Coffin gave me pause.)
- The sword that Henry takes from the pawnshop to battle the Black Fairy is the same as the sword belonging to Prince Charming, which Emma brought from the pawnshop to battle Maleficent in the Season One finale, "A Land Without Magic". The box where the sword is kept is also the same.
- When Fiona enters the pawnshop, Gideon asks if she's there to pick up her watch, which she dropped off in "The Final Battle Part 1".
- Fiona reveals that she still has Gideon's heart, which everyone thought was returned in "The Black Fairy". She took his heart in "Mother's Little Helper".
- The mysterious page that Fiona translates is the page that Henry wrote in "Mother's Little Helper". She found the page in "The Final Battle Part 1".
- The Black Fairy states that after the Final Battle is won, she will have unchecked powers and not even the laws of magic will apply to her. She also claims that she can use these powers to make Mr. Gold's family love him and bring back the dead. The rules of magic were previously established in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" and "Welcome to Storybrooke". Jafar and Amara were able to free themselves from the laws of magic in the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland finale "And They Lived..." and Jafar used his new powers to make the Red Queen fall in love with him.
- Fiona mentions the loss of Mr. Gold's first son, Baelfire, who was killed in "Quiet Minds".
- Mr. Gold points out to Fiona that all magic comes with a price, the iconic phrase that Rumplestiltskin was first heard uttering in "The Price of Gold".
- The Darkness appears before Mr. Gold in the form of Rumplestiltskin, just like it did with Emma and Hook in the first half of Season Five.
- Henry tells Emma that he loves her before saving her with true love's kiss, just like Emma did when she saved him in "A Land Without Magic". When Emma awakens, she replies "I love you too", just like Henry did.
- Belle and Mr. Gold find baby Gideon in a basket with the book Her Handsome Hero in it. As seen in "Mother's Little Helper", Gideon was in a basket with the book in it when Mother Superior left with him in "Changelings".
- Belle refers to what happened to Gideon as "a happy beginning". Emma and her family sang the same words during Emma and Hook's wedding in "The Song in Your Heart".
- After the Final Battle is won, Mary Margaret says, "Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing", just like she said to Emma when she met her in "Pilot".
- The final scene where Henry meets Lucy is a parallel to Emma and Henry's first meeting in "Pilot", with very similar dialogue.
- The scene of Belle and Mr. Gold dancing features the melody of "Beauty and the Beast" from the Disney film of the same name.
Fairytales and Folklore
- This episode features Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale, Captain Hook and Tiger Lily from the Peter Pan story, the Wicked Witch of the West and Munchkins from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz story, Rumplestiltskin from the Rumplestiltskin fairytale, and Aladdin and the Princess from the One Thousand and One Nights story.
- The voice of Robin Hood from the ballad can be heard from the note.
- The final shot of Emma and her family at Granny's Diner is a recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting The Last Supper, with thirteen people seated at a white dinner table (Jesus Christ and his Twelve Disciples in the original, Zelena, Robin, David, Prince Neal, Granny, Mary Margaret, Hook, Emma, Henry, Regina, Belle, Gideon and Mr. Gold on Once Upon a Time) and the Savior (Jesus Christ in the original, Emma on Once Upon a Time) seated in the middle.
- Technically, Emma is the eighth person from the left to the right, a place occupied in the original painting by Thomas, the apostle who did not believe in Christ's resurrection. This corresponds fittingly enough for an episode centered around Emma's lack of belief.
- The sword that Lucy holds in the opening scene, the sword that belonged to her father, is the same sword that Henry takes from the pawnshop to battle the Black Fairy.
- The box where the Black Fairy's Wand is kept is the same prop that was used for the box where Cora kept her own wand in the Season Five episode "Sisters".
- The page Fiona translates reads:
And then the war began. For eternities
the two battled: Clashing in a sea of
endless war, their emissaries raged
in perfect balance: Light versus Dark:
Good versus Evil: With every moon, they
were born, fought and died at each
other's hands: This is how it was.
This is how it was. This is how it
will be for times:
But when the Greatest Light awakens
the Final Battle can begin. We will
know this great light as a warrior
born of these heroes and a love.
- An excerpt from the fairy tale of "The Golden Bird" can be seen when Henry opens the restored storybook.
- There is an illustration of an apple tree on the cover of the storybook that Lucy carries in Seattle.
- One of the doors in Jefferson's hat carries the same insignia as the thrones in the DunBroch Castle in the Season Five episode "The Bear King".
- When Emma and Henry leave the town hall together, "Chambers - Design for Mr. Ward", an architectural illustration from 1794 by the 18th century engraver Pierre Fourdrinier, can be seen hanging on the wall in the corridor. The engraving is based on the works of the renowned architect William Chambers.
- An oil painting by the nineteenth century Australian artist and portrait photographer Henry James Johnstone, Evening shadows, backwater of the Murray, South Australia (1880), is hanging on the wall in the room that Belle locks herself into.
- After returning to Storybrooke, Mary Margaret is wearing a Club Monaco Daylina Coat (no longer available). Note that the buttons have been altered by the costume department.
- Belle is wearing a Kate Spade Posy Grove Chiffon Shirt.
- At the end of the episode, when the Evil Queen is brushing her hair at her dressing table, she is wearing the same dress that her namesake wore in "The Cricket Game" when she spoke with Rumplestiltskin, who gave her the idea of crashing Snow White and Prince Charming's wedding.
- The opening scene with Lucy and Tiger Lily in the Enchanted Forest was filmed in Vancouver's Stanley Park, near the Third Beach. The scene where Snow White finds Prince Charming was also filmed in Stanley Park.
- The scene inside the house where Belle lives during the Black Fairy's curse were filmed inside the same house that doubles as the building for exterior shots and not in studio.
- The scene with Hook, Jasmine and Snow White at the bottom of the broken Beanstalk was filmed on the east side of Burnaby's Central Park, near the tennis courts.
- The London Heritage Farm, an historical farmhouse and park in Richmond, British Columbia, doubles as David and Mary Margaret's new home.
- The scene where Regina and Emma send their son off at the Storybrooke school bus was filmed in Vancouver's Sunrise Park.
- The corridor in adult Henry's apartment building is a redressed version of the set used for the corridor inside the Storybrooke Town Hall.
|French||"La Bataille Finale - 2e Partie"||"The Final Battle - 2nd Part"|
|German||"Letzter Kampf am Ende aller Welten (Teil 2)"||"Final Battle at the End of All Worlds (Part 2)"|
|Italian||"La battaglia finale (2ª parte)"||"The Final Battle (2nd Part)"|
|Portuguese||"A Batalha Final"||"The Final Battle"|