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This article focuses on the Season Seven episode.
For the characters who have been known as "Guardian", see Guardians.
I came to test Alice. I believe she's destined to become a great hero, a protector of the Dark One dagger known as the Guardian.
Mr. Gold to Hook (Wish Realm)

"The Guardian" is the eighteenth episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by David H. Goodman & Brigitte Hales, and directed by Geofrey Hildrew. It is the one hundred and fifty-first episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 20, 2018.

Synopsis

Following Nick's death, Weaver discovers the Dark One Dagger has been taken and sets out to get it back, even if it means betraying Roni's trust. Meanwhile, Margot takes Tilly on a date, but their time together takes an unexpected twist. In a flashback, Rumple, desperate to be reunited with Belle, pays Alice a visit.[2]

Recap

Cast[2]

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*: Only in archive footage

Trivia

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Event Chronology

Episode Connection

  • Mr. Gold laments Belle's death in this episode. Belle passed away in "Beauty".
  • Mr. Gold says that he received a letter from Gideon, saying he is doing well in his studies, referring to how Gideon was accepted into the Elphame Academy in "Beauty".
  • Mr. Gold first met Alice in "Beauty" when he came to the New Enchanted Forest.
  • Nick is found dead in this episode after he was killed by Mr. Samdi in "Chosen".
  • Mr. Gold has had the Dark One's Dagger in the police station evidence room since "Eloise Gardener".
  • Margot first met Tilly in "The Girl in the Tower", and they got to know each other in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Henry was held hostage by Nick in "Chosen".
  • Wish Hook met the other Hook in "A Pirate's Life".
  • Hook asks if Mr. Gold can cure his poisoned heart, referring to how Wish Hook's heart was cursed in "Knightfall".
  • The budding romance between Alice and Robin was first seen in flashbacks during "The Girl in the Tower".
  • Henry talks about how he was kidnapped by Nick, referring to events in "Breadcrumbs".
  • Roni is using magic to save Henry, and she was given this magic by Mr. Samdi in "Sisterhood".
  • Alice's habit of talking to her stuffed toys was first seen in "The Girl in the Tower".
  • Samdi told Roni during "The Girl in the Tower" of his intentions to get the dagger.
  • Alice's magic abilities were seen in "The Girl in the Tower".
  • This is not the first time Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin has tried to goad someone into crushing another person's heart. As Rumplestiltskin, he urged Regina to crush a horse's heart in "The Doctor". When the Darkness took on Rumplestiltskin's form inside Emma's head during "The Dark Swan", he persuaded her to begin crushing Merida's heart.
  • The last time Samdi warned Weaver against trying to kill him and spoil his chances of reuniting with Belle was in "Sisterhood".
  • Henry finds the results of the blood test he took to help Lucy in "Secret Garden". Nick first showed him the test results in "Chosen".
  • Rogers points out that Drew is helping Samdi, but Drew explains that he didn't have a choice, referring to events in "A Taste of the Heights" and "Chosen".
  • The bubbling cauldron in the bar's backroom was last used by Kelly in "Breadcrumbs" to help Roni make the potion for curing Henry.
  • The origin story of how Rumplestiltskin's name got on the dagger was shown in "Desperate Souls". The last time his name reappeared on the dagger to replace the Dark One before him was in "Swan Song".
  • Mr. Gold had the Darkness taken out of him was in "Operation Mongoose Part 1" when the Apprentice absorbed it into the Sorcerer's Hat, though he consequentially sought out a way to regain the Darkness in "Swan Song".
  • Mr. Gold hears Belle's last words to him, which she told him in "Beauty".
  • Alice keeps her promise to stay with Mr. Gold and help him to remember the good person he is, which was implied in "The Eighth Witch".
  • Mr. Gold's habit of spinning was seen in "The Eighth Witch".
  • Roni says that she Anastasia left with Ivy, which took place in "Sisterhood".

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References

  1. SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.20.2018. ShowBuzzDaily (April 20, 2018).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Once Upon a Time: The Guardian (4/20). Disney ABC Press (April 16, 2018).
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  4. TwitterLogo @username (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya 3/2!" (Screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo @RoseAReynolds (Rose Reynolds) on Twitter. "I totally (didn't) draw that picture." (Screenshot)
  6. File:718DodgsonsBooks.png
  7. TwitterLogo @InkTankGirl (Brigitte Hales) on Twitter. "Thanks! And @GeofreyHildrew did a fantastic job shooting it!!" (Screenshot)
  8. TwitterLogo @GeofreyHildrew (Geofrey Hildrew) on Twitter. "Voodoo!" (Screenshot)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 File:718StuffedToy.png
  10. File:718Books.png
  11. File:718LetterFromGideon.png
  12. InstagramIcon emiliede_ravin. (Emilie de Ravin) May 13, 2017.  Retrieved on May 19, 2018. "Dear #oncers. I wanted to tell you guys myself, but it seems the news was already released :/ ... I won't be returning to (...)" (archive copy created on April 21, 2018)
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  18. External screenshot from "Eloise Gardener"
  19. External screenshot from "Eloise Gardener" #2
  20. File:718SearchingCupboard.png
  21. TwitterLogo @Aviewfromabroad (G. Justine G.) on Twitter. "here are some pics of the Byrne Creek location shoot for #oaut. Filming starts Tuesday and wrap up on Wednesday according to security personnel." (Screenshot)
  22. TwitterLogo @rogerdlee (Roger Lee) on Twitter. "#OUAT will be filming at the bookstore at Pender & Richards on February 8th" (Screenshot) (Filming notice)
  23. Once Upon A Time shoots a scene for season 7 with Rose Reynolds & Tiera Skovbye in Vancouver last week.. Canadagraphs (February 14, 2018).
  24. 416 W Pender St Vancouver, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2017).
  25. Gittins, Susan (February 7, 2018). FINAL SEASON: ONCE UPON A TIME's Tilly (Rose Reynolds) at the Fremont Troll Set in East Vancouver. Hollywood North.
  26. Lau, Lucy (March 20, 2017). Environmentally minded Cortex brings upcycled fashions to downtown Vancouver. The Georgia Straight.
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    Note the identical layout, lights and counter
  27. File:TWyvrshoots-718.png (Filming notice)
  28. Gittins, Susan (February 7, 2018). FINAL SEASON: ONCE UPON A TIME's Detective Rogers (Colin O'Donoghue) Chases a Perp. Hollywood North.
  29. Exterior of the Koret Lofts
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    Notice the identical roofing above the windows, the design of the steps and the red building in the background

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Guardian

  • "The Guardian" Episode Discussion and Thoughts.

    64 messages
    • Eskaver wrote: Like where does his arc go? Bringing it around from questions to general thought, we’ve seen his dark heart and we’ve seen ...
    • JennaMae wrote: Eskaver wrote: Like where does his arc go? Bringing it around from questions to general thought, we’ve seen his dark heart ...
  • Dagger and Guardian

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    • Leroiblanc wrote:Eskaver wrote:Ollies20 wrote:Why does the Dagger gives Alice instructions about how becoming The Guardian, when we know since...
    • Leroiblanc wrote:Eskaver wrote:Ollies20 wrote:Why does the Dagger gives Alice instructions about how becoming The Guardian, when we know since...