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Genie of Agrabah, I wish that Emma Swan's wish – to have never been the Savior – be granted.
—The Evil Queen's wish

"Wish You Were Here" is the tenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Ron Underwood. It is the one-hundredth and twenty-first episode of the series overall, and premiered on December 4, 2016.


When she learns that our heroes possess a weapon capable of defeating her, the Evil Queen steals Aladdin’s magic lamp from Jasmine and makes a wish that could sideline the Savior forever. Unwilling to wake Snow while Emma is missing, David works with Hook and Henry to hold the Evil Queen at bay in Storybrooke as Regina goes on a rogue rescue mission. Meanwhile, Gold and Belle face a surprising danger to their newborn son.[2]




Guest Starring




Production Notes

  • The title card features the statue of King David and Queen Snow in the Wish Realm.
  • The title of this episode was revealed by Adam Horowitz via his Twitter account on October 14, 2016.[3]
  • The episode is named after a Pink Floyd album and song of the same name. Adam Horowitz is a fan of the band.[4]
  • The oil painting of Baelfire[5] required Michael Raymond-James' approval.[6]
  • The establishing shot of the Dark Palace[7] is an altered version of a shot of the real palace in "The Tower".[8] The foreground plate and the castle have been digitally altered to reflect the decrepit state of the castle, and CGI birds have been added to the shot. In addition, one of the mountain in the background has been enlarged.
  • The river that Emma and Regina stop by is the same alterned location where Prince Charming and Snow White first decided to "take back the kingdom". This can easily be seen from direction of the trees.[9] But it is not known if these two places are meant to be same since the latter does not have the Royal Castle behind and there seems to be no mountain.
  • In the episode script, Hook says to David, "You are bloody Prince Charming and I'm Captain Hook. Not the other way around".[10] This line is not in the final episode.
  • In the episode script, the scene where Emma first meets Regina in the Wish Realm is slightly longer, with Emma first line being "You. It's you... The Evil Queen. How is that possible? We defeated you."[11] In the final episode, she simply says "You... You're the Evil Queen."
  • According to Adam Horowitz, Gideon's reveal as the figure underneath the hood was planned from the beginning of Season Six.[12]

Event Chronology

  • The Wish Realm events take place before "Tougher Than the Rest".

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