Once Upon a Time: The Miller’s Daughter
by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)
We begin with young woman returning home to find her father has not taken the flour to the kingdom to exchange it for money. She then takes it upon herself, only to be humiliated by a young visiting princess. The king places the blame squarely on the woman, who is named Cora, and makes her kneel and apologize.
Later, Cora sneaks into a masquerade ball, set for the prince to find a wife. The king discovers her and is about to throw her out when she says she has the ability to spin straw into gold. The king gives her one night to do it. Knowing she cannot, she contemplates jumping out of a window when Rumplestiltskin appears and makes a deal: her first born for the ability to spin straw into gold. He also teaches her the power of magic. The next day, she delivers the gold to the king, who then gives her the prince to marry.
While Cora prepares for her wedding with the prince, she has a relationship with Rumplestiltskin, who ends up changing the contract to bearing him a child of his own. However, before the day of her marriage, she approaches Rumple with her heart in a box. She gives him the box and shows him the loophole in their contract, thus getting out of it, leaving Rumple empty handed, to his despair.
Back in Storybrooke, Gold, Emma and the crew arrive and got to Gold’s shop. Gold tells Emma he needs her to cast a protection spell and teaches her how to do it. Emma has the ability of magic, and strong magic at that! Outside, Cora and Regina show up and are immediately confronted by Emma, Bae, David and Snow. After a quick skirmish, Snow sneaks out the back and goes to Gold. He shows her the candle she once was given to save her mother and tells her to go find Cora’s heart in Regina’s underground lair, and light the candle, wishing for Cora’s death. Once complete, she needs to put the heart back into Cora and she’ll die. So Snow takes the candle and heads over, finds Cora’s heart, makes the wish and blows the candle out.
Cora feels a slight pain in her chest and sends Regina to check on her heart. Upon arriving, Regina finds Snow with Cora’s heart in the box. Snow explains the reason Cora never loved her was because she didn’t have her heart. But if she puts the heart back in Cora, she’ll have the mother she always wanted.
Back with Gold, Cora gets through the magic defenses and Gold asks her if she ever loved him. She says she did and that’s why she took out her heart as it hindered her. Right before she goes to stab Gold with his dagger, Regina pushes the heart back into Cora. Instantly, Cora is back to the mother she could have been, but soon collapses while Gold stands with his wound gone and him being fully healed. Snow runs in screaming for Regina to stop but it’s too late. Regina looks up at Snow realizing that she’s the reason her mother is dead.
It was a long time coming that we had a revelation into the background of Cora and what made her so evil. She started out seeming like a good person, as they all do, before going to the dark side. The relationship she had with Rumple was a little awkward, but it showed the lengths she would go to obtain what she wanted in life. Whether she ever really loved anyone is up for debate. What is clear, however, is that she was a determined woman to the very end.
Now, with Cora out of the way, we’re back to Regina being the evil woman she’s been known as. What happens with Hook now that Cora is gone is a thing to be seen. But with Bae back in Storybrooke, and him being either Peter Pan or one of the lost boys, there will undoubtedly be a story arc that focuses on the conflict between those two characters. Personally I believe the next arcs involve, once again, the conflict between Snow and Regina and the new arc of Hook and Bae. With that going on, I don’t see it wise for the writers to add other arcs, so where does that leave the other cast? We’ll see when next we return to Once Upon a Time!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars