@swan30 I don't think the Bean requires a navigating medium, like the ash from the wardrobe. The bean, in itself, creates portals and it's up to the bean-user to determin the destination. Remember when Hook used it to open a portal to Neverland? The compass wasn't in his possession either. I think the compass was needed because the ash from the wardrobe was badly damaged, although the lake repaired it to create the portal, the compass was needed to give it direction.
@Isoron I don't believe Emma is "immune" to Cora, as she's shown to be susceptible to Cora's magic. True Love is the most powerful magic, and I think Emma, being in the Enchanted Forest, subconsciously kickstarted her own magical abilities - almost like an inherent defense system. Perhaps maybe when Cora tried to go after Emma's heart, especially acting upon love (sacrificing herself for MM), Emma's magic manifested.
@queenbee94, If all worlds were no exception to the Dark Curse, then why did Cora return to the Enchanted Forest? She possessed magic in Wonderland, and she had subjects that served her already that would've been protected by the barrier spell... so why return? I think the Dark Curse only pulled the ones from the Enchanted Forest. Just because the last we saw of Jefferson and Dr. Frankenstein doesn't necessarily mean they didn't make it back to the Enchanted Forest. OUAT storytelling is, something frustratingly so, non-linear. So we could see the events in the future, and in the past, and still not know the inbetween.
Anyone else notice that Emma is all "Xena"ed out on the episode picture holder? It's the fairytale princess' gowns, and Emma's infamous leather jacket.
@Spindae Don't count Aurora and Mulan out just yet; they just started a new quest! And in this quest, she'll most likely train to fight, under Mulan's guidance. While Snow had the hardship of Queen Regina to live under and training most of her adult life, Aurora was sleeping; now that Aurora is awake, she might prove herself just a capable "warrior-princess" as Snow.
@Michelle, The show is 20+ episodes, and QoH is only the 9th episodes of the season. Remember how long it took us to finally learn the reason why Regina hated Snow so much? It also has to work with the actors' scheduling: Eion Bailey and Sebastian Stan also work at other shows, especially the latter as he is a principal cast member in Political Animals. Stories can only be told at their availability. I'm sure they'll tell those stories soon enough; OUAT is one of the shows that always keep their continunity.
Given that Cora knew so much of the curse, I wonder if Rumpel shared the designs of the curse to Cora and she refused? Hence why he needed Regina to turn against her mother and play out what he foresaw?
I'm glad my theory, albeit slightly different, was proved true. I didn't expect the Hook angle though; how did Jefferson leave Wonderland is the question that remains to be answered.
I wonder if by using the magic bean, one doesn't need the compass?
This is actually awesome. BMW was one of the best shows growing up!
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