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5 Teasers For Once Upon a Time’s “The Queen is Dead” & “The Miller’s Daughter”

By on February 27, 2013
Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan. Image © ABC Television Network

Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan. Image © ABC Television Network

While fans are patiently awaiting Once Upon a Time’s next episode “The Queen is Dead” on Sunday March 3, we’ve been looking ahead to the next pivotal episode “The Miller’s Daughter,” which airs the following week, Sunday March 10 on ABC –  and which we’ve had the opportunity to preview a couple of weeks in advance, thanks to ABC.

At first, the obvious link between both episodes is that they are flashback heavy, with each offering key insights into the minds of well established characters in the Fairytale Land That Was. However, on closer inspection it’s probably fair to comment that both “The Queen is Dead” and “The Miller’s Daughter” form bookends to a two part story arc, which serves to tie up a key season 2 plot line in quite an unexpected way.

Although we’re not allowed to tell you outright what the invisible chalk is used for, or what new discouraging fact Emma uncovers about Gold’s son, or even if Cora and Regina are successful in getting their hands on Rumpelstiltskin’s dagger, we can give you some interesting teasers on both of these episodes you won’t find anywhere else on the web.

We’ve presented these teasers in reverse order according to their surprise element.

5. The Heart of the Matter

Skirting around the theme of love and sacrifice in “The Queen is Dead,” Once really gets to the heart of the matter in “The Miller’s Daughter,” an episode which serves a timely reminder about why it’s not such a good idea to rip your own heart out of your body and store it in a box for eternity. Of course, the whole ‘heart in a box’ thing is a wonderful metaphor about closing yourself off to love in order to secure the trappings of power, and both the metaphor and its literal counterpart are played out to a beautiful and tear-jerking finale over these two episodes.

4. Unexpected Lovers

You never know what or who you’re going to see in a Fairytale flashback. We certainly weren’t expecting these two well known characters to have shared such a passionate bond – despite the little hints and references scattered throughout the season. If this love had been allowed to blossom who knows where it might have ended.

3. Regina and Emma Face Off With Magic

It’s all too brief, but it’s still beautiful. A tense moment in “The Miller’s Daughter” sees Emma and Regina go head to head in a magical battle. Emma is only starting to tap into her power, but this short-lived moment is super-charged with possibility. More please!

2. A Hero Makes a Villain’s Move

In true fairytale tradition, Once Upon a Time offers us clean cut heroes and evil villains dressed in black – with the notable exception of the amazing Lana Parrilla’s Regina, a character we first loved to hate then hated to love, and now simply love. However “The Queen is Dead” sets events in motion that will cause one of the show’s most beloved characters (and no we don’t mean Archie!) to do something unspeakable. The event will spark a shocked “This is not you!” from a friend and a sharp intake (or should that read out-take?) of breath from the audience.

1. Death Becomes … Who?

There’s no other way to say it. Events in “The Queen is Dead” lead to the death of a major character in “The Miller’s Daughter.” There are onscreen tears, and maybe a few of your own for this one! Sound off in the comments section if you think you can guess who it is, and how he/she buys it.

Catch Once Upon a Time’s “The Queen is Dead” Sunday March 3 and “The Miller’s Daughter” Sunday March 10 at 8/7c on ABC.



  1. Kathy

    February 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I think Snow finds Cora’s heart in the box and crushes it, therefore killing Cora.

    • Emma

      February 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Why would anyone cry over cora’s death. I’m scared it’s going to be Belle, because wetpaint said that Rumbelle shippers have something to look forward to but may shed a few tears. I’m like Rumples going to die, no he can’t. My oncer friend saw him on set a few hours ago so he is not dead but i’m now I think it could be Belle I mean there would be lots of consequences if that happened. Rumple would go into a rampage. all I hope is Rumbelle doesn’t die.

    • Ruth

      February 28, 2013 at 2:11 am

      The spoilers have said the death will have widespread consequences. I don’t know if it’s Cora who does, or Snow who kills her, but if it is Cora, I think Regina’s going to be “bad” by a whole new definition.

    • tess

      March 1, 2013 at 3:34 am

      I think Snow killing Cora is a fabulous theory. We’ll have to see if it happens.

      As long as Hook/Rumple/Emma/Snow/Charming/Henry don’t die I’m a happy viewer. I don’t want regina to die either even though I will always hate her for killing Graham.

  2. Ruth

    February 28, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I just hope it’s not Hook. If it is, I’m done.

    • tess

      March 1, 2013 at 3:38 am

      ahhhh a kindred spirit. Ditto for me. I stopped awhile after Graham was killed and then a friend made me watch the January episode with Hook in the hospital and I was hooked (pardon the pun) once again. If they kill Hook off I’m done forever. I hate getting invested in and intriqued by a character only to see them killed off before their story even starts to play out.

  3. Caroline

    February 28, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I think the unexpected lovers are cora and rumple. No idea why, but the two of them together sounds unexpected. I have a feeling that the hero that will make an evil move is Snow or Charming. Throughout the second season, there have been tension between the two of them about staying in the real world and going back to Fairytale land. Charming wants to go back, while Snow is, for the majority, indifferent to going back. I think that one of them will do something bad, so the choice of going back or not will no longer be an option anymore. Lastly, I think Charming might be the one dying. Although this would completely break my heart and I would probably never stop crying, it would make sense if Charming died. First, no romance is ever safe in a tv show. The writers already did a love triangle in season 1 and if Snow and Charming’s relationship is true love, they can’t introduce another love triangle. Something has to impact their relationship, so my theory is that Snow’s evil move will unintentionally get Charming killed, which will transform Snow into a character out for revenge in the upcoming season. But just my crazy theory!

    • tess

      March 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

      noooooooooooooooooooooo 🙁 not charming but I think if snow is the one that ‘kills’ regina by doing a villan move then that alone may create some tension between her and charming as he sees another side to her. But I love it because there is darkness and light in us all – and it would give an new angle to snow.

      I just realized if rumple and cora had an affair and had a child – regina? then regina and neal are half siblings and regina is blood related to a degree to henry, her half nephew. Hmmmm……

    • Elle

      March 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      >_> [spoiler] is in one of the following episodes…

      Editor: Spoiler removed.