Let there be... darkness?
To open Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 1, Emma was transported to a new realm. Once there, she was encouraged by Rumplestiltskin (as a familiar manifestation of all Dark Ones prior to her) to embrace this fresh fate.
But Emma wasn’t having it. Not at first.
She was dead set on tracking down Merlin in order to be rid of this curse. On the way there, she ran into Merida, a brave warrior (literally!) who also wanted to gain control of the Will O’ the Wisp.
Back in Storybrooke, Hook, the Charmings and company were determined bringing Emma home. Along these lines, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice came up with a wand that could summon a portal.
However, Regina’s good recent deeds actually backfired on her because her magic was not dark enough, meaning they needed help from Zelena.
After Regina refused to meet her pregnant half-sibling's terms, Hook schemed with Henry to privately negotiate with the wicked witch... only to see Zelena steal the pirate’s blade and actually chop off her hand to remove the magic-depleting cuff.
She then escaped to conjure the portal herself. Darn you, Zelena!
Fortunately, Regina realized Zelena, in taking this step, would not sustain enough power to actually use the portal.
So Regina gathered a group inside Granny’s and sent the entire establishment through the portal. On the other side, they came across Emma and were able to prevent her from crushing Merida’s heart.
From there, Emma left Regina in charge of the dagger and we then met King Arthur and his knights, who arrived on the scene to claim that Merlin predicted this encounter; they invited the strangers to his castle.
However, the instant everyone walked through its royal gates…. Uh-oh! They were somehow back in Granny's! Wearing fancy clothing!
As you'll note when you watch Once Upon a Time online, the group learned they had no memory of the last six weeks upon their unexpected return... just as a frosty-haired, leather-clad Emma strutted in to announce that she had become the Dark One because they failed in their bid to help her.
In a word? GULP!
Let's take a look at Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 2 to see where this could all go, shall we?