I want to start this post by voicing my favorite part of this episode. When Regina wielded the power of self-belief she used the apprentice's wand to save Robin's baby from a dark path. Ding! Dong! The witch is gone! About friggin time, thank you! We'll start in the flashbacks, where we learn a lot about Killian. First off, he was clearly born with good looks. Also he seems to be born with a father who could give Pan a run for "Worst father in history". Pan gave Rumple up for eternal youth, Brennan (Hook's dad) basically sold both his sons for a rowboat so he could save his own butt. Seeing as Pan went down a darker path I say he wins. We then cut to grown up Killian having to prove himself to Regina that he can in fact do what she needs. My prediction in the last post did not come true, no magical mickey. But Hook does get a surprise when he must face his father, who is alive and just as young as the day he abandoned Hook and Liam. The bond-mending only lasts so long. Hook reconnects, gets a letter that would save his father...and his son. Hook's half-brother. Naturally Killian is pissed, burns the letter, "decides the kind of man I want to be" and kills his dad. Which is his ticket to revenge. The real actions is in Storybrooke. Everyone splits up to find Killian and talk him out of the plan or, if it comes to it, kill him. All while finding a way to stop the past Dark Ones from destroying them. Too late, one by one the heroes are found by Dark Ones and stepped through. Like ghosts the Dark Ones step through them, leaving a mark. So David, Snow, Regina, Robin, Henry and Rumple all have marks. (Given the sheer number of Dark Ones I think most, if not all, of Storybrooke were tagged) Emma talks to Gold and gets Excalibur, with no deal, no strings attached. Emma finds Hook but, after some dirty fighting from Hook, loses Excalibur. They meet and figure out that they're to take the Dark Ones' spots in the underworld so the Dark Ones can stay top side. Rumple says they should live their last moments with the people they love. Emma's not giving up, even getting support from Regina. Her family goes to the diner for one last dinner, with Emma promising to come over. She does, just not seen, leaving a letter about how she's going to undo what she did by sacrificing herself. She hunts for Hook while Nimue and others arrive at the diner and have the Marks burn, sending them all to the pond. Emma shows up and is ready to fight but Nimue chokes her. True Nimue can't kill her, but she can stop her. In that moment OUR Hook comes around and stops Nimue. Using Excalibur he absorbs the Darkness into the blade and has Emma finish what they all set out to do. Emma can't, she can't bear to lose another loved one. Hook begs her to let him die a hero. They kiss, say I love you, and she runs him through and Excalibur disintegrates. In that act the darkness leaves her and she's back to her human blonde self (somehow with her red jacket) as Hook falls with the excalibur wound again taking his life. Emma's laying on the sofa in her house and hears a whispering. For a brief moment I thought it was Hook's spirit saying thank you. Uh, no. It's something bad and confusing. She storms to Gold's and knows he has it. He reveals he does, the dagger with his name on it. Now he has all the power of the Dark Ones combined. (So I guess while each Dark Spirit hung around to nag and poke the new guys they kept their own individual power. Hm.) Rumple somehow, in his mortal state, tweaked Excalibur to act as a conduit, transferring the power to Rumple. Emma blackmails him to help her or she'll tell a returned, loving Belle what he did. Here we get to see the set up for 5B. Emma plans to go to the underworld and save Hook by splitting her heart with him...or his with her, I didn't catch which. But she won't be alone, she's going with her parents, Henry, Robin and Regina. Rumple uses his blood to bring the boat, which everyone gets to by walking on water. The last thing of dialogue was a classic, said by Emma "I will always find you."