Once Upon a Time (2011–2018): Season 5, Episode 21 - Last Rites - full transcript

Emma, David, Regina, Robin and Henry are finally back home in Storybrooke and reunited with Snow, but, unfortunately, they still have to contend with Hades, who continues to deceive Zelena as he lays out his plan to use the all-powerful Olympian Crystal to take over the town. The heroes desperately search for a way to defeat Hades while Hook does the same in the Underworld, looking for those missing storybook pages. Regina and Robin take a more direct approach, which culminates in an epic showdown that will leave our heroes forever changed.

Previously on "Once Upon a Time"...

My older brother,
Zeus, stopped my heart.

What I'm left with is anger.

There's only one way out
of a sleeping curse...

True love's kiss.

You're not the one
who's going to wake me.

My father is.

I don't even really care about that book

except for a few pages about me.

So destroy them.

What do you say, Zelena?

Will you make chaos with me?

The land of the living.

I never thought I would
see this world again...

not with a beating heart.

And I owe it all to you.

Do you feel this?


I'm finally becoming myself again.

I'm so glad.

Something's troubling you.

It's my sister.

She's still not here.

I wouldn't worry.

I'm sure she made it back safe.

Then why are we still in the woods?

We should go back into town and check.

I can't.

Snow White still thinks I'm a villain.

These people are always
looking for villains to blame.

I'll tell them you've changed...

that love changed you.

It certainly did.


in case they don't believe me,

would... would you mind taking the baby?

Just take her to my sister's office.

You'll be safe there.

What, you... you would
trust me with your daughter?

I trust you with anything.

Hello there.

Don't let the shackles fool you.

I'm King Arthur of Camelot.

I was unjustly imprisoned.



Unjustly imprisoned.

That, I understand.

Thank you.

But tell me, what happened

to land you in such
an awful predicament?

I was destined to rule a kingdom,

a broken kingdom.

But not everybody is
as understanding as you.

Well, that I understand as well.

I, too, was destined to rule a kingdom.

Who are you?

My name is Hades god of death.

And I think I was destined
to rule this very kingdom,

right here, but...
shh, shh, shh, shh, shh.

I will need your help.

And that will do nicely.

What do you mean Arthur escaped?

I thought you were guarding his cell.

It's not my fault.

This useless lump fell asleep on watch.

You put Sleepy on guard duty?

You left for weeks.

It was the best I
could do with who I had.

All right, well, we can
blame each other later.

Right now we need a search party.

Gather the dwarfs. Go.

- Let's go, Sleepy.
- I told you it was Walter.

I know. I agree.

We need our family back soon.

Soon enough?


Hey, big guy.

Oh, I missed you.

Hey, Mom.

Emma. Henry! Did everyone else...

Regina and Robin are here, too.

Grandpa came back with Belle.

At least, we think he did.

And Hook?

Oh, Emma.

I'm so sorry.

I made so many mistakes, Mom.

I should never have gone down there.

It's okay.

Look, we all made it back.

And we helped so many people move on.

You got to see Hook one last time.

Well, there's more to it.

We weren't the only ones
that came through the portal.

Hades and Zelena...
They made it back, too.

They have Robin's baby.

Don't worry. We'll find her.

I promise.


You made it back.

- Where the hell...
- Wait.

We need some answers.

Where the hell is my daughter?

With Hades.

Look, I came to explain to everyone

that he's changed.

I hate to be the one
to break this to you,

but no, he hasn't!

What are you talking
about? He helped you.

He took your names off your graves.

No, it was a trick so we'd trust him.

He tried to trap us down there.

What? No, no, no.

I was with him the whole time.

We waited for you.

That was a show for your benefit.

You cannot trust him with your daughter.

You're wrong.

Hades is different now
his heart is beating.

Love has changed him.

I've changed him.

I know you want to believe that.

Sometimes the truth really hurts.

Why don't you just tell us where he is?

And what are you planning
to do when you find him?

Well, that depends on him.

But we'll do whatever we
have to to protect this town.

You mean imprison him.

We'll do whatever we have to.

I know this is hard to hear,

but he is not the man you think he is.

Actually, he's not a man at all.

He's a god.

And if you try to hurt him,

you do so at your own peril.

Excuse me.

Can you tell me where I am exactly?

He stopped talking centuries ago.


No, I don't want coffee.

I want to know what this place is!

I think that's quite
obvious, Your Majesty.

You got lucky last time we met.

Now you tell me where I
am or I run you through.

Well, you can't kill
a dead man, I'm afraid.

Are you having a hard time accepting it?

But you know where you are.


But I had so much left to do.

That makes two of us.

I promised someone that I
would move on from this place,

but I still bloody can't,

so I need to know what
the hell is going on

up in Storybrooke.

Who killed you?

Oh, no! No! No!

Denial, grief, anger. Can
we just get to acceptance?

Who killed you?

He said his name was Hades.

Did you see Emma and the others?

Have they any idea how to stop him?

Haven't you learned anything?

Hades never reveals his weakness.

You know what?

You're right.


Hades protected his secrets well.

But now, now he's not here,

so, Your Majesty, how would
you like to go on another quest?

With you?

Not a chance.

Have you got any idea why
you're down here, mate...

and not up in some blissful
afterlife or fiery hell?

It's because you are a terrible king

with loads of unfinished business.

When you leave here,

you're either going to the better place

or a far, far worse place.

I think I prefer the first option.

Oh, and you're gonna need
a seriously good deed,

you know, to make up for the bad ones.

If I say "yes", what
exactly are we questing for?

An answer to defeating Hades.

And you can call it my holy grail.

This is where I found him.

I always thought I'd be the
one to put him in his grave,

but now that I see him like this,

I can't help but feel sorry for him.

Hades did this.

- How do you know?
- I know.

If we don't stop him,
this is just the beginning.

What do you mean by "stop him"?

I mean kill him and send
him back where he came from.

Emma, wait. Wait!

Slow down.

This is a god we're dealing with,

and we still have no
idea how to hurt him.

Doesn't mean I can't try.

Look, I get it.

Hook's gone. You're in pain.

This isn't about Hook.

Yes, it is.

I am trying to protect Storybrooke.

Are you telling me I
shouldn't fight Hades?

No, of course we're gonna fight him,

but I need you seeing
clearly before we do that.

So maybe it's time you
start dealing with death

the way other people do.

How do other people deal with death?

They grieve.

I thought Regina trusted me.

She threatened you to my face.

They're going to try to hurt you.

If anything happened to you...

or the baby, I couldn't live with it.

I have to turn myself in.

You'd really give up your freedom...

for me?

For you...

I would give up anything.


I can't let you do this.

I won't risk losing you.


well, then we have
only one other option...

we have to defend ourselves.

Yes, of course.

I'll put up a protection spell.

What if they break through?

Well, then we'll make
them see the truth!

Or we'll fight back.

I hope it doesn't come to a fight,

but if they force us into
it, I do have something.


A family heirloom.

The Olympian crystal.

It belonged to by brother Zeus.

Very powerful.

Very dangerous.

And I've waited a long time to use it.

My sister cast a protection
spell on the building.

We can't just stand here and do nothing.

I wasn't planning on doing nothing.

As a matter of fact, I
know exactly what to do.

There's a secret tunnel

that goes right under the town hall.

We don't know how to defeat Hades,

but maybe we can get your daughter back

and talk some sense into Zelena,

if you're with me.

Of course I am.

Then I'm going, too.

No offense, Emma, but
you're too emotional.

I-I understand. You had a loss.

But you're not thinking straight.

Is that you th... is
that what you all think?

Emma. We still don't
know how to stop Hades.

Until we do...

So then we figure it out.

So, well, then do it quickly.

Because once we get that baby back,

Hades will be coming for us.

Look, I'm...

I'm sorry I trusted
Zelena with your daughter.

Glad to finally hear it.

Just for once, I was
trying to be optimistic

and give her a second
chance like you gave me.

You deserved it. She doesn't.

All she wants is what I have.

I made her think love was possible.

So you're... you're not
actually apologizing.

You're defending her again.

Robin, no...

No, forgive me if I
don't care to listen.

I have a daughter to save.

What the hell do you want?

No need to be testy.

I'm here on Belle's behalf.

Well, then she can
come talk to me herself.

She can't, I'm afraid.

She's trapped under a sleeping curse.

There's only one way to wake her.

True love's kiss.

And yours didn't work.

Glad to hear some good
sense for her at last.

She needs her father.

You're right.

And that's why I'm not gonna do it.

Not for you.

What, y-you hate me so much,

you'd leave your own daughter
trapped under a sleeping spell?

Better that than the
spell you put on her,

convincing that beautiful
girl to love you.

So, until you're gone for
good, she stays asleep.

Yeah, you know, I was afraid
you were gonna say that,

so, uh, I brought along an old friend.

Remember the taste of this?

I don't care what you do to me.

I'll die before I give in.

Well, I'm more than
happy to test that theory.

Enough! Get out. Go.

What are you doing
here? I need your help.

Ms. Swan.

Nice to see you made it
back from the Underworld.

I'm not the only one who made it back.

Hades is in Storybrooke.

I have to stop him.

So I was hoping...

you could tell me how to kill him.

Well, even if I knew,
why would I tell you?

You're the one that
got us into this mess.

If there's a way to defeat Hades,

the answer will have to be in here.

What is this place?

It's his throne room,

or dungeon, depending on his mood.

Last time I was here, I spent most
of my time at the end of a lash.

Sounds like this Hades

was an even worse king than I was.

What exactly is this holy
grail we're looking for?

It's pages from a storybook.

I know it doesn't sound like much,

but Hades went to great
lengths to keep them from us.

And I think these pages
can tell us his weakness.

All we have to do is find them.

There's nothing here.

Maybe you were wrong about this.

I can't be wrong!

Hades is out there
now, threatening Emma,

and I bloody well need
to find a way to save her.

I get it now.

This is all about a woman.


A woman who risked everything for me,

and the last promise I made her

was that I would move
on from this place,

and I can't do that... not
while she's still in danger.

Now, please. Come on,
you you were a king once.

Where did you hide your treasure?

The most important stuff,

I hid in a place no one
would ever dare touch.

My throne.

Well, look at that.

Your holy grail.

I have to get this to Emma.

What have you found?

The one answer she's been
looking for most of all...

the way to destroy a god.

I thought you guys would come back soon.

I smelled a bromance.

Table for two?

We're not here for a
meal, we're here for her.

Oh, back up.

Seriously, back up.

Let me take a gander

at this handsome new
addition to the Underworld.

We have to get a message to
our friends in the world above.

And you ripped out the
phone booth that can do that.

Now, where is it?

Oh, as appealing as
this stubble sandwich is,

I'm pretty certain lying to
you won't get me what I want.

You'll eventually work out the truth,

so here it is and on your way.

I destroyed the phone booth.


Why would you do that?

Because, darling, I can't have anyone

resolving their unfinished business.

That would be no fun.

And if I'm going to be trapped in here,

so is everyone else.

The book.

Where is it?

In sight, but out of reach.

I put it in the River of Souls.

If we can get our hands on that book,

I may have a way to
get those pages to Emma.


Emma, where have you been?

It doesn't matter. It was a dead-end.

You guys find anything?

Oh, are you kidding?

We're literally drowning in books.

There's got to be something
in here about Hades,

but we just started, so...

Oh, we could really use your help.

I'm sorry.

I don't have time to go
through a bunch of books.

I should've gone after
Hades when I had the chance.

Emma, wait.

We know you're hurting.

But getting revenge on Hades
is not gonna bring Hook back.

This is not about revenge.

Then what is it about, Emma?

I cannot grieve Hook's death

because I know he's still
trapped in the Underworld.

I know he's still in pain,

and the last thing I told him
was that he needed to move on.

You're right.

We have to help Hook.

So why don't you sit down
and help us find a way

to defeat Hades... for Hook?

My brother didn't want me to have this,

so he stopped my heart,
broke the crystal.

Without a beating heart,

I didn't have the power
to put it back together,

but now, thanks to you...

different story.

I'm sorry your brother
didn't believe in you.

Don't be.

I've only had a few thousand
years to dwell on it.

And once I make this whole,

we can show everyone
they were wrong about us.

We can live any life we want.

That sounds lovely.

We could even rule this place together.

Rule Storybrooke?

But I thought we were just
planning to live here, you know?

Nice little house,

my daughter playing in the garden.


I want that, too, but...

these people, they're
leaving us no choice.

We might have to...

make a show of strength to survive.


Welcome to Storybrooke.


I heard you were in town.

Now, how would you like to
put our sordid past behind us

and make a deal?

Oh, I don't need your deals.

You certain about that?

You're a stranger in a strange land...

full of enemies.

I could protect you

in exchange for a piece
of that Olympian crystal.

How do you know about that?

You don't smuggle magic
like that into Storybrooke

without getting my attention.

We're not in your kingdom anymore,

we're in mine.

Not for long.

Can't say I didn't warn you.

Welcome to the town hall.

Secret passage indeed.

Thank you, Regina.

You're welcome.

And I know you can't
accept this right now,

but I do feel horrible for what I did.

I'm sorry Zelena has your daughter,

and I'm really trying to make up for it.

You're right.

We do owe Zelena another chance.

Oh, don't just say that to appease me.

No, I'm not.

If being with you has
taught me anything,

it's that we all have
the capability to change.

And the future's not
written by our past.


you are my future.

Okay, thief.

Tell me what the plan is.

Well, I always follow one rule...

don't go into a job without
a good plan to get out,

but with my daughter on the line,

I have broken my own rule.

I-I have no plan.

So if you want to turn back...

I'm with you.



Well, then let's go save my daughter.

We're almost there.

The book should be just up ahead.

What are these things?

They're lost souls.


Touch the water, you become one of them.


There's the book.

That two-tone witch
was telling the truth.

I'll go. You just make sure
the boat's here when I return.

Release me, demon!

- Arthur!
- No!

Go for the book! Go!

Thank you.


Now get the book.


The torch!


You didn't tell me those
things could attack us.

I didn't know they could.

Perhaps things are changing down here

now that Hades is gone.

You sure this book can still work?

I'm not certain of anything down here,

but this book is special.

These pages have crossed realms

when people needed hope the most.

Out of professional curiosity,

how does one kill the god of death?

With something called
an Olympian crystal.

Once activated, the raw power inside

can obliterate anything, even a god.

You really think Emma can
find this crystal and use it?

You have a healthy dose of faith.

It's more like hope.

All right, Swan.

Now it's your turn.


Whole again.

There. At last.

Maybe we should just take this

and leave Storybrooke,
go and live somewhere else

where we don't have to fight anyone.


They will hunt us wherever we go.

The only way to be safe is be strong.

I really hate him.

I can see my daughter.

But we need a distraction.

My protection spell.

Someone's trying to break in.

What did I tell you?
They're coming for us.

It's Emma Swan.

Mummy will be right back

as soon as I make sure you're safe.

I'll check who else is creeping in.

One thing I know about these people,

they never work alone.

- Be careful.
- You, too.

Who needs a plan when you
got blind luck on your side?

Good luck with that.

Zelena. I-I don't want to hurt you.


You want to hurt Hades,
and that's the same thing.

But guess what?

There's no way to defeat a god.

Even gods have weaknesses,

I know he has the crystal,

and I know what he can do with it.

So it's true.

You are trying to kill the man I love.

Now I need to know one thing.

Did my sister agree to this?!

Your father's here,

and everything's gonna be all right.

I wouldn't be so sure.

You stay away from my daughter.

Believe me.

She's not the one who's in danger.

Hades, stop.

This isn't worth it.

If you kill me, you
will lose Zelena forever.

Shh. Only if she knows about it.

And this isn't going to kill you,

it's going to end you.

No Underworld, no moving on.

One minute, you exist,
and the next... you don't.

That's what you get for trying
to turn Zelena against me.

This was my idea to break in here.

- Just use that on me. You let her go.
- No.

Oh, sorry.

- Ladies first.
- No!



Don't worry.

You won't be apart long.


What happened?

Hades did this.

He said he was going
to kill you, Zelena.

I had to protect you.

That's a lie.

Is it?

Because I've just found Emma, and these.

You wanted to kill him!

I was trying to protect you, Zelena.

He's been lying to you

since the minute his
heart started beating.

Is it true what they said?

Did you trap them in the Underworld?

I did it for you

so we wouldn't have to hurt anybody.

But now they're here, and
the only way to be safe

is to use this power to create
a new kingdom... our kingdom.

Can't we just be happy together?

I mean, why do we need a kingdom?

This is about getting back

at the families who
never believed in us.

Remember what I told you...

there's no better revenge...

Than having it all.

It's okay.

Use it.

End her.


I do believe in you.

I defended you when no one else did.

I wanted so badly for you to find love.

But sometimes love blinds us.

Hades tried to kill me already.

No, she's lying.

Robin died to protect me.

That's what true love is.

It's sacrifice.

It's giving up everything
for the person you love.

But Hades won't give up
a single thing for you.

Like he said, he wants it all.

Listen to her.

She doesn't think you
deserve to be happy.

Look at this office. Look at this town.

This all belonged to her when
you had nothing, remember?

Of course I do!

All you have to do is kill her,

and you can have
everything you ever wanted.

Do it.

If you won't, I will.

All I ever wanted was love.

You told me that was
enough for you, but...

now I realize...

nothing ever will be!


I owe you thanks for your help.

I have embarked on many a
wrongheaded quest in my time.

I'm just glad to finish
one that was righteous.

I only wish I knew
what happened to Emma.

Emma did exactly what she needed to.

How do you know?

I don't know. I just...

I do.

What is that?

It's the way to move on.

So the defeat of Hades was
your unfinished business.

Perhaps it was yours, too.

Come with me.

Don't worry about me.

I'll be all right.

I was once prophesied to
repair a broken kingdom.

My mistake was thinking
that kingdom was Camelot.

But now I think I understand
the kingdom I have to repair...

is here... the Underworld.

Well, I wish you the best.

Goodbye, Your Majesty.

Goodbye, Captain.

Hello, Killian.

Who are you?

What do you want?

I want to thank you.

Because of you,

something very important has been done.

Those above have finally destroyed

the misguided god of death...

My brother Hades.



And I'm here to escort you onward.

Are you ready?

I am.

Then it's time to take
you where you belong.


I thought you'd like
this more than roses.

Thanks for the pages.

Hades... he's... he's gone now.

It's done.

So I hope you're in a better place.

I know I should be happy about that...

but it just feels like
now you're really gone

and there's nothing
left to do but just...


I miss you.

Shh, shh, shh, shh.

Shh, shh, shh.

There, there.

Never even got to name his daughter.

There's only one name I
can think of that's fitting.



Of course.

I hope we never again
have a day like today.

Me, too, Mom.

I know what you're thinking,

and this is not your fault.

I just want to say goodbye
alone if that's okay.

See you at Granny's.



Oh. Wh... how are you here?

Zeus... He must have
sent me back as a reward

for... for helping defeat Hades.

Ah! I mean, what?!

Zeus, you know, the
ruler of the Olympians,

the most powerful...

I don't care. I don't
care how you're here.

I'm just glad you're here.

So are you. I'm so
happy you're all right.

Not all of us are.

You should have taken my deal.

Like I told you...

this is my kingdom.