What a wonderfully topsy turvy Season Finale it was as Emma, the Savior, becomes the Dark One. I'm happy and relieved they're keeping the storyline within the regular characters and not bringing in a group of characters from another story like they did with Peter Pan and the Frozen story lines. I hope they're getting back to the basics that made the first two seasons so compelling.
Isaac Heller's Heroes and Villains was like reincarnation within ones present life. It was almost like the original curse in that none of the characters had any memory of their former lives except for Emma. It's similar to the original Dark Shadows program where a character would time travel or discover alternate dimensions. Isn't magic and the supernatural a wonderful thing!
Now that we know that Merlin is the sorcerer they may be traveling to Camelot or wherever the trail to Merlin leads. I hope that now that Rumpelstiltskin has lost his dark powers he doesn't fade into the background. He's such a complex and mysterious character. It's ironic how he spent the entire season scheming to separate himself and his powers from the dagger without having to give up the dark magic and then has to lose the powers in the end to cure his heart and save his life.
I can't wait to see Season 5!