Last Rites (Once Upon a Time)

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"Last Rites"
Once Upon a Time episode
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Episode no. Season 5
Episode 21
Directed by Craig Powell
Written by Jerome Schwartz
Production code 521
Original air date May 8, 2016
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"Last Rites" is the twenty-first episode of the fifth season of the American fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time, which aired on May 8, 2016.

In this episode, Zelena redeems after finding out that Hades tricked her. Meanwhile, in the Underworld, King Arthur shows up and helps Hook find out about Hades' weakness. In the end, Hook comes back to life.


Opening sequence[edit]

The Storybrooke Town Hall appears in the forest.

Event chronology[edit]

The Underworld events take place after "Firebird" and 50 years before "Tales from the Underworld: A Knight with Cruella". The Storybrooke events take place after "Our Decay".

In Storybrooke[edit]

In the hours after Hades and Zelena return to Storybrooke, Zelena goes off to find the others and leaves the baby with Hades. While she is gone, King Arthur, who just escaped from the jail and is being tracked down by Mary Margaret, Merida and the dwarves, stumbles upon Hades, but he kills Arthur as he sees him as a threat. Zelena finds Regina and Robin Hood and tries to convince them that Hades has changed his ways. Emma, David and Henry are reunited with Snow and Merida and explain the details of Hades' deception but Emma's vengeance against Hades is making her too emotional. Zelena and Hades are talking about the others not believing that he changed. Hades gets a weapon, known as the Olympian Crystal (Zeus's thunderbolt), which can kill anybody, even a god. He also suggests that they leave Storybrooke but Zelena is not so sure if she wants to. As Emma, Merida and David find Arthur's body at the Storybrooke Bridge, David tries to calm down a furious Emma, who's trying to protect Storybrooke from Hades' wrath.

Meanwhile, Gold goes to Belle's father Moe to see if he can give Belle true love's kiss to wake up Belle from the sleeping curse she put herself under, but Moe refuses. Emma then shows up asking Gold for help defeating Hades, but Gold declines to help. Gold later calls Hades to offer him a deal by protecting him in exchange for the Crystal, only to have Hades turn down the offer.

Back at Regina's office, Hades is able to put back together the Olympian Crystal with Zelena's help. Zelena then sees Emma trying to break the protection spell that Zelena put on the town hall knowing that Emma wants to kill Hades (after she saw the new pages appear in front of her), leading to a confrontation between the women. Back inside the town hall after they entered through a tunnel, Regina and Robin uses Zelena's distraction to take the baby, only to be caught by Hades, who wants to use the crystal to destroy Regina first explaining that the crystal won't allow the person to move on to the Underworld but rather simply destroying their very presence, but Robin sacrifices himself as he saves Regina from being destroyed by Hades. Then Zelena comes in, and picks up the crystal as Hades tempted Zelena to kill Regina, only to have Zelena realize that Hades never changed and kills Hades instantly by stabbing the crystal through his heart. Later, Emma, Henry, Mary Margaret, David, Regina, Zelena and others attend Robin Hood's funeral, as Zelena tells Regina that she has named her daughter Robin in honor of her father. Emma decides to stay for a couple more minutes, and notices a resurrected Hook, who was brought back by Zeus as a reward for helping to defeat Hades, and the two are happily reunited. During this time, Mr. Gold comes inside Regina's office, and it is revealed that a piece of the Olympian Crystal is still around, which Mr. Gold collects for a new plan.

In the Underworld[edit]

King Arthur comes inside the Underbrooke diner, confused and not knowing that he is dead, until he is reunited with Hook who after a denial and angry conversation tells him he's in the Underworld now, he asks for Arthur's help in stopping Hades. King Arthur agrees to help him after being told he can either be sent to a better place or worse place or be trapped here forever. Later, Hook and King Arthur searched Hades' lair where they look for Hades' story, when Arthur realizes that the only way that Hades keeps his secrets would be inside his throne just like Arthur would do and find the missing pages. Shortly after that, Hook and King Arthur learn from Cruella that the "Once Upon a Time" book is near the River of Lost Souls, and when Hook and King Arthur find it there the lost Souls attempt to take it and Arthur but thanks to Hook he saves both Arthur and the book, where they discover the only way to destroy Hades is by using the Olympian Crystal, and Hook uses the book to magically reach the living successfully (after Emma sees it). Later, King Arthur decides to stay in the Underworld to repair it, telling Hook that he was prophesized to repair a broken kingdom, thinking it was Camelot when it was really the Underworld. Hook steps into the light of Mount Olympus and he meets Zeus, who then shows Hook the way back to the land of the living.


Emilie de Ravin is listed as credited but does not appear as she was on maternity leave during the filming of the episode.


Andrea Towers of Entertainment Weekly gave it a good review: "Once Upon a Time promised death...and as Hades came to Storybrooke, death was delivered. (As was Regina’s unhappiness, yet again. This girl cannot catch a break.)"[1]

In a review from, Nick Roman said, "“Last Rites” indulges in the grand Once Upon a Time tradition of presenting good outcomes and terrible outcomes in equal measure."[2]

Amy Ratcliffe of IGN said of the episode, "Hook being brought back wasn't the biggest of shocks, but it was surprising to lose Robin. Unfortunately, I'm already so concerned about the inevitable struggle between good and evil that it will bring for Regina (another plot point we're apparently going to revisit) I couldn't focus on the weight of the loss."[3] Ratcliffe gave the episode a 5.5 rating out of 10, calling it "Mediocre."[3]

Gwen Ihnat of The A.V. Club gave the episode a good review, giving it a B- overall.[4] In her recap however, she was upset over how they didn't give series regular Sean Maguire more stories for his character in general: "I’m glad for Sean Maguire that his character bit the dust this episode. When Robin Hood, one of the great, rakish heroes of all time, someone who should be swooping up women right alongside Captain Hook, is reduced to being a glorified blanket carrier for episodes, it’s like being on Once Upon a Time had him trapped in his own personal Underworld. When’s the last time Robin had his own plot—better yet, a plot that didn’t involve just traipsing along after Regina... That’s a plot for a hapless type like Walter Mitty, not Robin Hood."[4]

Christine Orlando of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.6 out of 5.[5]


  1. ^ "Once Upon a Time recap: 'Last Rites'" from Entertainment Weekly (May 8, 2016)
  2. ^ "‘Once Upon A Time’ Season 5 Episode 21 Review: Will Regina Ever Get A Break?" from (May 8, 2016)
  3. ^ a b Ratcliffe, Amy (May 9, 2016). "Once Upon a Time: "Last Rites" Review". IGN. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Ihnat, Gwen (May 9, 2016). "Once Upon A Time puts a once-promising character out of their boring misery". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ Orlando, Christine (May 8, 2016). "Once Upon a Time Season 5 Episode 19 Review: "Last Rites"". TV Fanatic. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 

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