In this fantasy series, a young woman is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it’s filled with elements of the fairy tale world. In Camelot, Emma discovers how Merlin became a tree, so she and Regina race against time to find a tear of lost first love to release him, before Arthur stops them. At the same time Henry tries to prove to Violet that he can be heroic after confronting her father Sir Morgan, but a dinner date turns into a heartbreaker for Henry, which leads to his tear being used to free Merlin. Even as Arthur vows to get even, Merlin agrees to help Emma free her from the darkness. In Storybrooke, Emma sends Gold and Merida into the woods so Gold can become the hero, but after seeing how cowardly he is, Merida takes the chipped cup and uses it to bring out his bravery. As Henry convinced Emma to help Violet look for her horse, Regina, Hook, Robin, and Belle sneak into Emma’s home and discover not just Excalibur, but the dreamcatcher, where Regina discovers Violet’s memories, in which Emma used her to break Henry’s heart back in Camelot in order to obtain Henry’s teardrop. Regina and Henry both feel betrayed by Emma and shut her out of their life. With Emma now facing the nature of the Darkness in herself, she encounters Merida. Her family and friends go to extreme measurements to find Emma and bring her home safely.