5 Things to Know Before the Once Upon a Time Season 5 Winter Finale

5 Things to Know Before the Once Upon a Time Season 5 Winter Finale

Oncers, brace yourselves - the Once Upon a Time winter finale is just days away and Storybrooke is going to get shaken up. Whether you've kept up this season or need to catch up, here are five important things you need to know before the winter finale:

1. Nimue was the first Dark One.

After meeting and falling in love with Merlin, Nimue turned out to love power more than the centuries-old wizard and became the first Dark One in season 5, episode 7, "Nimue."

2. Henry trusts Emma again.

After Emma (Jennifer Morrison) betrayed Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) trust with Violet, he has been hesitant to trust her again. However, while the rest of the heroes didn’t believe Emma, Henry took a chance on his mother and has teamed up with her again on Operation Cobra Part 2. Will their light conquer the darkness? 

  3. Merlin is dead.

After discovering he was the Dark One, Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) - with Nimue's help - kills Merlin in front of Emma in season 5, episode 10, "Broken Heart." What does that mean for everyone in Storybrooke?

4. Mulan and Ruby are back!

Beloved Once characters Mulan and Ruby made their return in season 5, episode 9, "The Bear King." Their meeting one another seemed to be fate, thanks to their connection to brave warrior princess Merida.

5. Hook has an agenda.

Thanks to guidance from Apparition Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Nimue, Hook plans on bringing all the Dark Ones back in order to get his revenge on Rumplestiltskin once and for all. What could this mean for the fate of Emma and the heroes?

Tune in to the Once Upon a Time Winter Finale SUNDAY DEC 6 8|7c on ABC!