20 Times Once Upon a Time Didn't Have a Happy Ending
For a show based on fairy tales, Once Upon a Time has been filled with quite a few unhappy endings. From relationship woes to some pretty heartbreaking deaths, being a Oncer can take a serious toll on your emotions. As you mentally prepare for the upcoming series finale, look back at some of the show's saddest moments.
When Cora Crushes Daniel's Heart
It's bad enough that Regina loses her first love, but at the hands of her own mother? That's cruel.
When Baelfire Falls Through the Portal
Back before we knew that Bae is actually Neal, we all shed a tear when Rumple is too afraid to travel to a new land without magic and loses his son in the process.
When Regina Crushes Her Dad's Heart For the Dark Curse
As the Evil Queen plans to get her revenge on Snow White, she realizes the last thing she needs for the dark curse is the heart of the one she loves most: her father. Even though Henry Sr. tries to convince her they can try and find happiness together, she decides it isn't enough and yanks his heart out of his chest.
When Sheriff Graham Dies
As Storybrooke's sexiest sheriff, aka the Huntsman, slowly starts to realize who he really is, Regina takes a page out of her mother's book and crushes his heart. Not only does he die right in front of Emma, but it also begins the long cycle of her losing the people she loves.
When Regina Has to Say Goodbye to Daniel All Over Again
When Dr. Whale manages to bring Daniel back from the dead, not everything is what it seems. After trying to strangle Regina, he begs her to let him die.
When Neal and Emma Confess Their True Feelings For Each Other
After Tamara shoots Neal, she opens a portal to trap them. As Emma holds on for dear life, the two confess their true feelings for each other, right before Neal lets go.
When Cora Dies in Regina's Arms
After years of feeling like her mother never truly loved her, Regina decides to put her Cora's heart back in her chest. Unfortunately, it's too late as Snow White has already exchanged her life for Rumple's. As Cora lays in Regina's arms, she tells her she would have been enough before dying.
When Mulan Learns That Aurora Is Pregnant
Just before Mulan tells Aurora that she loves her, she is heartbroken to learn that Aurora and Prince Philip are expecting a baby. She tearfully walks away from her love, holding in her feelings forever.
When Emma and Henry Are Forced to Leave Storybrooke
After Peter Pan's new curse approaches, Emma and Henry are forced to leave their family behind. As if that wasn't bad enough, they also lose all their memories from their time in Storybrooke.
When Snow White Crushes Prince Charming's Heart
In the Enchanted Forest, the Charmings devise a plan to take everyone back to Storybrooke. Only problem is that Snow White is forced to crush the heart of the thing she loves most — Prince Charming.
When Neal Dies in Emma's Arms
Emma really has bad luck with guys. When Emma uses her magic to split Neal from Mr. Gold, he ends up dying in the process.
When Rumple Kills Himself With the Dagger
As Peter Pan threatens the well-being of everyone in Storybrooke, Rumple has a rare occurrence of bravery when he uses the dagger to kill himself and his father.
When the Snow Queen Sacrifices Herself
Once Elsa reveals the truth about her mother, Gerda, the Snow Queen makes a heroic decision to sacrifice herself for the town and, in doing so, finally be reunited with her sisters.
When Belle Makes Rumple Cross the Town Line
When Belle learns that Rumple has being lying to her, she uses the dagger to send him across the town line, so that he can never return to Storybrooke.
When Emma Tells Hook She Loves Him
With Regina's life in danger, Emma sacrifices herself to become the Dark One, but not before confessing her love to Captain Hook.
When Hook Almost Dies in Camelot
After being struck by Excalibur, Hook finds himself on the brink of death. Even though he tells Emma to let him go, she makes the drastic decision to create a new Dark One by linking his soul to the sword.
When Emma Stabs Hook With Excalibur
After a lot of back and forth between the two Dark Ones, Hook decides to be a better man by sacrificing himself and eliminating the darkness.
When Hook and Emma Part Ways in the Underworld
Just moments after learning they have true love, the star-crossed lovers are forced to say one final goodbye when they realize Hades has jinxed their plan to bring Hook back to Storybrooke.
When Robin Hood Dies Trying to Save Regina
In what might be one of the saddest deaths on the show, Regina says goodbye to yet another person she loves, when Hades kills Robin Hood with the Olympian crystal that was actually meant for her.
When Belle Passes Away
Rumple and Belle really do have an epic romance. After spending their lives together, Belle grows old and passes away in their home that they built together. Even though Rumple is heartbroken to see her go, she assures him that they will eventually find their way back to each other like they've done many times before.