In the show Once Upon a Time, the town of Storybrooke has been under the Dark Curse three times. First there was the original curse cast by Regina, which was broken by Emma in the Season 1 finale. Then there was the second curse, cast by Snow White and broken by Regina in Season 3B. And finally there was the third curse, cast by Hook in Season 5A.

Under Hook's curse, anyone who tries to leave Storybrooke is turned into a tree, which is what happened to Dopey. Now as far as I can remember, Hook's curse was never broken. And yet in the Season 5 finale, Henry, Violet, Emma, Regina, and Gold all leave Storybrooke and go to New York.

So my question is, how were people able to leave Storybrooke in the Season 5 finale? Was Hook's curse still present, and if so why weren't all those people turned into trees? And if it wasn't present, when and how was it broken?


It was broken at the very last minute when Emma was finally able to "reach" him through his dark ones corruption. The process of breaking the Spell was quite easy, but it meant sacrificing Hook. Emma had to turn Excalibur on him. Afterwards Hook goes to the underworld. Using Rumplestiltskin's blood, they open the portal to the underworld and attempt to save Hook.

This seasons plot was almost irrelevant, and I used to love this show.

Emma kills Hook to save everyone else. Afterwards they go to save Hook. They aren't able to save him, but along the way Robin Hood dies. So they head back to Storybrooke, without Hook and Hood. Even though Emma couldn't save Hook, after Hooks "unfinished business" he's able to "move on" and even though heshe ok with it, Zeus rewards him and he returns to Storybrooke.

This is why I say it's irrelevant, the only thing that changed due to their quest was the loss of Robin Hood.

All of their attempts were to no avail, but once they fail they win.

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    What you're talking about is how Emma and Hook were freed from being Dark Ones. That's a completely different thing from the Dark Curse that was cast on the town. – Keshav Srinivasan Mar 28 '17 at 6:19
  • Once Emma kills Hook with Excalibur, she rids herself of the darkness at the same time, which at that point the curse is broken. – Mike Mar 28 '17 at 6:31
  • Hook is the one who casts the dark curse** Using Merlins heart because Nimue is part of Hook while he's the dark one. Either way, the curse lifts after Emma kills Hook. – Mike Mar 28 '17 at 6:44
  • How does killing Hook break the Dark Curse? I've never heard of the notion that killing the one who casts the Dark Curse breaks it. I thought only True Love's Kiss breaks it. – Keshav Srinivasan Mar 28 '17 at 7:53
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    “This seasons plot was almost irrelevant, and I used to love this show” — that’s entirely irrelevant to answering the question! – Paul D. Waite Apr 27 '17 at 13:45

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