OUAT Thoughts and Review: “The Broken Kingdom”


With this much time spent in Camelot, we were bound to get some King Arthur backstory. That’s what happened this week, when we discover Arthur’s quest for the dagger and the beginnings of Guinevere and Lancelot’s epic love story.

Check out a recap of “The Broken Kingdom,” along with random thoughts, memorable quotes, this week’s Most Valuable Resident, and more. Finally, make sure to sound off on your thoughts. Shall we begin?

In Camelot (of the Past): When Arthur was a young child, he was told by Merlin (still trapped in the tree) that he would be king of the broken kingdom of Camelot and Guinevere his queen. Years later, Arthur becomes the king, but sets off on the journey to find the broken part of Excalibur.

After becoming the king, Arthur spends his time trying to figure out how to find the dagger that will complete Excalibur. Of course, the obsession leads to the neglecting of his wife Guinevere.

Finally sick of it, Guinevere takes matters into her own hands and uses the gauntlet (the one that finds someone’s weakness) to take her to the Dark One’s vault with the help of Lancelot.

Upon arriving, Lancelot is surrounded by the Darkness, but thanks to Guinevere she saves him and they share a kiss.

Finally, they find the dagger, but are pushed back and Rumple (of course) shows up to cause some trouble. While he won’t give them the dagger, he makes a trade for the gauntlet for magic sand that will ‘fix’ their problems, including Arthur and Guinevere’s marriage.

They make the trade, against Lancelot’s wishes, and return to Camelot. Arthur sees the looks between Lancelot and Guinevere and instantly becomes jealous. Guinevere tries to use the sands on Arthur, but instead he uses it on her and tries to give her everything he couldn’t before, of course, under a spell.

Camelot (The Missing Time): Emma, still haunted by Rumple, attempts to take the dagger back from Regina, but is unsuccessful. Distraught by the voices, Henry and Hook take her somewhere safe to escape, which happens to be a stable where Violet, Henry’s crush, has taken him to.

Meanwhile, Charming is enamored by his new role at the Round Table and learns of Arthur’s intentions for the dagger. Snow doesn’t want Charming to trust him because of Lancelot’s warning, but Charming, at first, doesn’t believe her.

Charming chooses to tell Arthur of Emma’s true role while Snow and Lancelot go to hide the dagger in the Dark One’s vault. Unfortunately, when they get to the vault, Arthur follows them and takes the dagger.

Luckily, the dagger was a fake and Regina was hiding the true one and Charming had set up a trap to catch Arthur in his lie. However, even though Arthur has been captured, they can’t stop him from getting his way.

Guinevere, under the sands of Avalon spell, shows up to free Arthur and lock up Lancelot. Once in his cell, he is greeted by another enemy (and new friend) to Camelot, Merida. To make matters worse, Arthur uses the sands on Snow and Charming so they will go along with their evil, evil plan and go against Emma.

In Storybrooke: Rumple tries to convince Emma that she cannot make him the hero he is supposed to be. Emma has figured out her own way that is with the help of a captured Merida, who must help Rumple become, you guessed it, Brave!


  • I’ll be one of the many to say, but Arthur is one shady tool.
  • I am not a fan of non-Storybrooke stories. I wish there was more of what is happening in present time or even with just the characters we love.
  • Hook’s face as Henry tells him about Violet is priceless. Plus, there’s Emma and Hook creeping on them in the stable.
  • I usually have a lot of love for Charming but for a good 3/4 of the episode I had so little hope in him. Thank goodness he came through. But, Snow had some major low blows against Charming.
  • Thank you, Adam Horowitz (and writer, Andrew Chambliss) for explaining the timeline issue. That was so confusing.
  • I had some issues with the Dark One’s vault. How come everyone was able to get into the vault without sacrificing themselves? I mean, poor Neal gave his life to get into that vault.
  • It looked like Regina and Robin noticed something off with Snow and Charming. I just hope they realize sooner, rather than later.


“Those two can outlive a cockroach.”–Regina, about Snowing

“You tried to trick me with a catchy title and a comfy chair.”-Charming

Emma: “Yes, he has a crush and he straight up lied to my face and I’m the Dark One.” Hook: “You’re his mother.” Emma: “Which is scarier.” Hook: “To him? That’s up for debate.”

Most Valuable Resident: Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook) The episode had very little Hook to offer, but his few scenes were so much fun and sweet. First with his role as gut-puncher to Henry as his new crush and second as his role of Emma’s protector.

Review: 3/5 I understand the need to show the back story for Arthur, but that was too much time in Camelot. There was so much confusion with the timeline and the sands, it was hard to keep up with. Thankfully, the twists in the end made me more interested in upcoming episodes, but it took a while to get there.

Next Week: Henry tries to talk some sense into Emma, Regina and Co. try to figure out Emma’s plan with Excalibur, and Merida trains Rumple to be the Brave hero Emma wants him to be in “Dreamcatcher.”

What did you think of the backstory of Arthur? Did you miss the usual Storybrooke folk? Who else thought less of Charming for most of the episode until his double cross?

Let me know what you thought in the comments or via Twitter.


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