Welcome to the official Once Upon a Time recap for Season 5, Episode 8 “Birth” (original airdate November 15, 2015). King Arthur is about to strike a death blow on Hook until Emma steps in to block his steel with Excalibur. Hook demands to know why she needs the legendary sword. The answer is an unexpected one. Emma claims that everything she’s doing is for him. See why in the Magical Moments recap below.
Operation Light Swan: Three weeks earlier in Camelot, Merlin (Elliot Knight) delivers a message to Emma. He says King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) wants the dagger and the Flame of Prometheus in exchange for the lives of her family. Emma is taunted by the Rumplestiltskin in her head. She snaps out of it when Henry reveals the details of Operation Light Swan.
Hiding the Truth: Once Emma realizes that Hook was looking for the perfect house for them to live in back in Storybrooke, she realizes that she needs to use the darkness one more time. The home represents their future together. Emma is fighting for that now, but she can’t yet reveal how.
Dagger Danger: Regina takes the dagger to order Emma to reveal why she’s clinging to the darkness. The other heroes arrive to put a stop to what’s happening.
The Future Is Scary: Back in Camelot, Emma tells Hook that she’s afraid of their future together. The minute the darkness is taken away is when that future begins.
A Dark Day: In Camelot, Emma ignites the Flame of Prometheus. When she tries to forge the dagger with Excalibur, Hook starts bleeding from the neck. He collapses to the ground. A wound made by Excalibur can’t be healed. Hook is dying. Emma knows of a way to save him. Her plan could create another Dark One.
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