‘Once Upon a Time’ (Season 7): It Is the Season of the Witch

Since the very first episode of Once Upon a Time, which aired on October 23, 2011, there has always been at least one witch who has tormented the characters of the fairy tale world.

In season one it was obviously the Evil Queen (aka Regina Mills) whose ire was aimed at Snow White and Prince Charming. All of the residents of the Enchanted Forest were caught within the spell for which the Evil Queen, also an extremely powerful witch, set upon them, transporting them to Storybrooke, Maine.

In season two, while still dealing with the Evil Queen and her Storybrooke alter ego, the cursed townspeople also had to deal with the Queen of Hearts (aka Cora, Regina’s mother).

The second part of season three found the characters dealing with the Wicked Witch of the West (aka Zelena, who turned out to be Regina’s older sister).

Season four found the characters of the Disney movie Frozen paying a visit to Storybrooke, including the Snow Queen – who was very much like the Evil Queen from the first season – and latter in that season, one of the three “Big Bads” was none other than Maleficent (the witch who could transform herself into a dragon).

In season five, the tables were turned on the characters when the long-time heroine Emma Swan seemed to be the “big bad” for the season while battling a much different version of King Arthur.

Last season, the witch in question was a newly unleased Evil Queen, the black-hearted version of Regina Mills, who was released because the reformed Mayor of Storybrooke, Maine wanted to finally get her happy ending.

This season, with the show shifting its focus not only on a different city, but also on many different characters – with a few recognizable faces thrown into the mix – it was believed that Victoria Belfry was the new witch holding all of the fairy tale characters captive in the Seattle suburb known as Hyperion Heights. But that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Belfry – also known as Lady Tremaine in the fairy tale world was recently revealed to be none other than Rapunzel herself. But what was even more disturbing was the revelation that her demented daughter Drizella (aka Ivy Belfry) was the witch behind it all.

What’s worse is that Drizella/Ivy is in league with the witch Gothel, who wreaked her own form of havoc in the fairytale world; and in Friday night’s winter finale it was revealed that there is a Dark Coven of eight witches who are going to cause all kinds of troubles for the inhabitants of the little town.

Gothel, however, had ulterior motives. She trapped Drizella in a well with her betrayed mother, Victoria and she took the newly revived Anastasia [known as the Guardian much like how Emma was known as the Savior in season one], who had died in the fairytale world but was in an extremely lengthy coma in Hyperion Heights, expecting to use her enhanced powers to bring back the other members of the Dark Coven.

It certainly has been the season of the witch each and every season of this long-running show, but this season certainly seems to be intent on overloading Hyperion Heights with too many witches with unknown intentions. What are your thoughts on the new season so far? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the 7th season of ‘Once Upon a Time’ won’t air on ABC until Friday, March 2 at 8 PM.