I also liked how the writers used it to bring King George's particularly vengeful nastiness into the show's narrative. It was quite an effective and moving use of Red's story at this junction.
I've also wondered where they were going with the interconnected nightmares and how that would play into bringing the two worlds together. And making Henry the connection between the two worlds is a lovely move. I wonder what Mr. Gold's real agenda is here? Is he just being kind to Henry, helping a scared young boy cope with his nightmares (that would make sense if Henry was his grandson, and Gold instinctively feels that connection to him). Or is Henry a conduit to breaking Gold's own curse somehow?
I guess we'll have to wait to find out. There is no new Once Upon a Time next week. The series is premepted for an awards show. The next new episode airs November 25.
We'll be talking about tonight's Once Upon a Time tomorrow night on Let's Talk TV LIVE, where you can also listen to last week's broadcast with special guest, Once Upon a Time writer/consulting producer Jane Espenson. And I will be interviewing on Friday the director of Robert Carlyle's new film California Solo (which I have seen and can heartily recommend). It opens later this month in limited release before a wider release later this year.
Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.