'Once Upon a Time' Season 7 Needs to Give Mother Gothel More Screen Time

'Once Upon a Time' Season 7 Needs to Give Mother Gothel More Screen Time

Once Upon a Time delved into Mother Gothel's past in "Flower Child." It gave a little insight into how she became cruel and may have explained what she is planning. Though Gothel's backstory was interesting, the episode seemed a little disjointed. It's hard to determine where exactly the show is going. A little bit of mystery is usually a good thing, but Once Upon a Time season 7 edges closer to confusing than mysterious.

Is Dr. Facilier a villain or one of the good guys? What is the deal with Drew? Is Sabine one of the main characters or does she just pop in every now and then? Is Henry poisoned or cured? What is going on with Rumpelstiltskin? These are just some of the questions that the season has created so far. Loose ends near the end of a series can be engaging, but  Once Upon a Time has so many that it is convoluting the overall storyline. It feels as though the writers are trying to pack as much into the last season as they possibly can. 

It would have been better to tie off some of the loose ends, such as Rumpelstiltskin, Drew, Dr. Facilier and even Henry and Jacinda, in order to focus on Gothel's goal of purifying the land. Her plan is significantly more interesting than any other part of the show right now. The end of the episode would have been more engaging if the curse had finally ended and everyone had been suddenly faced with Gothel's evil plan. Instead, the curse inexplicably remains. At this point, who knows when some of those loose ends will go away and if the show will regain focus. 

Even though the season has had way too much going on, it's gotten some things right. Tilly (Alice) was a great addition to the show, and it was interesting watching her deal with both her mother and her father in "Flower Child." There are only a few episodes left in the season and hopefully they are filled with Tilly. 

What did you think of "Flower Child?" Does season 7 have too much going on? Did you find Mother Gothel's backstory interesting? Are you hoping for more cohesive episodes from here on out? Let us know in the comments below! 

Once Upon a Time airs Friday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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