WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON 5 OF ONCE UPON A TIME. IT IS RECCOMENDED THAT YOU DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY CAUGHT UP ON THE SERIES.
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If you’re like me, you’ve been grieving the death of Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) for well over a month now. Though I was not a “Hoodie”, as his die-hard fans called themselves, I was definitely sad to see him go.
Robin Hood, in my opinion was a much under-used character. Especially in season 5, which didn’t make sense to me, seeing as he was just promoted to series regular.
Anyway, in honour of everyone’s favourite outlaw, I have compiled a list of my top 5 Robin Hood moments, to help all you Hoodies, and all you other Oncers, move through the 5 stages of grief toward acceptance.
#5: REGINA AND ROBIN SAY GOODBYE (4X12 HEROES AND VILLAINS)
There were a lot of moments that had me on the verge of tears in “Heroes and Villains” (I say verge of tears because I’m not one to cry in books, movies or TV shows)and this was one of them.
Robin and Regina were both so brokenhearted in this scene, and I felt for both of them, and both showed so much character development. Overall, though, I thought this scene was incredibly important for Robin. It solidified who he was, but also showed a sense of determination that hadn’t highlighted til now. Determination to help his family, but also do right by the woman he loved. Robin had a deep desire to do the right thing, but experienced so much internal struggle in doing so, I think it spoke volumes.
#4: ROBIN AND MARIAN IN NEW YORK
This scene was amazing for one reason. Robin Hood was acting exactly like how a fairy tale character would if they ended up in our world- like a foreigner, or more accurately in the mind of your average New Yorker, a crazy person.
He was obviously trying to lay low, and doing a pretty good job of it for a while, but then Marian’s purse got stolen, and Robin’s fairy tale instincts kicked in. Instincts that, really, we all forgot he had.
The whole thing reminded me a bit of Enchanted, without the complete ridiculousness and I was totally and completely loving Robin.
#3: OUTLAW-QUEEN VAULT SCENE (FROM 4X07 THE SNOW QUEEN)
This particular scene stands out to me because of the passion and emotion Robin exudes in what he’s saying, and I loved this because we don’t see it very often.
I’m not trying to imply that Robin isn’t a passionate person because he is. It’s just that there aren’t a lot of people who bring out his ability to truly feel. Robin is friends with the rest of our heroes, yes, but sometimes it feels like they have more of a business-like relationship.
With Regina, on the other hand, (and a few others) Robin is an entirely different person- one who opens up and has depth. And in this scene, I feel like Robin’s true feelings and desires are exposed to us, more so than at any other point during his time on the show.
Really, though, the reason I love this moment so much is because when I watched it, I understood Robin, I could feel what he was feeling, and what Regina was feeling almost like I was living it, and there are very few times that that happens.
#2: ROBIN’S UNSENT LETTER TO REGINA (FROM 5X22 ONLY YOU)
Okay, I realize Robin is technically dead at this point, and the entire moment is just a Sean Maguire voice over, but this moment I absolutely loved.
When I watched the episode “Only You”, Robin’s death in “Last Rites” was still fresh in my mind, so this moment brought ALL THE FEELS. It was bittersweet in every way; absolutely heartbreaking but full of hope and provided the sense of closure we all needed.
Plus, this letter had such an impact on Regina that my heart hurt. The entire episode, Regina was grieving; she was feeling rage over his death that she had to put on hold, thanks to Henry. I am entirely convinced that Regina finding this letter was the sole thing to keep her on the heroic path.
I thought it was a nod, in some ways, to what Robin’s unfinished business might have been, had he not been obliterated by Hades. Robin was able to be there for his true love even if he didn’t exist, which proved the power of Outlaw Queen one final time, and I will never not appreciate that.
#1: ROBIN FINDS THE STORYBOOK PAGE IN THE LIBRARY (FROM 4X08 SMASH THE MIRROR)
I understand that in the grand scheme of things, this scene is not the most significant. So why did I include it in my top 5, let alone place it at the very top? The answer, my friends, is comic relief.
Throughout the entirety of his appearance on the show, Robin is a very serious character. He takes protecting his family, friends and Storybrooke earnestly, and every single decision he makes or action he performs is completed with thought and precision. As a result, we don’t get many funny moments from Robin, but when we do, we remember them.
I love this particular comedic moment because, throughout the scene, Robin is being completely serious. This moment is small and unexpected, and really results from Robin doing what he tends to do, which is take stuff literally.