Once Upon a Time

Season 1 Episode 7

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2011 on ABC
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  • Episode Summary

    After kissing Emma, Sheriff Graham begins to remember his real life as the curse weakens. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, the Queen attempts to find someone who will kill Snow for her.

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    • Best oen so far!

      Definitely the best episode so far! So much drama and so much intense moments, and especiallyh a very interesting storyline with the Sheriff.

      I loved the scene with Henry! Finally someone believes him, klol! :P

      The storyline was very good, and extremely entertaining, and I couldn't believe the ending! The secret compartment beneath the coffin! And it confirms any suspicions about the Queen knowing about the curse1! If any doubt was there, it's now gone!

      Keep it up, OUaT! Pehnomenal episode!moreless
    • Brilliant

      again, I am left to just say "wow" This episode was terrific, start to finish. This was one of the best episodes, especially as it relates to connecting a fairy tale character with its real world counterpart. The sheriff and the huntsman were truly one and the same. Jamie Dornan did a fabulous job at creating a sense of emptiness and desperation to find something, anything to feel.

      The story moves forward, even though we lost our first Real World character. It was a not-so-surprising event, but saddening none the less. I immediately found myself looking for loopholes...a way around the death... but alas, there really is none. None that I can think of anyway.... if the writers do, so be it. Farewell, we hardly knew ye

      Good to see Mr. Gold make a sinister appearance, always knowing when to be where. No show is really complete without a visit from Gold or at Rumplestiltskin.moreless
    • Happy and Sad

      This episode was great and I really enjoyed it. The relationship between Emma and Graham is sweet, the fact that she would not be alive if it wasn't for him is really cool. Regina also shine in this episode because she was just so sneaky and when she killed Graham without any hesitation we got a glimpse at the evil queen again. I know for the story he had to die but i grew found of him..i was a bit sad :(moreless
    • Very Strong Episode

      This was an extremely strong episode, engaging, surprising and very moving.

      The current-day story focused on the Sheriff trying to find out why he felt nothing, while the flashbacks told his story as the Huntsman.

      Graham was an interesting character study and they did a good job of explaining why he was with Regina. It was fun to see him working with Emma. They have a great dynamic together, and it's disappointing that we won' t able to see more of that, since this episode really defined Graham as a character and made him extremely likeable.

      Regina killing Graham at the end cemented that Regina did indeed remember everything. I had mixed feelings about that reveal, since it's hard to tell why she is still tolerating Emma when her evil self is in full awareness.

      The flashbacks were also interesting, with the neat twist that Graham was raised by wolves. It does make you care about the Huntsman as a character.moreless
    • five things ive figured out

      1. i cant believe the evil queen named henry after the father she killed.

      2. Mr. Gold asked for Emmas name in the beginning and after he heard it he remembered the old life which was why the queen was so shocked when he asked her to move' please' since he made her promise to always obey him when he said please. Now she knows that he knows.

      3. Since the evil queen cast the spell she remembers everything which is why she has people watching snow and prince C.

      4. mirror is the guy in the apple orchard who gave her the info on Emma.

      5. that was snows coffin at the bottom of the mine. It had the same vine pattern and glassmoreless
    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Ginnifer Goodwin

    Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

    Jennifer Morrison

    Jennifer Morrison

    Emma Swan

    Lana Parrilla

    Lana Parrilla

    Evil Queen/Regina Mills

    Jared Gilmore

    Jared Gilmore

    Henry Mills

    Jamie Dornan

    Jamie Dornan

    Sheriff Graham

    Robert Carlyle

    Robert Carlyle

    Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold

    Scott Heindl

    Scott Heindl


    Guest Star

    Tristan Jensen

    Tristan Jensen


    Guest Star

    Kam Kozak

    Kam Kozak

    Black Guard

    Guest Star

    Meghan Ory

    Meghan Ory

    Ruby/Red Riding Hood

    Recurring Role

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Giancarlo Esposito

    Magic Mirror/Sydney

    Recurring Role

    Featured Episode Clip

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Gold: Good morning, Sheriff. Sorry if I startled you.
        Graham: Right. Sorry. I--I thought you were a wolf.
        Gold: Did I forget to shave?
        Graham: What are you doing out here so early?
        Gold: A spot of gardening. Yourself?
        Graham: I was looking for a...
        Gold: A wolf. Yeah, I think I'm beginning to catch on.

      • Gold: You know, Sheriff, they say that dreams--dreams are memories ...memories of another life.
        Graham: Uh, wh--what do you believe.
        Gold: I never rule out anything.

      • Evil Queen: I always felt there were two kinds of people... wolves and sheep. Those who kill and those who get killed. And you, Huntsman, you are most certainly a wolf.

      • Henry: So when did the flashes start?
        Graham: Um, after I kissed Emma.
        Henry: You kissed my mom?!?

      • Snow: She picked you to take me. Why?
        Huntsman: I think you know.
        Snow: You're going to kill me.
        Huntsman: You have good instincts.
        Snow: And you have too much armor. (knocks him over)

      • Graham: You know, I've realized that I don't feel anything, Regina, and I know now it's not me, it's you.
        Regina: So you're leaving me for her.
        Graham: I'm leaving you for me.
        Regina: Graham, you're not thinking straight.
        Graham: Actually, for the first time I am. I'd rather have nothing than settle for less. Nothing is better than what we have.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Joshua Dallas and Raphael Sbarge are credited but don't appear.

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: December 11, 2011 on CTV
        Sweden: February 23, 2012 on Kanal 5
        UK: May 13, 2012 on Channel 5
        Australia: June 26, 2012 on 7TWO
        Germany: October 9, 2012 on Super RTL
        Slovakia: November 16, 2012 on JOJ

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Title:
        Referencing the 1940 novel of the same name by Carson McCullers, about a deaf man, Josh Singer, and his four friends: Dr. Benedict Copeland, Biff Brannon, Jake Blount, and Mick Kelly. Each of them has their own troubles and fails to perceive those of Josh's. It was adapted into a film in 1968.