|"Heroes and Villains"|
|Season 4, Episode 12|
|Featured Character|| Belle |
|Air date||December 14, 2014|
|Written by|| Edward Kitsis |
|Directed by||Ralph Hemecker|
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Heroes and Villains is the twelfth episode of Season 4. It aired on December 14, 2015 and is the mid-season finale of the fourth season.
In the aftermath of the Snow Queen's spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina has to make a difficult choice. Hook’s fate hangs in the balance as Gold’s quest for power threatens everything he holds dear. And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle's stay at Rumplestiltskin's dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future.
With the Snow Queen gone, Elsa brings down the ice wall, using her powers. Anna goes to cross the town line, but Emma stops her, sensing that some of Ingrid's magic still remains. She is correct and Anna questions how they will return home, but Elsa says that walking wouldn't help them anyways, as they are in a different realm. Emma says that they need to find a portal or magic bean or some magical item. Elsa says that there is no need to rush, but Anna and Kristoff reveal that Arendelle has been conquered by Prince Hans. Elsa exclaims that they need to find a way back immediately.
- Antagonist: Rumplestiltskin (present) and Maleficent, Cruella and Ursula (past).
- This episode introduces the main antagonists for the second half of the season.
- Despite being the twelfth episode in the fourth season, it is the eleventh episode in production. However, Smash the Mirror, which is 4x08, was split into two-parts, causing this one to be the twelfth.