The good news: Merlin was finally de-tree-ified on Sunday’s installment of Once Upon a Time. The better news: Turns out he is one good-looking wizard.

To Emma, the familiar face of a wizard#OnceUponATime #DarkSwan

— Once Upon A Time (@OnceABC) October 26, 2015

Of course, it wouldn’t be Once without a twist or ten. Though the night’s Camelot flashbacks revealed that our heroes did once manage to free the wizard from his barky prison, we know from the show’s present-day scenes that Emma is still the Dark One — meaning that back in Camelot, Merlin either didn’t or couldn’t extract the black magic from her. (Which one could it be?) Read more…

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