The Girl in the Tower
Season 7, Episode 14
Airdate March 23, 2018
Written by Dana Horgan
Leah Fong
Directed by Antonio Negret
Episode Guide
The Girl in the Tower is the fourteenth episode of the seventh season and the 147th episode overall of the American fantasy-drama series Once Upon a Time. Written by Dana Horgan and Leah Fongand directed by Antonio Negret, it premiered on ABC in the United States on March 23, 2018.

In the episode, Rogers helps Tilly when she is accused of murder, Ivy hopes to make amends with Anastasia, and Regina enlists Lucy’s help to find out the truth about Samdi. In the past, Alice encounter a new soulmate.

View the The Girl in the Tower Gallery.


Opening sequence

The troll’s statue is featured in the background.

In the Characters' Past

In the new realm during a flashback, Alice makes a birthday wish to get out of the tower and shortly after, a troll suddenly appears and helps her escape the prison, hopefully to search for her father. Years later, Alice, who is still seeking out her father, is caught spying on the resistance group by Robin, who had just recently arrived to the New Enchanted Forest. Robin intends to honor her father's legacy by hunting down the troll, who has since been destroying villages, but Alice goes after her to protect it.

When they finally confront the troll, Robin is ready to kill but Alice steps in to save him, infuriating the villagers. However, in a surprise twist, Robin ends up shielding Alice from the villagers, and uses magic to summon Emma's Yellow Bug, which transports them to the Tower, where Alice admits that she wanted to go back but now wants to experience freedom. Suddenly, the troll appears and begins destroying the Tower. Robin theorizes that Alice unintentionally created the troll to free herself. Alice then confronted the troll and forgave him before he is turned into stone. Afterwards, Robin and Alice looked on as they began a journey together.

In The Present Day

Days after the death of the baker at the hospital, Rogers tracks Tilly down, just in time to keep the officers from finding her, and are later joined by Henry as they start looking for signs of evidence of Tilly being elsewhere during the time of the murder to clear her name. At first, while taking refuge at Henry’s apartment and hopefully find a clue, she retraces her steps after she sees a sticker on her shoe sole. Tilly grows frustrated when she finds that no one can remember seeing her at the places she had visited.

As Tilly is becoming more convinced that she might be a murderer after she discovers the snipped hair locks in her backpack, she runs away from Henry's home. She visits her troll statue, saying goodbye to it, as she plans to run away. She almost gets hit by an SUV when she is rescued by a woman named Margot (Robin in this cursed realm), and she thanks her, which Margot responds to by convincing her not to run away. Tilly also notices that Margot is reading “Alice in Wonderland,” which Margot tells her is a favorite of hers. When Rogers tells Tilly that she’ll have to turn herself in, Tilly discovers a surveillance camera hidden inside the troll's eye that can provide an alibi for her. When Tilly returns to her place, Rogers stopped by to ask her about staying at his place, and she accepts.

Meanwhile, Regina and Lucy put their plans to free Henry of his curse in motion but Regina wants to leave some of the details to herself and not share it with Zelena yet. Regina asks Samdi out on a date as a cover, so that Lucy can break into his suite to look for clues as to what he seeks in Hyperion Heights. However Zelena suddenly finds out and becomes concerned for Lucy’s safety, prompting Regina to text Lucy to leave immediately before Samdi returns. Moments later, Lucy escapes upon seeing the text but Samdi catches on when he finds Lucy’s hat.

Lucy does manage to photograph a Tarot card layout that she shows to Regina, and when Samdi visits the bar to let her know about what she did, Regina demands an answer from him about the cards, and he details a future that will determine a new love in her life, but at the same time she will have to let him seek out his quest, which is acquiring the Dark One's Dagger that Weaver currently has in his possession, a move that doesn’t sit well with Regina. Later, Regina comes clean to Zelena about this situation, as Zelena’s daughter Robin (Margot) returns to her, with Zelena remarking to Regina that it truly is hard to interact with your child under cursed circumstances.

Casting notes

Mekia Cox and Robert Carlyle are credited but don't appear in the episode.


  • Emma's yellow Bug makes an appearance
  • Alice lights a candle on a cupcake to celebrate her birthday, just like Emma did in Once Upon a Time: Pilot (2011) and Once Upon a Time: Wish You Were Here (2016), and Zelena in Once Upon a Time: Our Decay (2016).
Season 1
PilotThe Thing You Love MostSnow FallsThe Price of GoldThat Still Small VoiceThe ShepherdThe Heart Is a Lonely HunterDesperate SoulsTrue North7:15 A.M.Fruit of the Poisonous TreeSkin DeepWhat Happened to FrederickDreamyRed-HandedHeart of DarknessHat TrickThe Stable BoyThe ReturnThe StrangerAn Apple Red as BloodA Land Without Magic
Season 2
BrokenWe Are BothLady of the LakeThe CrocodileThe DoctorTallahasseeChild of the MoonInto the DeepQueen of HeartsThe Cricket GameThe OutsiderIn the Name of the BrotherTinyManhattanThe Queen Is DeadThe Miller's DaughterWelcome to StorybrookeSelfless, Brave and TrueLaceyThe Evil QueenSecond Star to the RightAnd Straight On 'til Morning
Season 3
The Heart of the Truest BelieverLost GirlQuite a Common FairyNasty HabitsGood FormAriel (Episode)Dark HollowThink Lovely ThoughtsSave HenryThe New NeverlandGoing HomeNew York City SerenadeWitch HuntThe TowerQuiet MindsIt's Not Easy Being GreenThe Jolly RogerBleeding ThroughA Curious ThingKansasSnow DriftsThere's No Place Like Home
Season 4
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The Dark SwanThe PriceSiege PerilousThe Broken KingdomDreamcatcherThe Bear and the BowNimueBirthThe Bear KingBroken HeartSwan SongSouls of the DepartedLabor of LoveDevil's DueThe Brothers JonesOur DecayHer Handsome HeroRuby SlippersSistersFirebirdLast RitesOnly YouAn Untold Story
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The SaviorA Bitter DraughtThe Other ShoeStrange CaseStreet RatsDark WatersHeartlessI'll Be Your MirrorChangelingsWish You Were HereTougher Than the RestMurder Most FoulIll-Boding PatternsPage 23A Wondrous PlaceMother's Little HelperAwakeWhere Bluebirds FlyThe Black FairyThe Song in Your HeartThe Final Battle
Season 7
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