- Robin: "So you're The Girl in the Tower."
Alice: "I got out of that tower years ago."
- —Robin and Alice's first meeting
"The Girl in the Tower" is the fourteenth episode of the seventh season of ABC's Once Upon a Time and the one hundredth and forty-seventh episode of the series overall. It will aired on March 23, 2018. It was written by Dana Horgan & Leah Fong, and directed by Antonio Negret.
Rogers works to prove Tilly's innocence in the case of the Blind Baker's death, while Ivy attempts to make amends with Anastasia, and Samdi makes a revealing confession to Roni. Meanwhile, in a faraway realm, Alice forms an unbreakable bond.
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 hair locks in her backpack, she looks at a troll statue and as she talks to it, 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. 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 that can trace her whereabouts 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 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 Dagger that Weaver currently has in his possession, a move that doesn't sit well with Regina since this also means that Samdi is plotting to kill Weaver, even though he tells Regina that she can find a way to have it all. Later, Regina comes clean to Zelena about this situation, as Zelena's daughter Robin (Margot) returns not knowing her mother and aunt are no longer under the curse.
In between the events, Henry suggests to Ivy that she should apologize to Anastasia and hopefully make amends, but Ivy, who is already concerned that there might be implications, decides to tell Henry that she do this on her own for now, saying that once it's over she'll owe Henry a apology.