Lady Tremaine and Mother Gothel (aka Eloise Gardener) will be at the center of episode nine of Once Upon a Time season 7, titled “One Little Tear.” Tremaine’s backstory is going to be revealed — and she apparently has a connection to another fairytale.

The official episode description says, “Victoria strikes a deal with Weaver in an attempt to free herself from jail and wake Anastasia, but the cost of saving one life could mean the loss of another. In a flashback, we learn Lady Tremaine’s surprising connection to another classic fairytale when Mother Gothel offers to help her family. Meanwhile, Jacinda and Nick share an exchange that could alter her future with Henry.”

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Here are photos from this episode of Once Upon a Time, which airs Friday, December 8:

Mother Gothel Offers to Help Lady Tremaine’s Family

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Rapunzel

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Gothel Stops By to Speak with Rapunzel

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Gothel Hands Something to Rapunzel — Will This End Badly?

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Marcus Arrives

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Marcus Has a Gift for Rapunzel

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The Two Look at the Gift in the Mirror

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Rapunzel Walks Towards a Mirror — What is She Doing?

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Rapunzel Ponders Her Next Move

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Are you looking forward to finding out Lady Tremaine’s backstory? Based on these photos, do you think her connection is with Rapunzel or another fairytale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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