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Tear Jerker / Hilda

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"Our house is gone. The mountains are gone. Our life here's gone. And now... now, Twig's gone too."

The life of an adventurer ain't always what it's cracked up to be.

Contains unmarked spoilers. You Have Been Warned!

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    Season One 
Chapter 1: The Hidden People
  • Despite her best efforts, Hilda is unable to reason with the Prime Minister. It's here where the likelihood of having to leave the woods she's lived in her whole life gets to her, and she sheds a Single Tear. Doubles as Heartwarming when Twig goes to comfort her and Alfur decides to go against protocols to help her.

Chapter 2: The Midnight Giant

Chapter 5: The Troll Rock

  • After learning of Ms. Hallgrim's gripes with her, Hilda fears that Johanna will be disappointed in her, especially since she seemed to be adapting to civilization pretty well.
  • Hilda is brought to Hallgrim's office following an attempt to retrieve David's runaway Troll rock. With the events of the night validating her less-than-stellar perceptions of Hilda, Hallgrim tells Johanna that it would be for the best if Hilda was transferred to a different class. Understanding of the trouble she's stirred, Hilda apologizes to Johanna for misleading her.
    Hilda: I'm sorry, Mum. I guess I haven't adapted as well as you thought.
  • Hilda's situation in the episode is eerily similar to people who are expected to get the hang of something right off the bat and get scolded or degraded for failing to do so, even when it's evident that they have more trouble with it than others or have symptoms such as autism and ADHD that make it more complicated for them.

Chapter 8: The Tide Mice

Chapter 9: The Ghost

Chapter 10: The Storm

  • Hilda's downcast state at the beginning. The implication that it's been some time since the events of the last episode doesn't help.
    Johanna: You up to anything today?
    Hilda: Not today.
    Johanna: You haven't been out with Frida and David for a while. Is everything okay?
  • David beating himself up over his self-perceived uselessness.
    David: Hilda's right. Frida would know what to do, but I'm no use at all. Why did I think I would be?
  • One can only imagine how betrayed Hilda felt after learning Victoria had captured a baby Weather Spirit to use it as bait, directly endangering the city in the process.
  • While it's not much of an argument that it was for the greater good, Victoria's Big "NO!" over the loss of her life's work can invoke a tinge of pity.
  • Raven confronts Victoria, demanding to know where Hilda is... only to find the remains of the weather station that she was in ahead. Predictable Hilda's actual fate may be, it does not make his expression, let alone his Little "No", any less gut-wrenching.

Chapter 11: The House in the Woods

Chapter 12: The Nisse

  • Hilda and David's attempt to patch things up with Frida in time for the camping trip doesn't go anywhere. They find that in their absence, she's been spending time with an older girl named Kelly, and the latter two leave shortly afterwards to hang out. Hilda is left alone when an evidently dejected David decides to head home.
  • After Hilda's attempt to help Tontu ends in disaster - both figuratively and literally - Johanna drives Hilda to the camp grounds. Though it's quickly dropped, Johanna takes what time she has to scold Hilda for her actions. Aside from Chapter 8, it's the only other time we see her truly upset with her daughter. The mood is fortunately lightened a bit when Hilda is dropped off for the camping trip, but it's still pretty jarring to see.
    Hilda: Mum, I'm really sorry. I just wanted to help him. I thought —
    Johanna: We'll talk about it when you're back, okay? Maybe I'll have been able to rebuild our kitchen by then.

Chapter 13: The Black Hound

  • Frida being pushed to the Black Hound by Kelly, who did this to save herself and her Marra friends. It may helped the former realize that she was never her friend to begin with, but you can see how devastated she looked upon being abandoned like that. It can be incredibly painful to anyone who has endured having false friends in their lifetime.
  • Frida's My God, What Have I Done? face after being saved from the Black Hound.

    Season Two 

Chapter 1: The Troll Circle

  • Hilda has started lying to her mother about her adventures, as seen when she's coming home after chasing down a runaway elf. She looks guilty as she tells her mother that she was at David's house.
  • Hilda was shown at the beginning of the episode to be looking forward to her day with the Trolberg Safety Patrol, and she was relating at first with Ahlberg over the years Erie of being an adventurer. But she then sees how incompetent he is while piloting the zeppelin, how much of a Glory Hound he is while on duty, and his It's All About Me attitude. This makes Hilda become disillusioned with not only him, but with Trolberg Safety Patrol in general.

Chapter 3: The Witch

  • Kaisa is revealed to be deeply ashamed of her difficulty memorizing spells, and she has trouble facing her old teacher because she feels that she's failed her.

Chapter 5: The Windmill

  • Frida mentioning of having no interest in her own Nisse after learning the truth of its theft with her favorite book. If only we saw her last interaction with the creature.

Chapter 6: The Old Bells of Trolberg

  • The bell's sudden ringing causing a migration of Woffs to panic and fly erratically, even crashing into the ground.

Chapter 7: The Beast of Cauldron Island

  • Hilda has to ditch a picnic with her mother to save the Lindworm from Erik Ahlberg. She apologizes and makes up a lie about going to a Sparrow Scout meeting, while David and Frida back her up. Johanna is confused because she was sure there is no meeting.
  • It's not mentioned, but the Lindworm is forced to abandon her garden and jump from the island when she learns it's on top of a mother Kraken. She is gracious about it, carrying David to safety. One can hope she was able to return to it since her flowers were her greatest treasure.
  • Hilda and Johanna's deteriorating relationship reaches its boiling point when Johanna finds out that Hilda lied to her and snuck off. Johanna does give Hilda a chance to come clean, but Hilda maintains the act. You can feel the disappointment in Johanna's voice once she finally puts her foot down:
    Johanna: [sighs] I told myself that she comes in here and she just tells the truth...
    • The fact that the episode ends on that note, with Hilda grounded for the first time in her life, is heartbreaking. And the last bit of dialogue for this episode is hard to hear. And by the time the credits started to roll, it's official: Hilda and Johanna's relationship is severely strained. Props to Daisy Haggard for this delivery, especially since Johanna was close to tears in her last bit of dialogue.
    Johanna: [crestfallen] You don't have to do anything, you're grounded. [hides her face in her hands as she says this]
    Hilda: [shocked] WHAT?!
    Johanna: [still crestfallen and close to tears] And you are not leaving this house without me until I say so.
    Hilda: [looks infuriated, then storms off, as she angrily mutters, and slams the door off-screen as Johanna looks down in sorrow, distraught over what she had done]
    Cue end credits.

Chapter 8: The Fifty-Year Night

  • While on the run from the Time Worm, Hilda and Alfur find themselves back earlier in the day, right before Johanna left. But before they can get to her, Hilda notices that something's off, which leads into a scene of Johanna temporarily breaking down over the dismal state of her and Hilda's relationship:
    Johanna: Am I doing the right thing...? This isn't the sort of mum I wanted to be, but what am I supposed to do, I... [chokes up] Oh, Johanna just get a grip.
  • When Hilda recognizes Mr. Ostenfeld's mystery woman as Tildy and tells him she lives right around the corner to their building. The man looks utterly heartbroken as he realizes he's been pining for fifty years over a woman who lived just around the corner.
  • After creating a timeline where Mr. Ostenfeld and Tildy did got married after all and lived a whole life together, Hilda finds them in Tildy's house. Problem is, the Time Worm is trying to erase the original timeline now that a new one has been created, unless the original enchanted copy of the magazine is destroyed. The new timeline versions of Ostenfeld and Tildy's decision to sacrifice themselves to set things right is a perfect mix of heartwarming and utterly heartbreaking.
    Mr. Ostenfeld: I am glad we got to live this life together. Even if it has to be erased.
    Tildy: We lived it. That can't be erased.
  • Tildy tells Hilda there's no point in going after Mr. Ostenfeld; she feels she meddled enough. She also reassures Hilda that life has regrets, and you do better by moving forward rather than reliving them.

Chapter 9: The Deerfox

  • It's obvious from her dialogue this episode that as much as Hilda had adapted to living in a city, her heart is still in the wilderness and still considers it her true home.
  • Near the end of the episode, Hilda has a severe massive breakdown over everything that changed in her former home. The last thing she says before breaking down crying is remarking that Twig is gone. Doubles as heartwarming when Twig decides to stay with Hilda for good. Hilda then tearfully reunites with Twig and stated that she thought she lost him.
    • Hilda's dialogue throughout was powerful enough to tug at viewers' heartstrings, if it hadn't been for Bella Ramsey's voice-acting. In addition, while recording her lines, Ramsey was actually in tears!
    Hilda: But that's all it is! Memories. Our house is gone. The mountains are gone. Our life here's gone. And now... [tears up] Now, Twig's gone too.
    • And if it wasn't enough, pictured above, hearing and seeing Hilda cry is hard to watch if you're the type of person with sensitive heartstrings. By the time you finish the episode, you might want to get some tissues or hug someone you love.
  • Twig's reunion with Hilda is certainly a joyous one... but that also makes it easy to forget that Twig lost out on what was likely a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be amongst his own kind.
  • And to top it off, the episode plays the full version of "Hilda's Theme" to wrap it up. This can extremely tug the heartstrings of fans who have stuck with Hilda since the beginning of the series.

Chapter 13: The Stone Forest

  • When coming back home, Johanna wants to play a new board game with her daughter. Hilda, on the other hand, has other plans. Their argument leads to this hurtful conversation:
    Johanna: Come on! [places a tender hand on Hilda's cheek] Am I really such bad company?
    Hilda: [jerks away from her mother's touch] No! You're just - you're just a mum!
    Johanna: [surprised at her daughter] Hilda...
    Hilda: Why do I have to keep you company, anyway? It's not MY fault you sit around on your own all day, and don't have anyone else to talk to!
    Johanna: [gasps, now downright shocked] HILDA, JUST GO TO YOUR ROOM!
    Hilda: [growls at her mother, and storms off. Johanna, clearly hurt, tosses the dice she was playing with on the board and slumps back to the kitchen to prepare dinner.]
  • Johanna's Heroic BSoD after losing the guide, thinking that they may never find their way out of the Stone Forest.
  • The Sudden Downer Ending. Everyone's home safe and Hilda and Johanna finally mend their deteriorating relationship for good... and then Hilda simultaneously gets turned into a troll and teleported into troll territory.
  • And to top it off, here's the episode's big finish.
  • The last line of season 2 was delivered by Johanna. And it's very hard to hear.
    Johanna: Where's my daughter?
    Cue end credits.
    Frankie Cosmos: You tried...yeah I know we tried...
  • The end credits for this episode originally was going to have Hilda tearfully crying for help echoing in the background, while "The End" by Frankie Cosmos plays. If it made the cut, Hilda's tearful screams are extremely hard to hear, especially since no one can imagine what Hilda looks like as she breaks down crying.
    Hilda: [tearfully] I want my me.
  • Meta Example: All the cartoons and kids shows that streamed on Netflix in 2020 had a happy ending for the season they are currently in or ended the series on a happy note, much like how Kipo, She-Ra, or Fuller House got their happy ending. Sadly, Hilda Season 2 did not have a happy ending, since Hilda has turned into a troll and is separated from her friends and family. But one good thing came out of it: The race has begun for Hilda and her family and friends to reunite before Erik Ahlberg finds and kills her. Anyone who has read "Hilda and The Mountain King" can easily imply where this is headed.


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