Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) secret was finally revealed in Sunday’s (March 8) episode of “Once Upon a Time” — and the revelation that Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten) lost her child due to Snow White and Charming (Josh Dallas) has cast a new light on the heroes and villains of Storybrooke.
Now Snow White’s and Charming’s fear of Maleficent being resurrected makes sense, and the Dragon Queen’s desire for revenge feels justified. She came to them to ask for help to save her child and instead they cost her the chance to be a mother.
“Snow White is in trouble. It feels unredeemable to Maleficent,” Bauer van Straten explains to Zap2it. “There’s so many factions and circumstances and information from the past that keeps coming to light. People who you thought couldn’t ever work together may have to.”
“Once” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis also teased that there’s even more to the story than audiences know that will be revealed in due time — and that information will re-inform how you feel about the characters from Season 1.
“That’s just the tip of the iceberg of the secret that you saw in [this] episode. Our hope is that by the time everything is revealed you’ll see it really informs who they were in Season 1 when you met them,” Horowitz says to Zap2it and a small group of journalists at a “Once Upon a Time” preview event.
“You realize that Maleficent wasn’t just a villain. She was a mother trying to protect her kid,” Kitsis continues. “Now if you rematch [episode] 13 and see everything she’s doing, hopefully it’ll give more depth to what she’s doing.”
Causing someone to lose their child is maybe the worst crime that could be committed on a show like “Once Upon a Time.” The fact that Snow White and Prince Charming could be responsible for something so horrible makes fans question the status quo they’ve been presented for the past three and a half seasons of the show. Can you really blame Maleficent for wanting revenge after that? Does this information make you look at her, or the Charmings any differently?
“People are not as predictable in the villain or the hero realm as we would think. They each have such personal, strong feelings about what their happy ending might be. That informs the choices that they make and the things that they do,” Bauer van Straten explains. “It’s a slippery slope over to good and over evil. I find that exceedingly interesting that it’s not black or white.”
The rest of Season 4 will continue to explore how dark the heroes are willing to go and how redeemable the people you always thought were villains might be. It’s a season where no one may end up being who you thought they were in the beginning.