Welcome to Once Upon A Time Observations: the Baelfire-finding clues and connections guide for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. In this installment, we explore “The Queen Is Dead”.
- The title card features the Storybrooke clock tower in the Enchanted Forest of Enchantment, foreshadowing the important role it plays in the episode.
HAPPY EVA AFTER?
- We meet Snow’s mom Queen Eva for the first time. We already know she isn’t long for this world. The episode reveals the mysterious circumstances under which she dies, contextualizing the lasting impact her life and death has on Snow to this day.
- Eva gives young Snow a tiara for her birthday, which Snow scolds her maid Johanna for wearing. Eva then scolds Snow for her attitude, reminding her that servant or royalty, “everyone in the kingdom deserves our love and respect.”
- While the episode makes every effort to illustrate the values Eva tries to instill in Snow, it’s notable that Snow must have learned her rather uppity attitude from somewhere.
- Eva’s fair-mindedness may also have shaped Snow’s eventual relationship with Charming. He was a prince when they met but before that a humble shepherd. If their upbringing stood in stark contrast, perhaps there was some common ground in their mindsets.
- A small but interesting line from Eva when explaining the way of the world to Snow, “[The crown] isn’t yours yet“. Clearly there was much growing still to be done. A maturity that would come at the expense of her mother’s life. So the question is, what shaped Snow most — Eva’s life, or her death? Can the two be mutually exclusive?
AND WHAT SNOW FOUND THERE
- Eva adjusts young Snow’s perspective on leadership, noting that the crown is not just beautiful, but “heavier than it looks,” before buckling under the weight of Cora’s poisonous assault.
- In some respects, the moment Snow lost her mother parallels, thematically, with the moment Regina ‘lost’ hers when pushing her through the looking glass of wonder (“We Are Both“).