ONCE UPON A TIME OBSERVATIONS: 2.15 The Queen Is Dead

Once Upon A Time Observations the queen is dead

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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”.

TITLE CARD

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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“).

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  1. Vidar says

    Yay, a new Observation! I keep checking back for these, but am always disappointed when I don’t see updates. Keep at it please! :)

    As far as Hook’s appearance, based on the newer eps since this one I have a bit of an idea, but from this ep alone I also found it ridiculous. He must have a homing device or something.

    I think this ep was the first time I was every truly excited about Snow. Mainly because giving her a bad streak would actually make her interesting for once.

    Also, Henry annoys me more and more every episode. I wanted to smack him with his “doesn’t lie” quip. I’m actually hoping he gets killed off, haha. The Charmings (and their descendants) are my least favorite characters. Good is so boring.

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