While Once Upon A Time answered many of the questions it posed in its first season, it also left behind a trail of exotic mysteries. We’ve compiled a list of 20+ Unanswered Questions from Once Upon A Time Season 1 that will surely keep fans speculating all the way into season 2.
Click through our gallery of unanswered OUAT mysteries below:
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1. Who is Henry’s father?
The identity of Henry’s father is a long-running mystery that is surely being held back for later seasons. What we do know is that Emma wants Henry to believe that his father died a hero, but as she tells Mary Margaret, he was anything but a hero and believes the little moppet is better off not knowing him. Ooh..
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2. Who and Where is Baelfire?
Well, he’s not August — that much we can be sure — but his adult identity remains a mystery. Who is he, and would Mr. Gold even recognize him, given the whole August affair?
Bae’s bravery juxtaposed the cowardice of his father, who willingly let him fall down the giant green glowing hole into a world without magic. But where is this world, we ask? It certainly remains to be seen whether Bae is somewhere on Earth or in another world without magic.
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3. Who is the Queen of Hearts?
Her identity shrouded in mystery, she reigns over Wonderland and has a long-running beef with Regina, whose father she shrunk and imprisoned in a box. When we met her in “Hat Trick“, her face was conveniently covered and her voice muffled, leaving plenty of room for the QoH to become a significant character in subsequent seasons. An choice put forward by Seriable reader ramona is that she’s actually Regina’s mother — that would certainly explain the daddy stealing and their affinity with hearts.
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4. How many Realms are there?
One of the most fascinating aspects of Once Upon A Time‘s first season was the introduction of alternate dimensions — those with magic, those without magic, those with a little bit of magic, and so on. There’s Fairytale Land, Earth, Wonderland, and wherever Baelfire went — not to mention the multitude of other realms represented by doors inside Jefferson’s hat. Just how many worlds are there?
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5. The Rules of Inter-dimensional Travel
By the end of the first season, there were several established methods of travelling between the various worlds, including Jefferson’s hat, the magic beans (of which there are no more, apparently), the Enchanted tree of Enchantment (of which there are no more, apparently), as well as memory. But magic has rules, or at least boundaries. Will the “rules” of inter-demensional travel always be arbitrary; a plot device that is never really explained beyond the fact that it’s magic! — or will the story dig into the specific mechanisms behind these concepts? Hmm..
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6. Rumples’ Wife
Another Rumples mystery surrounds the identity of his presumed dead wife and Baelfire’s mother. The manner in which she apparently turned her back on Rumples for his cowardice during the Ogre war makes her ripe for a shock reveal at some stage. At the very least, she’s one of the off-screen characters that fans are most interested to meet. Who is she? Is she really dead? Why was she so mean?..
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7. The Land With Magic
Of course, one of the biggest ‘unanswered mysteries’ in the first season of OUAT came at the very end, with the breach of the curse and the arrival of
the purple smoke monster magic to Earth/Storybrooke. We’ve seen small glimpses of magic intersecting Earth throughout the season, such as Regina making a mess of the Huntsman’s heart and retrieving the apple of evil from the land that was, but how will the arrival of these magical properties affect the Storybrooke side of the story, what opportunities and consequences will it bring?
Whatsmore, is magic restricted to Storybrooke, or is the entire Earth now a purple bundle of FUN and MAYHEM?!? It seems fans will enter the second season on relatively uncertain terms — and Mr. Gold would have it no other way!
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Other Unanswered Mysteries
- Apples aside, what is the history between Regina and the Blind Witch?
- Which fairytale character is Dr. Whale?
- How did Regina come to imprison Belle?
- What ‘things’ did Cora, Regina’s mother, have to do to obtain her immense power?
- What became of Cora?
- Is August still ‘dead’ even though the curse was partially broken?
- Who else does Regina have hidden underneath Storybrooke?
- Can the curse be fully broken?
- What magical powers will Emma have now that magic has arrived in Storybrooke?
- Uh, who’s been pulling sheriff duty while Emma’s been preoccupied?
- Is the curse/magic cloud self-aware? (heh)
- Is there enough magic to implant David Nolan with a personality?
- Which new fairytale characters will we see in Season 2?
- Will the downturn in sales of apple turnovers pick up in the back-half of 2012?
- Who is the narrator?
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