‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’: Anastasia’s Identity Revealed

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[This is a Review of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Episode 3. There will be SPOILERS.]


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland shows just how costly magic can be in this week’s episode, entitled ‘Forget Me Not.’ The Knave’s (Will Scarlet) mysterious background is explained, as we uncover who Anastasia truly is.

‘Forget Me Not’ was a proper example of how essential character building episodes are. Taking a step away from Alice allowed for the opportunity to discover more about our favorite scoundrel, and why he gets that pained look in his eyes every time he speaks of his long lost love. The Once Upon a Time franchise never fails to point out that the use of magic has a cost, even if used for good.

Will Scarlet was indeed a member of Robin Hood’s Merry Men, but in typical Once Upon a Time fashion, we’re given a different take on the young man’s origin. Apparently, this “looking glass” was an object that meant a great deal to Anastasia, but why? The magical object allows for one to travel between dimensions, but why would they wish to travel to Wonderland? What drove them away? Hopefully these questions will be answered as we uncover more events from Will’s past.

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The unveiling of Anastasia’s identity was one of the highlights from what was already an outstanding episode. The reveal itself was not a shocker; however, Emma Rigby’s (The Red Queen) portrayal of a young, naive, and innocent girl was priceless. Rigby demonstrated her depth as an actor this week, and she’s quickly becoming the breakout performer of these early episodes. Jafar also recognizes her potential as she read through her deadly book of monsters. Are his flirtations with the beautiful queen authentic, or is he searching for a weakness?

With the inclusion of The Grendel in ‘Forget Me Not,’ writer Richard Hatem (Supernatural) crafted the best story of this young season. The way that Grendel and Will’s stories parody each other gave us the ability to empathize with the unfortunate predicament both men are facing. Will may not have the boils and the hunched-back like Grendel, but his sense of loss is no less significant. Each man chased after love with the use of magic, and now they are alone. The cost of magic is the theme of ‘Forget Me Not,’ and what a hefty cost it is.

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland continues to build upon its exciting world with each passing week. The mysteries pile up, but they never feel tedious or inorganic. As we wait for the next adventure, one has to wonder what happened between the Red Queen and Will? It’s difficult to imagine the queen as always being evil. Unlike Jafar, Anastasia  is not the typical Disney “conquer the world” villain we’re used to, like Maleficent or Ursula – but a woman who is capable of more good than evil. Keep watching to find out if these two lovers will be reunited.


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland continues with ‘The Serpent’ on Nov. 7, on ABC @8pm. Watch a preview below.

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  1. How does this show tie in to once upon a time where in season 2 they took a trip to wonderland and Regina’s mom was the red queen

    • I think Regina’s mom (Cora) was the queen of hearts in OUAT. It’s either she replaced the Red Queen or the Red Queen replaced her when she left.

      • This^^^ Unlike what most adaptations have you believe, the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts are two different characters. In fact the Red Queen isn’t even a Wonderland character, but was a character from Looking Glass land in Through the Looking Glass, and she wasn’t evil either.

    • No, the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts are two DIFFERENT queens in Wonderland.
      The two Queens are commonly mixed up. The Queen of Hearts is the one who says “off with her head” and was in the first book by Carroll “Alice in Wonderland.” The Red Queen appeared in “Through the Looking Glass” and lectured Alice on the chess board due to her being “rude.” Their attitudes are the same, but they are different characters.
      So Cora is still the Queen of Hearts. Anastasia is the Red Queen. Two different characters, two different queens.
      Hope this makes sense.

  2. with the way the ratings are going, a better question is will we even see anybody get reunited before it is yanked off the air?…

  3. still not digging this show, the acting is NOT improving and 90% of the scenes look cheap. So far, this has been a very disappointing show, not worthy of the OUAT name. Quality is not there and the actors (especially the Red Queen) are borderline ridiculous.

    Has anyone noticed, especially in the picture shown of Alice and Knave (Will Scarlett), they look alike?

    • OUAT at the moment is not worthy of the OUAT name right tbh – both shows are appalling. Wonderland arrived dead on arrival, whereas Season 1 of OUAT was great, but rapidly went down hill ever since. Season 3 is the worst yet. Wonderland will get canned, but the main show will be propped up till syndication, and then ditched.

  4. Pretty cool reference to Star Wars. I wonder if there’ll be any crossover with that.

    • When the Red Queen and Jafar were having a meal with the genie, she was going through a list of monsters and mentioned a “Sarlac” who “digests for a millenia”.

  5. Does anyone know why the Robin Hood in OUATIW is different from the one in OUAT?

    • The same actor who appeared in season 2 couldn’t come back for season 3.
      So the guy (Sean Mcguire) who plays Robin Hood in season 3 of OUAT and OUATIW.

  6. Does anyone know why the bonehead mutant retard showed up to my house ready to lick balls? Could I not have summoned better?

  7. Aby, the actor who play Robin Hood on OUAT s2 had to be replaced(I believe I read it was a scheduling conflict for the actor bc of another project), S3 OUAT Robin Hood is the same as Wonderland’s. :)

  8. I do not get why you say it was not a surprise that Anastasia was the Red Queen. Was there any indication of it before then? Or are you one of those “I-am-too-smart-to-be-surprised” kind of people?

    • For me, it became obvious when the Red Queen learnt that the Knave had been accompanying Alice. There was sadness in her eyes (if you were paying attention), and it was a dead giveaway that she had been the Knave’s love. There was another (very subtle) indicator earlier in the episode, but I can’t remember it at this point.

  9. Thanks for the explanation. :)

  10. Oh poop! Im new to this show and Im just about to watch episode 3….I was hoping the Anastasia he was in love with was Cinderella’s stepsister! Oh well :P I dont mind the show so far…the first episode was the best and the second wasnt all that great but Im going to give it a chance. Its definitely not as brilliant as OUaT but Im hoping it’ll get there :)