Last night our favorite cheesy fairy-tale series plundered the vast world of melodramatic make-ups and and break-ups. Even the men were crying! But when Once Upon A Time wasn't exploring the sad backstory of Snow White and Prince Charming, we got a little extra time with Private Webster, whose fairytale identity has yet to be revealed.
But based on his shaggy stubble, motorcycle and the amount of unspeakable things we want to do to him in Grandma's B&B, we're betting that he's the next Big Bad Wolf. Maybe.
Starting at the very beginning we see that real life Snow White and Prince Charming haven't given up on each other. Every morning at 7:15, they both just happen to get coffee from the same place — le sigh. It's sad and lonely, but Snow is doing her very best to try and give up on her massive infatuation. Fortunately for them (and us) the two get stranded in a cabin in the woods. This leads to more heartbreak, but an eventual kiss right out in the open, and on the streets of Storybrooke — this is dangerous, people. We kind of love that Snow White has now become a husband-stealing harlot and Prince Charming is a big fat cheater. It's fun to drag these characters through the mud and watch them get them dirty.
Back in fairy tale flashback land, we learn all about Snow and Charming's past. Specifically that Snow has to break Charming's heart or the rich guy from Lost will kill her beloved. It's heartbreaking to watch Snow White dump the poor Prince.
And he cries!
But in exchange, we get to meet the band of overly sweet dwarves. Including Stealthy (ha!) who is immediately killed for not being in canon, and having a ridiculous name that he can't live up to.
In the end the love story was all very well and nice. Ginnifer Goodwin could make me cry in a commercial, she's that good. It's always fun to see the hunky Prince say dashing things like "I'll always find her," while riding about on a horse. But the meat of this episode was uncovering the identity of the perfectly grizzled "Stranger," played by Eion Bailey. Our guess? He's the Big Bad Wolf.
The first clue: Red Riding finally showed up in the Fairy Tale world looking (also not looking like a ridiculous Slutty Halloween costume version of her character for once). If it hadn't been 100% verified yet that Ruby the diner girl was Red Riding Hood, it is now. Why? They must be slowly introducing her in the fairytale world to play up her secret backstory in a future episode. And you can't have Red Riding Hood without The Big Bad Wolf.
Second clue: Bailey's over-the-top seduction technique. Remember the Wolf lured Ms. Hood off her path with the promise of flowers and fun. His ridiculously cheesy dialog with Emma just reeks of misspent charisma and charm, repurposed for evil.
But what about the typewriter? Yeah you got us there. We have no idea why he needs a typewriter, or what it means that he's a writer at all. We can only assume (hope) he's writing dirty Big Bad Wolf/ slashfic. UPDATE: Possible answer to the mysterious typewriter, he's the author of Henry's story book. If yes, he needs to hire a different illustrator, those drawings freak me out.
So where does that leave us? Well, we're not completely certain he's the Big Bad Wolf, but we certainly hopeful for that character reveal. A previous commenter suggested that this character is NOT the Big Bad Wolf, but rather the Robber Bridegroom which is a story about a band of murderous cannibals. I truly hope that's not the case.
Let's hope The Stranger keeps up with this fun back-and-forth with Emma, and never takes off that leather jacket. Until we know more, we'll leave you all with our lingering questions:
Shouldn't The Stranger have a history with Ruby? Is that the reason we haven't seen these two in the same scene together yet?
Do you think The Stranger is a werewolf in the fairy tale world?
What is his real occupation in the real world?
Why does no one know who he is, aren't there no strangers in Storybrooke?
Does the Queen/Mayor know who he is — is she just pretending?
UPDATE: Or maybe his just a sexy Brother's Grimm (because of the writing) or God.