Once Upon a Time season 4, episode 3 introduced Elizabeth Mitchell’s Snow Queen. In a new interview, the actress has some very interesting things to say about the character.
First Once Upon a Time introduced Frozen‘s Elsa (Georgina Haig), Disney’s take on the Snow Queen fairytale. Then the show introduced the actual Snow Queen, played by Elizabeth Mitchell.
We got so many tantalizing clues about the character’s connection to both Elsa and Emma (Jennifer Morrison), and Mitchell plays the role so ambiguously, we have no idea what’s true and what isn’t.
Luckily the actress is more forthcoming in an interview with EW, and gives some brilliant hints about what’s to come.
On the Snow Queen’s reaction to seeing Emma in the forest, she says that their past connection (of which Emma’s memory has been erased) is, “Surprising … it does mean a lot to both of them. It’s important, and it’s big, and it has a lot to do with the mythology of things.”
And while Mitchell isn’t shy about calling her character a villain, she suggests there’s something else guiding her actions. “She’s motivated by a very honorable, true thing,” Mitchell says.
“I definitely think she’s manipulative, but she’s manipulative towards a goal that may or may not be positive,” she continues. “Whether she’s manipulating for good or for evil remains to be seen. She’s definitely trying to steer people down a path. Is a path of destruction? Is it a path of love? I don’t know.”
That’s definitely interesting. Could the Snow Queen have a bigger agenda, which in some way works to combat an even greater threat?
We’re very curious about her history with Emma, and why she (or someone else?) has made sure Emma has forgotten. It makes us wonder just how long the Snow Queen has been in this world, and when exactly she became (or… becomes?) trapped in that urn.
Once Upon a Time returns next Sunday with season 4, episode 4, “The Apprentice.”