Warning: spoilers for the season three finale of Once Upon a Time follow….
The heroes of Storybrooke just defeated the Wicked Witch, but happy endings are only temporary on Once Upon a Time. Be honest. It would be boring to watch a world full of perfect fairy tale characters who never had any conflict. As the season three finale ended, a new and icy villain was introduced: Yes, boys and girls, Frozen’s Elsa is coming to Once Upon a Time.
She appeared for mere seconds, but that was all it took to make her identity obvious. We saw the back of her signature blue dress, and she flexed her freezing powers. If you weren’t convinced, the official Once Upon a Time account tweeted this picture:
From a commercial standpoint, adding Elsa is a smart move. We’ll probably all still have Frozen fever by the time season four premieres next fall, and it will probably lead to higher ratings. Well, at least initially.
But, you also have to consider what Elsa’s appearance means for the series. Admittedly, I’m selfishly excited because I’m obsessed with the animated movie, but I think it will be interesting. She was introduced in a reasonable fashion – it didn’t feel like they were jumping the shark. She got sucked through a portal from a storage room in Rumplestiltskin’s castle. He kept the darkest of dark magic in the room, and Elsa’s spirit was trapped in an urn that made it to Storybrooke. On the surface, the move may sound corny, but it’s no more silly than anything else they’ve done on Once Upon a Time. It’s a world of magic wardrobes and Evil Queens.
The coolest (ha!) part about this take on Elsa is that it seems like she’s being brought in as a villain. Maybe they’ll veer closer to the Snow Queen tale that loosely inspired Frozen?
Are you looking forward to seeing Elsa in Storybrooke? Let us know in the comments.