Category Archives: 1.18 The Stable Boy

Lana Parrilla talks about filming “The Stable Boy” and other interesting things

Lana Parrilla (Regina, Evil Queen) talks about Once Upon a Time

Lana Parrilla in Toronto on May 31, 2012

Lana Parrilla spoke last week in Toronto at an event called Bell Media Upfront

Highlights of her talk:

— Now that the two worlds are merging, she is starting to bring the Evil Queen into the Mayor a little more.

The Stable Boy was one of the most challenging episodes for her. She “couldn’t wrap her head around” the last scene until the very last minute when they were setting up the scene to shoot it — and she had read the scene four or five times a day, for eight days, and had many conversations with the director because she couldn’t understand the way Regina blamed Snow, who was just a child and didn’t mean any harm. [I had the same reaction when I watched the episode!] Lana asked herself, “How do I make this work?” and “Why does she want to kill her?” It was, she said, “a tricky, tricky scene.” Continue reading

Episode 18 “The Stable Boy” — Recap, review, etc.

Long-simmering questions get answers, and connections between characters, deep in the past, are uncovered in this excellent episode. We learn how Regina became evil and why she hates Snow White. We find out that Regina’s mother is the miller’s daughter, that August W. Booth does not lie, and that Katherine is still alive. There is much here to ponder during the break. Continue reading

The Miller’s daughter

Spinning wheel

Rumpelstiltskin, print by Kevin Tong

In The Stable Boy, we found out that Cora (Regina’s mother) is the miller’s daughter. In the traditional Rumpelstiltskin story, the miller, a poor man, tries to impress the king by telling him that his daughter could spin straw into gold — when she could do no such thing. The king orders the girl be brought to the castle, where he locks her in a room filled with straw and says that if she doesn’t turn the straw into gold by the morning, she would have to die. Continue reading

Poll: What did you think of Episode 18 “The Stable Boy”?

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What did Snow White do to the Evil Queen?

(Update 9/20/12): This post was written before the show revealed what Snow White did that made the Evil Queen hate her so much. To find out what she did, see the recap for episode 18, The Stable Boy.

Original post below:

The Evil Queen and Snow White in front of the coffin of Snow White's father (behind the scenes, Episode 7 "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter")

ABC said in a press release that in an upcoming show (not tonight’s, but the one after that — Episode 18 Stable Boy, airing April 1) “the event that caused the Evil Queen to loathe Snow White [will be] revealed.”

Can you predict what the event will be?

We saw in an earlier episode that the Evil Queen said that Snow White betrayed her by revealing a secret. What do you think the Evil Queen’s secret was?

So that’s two (very closely related) questions: What was the event, and what was the secret?

Anyone who guesses either or both correctly will get a shout-out in a future post.