The Huntsman is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the seventh episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Jamie Dornan, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Sheriff Graham.
The Huntsman is based on a character of the same name from the fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves".
Raised by shape-shifting wolves, the Huntsman grows up in their pack, but later left under mysterious circumstances. For one of the pack members, Adair, this is a great betrayal. He then lives in a forest with a companion wolf. When shooting a deer to provide food for both of them, he cries over the animal's necessary death. Later, the Huntsman and his wolf head into a bar. Though the people insult him for crying over killing a deer, he responds calmly. This angers one patron, and he attacks the Huntsman, who stabs him. Unseen, the Evil Queen watches his actions from her magic mirror and has guards bring him to her castle. She desires his help to assassinate someone, but he will only agree if the wolves are protected. After the Queen concedes to his request, he is sent to murder her stepdaughter, Snow White, and bring back her heart as proof of death. Disguised as one of the Queen's guards, he accompanies Snow White, who reveals she knows of his intentions. She kicks him and runs off into the forest, to which he throws off his armor and gives chase. He quickly finds Snow White, but stops, puzzled, to see her scrawling a letter, which she asks that it be given to the Queen. As the Huntsman reads the letter, he is moved to tears and cannot bring himself to kill Snow White. Instead, he fashions a whistle out of a twig for her to use whenever she is in trouble. After letting her escape, he takes a deer's heart as a replacement for the Queen. Upon return to the castle, the Huntsman attempts to read Snow White's letter to the Queen, but she throws it into the fireplace. Upon further inquiry, she reveals that Snow White betrayed her trust by revealing a well-kept secret. Once the Queen receives the heart, she tries to place it into one of her vault boxes, however, none of them magically open. Realizing the Huntsman has played her, she takes out his heart as payment. To demonstrate what will happen if he crosses her again, she squeezes the heart; causing him pain. On her orders, the guards drag him into her bedroom. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "Shadow of the Queen")
During one winter, the Huntsman goes to the silver mines to collect tribute from the villagers for the Queen. Under duress, the minister admits the villagers have silver-made items, which they sell to evade starvation. As the Huntsman is brokering the deal, the Queen manifests and impatiently squeezes his heart. Suddenly, guards burst in, and the Huntsman quickly takes them out. The next morning, he gathers silver from villagers. In the woods, wolves attack the Huntsman, but they revert to human by the Queen’s magic. One of them, Adair, angrily confronts the Huntsman for betraying them. Using silver arrows as a threat, the Queen promises not to harm the wolves if they help find Snow White. At the wolf den, Adair states himself as the current wolf pack head since their leader, Anita, was killed by her daughter, Red Riding Hood. He agrees to assist the Queen if the wolves are free from human violence and can control the mines. While traveling with the wolves, a lone wolf knocks a box—containing the Huntsman's heart—out of the Queen's hands. Free of her control, the Huntsman fires an arrow at Adair and runs off with the box, though it is stolen by the intruding wolf. While traveling down the wolf thief, she—revealed to be Red Riding Hood—threatens to kill him for his affinity with the Queen. However, the Huntsman explains how the Queen stole his heart, forcing him to obey her, since he let Snow White live. Red returns the Huntsman's heart. Then, the two join Snow White in King Midas' kingdom, and they travel to Lake Onondaga. There, a totem can transform the shape-shifters into normal wolves, but it can be wielded by someone only once. On the way there, the Huntsman and Red Riding Hood share a wolf joke. While the Huntsman grabs the totem, his companions hold off the wolf pack. However, Red Riding Hood and Snow White fall into the lake, to which he jumps in after them. Due to the totem’s power, all three turn into aquatic creatures. Before regaining human form, the Huntsman convinces Red Riding Hood to talk sense into the pack. They approach Adair, who refuses to listen and calls out the wolves. To menace the Queen, the Huntsman threatens Adair's life, but she incinerates the man herself; causing the upset wolves to attack her. As the Queen counters them, Red Riding Hood urges the Huntsman to take Snow White away while she ensures the pack's safety. Rather than that, the Huntsman parts from Red Riding Hood and returns his heart to the Queen. ("Shadow of the Queen")
He serves the Evil Queen as one of her henchman, but still continues to fight on the side of good despite that his heart is gone. The Huntsman aids Prince Charming in his escape from the castle; killing a guard and giving him provisions for his quest to find Snow White. When offered to join Prince Charming, the Huntsman rejects the idea since he is bound to the Evil Queen ever since sacrificing his heart in place of Snow White's. Once the Evil Queen notes Prince Charming's absence, she threatens to kill the Huntsman for his incompetence. Though he swears to stop at nothing until Prince Charming is hunted down, the Evil Queen turns her attention away from him when she sees the Magic Mirror is able to show her where the prince currently is, and uses her magic to trap the prince in the forest. ("A Land Without Magic")
|Once Upon a Time: Season One|
|"Pilot":||"The Thing You Love Most":||"Snow Falls":||"The Price of Gold":||"That Still Small Voice":||"The Shepherd":||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter":||"Desperate Souls":||"True North":||"7:15 A.M.":||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree":|
|"Skin Deep":||"What Happened to Frederick":||"Dreamy":||"Red-Handed":||"Heart of Darkness":||"Hat Trick":||"The Stable Boy":||"The Return":||"The Stranger":||"An Apple Red as Blood":||"A Land Without Magic":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Two|
|"Broken":||"We Are Both":||"Lady of the Lake":||"The Crocodile":||"The Doctor":||"Tallahassee":||"Child of the Moon":||"Into the Deep":||"Queen of Hearts":||"The Cricket Game":||"The Outsider":|
|"In the Name of the Brother":||"Tiny":||"Manhattan":||"The Queen Is Dead":||"The Miller's Daughter":||"Welcome to Storybrooke":||"Selfless, Brave and True":||"Lacey":||"The Evil Queen":||"Second Star to the Right":||"And Straight On 'Til Morning":|
|Once Upon a Time: Comics|
|Once Upon a Time: Specials|
|"Magic is Coming":||"The Price of Magic":||"Journey to Neverland":||"Wicked is Coming":||"Storybrooke Has Frozen Over":|
|"Secrets of Storybrooke":||"Dark Swan Rises":||"Evil Reigns Once More":||"The Final Battle Begins":|
Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.