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This article focuses on the Season Four episode.
For the Arendelle character, see Ingrid.
For the fairytale, see "The Snow Queen (Fairytale)".
Hook: Swan, what did that monster do to the sheriff's station?
Emma: The monster who did this was not the Snow Queen. It was me.

"The Snow Queen" is the seventh episode of Season Four of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Billy Gierhart. It is the seventy-third episode of the series overall, and premiered on November 9, 2014.


Emma captures the Snow Queen and interrogates her at the sheriff’s station. But the Snow Queen uses her prior knowledge of Emma to try to persuade her into thinking that they are more alike than she could possibly imagine. Regina and Robin Hood’s relationship grows increasingly complex as they struggle to find a way to save his dying wife, Emma begins to see what she missed out on by not growing up and being a family with Snow and Charming when she sees how involved Mary Margaret is in baby Neal’s life, and Henry begins his after school job in Gold’s shop while trying to help Regina find a clue to the identity of the author of the storybook. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, we learn about the origin of the Snow Queen and her familial connection to Elsa and Anna as we see her discover her spectacular yet deadly ice powers.[2]




Guest Starring


  • Ryan Booth as Man
  • Bailey Herbert as young Helga
  • Ava Marie Telek as young Gerda
  • Greg Webb as King




Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Then was there much eagerness alight and
Eriol told them of his first
wanderings about the western havens, of
the comrades he made and the
ports he knew, of how he was one time
wrecked upon far western islands and
there upon a lonely eyot found an an [sic]
ancient mariner who dwelt for ever solitary
in a cabin on the shore that he had fash
ioned [sic] of the timbers of his boat.
More wise was he, said Eriol, in all matters
of the sea than any other i have
met, and much of wizardry was there in
his lore. Strange things he told me, of
regions far beyond the western sea, of
the magic isles, and that most lonely
one that lies beyond. Once long ago he
said he had sighted it glimmering
afar off, and after had he sought it
many a day in vain.

Much of the text is repeated on both pages.

  • Belle's translation (seen upside-down) reads:[14]
of [illegible word] being

With both hands hold the candle
And then use your magic to light it
And then, when you blow on it
Vines of fire will issue forth
From the candle
And form a serpentine bond
Tendrils that will bind
The [obscured] of your intent

Prince Charming [illegible word] the Evil

Queen's Dark Knights, fighting
his way towards the wardrobe
Gepetto [sic] had fashioned, the one
that would carry Emma to
safety. In one hand, the Prince
held his sword, slicing [illegible adjective]
at his enemies, while in the
other he held his newborn baby girl, clinging to her for
dear life.
Having vanquished the knights, Charming opened the
door to the magical dresser. Tears in his eyes, the Prince
placed Emma inside the small opening. "Find us," he
said, and kissed her on the forehead. Charming closed
the door to the dresser, knowing that this would be the
last time he would see his beloved baby for twenty-eight
years. But deep down, the Prince knew that this was the only
way. He had to let Emma go in order to save her. He
also knew that one day, Emma would return to save
them all.
As Charming closed up the dresser, he was [illegible word]
ambushed by two unforeseen Dark Knights. The Prince
tried to fight them off, but they proved too formidable
for him. One of the knights pierced Charming's stomach
with his sword, and the Prince fell to the ground, [illegible word]
death. The knights checked inside the wardrobe, only to

[image ends]
[three illegible words] [image ends]
happily ever after.

The end!

Robin was back on [image ends]
[illegible word]. He and the [image ends]
[illegible word] the [illegible word] [image ends]
the forest. [illegible word] [image ends]
was quick. Rather [image ends]
[illegible word] well, as [image ends]
[three illegible words] [image ends]
the figure, [illegible word] [image ends]
to the ground, the figure's [two illegible words] [image ends]
the most beautiful woman that Robin had ever [image ends]
The woman told Robin Hood that [image ends]
Marian. Her parents were so poor [image ends]
the evil Sheriff's taxes. Instead, [image ends]
they had of any value − her hand in [image ends]
begged Robin Hood. If her carriage [image ends]
Sheriff's castle by daybreak, her p[image ends]
the forfeit. [image ends]
"I shall ransom you", said Ro[image ends]
"Then the stories are true." [image ends]
say there is a thief in Nottingh[image ends]
Sheriff himself. Our people [image ends]
Sheriff takes from one pocket [image ends]
Men steal from the other. [image ends]
Robin Hood had never [image ends]
manner before, and for the [image ends]

Set Dressing

  • At the sheriff's station, when Emma gives Elsa the spell book, you can, for a brief second, see two papers on the desk. One of them contains a set of handwritten notes, and is dated August 19. 1994. The other is transcript of a police interrogation:[24]



Q Where do you live?
A I live in a homeless shelter.
Q Do you know this boy?
A Yes, I know him. I saw him playing
Q Did you take this boy with you?
A It was me that took him, yes. You should say that. It was me.
Q Took who?
A The boy in the park. I don't know why. Anger I suppose.
Q Where is the boy now?
A I don't know.
Q Where did you hide him?
A I don’t know. I don't know.
Q You said that you took the boy. Where did you take the boy?
A (Refuses to answer).
Q Cyril, where did you take this boy?
Q What's your name?
A Cyril Kemp
Q What do you do for a living Cyril?
A I am an unemployed math teacher. I receive a small disability
pension. It's because of this problem I have.
Q What problem do you have?
A Something in myself when I sleep. The dream, you know.
Q Do you have a criminal record?
A No.
[the rest of the text is a repeat of line 1 to 15]

Costume Notes


Filming Locations

International Titles



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  4. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler! 15 days to go! Hope to see ya!" (screenshot)
  5. Jennifer Morrison, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on the Season Four Blu-ray Audio Commentary for "A Tale of Two Sisters"
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  10. Rumplestiltskin steals the urn, which remains in his possession until it is sucked into a time portal in "Snow Drifts". The first part of this story takes place shortly after Belle decides to summon Rumplestiltskin, which means that this part of the story takes place around the same time as the opening scenes of "Skin Deep". In "Lacey", which takes place shortly afterward, Marian is pregnant with Roland, which means that Elsa was trapped inside the urn before he was born. In "Quite a Common Fairy", Robin Hood says that Roland is four years old (note that four years means the time before the Curse struck, plus the period of time between "Pilot" (where time started moving again) and present time "Quite a Common Fairy", which was less than a year (this is proven in "The Tower", where David states that it's been almost 30 years since Emma was born; since "The Tower" takes place one year after the first half of Season Three (as seen in "Going Home"), this means that less than a year passes between "Pilot" (where Emma turns 28) and the second half of season three). All this means that Elsa must have been trapped inside the urn in 1979 or 1980. Since Ingrid traveled to the Land Without Magic in 1982, she must have waited a few years before she tried to summon Rumplestiltskin to get the urn back and was sent to our world.
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  13. Some Runes Used in "Once Upon A Time" Season 4. Panya's Blog: Linguistic Aspects (October 11, 2014, updated on December 12, 2014). “The Book of Lost Tales (episode 07)”
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  26. 26.0 26.1 FacebookIcon NeilAWestlake. (Neil Westlake) February 10, 2016.  Retrieved on December 7, 2018. "As a graphic designer in the film and TV industry, we sometimes get to design tapestries as virtual and sometimes practical assets. These were made with Norewegian (sic) rosemaling motifs." (archive copy created on December 5, 2017)
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  70. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter. "yes, we got the wrong aged baby and wrong sex. It was a mistake, baby shoulda been around 1 1/2" (screenshot)
  71. TwitterLogo @markklotz (Mark Klotz) on Twitter. "#ouat setting up for a scene involving a kite in a tree. #onceuponatime on Burnaby Mountain Park." (screenshot)
  72. FlickrIconTemplate Lawrence Andreutti. Once Upon a Time set photos from Greenwood Park, North Vancouver, BC (Rowan Hill Park) taken on September 25, 2014. (September 25, 2014).  Retrieved on December 7, 2018. (archive copy created on March 19, 2017)
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