I'm many things, darling. But pure of heart is not one of them.
Anastasia Tremaine, also known as the Red Queen, is one of the main characters of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. A beautiful and elegant woman, the Red Queen's personality and moral conduct are unfortunately not as pleasing as her alluring appearance. Driven by a lust for power and a bitter sibling-like rivalry, the Red Queen has great, shady plans for Alice's return to her turf, Wonderland, wherein she reigns supreme and forces all its creatures to abide by her will. However, as its unveiled, the Queen's motivations are driven by true love, more specifically, the love she has for Will Scarlet. Ultimately, Anastasia reforms and rules Wonderland at his side as the White Queen.
Before the Curse
I love you, Will Scarlet.
The ball awaits. ("The Price of Gold")
A carriage is seen parked on the outside of a private property, and its passengers, three fairly unattractive women, make their way toward it, wearing evening gowns. The eldest woman - Cinderella's stepmother - enters the chariot first, followed by her two daughters, Anastasia and Drizella. Soon afterwards, we are treated to the sight of the fair Cinderella, dressed in rather unfair rags. The poor blonde looks with sadness at her step family as they leave their property on the carriage, headed to the prince's ball. However, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother soon shows up to make all her wishes come true... until she's murdered by Rumplestiltskin, who was looking to steal her wand. Soon after, he offers Ella a deal: he will make her into a beautiful princess capable of attending the same royal ball as her step family in exchange for a future favor, the details of which remain secret. Cinderella accepts the terms of the deal and Rumplestiltskin proceeds to use the Fairy Godmother's wand to magically transform the ragged girl into a beautiful princess wearing a gorgeous blue gown complete with glass slippers. With a new look in tow, Ella is able to attend the ball where she meets Prince Thomas and falls madly in love with him; the two of them later marry, officially making it she is royalty. This comes much to the dismay of her step-sister, Anastasia, who was a disappointment to her mother and hoped that things could change if she managed to marry into royalty herself. ("The Price of Gold")
Will and his true love are headed for Wonderland. ("Forget Me Not")
At some point, Anastasia meets Will Scarlet, a poor man, and the two of them fall madly in love. Knowing that her mother won't approve of the union, the happy couple hatch a plan to make it so they can be together. Will poses as one of Robin Hood's Merry Men and convinces the gang of thieves to pull a heist on Maleficent's Forbidden Fortress, but Robin, knowing that Maleficent is a dangerous sorceress, is reluctant to do so. Will manages to convince him that it's the right thing to do, for her castle contains enough gold to end all the kingdom's poverty, and promptly rides home to his true love to tell her that all his going to plan; Anastasia is thrilled. The heist is successful and Will manages to steal the one treasure he was actually interested in in the first place: a Looking Glass. He escapes the wrath of Maleficent, and the Merry Men, and returns to Ana. She is ecstatic with what Will has accomplished and the two of them use the stolen Looking Glass to open a portal to Wonderland, where they will be able to be together. They declare their love for one another beforehand. ("Forget Me Not")
Wonderland's new Queen. ("Heart of Stone")
Before Will and Anastasia can jump through the Looking Glass portal, the latter's mother enters the small home in order to talk them out of it, but they jump anyway. They spend a few weeks in Wonderland and become very hungry, being too poor to pay for food and not being able to find good sustenance in nature. When looking for berries to eat, they see a carriage full of bread drive past and learn that it's for the upcoming royal ball, and so they decide to rob noble attire and attend. Whilst there, Will is caught stealing food and gets him and Anastasia thrown out, much to Ana's dismay as she was having a nice time, chatting to the King. Now hating her life as a pauper, Ana suggests that the two of them steal the crown jewels and return home to the Enchanted Forest, where they will have escaped their crime and be rich. Will agrees to engage in this one final heist. Anastasia breaks into the palace and finds the Crown Jewels. As she takes the crown, the King comes in behind her. The latter asks Ana what would possess her to try and steal from him. She tries to justify herself, pointing out that he's rich and she's poor; he doesn't need the jewels whereas she does to survive. The King tells the girl that that is social order, but suggests that instead of stealing the jewels, she simply owned them. Ana asks what she would need to do to make that happen, and the King requests her hand... in marriage. Liking the way she looks in a crown and knowing that she'll never get anywhere in life with Will dragging her down, Anastasia accepts. Outside, Will is waiting when the King steps forward and gives the people his new queen: Anastasia. She glances briefly at the shocked Will and then ignores him, waving to the cheering crowd. ("Heart of Stone")
The mother she never had... the daughter she always wanted. ("Heart of the Matter")
Shortly before her nuptials, Anastasia meets not only the Tweedles, her personal servants, but also Cora, the Queen of Hearts, who has accepted the invitation to the wedding, despite the fact that she and the Red King don't see eye to eye on practically anything. Ana soon realizes it's because Cora is adept of using magic, and the King believes royals shouldn't do such a thing, as it separates them from their subjects. Cora believes some separation is essential, and states that she sees much of herself in the young Anastasia, showcasing a type of motherly support towards the bride-to-be. The Queen offers to teach Ana how to use magic, which the latter declines, respectfully. One night, when Will visits Ana to ask her if she is playing a long con or whether her marriage is the real deal, Cora overhears their conversation, and Will's request that Ana meet with him at their wagon so that they may escape back to the Enchanted Forest together. However, Cora shows up in Ana's place, telling Will she won't be coming, and the desolate young thief asks that the Queen take out his heart to spare him of his misery. Cora does so, and Will leaves, alone. She then makes sure that Ana becomes wary of this, and lies to her, claiming that Will couldn't forgive her and moved on. From then on, Cora, longing to form a bond with the young royal, teaches her how to dabble with magic, drawing from her inner anger, under the presumption that soon enough the King shouldn't be much of an impediment for Ana's use of her newfound powers... ("Heart of the Matter")
The Red Queen watches Alice suffer. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")
A young girl by the name of Alice is led to Wonderland by the powerful White Rabbit, and when she finally comes home after her adventures in that wondrous place, her father is surprised to find her back, alive and well, as he thought she'd died, claiming she'd been gone a long time. Alice's stories about Wonderland fail to be bought by the people around her, and a psych professional even claims that she's lying and perhaps unstable. Alice, determined to prove the truth, returns to Wonderland as a young woman to bring evidence of her stay there, and meets a genie by the name of Cyrus, who grants her three wishes. Alice and Cyrus share many adventures in Wonderland and fall in love, eventually leading to him proposing to her. However, their proposal is cut short when the villainous Red Queen - who is in cahoots with the equally nefarious Jafar - shows up and throws Cyrus into the Boiling Sea. Alice believes he's fallen to his death, but in truth he lands on Jafar's magic carpet, all part of a plan he and the Queen came up with. Jafar then traps Cyrus in a giant cage in his palace, up in the clouds that soar over Wonderland. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")
After the Curse
When I get what I want, you will get what you want. Why is that such a difficult concept for everyone?
The Red Queen clashes with Jafar. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")
The White Rabbit shows up in Storybrooke, Maine to recruit Will, the Knave of Hearts, to rescue Alice from the asylum where she was incarcerated after being deemed insane due to telling people about her adventures in Wonderland. Will and the Rabbit inform Alice that her beloved genie, Cyrus, is alive, so they all set sail to Wonderland with the intent to reunite the two torn lovers. However, there they learn that the Rabbit didn't actually see Cyrus, and rather says that the Dormouse did. It is soon revealed to us that the Rabbit brought the pair there under directions of the villainous Red Queen, who instructs him to report to her everything that Alice says, does and thinks, under a death threat. Jafar, who had an agreement with the Red Queen, shows up on one of her palace's balconies and she informs him that Alice is back and looking for her genie, which she implies is what they wanted. Jafar moves closer and tells her that what they want can't be accomplished without the genie's bottle, and Alice's made all her wishes. He tells her not to be so pleased with herself, and she scolds him for talking down to the Queen. He tells her power is fleeting, which she takes as a threat, but he makes it clear that he's not just threatening her... he's ready to dispose of her. Jafar starts to choke the Queen through magic, but she is able to murmur that he doesn't know where Alice is. He releases her, and the bitter Queen reminds him that he's in her turf now, and if he wants her help, their deal remains. The Queen promises to get him his wishes, and he asks what she wants in return, to which she responds, "All in due time." She then tells him to get back on his carpet and let her deal with Alice. He tells her he hopes she does, for her sake, and then his carpet appears and he steps on it and flies away. Later, Jafar goes to pay a little visit to Cyrus, whom he's got locked up in a giant cage in his palace in the clouds over Wonderland. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")
The poor Queen has to put with so much insubordinance. ("Trust Me")
When the villagers of Wonderland reunite at the Red Queen's palace to discuss their woes with her, they are frozen by Jafar's magic, for the dark wizard wishes to discuss his plans with his partner-in-crime. The Queen has agreed to find Cyrus' bottle for him, in exchange for getting her unholy desires fulfilled. She asks Jafar if he can truly change the laws of magic using the bottle's power, to make the impossible possible, and the villain confirms this. Later, Jafar realizes that the Queen knows where the bottle is hidden. She tries to maintain some leverage by imposing that Jafar proves that he can do what he claims he can do before she tells him where the bottle is, but the wizard isn't having any of this. He freezes the Queen and lets her know they are not partners and he doesn't owe her anything; he's given her his word, and that's more than most ever receive. The Queen, looking intimidated, finally tells him where the bottle is: Mimsy Meadows. Jafar flies there on his magic carpet, hoping to find it, and his presence is witnessed by Alice and Will. It turns out that Alice kept telling everyone it was there so that she could know who she was up against. Unable to find anything, Jafar demands that Cyrus tell him where the bottle is, and the Queen shows up and tells him she has it, finally gaining the leverage she wanted. Later, she asks the White Rabbit how he knew where the bottle was, and he tells her he saw Alice and Cyrus burying it. ("Trust Me")
Jafar and the Queen invite Cyrus for dinner. ("Forget Me Not")
Cyrus is woken up to witness as the Red Queen and Jafar have dinner before him. Jafar shows him the message he sent to Alice, where she wrote back that she's coming for him. The two villains decide to send a horrid creature after Alice, hoping to scare her and force her to waste away one wish. As the Queen skims through a book of Wonderland's most terrifying inhabitants and suggests them one by one, Jafar admires the look on the genie's face each time she brings up a name. When the Queen suggests the Bandersnatch, Cyrus looks particularly worried, and Jafar picks up on this. It's settled then, the two partners decide to send a Bandersnatch after the young girl. On their way, Jafar stops to compliment the Queen, starting to acknowledge that there is more to her than her exquisite exterior. The Bandersnatch attacks Alice and Will at the Grendel's house, but Alice, having learnt about such beasts because of Cyrus, is able to overpower it and have it killed. When the female Bandersnatch dies as well (for they mate for life), the Queen believes Alice must have made her wish already. However, Jafar claims that he would have known about it, and is livid once he realizes they were tricked by Cyrus. Later, the two villains visit the Grendel and ask him what happened. He says - hoping to be reunited with his deceased wife in the process - that he was saved from the beast by a man and a woman. Jafar asks him who the man was, wanting to know who's helping Alice, and Grendel recounts that Alice called him "Knave" (a name that triggers a reaction from the Queen). He then asks if he can be reunited with his wife, and Jafar confirms this... right before he jams the bottom of his staff into the Grendel's chest and kills him. ("Forget Me Not")
Will is caught off-guard by his former fling. ("The Serpent")
Jafar confronts the Red Queen about her not telling him that Alice had company in Wonderland: the Knave of Hearts. The Queen explains that he's irrelevant, and Jafar demands that he is removed from the playfield. The Queen is conflicted, since Will is her ex-lover. She manages to capture him and locks him up in a cell. Jafar, however, is not satisfied, and demands that Will be executed so that people learn what happens when one helps Alice in Wonderland. Anastasia then concocts a plan to have the White Rabbit save Will, but the Knave turns it down, daring Anastasia to kill him. The Queen is distraught, but goes through with the execution plans. Jafar shows up to witness it, but so do Alice and the Lizard, who go on to save Will. The villains follow them into the maze gardens, and eventually corner the heroes. Jafar tortures Will to get Alice to make a wish, and Alice does make one: that, if the Knave dies, she dies. Anastasia is delighted, and the Knave is spared. Alice is then further tortured herself, but she refuses to wish and put Cyrus at the villain's mercy, so Jafar decides to leave, promising to explore her one weakness - her heart - to get her to wish. He turns Will into a stone statue. Alice begs the Queen to help him, claiming that she cares, a claim Anastasia denies. The Queen then leaves Alice alone with the statue, telling her that to make everything better she just has to wish. Later, however, the Queen returns to the site, and caresses the statue... ("The Serpent")
The Queen saves her true love. ("Heart of Stone")
The Red Queen goes to the edge of a cliff and extends one foot over the edge. After a moment she pulls her foot back. Later, while Alice tries to comfort the stone form of Will, she's approached by the Queen, who offers her a deal; if she retrieve some magical dust that will help protect her against Jafar, then she will help her locate Cyrus. After much reluctance, Alice agrees. When they reach their destination, they find that the gap they must cross is too long, however, Alice is shown a riddle which states a person pure of heart can succeed. Believing her love with Cyrus is pure, she attempts to cross the gap. At first it works and Alice magically walks through the air, however, this suddenly comes to an end and she falls down into the pit beneath her. She is confronted with a vision of her child self, who uses its power to knock the Red Queen down into the pit with them and then the tries to persuade Alice into killing the defenceless queen. Alice tells a begging queen that she must pay for her crimes and then swings her sword at her, however, she misses on purpose, stating she won't be the one to make her. Alice's child vision suddenly becomes innocent and clean looking, stating she passed the test. When both Alice's touch hands, the child version dissipates into dust...the dust the Red Queen wanted. Alice collects it up and once they escape the pit, the Red Queen betrays Alice and takes the dust without revealing Cyrus' location. When Alice says that she gave her her life, the Queen insists that everything she had, she had to take. Alice asks about what she's lost, and the Queen warns her to take care as she walks away. Then, the Queen goes to the Knave's statue and strokes its face. She says that she's sorry and then sprinkles the magic dust on him. The Knave is restored and she quickly walks away before he can see her. ("Heart of Stone")
"Darling, the harsh reality is sometimes love is not enough." ("Who's Alice?")
The Red Queen goes to Jafar's dungeon with Tweedledee, and discovers that both Cyrus and the guards are gone. She turns to the old prisoner and asks what happened, but he refuses to talk. The Queen slams him around and the prisoner tells her that Jafar took Cyrus away. She points out that Cyrus' cage is cut open and demands the truth, and the old prisoner says that the Queen will never catch Cyrus because he carries the greatest power of all: true love. Later, the Red Queen and Tweedledee follow Cyrus' trail. When he says that she can't follow him dressed as she is, the Queen slaps him and says that she wasn't always queen, and that she knows how to get her hands dirty. She explains that if she finds the genie then she alone will have him and his bottle; Jafar will have nothing and she will win the game. Finally, the Queen follows Cyrus' trail to the stream and uses magic to track him to his true location. As Cyrus comes to the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean far below, the Queen comes up behind him. The genie realizes that the castle is on an island of rock floating high in the sky. Cyrus vows that he'll see Alice again, but the Red Queen warns that sometimes love isn't enough to conquer reality. However, Cyrus sees Alice's necklace glowing in the distance and diving off of the cliff. A shocked Red Queen rushes to the edge and watches as the genie falls into the ocean below them. ("Who's Alice?")
The Queen does not notice Jafar overhears her discussion. ("Bad Blood")
Tweedledum makes his way towards his Queen, telling her that they've searched the shores and there are no signs of Cyrus. She tries to maintain a certain composure as she tells her lackey to keep looking, for he couldn't have just vanished. Dum turns around and, with a provocative look, turns back to face her again and starts to ironically imply that vanishing is actually something genies can do. The Queen gets up and orders him to shut up, as she walks past him. The Tweedle theorizes that Cyrus could have simply not survived the fall, seeing as how he dove a thousand feet down into the water. She asks him if he's considered the possibility that he's a lazy imbecile; the Tweedle asks if it's a rhetorical question. The Queen starts to tell him that, with Jafar out of Wonderland, she has the opportunity to gain the upper hand. She says she already has the bottle, and wants the genie in her possession too. Unbeknownst to her, Jafar is standing right behind her. Noticing the Tweedle's reaction to his presence, she asks what it is, only to hear Jafar telling her to continue. The Queen plays it off, acting dumb, and telling him she had been worried sick. Jafar claims not to have time for her games, and asks to be told where he can find Alice. Ana tells him she'd be quite happy to tell him, saying Alice is easy to find, unlike that genie of hers. Jafar asks what she's talking about, and Ana explains that Cyrus got away while he was gone. Jafar, irate, immediately turns to the red army and orders them to find the genie immediately, but Anastasia reminds him that they listen to her and already have orders, and the genie will be back in their hands before the sun sets. She starts to walk back to her throne but Jafar stops her, grabbing her hand and her attention, and tells her not to forget that even if she holds the genie and the bottle, she can't live out her twisted dreams without someone changing the laws of magic, and he is the only one who will have that power. The Queen, amused, tells him, "Of course you are, darling." And heads back to her throne. Jafar isn't entertained. ("Bad Blood")
Anastasia reveals her secret wish: go back to a time where Will loved her. ("Home")
In the palace, Tweedledum tells the Queen what he's heard through the Grapevine: Cyrus is caught in a plant snare. As she goes to retrieve him, Tweedledum says that his brother gave a bag to Jafar. She orders him to leave and goes to her treasure cabinet... and discovers that the genie's bottle is gone. Later, the Queen comes to collect Cyrus, dropping him into her carriage, and they stop by her old wagon to collect his bottle. They then return to the Queen's palace and see it's been wrecked by Jafar, meaning he's after her and wants to kill her, so the two of them make their way to the Outlands to find Alice and Will. When Cyrus is reunited with Alice, the latter is less than happy to see the Red Queen with the genie, but he assures her that she's there to help them. A deadly storm created by Jafar is fast approaching and they need to escape Wonderland, but Alice refuses to as she cannot trust the Queen's word, and nor can Will. Cyrus, having previously suspected that the Queen had a secret desire, believes her. Anastasia reveals that the only reason she formed an alliance with Jafar was so he could change the laws of magic and she could change the past, going back to a time where Will loved her. When the White Rabbit begins to dig a portal, a lightning strike from the storm soon zaps down, and the Queen deflects it with Cyrus' bottle. It hits the Knave instead. The Queen rushes to her love as Alice suddenly collapses. The Queen reminds Cyrus that Alice's first wish was to die if the Knave died. Will uses his wish to end Alice's suffering. Not only does this save her from the brink of death, but it frees Cyrus from his binds also, meaning he isn't a genie anymore... but Will has disappeared, much to Ana's sadness. The Knave is now a genie. ("Home")
The Queen is betrayed by her subjects. ("Nothing to Fear")
Following the events of Jafar almost killing them all and Will becoming a genie, Alice wakes up in her and Cyrus' hidden home. The couple embrace, but the moment is ruined by the Red Queen who reminds them of what all has happened. The trio then head out to the forest to track down the bottle containing Will. As Alice and Cyrus walk, the fail to notice that Anastasia, who is suppose to be walking behind them, disappears. It is later revealed that she has been kidnapped by a group of furious peasants who are ready to get revenge on her for the horrible way she treated them during their suffering. As they drag her away, the Red Queen attempts to sympathize with them, explaining how she was once treated like them. After being tied to a post, she insists that the peasants can be paid a ransom if they let her live. However, when questioned who would do such a thing, Ana is unable to name anyone willing to help her. Alice and Cyrus arrive to save the day, however, by offering to pay for the Queen's freedom. The couple then admit that they have nothing to pay with, but refuse to leave without Anastasia. This does not please the peasants, so they are then tied to the post as well. That night, as the trio struggle to break free, the lit fires surrounding them attract the large a ferocious beasts known as the Mome Raths. Despite putting out the torches, the beasts continue to approach the trio because of Alice's shining necklace. With little choice, Alice parts with the pendant; throwing it to the Mome Raths while the three flee. In the forest, they spot fireworks coming from a town. Ana says the place is too poor to afford such luxuries, let alone food, causing the group to realize that Will must be there granting wishes. In town, Anastasia discovers the deceased Lizard with the bottle laying on the floor. She is later accused by Alice of harming Lizard, though the argument is cut short when Cyrus demands the bottle. Instead, however, Anastasia rubs the bottle, bringing out Will, making her his master. Alice, Cyrus, and Will are furious, but Ana is ready to leave Wonderland. Her mind changes, however, when she learns that the other two bottles contain Cyrus' brothers. She decides to remain in Wonderland and help rescue them. ("Nothing to Fear")
The Jabberwocky torments Anastasia. ("Dirty Little Secrets")
Wanting to defeat Jafar and prove herself as a good ruler of Wonderland, Anastasia, accompanied by Will, go to the White Rabbit's home while Alice and Cyrus go to the Well of Wonders to track down the guardian Nyx, who put a curse on Cyrus and his brother to become genies. The Red Queen makes amends with the rabbit for taking from him what cannot be returned. She then asks for help convincing the peasants that she genuinely wants to take back Wonderland for their sake. Anastasia is then told the news that Jafar has unleashed the Jabberwocky, but the stubborn Queen still wants to start a war against him. Later as she and Will are on the move in the woods, she senses the Jabberwocky's presence and orders the genie to get back into the bottle. She then hides it in the bushes and starts running, calling for the Jabberwocky to appear before her. She then conjures up a sword and plunges it into the monster. Ana is briefly relieved, but is horrified to see the Jabberwocky push her way out of the sword, breaking free without a mark left on her. Powerless to the creature's manipulations, she is quickly knocked out cold and awakens, strapped down to a chair, in a castle jail cell. Across from her, Will is entrapped in the same dilemma. Jafar orders the Jabberwocky to get inside the Red Queen's head in order to force her to make the three wishes. It doesn't take long for the Jabberwocky to have Ana in tears as she is reminded of her horrible past when her mother stopped loving her because the prince chose her stepsister instead of her, and then she lost Will's love as well. The Jabberwocky then manipulates Ana into making two wishes: one for her crown, and then another for her jewels. The Jabberwocky forces the Queen to use the final wish to make the creature stop torturing her. This causes Will to return to his bottle and into Jafar's possession. A while later, as Anastasia remains in her cell alone, she receives a visit from her loyal servant, Tweedledum. Ana is surprised and asks why the tweedle has remained loyal to her throughout everything. Tweedledum simply states that she is his Queen. Anastasia is touched by this, and then sends him to warn Alice and Cyrus against fighting Jafar and to leave Wonderland as soon as possible. ("Dirty Little Secrets")
Ana is murdered before her true love. ("Heart of the Matter")
As Anastasia is held prisoner in her own castle, she converses with the former Sultan of Agrabah, commenting that he must hate Jafar for locking him up. The Sultan states that he believes Jafar is as much his prisoner as he is Jafar's since everyone creates their own prisons. Ana quietly echos this to herself when Alice and Cyrus arrive seeking the three bottles. They ask her to stall Jafar from using them to break the laws of magic, but she can't. Despite the fact that the pair are not there to rescue the Queen, Ana cannot help but tearfully thank Alice for coming back and believes that if Will is freed, then Wonderland can be saved after all. When hearing Jafar coming, Alice and Cyrus hide. The sorcerer questions Anastasia, believing she casted a spell on Will that renders his spell useless. The Red Queen denies this. She then challenges him, so Jafar uses magic to choke her until the Jabberwocky gets an answer, confirming that Ana has done nothing, but that the Knave of Hearts is in fact heartless. She then reveals that she got the information from someone else in the dungeon - Alice. Jafar sends his guards after her and Cyrus, but the couple get away. Afterwards, Jafar threatens to slit Ana's throat if Will doesn't tell him the location of his heart. The Queen begs Will not to give away the information, but he refuses to let her die over this. Later, Ana expresses surprise that Will had his heart removed. The Knave states that he believed it was necessary so he could forget about her. He then asks what Ana intended to do if she broke the laws of magic and could change the past. The Red Queen reveals that she would have gone back in time and kept her and Will from going to Wonderland in the first place. She then apologizes for resorting to magic to win him back, as the laws weren't meant to be broken, and asks for his forgiveness, which he accepts. Jafar then returns back to the dungeon with Will's heart that he obtained from Alice and Cyrus. He shoves it back into the Knave's chest. Will collapses back in shock. Anastasia calls for Will to look at her. The instant their eyes meet, Will realizes his love for the Queen, and they share a passionate kiss. Their reunion is interrupted, however, when Jafar separates them. Will is locked up while Ana is pulled out. Jafar tells the couple that it is time to see if Will's heart works. The sorcerer then takes out a knife and stabs Anastasia in the back, killing her. ("Heart of the Matter")
Anastasia is laid to rest. ("To Catch a Thief")
A solemn Will stands helplessly in his cell within the dungeons of the Red Queen's palace, whilst Jafar comments that love makes people do the maddest things. The Knave requests that he goes away, but the sorcerer ignores him, going on to point out that Anastasia went through so much to get him back and it's a pity that things didn't work out. As he does so, the shot reveals Ana's dead body to be lying peacefully within a glass coffin; she has been clothed in a lavish red dress and a single red rose rests atop her corpse. "A pity..." Will repeats in a croaky tone, and Jafar says that the Red Queen looks beautiful in her current state, like she's only asleep, like you could almost reach out and wake her up. When Jafar leans in towards the coffin, having moved round it, Will begins insanely banging against the bars of his cell, ordering his captor not to touch his dead lover. "I like you with your heart in your chest," Jafar comments, adding that he imagines Will must want to kill him for what he did. The Knave tells the dark magician that he should open up his cell and find out, but Jafar merely stares back at him. After an argument with his father, Jafar asks Will if he'd like a chance to bring back Anastasia. The Sultan begs Will not to listen to a thing his son says, but due to desperately wanting his true love back, Will pays attention. He is then given a job - he has to make sure that Alice and Cyrus do not stop him so he can succeed in changing the laws of magic. If he does so, Jafar will bring back Ana. ("To Catch a Thief")
Anastasia is permanently revived. ("And They Lived...")
Jafar has finally succeeded in breaking the laws of magic, so he keeps up his end of the deal with Will and resurrects Anastasia. Will is ecstatic, but he soon learns that Jafar has also used his magic to make Ana love him, going as far as to kiss her passionately in front of her ex-boyfriend, who remains devastated. Alice is soon taken prisoner and Jafar threatens to change the past and make it so she never met Cyrus, unless she tells him where Amara is headed. She refuses, remaining strong, but one of Jafar's guards soon mentions the two red doors Amara and Cyrus were seen going through, and Anastasia tells her new love that they lead to the Well of Wonders. Jafar leaves to deal with them, and the White Rabbit sneaks in to free Alice. However, he is soon seen by Anastasia, who tries to stop him. Will begs her to see the truth, assuring her that she doesn't love Jafar, despite her claims that she does. He tells her that real love is different to what she feels right now, before using all his strength to reach a hand through the force field, grab Anastasia and kiss her - a kiss of true love. This breaks Jafar's spell, and the former Red Queen frees Alice before telling her to hurry up and defeat the dark wizard who killed her in the first place. Alice does so, managing to eradicate Jafar's powers by returning the water Cyrus stole to the Well of Wonders, thus revoking the curse of the genie and freeing Will, along with Cyrus' brothers. Whilst Jafar is trapped in his own bottle to serve eternity as a genie himself, Alice returns to the castle, where Anastasia's dead body is lying on an open coffin. When Jafar's magic was stripped, the spell he used to resurrect Ana was undone also, meaning she died again. However, Alice and Cyrus reveal that Nyx - the well's guardian - gave them some magic water to use on her, for whereas the Red Queen was meant to die, Anastasia's story goes on. Will gives Ana's body some of the water, and she wakes up, much to his delight. The two of them later attend Alice and Cyrus' wedding in England and return to Wonderland together, but not before Alice and Will part ways with a heartfelt hug. Here, Will and Anastasia rule happily together as the White King and Queen. ("And They Lived...")
Illustration of the 1871 book, Throug the Looking-Glass, featuring the Red Queen.
The character of Anastasia is based upon one of the two stepsisters from the 1950 film, Cinderella. The character of Anastasia Tremaine was once a hideous, cold-hearted, and self-absorbed young lady. She, along with her sister and mother would abuse Cinderella, forcing her to work as a maid in her own home. In the following two films, however, Anastasia has reformed into a beautiful and warm-hearted young woman, even turning against her wicked mother and sister. In the original tale and other remakes, the character of Anastasia is sometimes left unnamed, and usually does not reform in the end. Some versions have the stepsisters beg mercy from Cinderella and are married to noblemen. She also embodies the role of the Red Queen, an antagonist in the book Through the Looking-Glass, by English author Lewis Carroll. It is the sequel to Carroll's first book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The first book told the tale of a girl named Alice who fell down a rabbit hole to the fantasy world of Wonderland. In the sequel, Alice steps through a looking-glass and finds herself in a live chess game. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. In it, the Red Queen can be viewed as an antagonist as she is the queen for the side opposing Alice. Anastasia is also the White Queen, a supporting character in Through the Looking-Glass. In the book, the Red Queen and the White Queen are not the same person. They are in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, however. After reforming from the being the cruel Red Queen into a kind-hearted and loving ruler, Anastasia becomes known as the White Queen.
Gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.