"ONCE UPON A TIME" RELATIONSHIP MYSTERY - PART II
Over a year ago, I wrote an article that reported an exchange between Adam Horowitz, one of the showrunners for "ONCE UPON A TIME" and a fan of the show. In this exchange, Horowitz claimed that Regina Mills aka the Evil Queen did not use the heart of Sheriff Graham Humbert to coerce him into having sex with her.
I am referring to the series' Season One episode, (1.07) "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter". For two years, I had assumed that Regina did use the Huntsman's heart to sexually rape him. Then I read that Twitter exchange and found myself feeling confused over the matter. Recently, I watched "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" again. When I viewed the following flashback scene, it added more confusion over what really happened between Regina and Graham:
(The Evil Queen magically sticks her hand through the Huntsman’s chest. When she draws back, his heart is in her hand.)
Huntsman: What… What are you going to do to me?
(She kisses him.)
Evil Queen: You’re now mine, my pet.
(She walks over to the wall of drawers and holds up the heart. A drawer pops out containing a box.)
Evil Queen: And this is your cage. From this moment forward, you will do everything that I say. And if you ever disobey me, if you ever try to run away, all I have to do is squeeze.
(The Evil Queen squeezes the heart in her hand and the Huntsman doubles over in pain.)
Evil Queen: Guards!
(Two guards enter the room and grab the Huntsman by the arms.)
Evil Queen: Your life is now in my hands – forever. Take him to my bedchamber.
(The guards take the Huntsman with them. The Evil Queen puts his heart in the box and closes the drawer.)
Many fans - including myself - had believed that Regina had used Graham’s heart to force him to have sex with her, after she removed his heart for failing to kill Snow White. Many fans still believe this. And Regina did order her guards to take the Huntsman to her bedchamber. So, why am I now even more confused over what really happened? While watching "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", I noticed that after Regina had ordered her guards to send the Huntsman to her bedchamber, she placed his heart in a vault where she kept other hearts taken by her and her mother, Cora Mills. Without his heart in her possession, how did Regina manage to coerce the Huntsman to have sex with her?
Episodes like (2.08) "Into the Deep", (2.17) "Welcome to Storybrooke" and the recent (4.11) "Heroes and Villains" proved that one literally had to hold the victim’s heart in hand in order to manipulate the latter's speech or movement. Since Regina had placed Graham’s heart in a crypt before joining him in her bedchamber, I have to repeat my question . . . how did she force him to have sex with her?
I hope that Horowitz or his partner, Edward Kitsis, will clear up this matter in a future episode. If actor Jamie Dornan is unavailable for another appearance on the series, the showrunners could at least clear the matter in an interview. After the slew of unanswered mysteries that plagued "LOST", the series in which both Horowitz and Kitsis wrote for, I have no desire to put up with another television series that leaves its viewers partially in the dark.