Mary Margaret was pushed to her breaking point. Regina’s mother, Cora, tried to stop her and her daughter, Emma, from returning home to Storybrooke. Then, after Cora followed them back, she killed one of Mary Margaret’s oldest friends and revealed that she was responsible for her mother’s death. Mary Margaret killed Cora and in turn darkened her own heart. Now her grandson, Henry, has been abducted and taken to Neverland by agents of Peter Pan, and Mary Margaret must once again find hope and some redemption as she does everything in her power to save Henry.
Who doesn’t know the story of Snow White? The innocent girl who ended up cursed to an endless sleep by her stepmother, the Evil Queen. But our Snow is no delicate flower; she’s a warrior. Though Snow’s life has been an endless series of trials and tribulations, the powerful bond she shares with her family gives her the strength to overcome any obstacle. With her true love Prince Charming at her side, neither the armies of King George nor the dark magic of the Evil Queen could stand in her way. Even when leading her cursed life as Mary Margaret, the love she held for both her husband and daughter shone through. Giving up Emma was the hardest moment of Snow’s life, and now that she has her back, Snow will go to any length to keep her family from being parted ever again.
In Fairy Tale Land she’s Snow White, the fairest of them all. Lips red as rose, hair black as coal, and skin as white as snow. Awakened from the Queen’s sleeping death by her Prince Charming, Snow is on her way to happily ever after when the Queen crashes her wedding and vows that she will yet enact her revenge on the couple. Not one to roll over without a fight, Snow stands up to the Queen and challenges her power. Strong, competent, and self-assured, our Snow White is a far cry from the demure damsel we might imagine.
However, once Snow becomes pregnant, her anxiety about the Queen's threat prompts her to seek knowledge of the future from the only person who can see it...Rumplestiltskin. He makes a deal with Snow: information about the Queen’s plans for the name of Snow’s unborn daughter.
He tells Snow & Charming that the Queen created a powerful curse, one that will send everyone from Fairy Tale Land to a place where they will be deprived of their happy endings. But, Rumplestiltskin counsels, there is hope. If Snow & Charming can keep their unborn daughter safe from the curse then, in 28 years, she will return to them and they will be able to undo the Queen’s curse. Snow White honors her deal and gives Rumplestiltskin the name: Emma. But at what future cost?
In Storybrooke, meet Mary Margaret Blanchard, a charitable, sensitive elementary school teacher. Though she wears a brave face for the world, we sometimes get the feeling that she’s hiding a deep personal loneliness. Among her students is 10 year-old Henry.
When Mary Margaret recognizes Henry’s own unhappiness, she gives him a fairy tale book with the intention of instilling in him some hope in a town where hope is often elusive. Henry devours the stories in the book and becomes possessed of the notion that it describes real characters and events. Mary Margaret’s simple act of giving Henry the book has set into motion a chain reaction that will change the town of Storybrooke and the lives of everyone in it.
Ginnifer Goodwin on playing Snow White:
"Snow White knows how to *play* the good girl. She lives for love and she only appreciates that which she earns, which makes her an adventuress, a risk-taker, a rule-breaker, and a mischief-maker. She is keenly aware that she battles vanity and jealousy, just as her evil stepmother does. Childhood guilt drives her to try harder and to constantly strive to become a better person, but she also carries with her a princess' sense of entitlement. and while that is something she is unable to see from within her frame of reference, she does have enough perspective to recognize that her self-reliance separates her from the other fairytale princesses. Playing Snow White, flaws and all, feels less like acting and more like getting to step into the shoes of someone I would like to be."