Stop right there, I know what you are thinking. The Mad Hatter is not a fairy tale character. Well, shut up, because he is a work of fiction and the creators of Once Upon A Time have made it quite clear that there is only one requirement to become a character in Storybrooke: you must have been written down on paper before.
So what is the deal with this Mad Hatter? Let me break it down for you. Oh, and I am going to call The Mad Hatter “MH” from now on because I am lazy.
In the before curse time, MH somehow had the good fortune to find a hat. This hat, when spun, opens up a gateway to Never Never Land..oops, I mean Wonderland. MH has been travelling back and forth for some time, but after the death of his wife, he decides to give up his transportational life and raise his little girl. While he is poor, he is happy. Until the Evil Queen needs him to take her to Wonderland to steal something back from the Red Queen. After some back-stabbing, Evil Queen abandons MH in Wonderland. That is what makes him crazy…sitting in Wonderland, trying to recreate the hat that will reunite him with his daughter.
In now time, since the curse, MH has been trapped in his house. Upon Emma arriving to Storybrooke, MH was released and he knew that the curse was broken, and there is magic once again. MH is certain that Emma is the cause of this change, so he has been stalking her. And then abducts her. And drugs her. And then forces her to make hats because he assumes her magic can make magic hats. Turns out, it can.
Convoluted enough for you? Well it doesn’t matter because Mad Hatter is gorgeous. At first I caught a glimpse of him at a bad angle and thought it was Ricky Martin, but thank god it was not. It was Sebastian Stan, whoever that is.
Though this story is about the Mad Hatter, it really does a lot to move along the plot. The one man in Storybrooke who is starting to uncover the truth seems a little insane. But with his frenzied rantings, MH begins to convince Emma of the curse. Emma Swan is starting to look at that big book of fairy tales a little more closely.
Another character I really want to see more of is the Red Queen. After screaming, “Off with your head,” to the Hatter, the Red Queen still remains mysterious.
After watching this episode, I am certain that Lewis Carol would not be angry. He may even be impressed at how the writers can create a whole back story for a fictional character that has nothing to do with traditional fairy tales. With two movies about Snow White coming out in the next few months (Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Hunstman) and a competing TV show (Grimm), Once Upon a Time need to keep things fresh. In fact, now that all works of fiction are on the table, here are some characters I want to see written into the plot:
- The Jabberwocky
- Casper: The Friendly Ghost
- Joe Camel
- Hermione Granger
- Cyrano de Bergerac
Get on it writers!! I have practically written Season 2 for you!