There was an enchanted forest filled with all
the classic characters we know.
Or think we know.
One day they found themselves trapped in a place
where all their happy endings were stolen.
This is how it happened...
~Prologue, ABC's Once Upon A Time
It turns out all those fairy tales are true—Geppetto’s wooden boy became Pinochio, Granny and Red Riding Hood live, and Prince Charming really did thwart the plans of the Evil Queen, kiss from death Snow White, and marry her on their way to happily ever after.
Emma: He doesn’t seem cursed to me. He’s just trying to help you.
Henry: He’s the one who needs help because he doesn’t know.
Emma (skeptical): That he’s a fairy tale character.
Henry: None of them do—they don’t remember who they are.
Emma: How’s the book supposed to help?
Mary Margaret: What do you think stories are for? These stories, they’re classics—there’s a reason we all know them. They’re a way for us to deal with our world. It doesn’t always make sense…. Look, I gave the book to him because I wanted Henry to have the most important thing anyone can have.Good stories remind us of who we are, how the world really works—and that there is a happy ending. In a sometimes dark, treacherous and painful world full of loss, loneliness and death, happy endings can seem impossible. But good stories can remind us that our Story is destined for a happy ending. And that gives us the best hope of all.
She pauses and Emma looks at her questioningly.
Mary Margaret: Hope. Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing.