The Werewolf of ‘Once Upon a Time’

A reader on our Facebook page asked me to write about the werewolf in the hit show Once Upon a Time and since the show is one of my favorites (obsessively so) I am happy to oblige. After seeing the first werewolf episode, titled “Red-Handed,” I wanted to share its awesomeness with all of you, but I was afraid of revealing the big twist – so, I’ll just have to be careful and not share TOO much about this amazing episode.

For those of you new to Once Upon a Time (tsk tsk) this spectacular show follows Emma Swan, who gets the surprise of her life when Henry, the son she gave up 10 years ago, arrives on her doorstep. Returning the boy to his adoptive mother becomes complicated when Henry reveals a stunning theory to Emma. Everyone in his home town of Storybrooke, Maine is a fairytale character under a curse, and Emma – as the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming – is the one who can save them all. The story unfolds; interweaving scenes of the drama in the sleepy New England town and the inhabitants’ past lives in the world of fairy tales. The timeless battle of good vs. evil is ready to begin again.

The show is an incredibly well told tale full of mystery and surprising revelations. The back and forth between the real modern universe and the fairy tale world is wonderful, and the ties between the two are always entertaining. The writers of the show have done a great job creating this world (although it would be nice if the story would move faster). We meet all kinds of fairy tale characters, even Disney ones, since the network behind Once Upon a Time is owned by Disney. We meet Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Belle, and many MANY more, including Little Red Riding Hood.

The episode that tells Red’s tale is Season 1, Episode 15 “Red-Handed” and it’s a fantastic story full of mystery, horror and all kinds of twists and turns. I can’t speak too much on it without ruining the episode for those who haven’t seen it, but I LOVED the writer’s twist on the tale. The werewolf was also badass, I totally approved. I also liked that the writers didn’t just feature the werewolf in this one episode, we see it again in a later episode taking down some enemies.

If you haven’t already, I highly suggest checking out Once Upon a Time. But don’t start with the werewolf episode, SO MUCH happens in every episode so you will be totally confused if you start at episode 15.

– Moonlight

About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like and You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.


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  1. There’s another kind of werewolfish character, Sheriff Graham (also the huntsman) Who was raised by wolves and has a wolf who follows him and everything. If you ask me, I think he’s cooler than the werewolf mentioned in this article (don’t want to spoil who it was for anyone else)

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