Talk about an unexpected twist! During last night’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ episode, titled “Quite a Common Fairy,” the show revealed its very first LGBT character.
If you have yet to view the episode, stop reading right now. Spoilers are ahead!
While Emma, Snow, Charming, Hook and Regina were dealing with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell (our first introduction with the pixie dust queen), Neal/Baelfire was busy forming a plan to get to Neverland. With help from Robin Hood and Mulan, he was successful and the creepy shadow transported him to the land that thrives on imagination.
As exciting as that was, it wasn’t until the very end -- within the last five minutes or so -- that two big twists were revealed (one being much bigger and unexpected than the other). Here we go -- not only is Aurora pregnant to Prince Phillip, but Mulan is also in love with the former sleeping beauty. Mulan vowed to tell a loved one her true feelings, who turned out to be Aurora. Before Mulan could express herself, Aurora revealed her pregnancy, which prompted Mulan to go join Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men.
For awhile now, it’s been hinted at that Mulan, played by Jamie Chung, might have feelings for Phillip, especially since they spent so much time together. Well, Mulan has also spent quite a deal of one-on-one time with Aurora. For some fans, the chemistry between these two strong women has been relevant, but now it’s a reality on Mulan’s end.
So, the question still remains: does Mulan have feelings for both Aurora and Phillip? Whatever the answer, this still remains a huge move for the ABC drama. Whether Mulan is a lesbian or bisexual, this is the show’s first LGBT character -- which is also quite the transformation of a Disney character.
Over the summer, ‘OUAT’ creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis briefly touched on the possibility of a LGBT character. “We are absolutely open to that, and for us, it's a matter of the right time and the right story. It's something we discuss and we're open to, it's just not something we've done yet,” Kitsis said. Horowitz also added, “And it's the same as with any love story -- we'd have to do it right and give it its due.”
Well, it looks to be the right time, and even the show’s cast is thrilled with LGBT story. Yesterday before the episode aired, both Chung and Sarah Bolger (Aurora) expressed their excitement over the episode’s curveball on Twitter. Chung posted, "Really looking forward to tonight's episode," while Bolger tweeted, "ME TOO!! Fans-get ready to be surprised!!! Xx."
So, what happens now for Mulan, Aurora and Phillip? Time will only tell. In my opinion, Mulan deserves a great love, whether it’s Aurora, Phillip or another female and/or male love interest. I hope the drama follows through with the LGBT storyline and do Mulan’s story justice. It’s about time the Disney-inspired series gives fans an LGBT couple to root for, just like we already do for Snow and Charming!
‘Once Upon A Time’ airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.