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25 October 2012 @ 10:36 pm

I've been watching the first season of Once Upon a Time and I've been enjoying it. A lot.

And I just finished episode seven (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). I don't actually know that I can keep watching the show.

To recap the episode: Graham, the sheriff, is having an affair with Regina, the mayor/evil witch. Over the course of the episode, as Graham falls for Emma, the protagonist, it comes to light that Graham is the huntsman from Snow White and is actually being controlled by the evil witch. In the end, when he resists her and goes to Emma, Regina murders him.

And that's a thing. That happens. She just rapes him for years on end and then when he tries to leave, she just kills him. It was... really bad to watch.

Please, someone tell me that this is actually dealt with so I can keep watching a series with awesome female leads. Please.
Virginia Fell: human monstersvirginia_fell on October 26th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
I'm not far past that episode, but I am hoping the same thing. Given the fairly-grounded attitude that some of the female leads have toward... well, general grownup-ness... I am hoping that it'll come to light and someone'll tell Regina, "You know what we fucking call that, right? You know what that makes you, right?"
Carro: DW: Jennylessrest on October 26th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
I don't think it's dealt with? I'm not sure though, I watched all of season one over a short time period and I didn't pay attention to everything going on in the show.

I think the whole mind-control rape thing was added to the show to show the viewers that Regina is the villain, the show's big bad. So I don't think we're supposed to be okay with it (so it's not a Vampire Diaries thing), but yeah I don't remember the other characters finding out what Regina did.
Chasechik: fiat luxchasingtides on October 27th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I can deal with that, as much as I adore the concept of this show.

The idea of the rapist... getting away with it, just because no one cared to, essentially, read Henry's book thoroughly, really makes me sick. And it's not right to tell a story where a character gets casually raped and murdered by a powerful villain and then, that's where the story ends, not unless it's Flannery O'Connor style horror, which this is not.
Sam Black: Wait what-Leah and the packoptimus_life on October 27th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Fair warning for season 2, Regina isn't all bad. As in her motivations and how she reacts. If that bothers you, you might want to stop watching the show now.

I was so caught up in other story plots during the first season that I don't remember it being talked about. Aside from Regina being able to do what she does, when she does and having no one calling her on it.