The Serpent (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)

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"The Serpent"
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 4
Directed byRalph Hemecker
Written byJan Nash
Original air dateNovember 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)
Guest appearance(s)
  • Brian George as Old prisoner
  • Anthony Keyvan as Young Jafar
  • Lauren McKnight as Lizard
  • Zuleikha Robinson as Amara
  • Forbes Angus as Villager
  • Kevin Blatch as Executioner
  • Christian Bower as Drunken Guard
  • Ben Cotton as Tweedledum
  • Cedric De Souza as Akil
  • Matty Finochio as Tweedledee
  • Peter Hall as Peasant
  • Haroon Khan as Blacksmith
  • Marco Soriano as Gerard
  • Hugo Steele as Orang
  • Alicia Thorgrimmsson as Citizen
Episode chronology
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"Heart of Stone"
List of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episodes

"The Serpent" is the fourth episode of the Once Upon a Time spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.


The Knave of Hearts is kidnapped by the Red Queen (on behalf of Jafar) after saving him from Caterpillar's Collectors. Jafar wants him publicly beheaded to serve as an example of what happens to anyone who helps Alice. Alice befriends a collector named "Lizard" who helps Alice in her mission to rescue the Knave of Hearts. Meanwhile, the Red Queen is hesitant to kill the Knave since she's still in love with him and flashbacks reveal Jafar's real reasons for wanting Cyrus' power.


Jan Nash was the writer for the episode, while Ralph Hemecker was its director.[1]



The episode was watched by 3.55 million American viewers, and received an 18-49 rating/share of 0.9/3, down from the previous episode. The show placed fifth in its timeslot and fifteenth for the night.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Amy Ratcliffe of IGN gave the episode an 8.3 out of 10, giving it a positive review. She said "Tonight’s episode delivered some interesting backstory for Jafar and was expertly executed by Naveen Andrews, who showed he can still do nuance. The Knave/Queen story was deepened, too, and it’s nice to see things are still in a bit of play there. Alice got to be daring and fantastic. Her use of her first wish (and the shopkeeper’s last, too) shows a level of cleverness and forward thinking that is heartening to see, and engaging to me. How smart could you make your wish?"[3]

Christine Orlando of TV Fanatic gave the episode a 4.2 out of 5, signaling positive reviews.[4]

Lily Sparks of gave the episode a mixed to negative review, saying "What to do with Wonderland? It’s great hate-watching if you have that kind of time to kill and love raggin’ on sloppy green screen edge-feathering, but otherwise it is not exactly pushing me to the edge of my seat. The writers probably envisioned that audiences would respond to their characters the same way we've gotten attached to OUAT Original Seasoning. But OUAT Original spent a good year laying groundwork, letting us get to know the characters before making them pull laughable stunts in 100 percent CGI environments."[5]


  1. ^ "Listings - ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND on ABC". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 8, 2013). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up; 'The Millers' and 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Ratcliffe, Amy (7 November 2013). "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: "The Serpent" Review". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ Orlando, Christine (8 November 2013). "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Review: Worse Than Death". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ Sparks, Lily (8 November 2013). "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland "The Serpent" Review: Hiss or Miss". Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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