"Long live the Queen" [Episode 3 spoilers]

For those of you who have played through the episode, BM mentions this phrase prior to strolling back to the car. Please forgive my ignorance, but is there supposed to be some sort of significance to this?


  • What immediately popped into my mind was the Queen of Hearts, like from Alice in Wonderland. Could she play a role in all of this maybe?

  • I think it refers to the "real" Bloody Mary, Mary I of England, who is notorious for the killing of protestants.

    No, Bloody Mary isn't Mary I of England, but she probably made the reference to fuel her ego.

  • I thought she was speaking directly to Snow, since she's taking Crane's place.

  • Ahh I hadn't considered that. That's a good theory.

  • Although it may explain the involvement of the Tweedle's, as the queen of hearts and the two brothers originate from the same story.

  • That's what i'd thought initially, but I wasn't sure.

  • This could be reference to the Queen of Hearts, which would explain the heads being off. It could also mean that Mary was talking directly to Snow , but even as director of operations, that does not make her "Queen", since old King Cole is the mayor.

  • She's definitely talking about the real Queen Mary.

  • edited April 2014

    But, King Cole is more of a figurehead. The Director of Operations is the one who really gets things done. (Or, who's supposed to at any rate.)

  • I was just thinking that. I always connected "decapitated heads" with the Headless Horseman and Crane, but now with Bloody Mary referencing a queen? I had to think of the Queen of Hearts, especially the line "Off with her head!" Who else could the Tweedle Twins be working for?

  • Bloody Mary was also a nickname for Queen Mary the First of England, who earned the nickname by slaughtering many protestants in bloody public executions.

  • Actual, the Tweedles come from an old nursery rhyme. "Tweedledum and Tweedledee
    Agreed to have a battle;
    For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
    Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
    Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
    As black as a tar-barrel;
    Which frightened both the heroes so,
    They quite forgot their quarrel."

    The Tweedles in "Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There" were taken from and repeat that rhyme.

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