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Update 4/8: According to showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Tamara really is just a regular human, with no alternate identity whatsoever. So, unless they're plain lying, it looks like we have our answer.
We now know that Tamara, Neal’s fiancée, is the mysterious “Her,” but if this show has taught us anything, characters rarely stop at just one identity. Could Tamara be one of our beloved fairy tale characters, too? Or, perhaps, one of our most reviled fairy tale villainesses? We have a few theories of who she could be.
Just because Tamara doesn’t seem to have magic doesn’t mean she’s not from a magical land. This season seems to be the season of Peter Pan. We have met Hook, Smee, and now it looks like Neal had a layover in Neverland on his trip from the Enchanted Forest to our world. It is this last connection in particular that makes us think Tamara might have come back with Neal from Neverland. Could she be Wendy, the girl who dreams of pirates and adventure? Or, perhaps, Tinker Bell, Peter's mischievous companion? (Tink always did had a dark side, after all.) Or maybe she’s Tiger Lily, the Native American princess Peter rescues from Hook? Given his potential Neverland past, one of this three options makes sense.
Speaking of Native American princesses, one Disney princess who has yet to show her face is Pocahontas. We know that OUAT is willing to introduce historically-based characters now that we've met Mulan (Jamie Chung), so why not Pocahontas? We're not sure how her character could come into play, or why she would be looking for magic, but that picture Tamara carries around of her and her grandmother shows that she has a very strong connection to her past. Does she need magic to save her people? We’ve been looking at Tamara’s quest as a villainous one, but maybe she has a good reason for potentially wanting to steal the magic from Storybrooke. FYI, Tamara: There is no good reason for killing August. Not cool.
We’ve had hints that the Little Mermaid universe might come into play soon on OUAT, which has us on the lookout for characters from that world. In turn, Tamara’s goal to steal all the magic from Storybrooke has alarms going off in our heads. Evil sea witch Ursula is a notorious thief of powers. In the Disney film, she stole Ariel’s singing voice and she regularly absorbed people’s souls by turning them into polyps (rude). Magical, power-stealing taser, anyone?! Tamara used her taser-like device (that we learned yesterday is not, in fact, an ordinary taser) to kill at least two magical beings: The Dragon and August. Could she have absorbed their powers in the process? First sign of a creepy wooden neck joint on Tamara, and we’re calling it!
Do you think Tamara is a fairy tale creature? Let us know in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.