Once upon a time, in deep winter,
a queen was admiring the falling snow
when she saw a rose blooming in defiance of the cold.
Reaching for it, she pricked her finger
and three drops of blood fell.
And because the red seemed so alive against the white
she thought, "If only I had a child as white as snow,
"lips as red as blood, hair as black as a raven's wings
"and all with the strength of that rose. "
Soon after, a daughter was born to the Queen
and was named, "Snow White. "
And she was adored throughout the kingdom
as much for her defiant spirit as for her beauty.
We found it in the woods.
It's injured, Mother.
It must have broken its wing.
Don't worry, it will heal in time.
I'll look after it.
You possess a rare beauty, my love.
Never lose it.
It will serve you well when you become queen.
Be careful you don't fall.
I'm just getting you an apple.
Here you go. Thank you.
The next winter was the harshest in memory
and Snow White's mother passed away.
The King was inconsolable.
Taking advantage of his grief,
a dark and mysterious army appeared
and lured him into battle.
What devil spawned this army?
Send them back to hell!
The dark army was defeated,
but what would soon come to pass was far darker.
you will come to no harm from me or my men.
What is your name, my lady?
So enchanted by her beauty was the King
that he forgot, for the first time, his broken heart
and the very next day, she would become his wife.
You're so beautiful.
That's kind, child.
Especially when it is said that yours
is the face of true beauty in this kingdom.
This all must be difficult for you.
I, too, lost my mother when I was a young girl.
I can never take your mother's place.
But I feel that you and I are bound.
I feel it there.
You will be the ruin of me.
Indeed, my lord.
I was ruined by a king like you once.
I replaced his queen,
an old woman.
And, in time, I, too, would have been replaced.
Men use women.
They ruin us and when they are finished with us
they toss us to the dogs like scraps.
What have you given me?
When a woman stays young and beautiful forever,
the world is hers.
First, I will take your life, my lord.
And then I'll take your throne.
She had tricked her way into the kingdom with a phantom army.
She now welcomed a very real one.
Snow, get out! Snow!
The Princess! No!
Get out of here! Go!
William! Don't leave me!
Father, we must go back! We must!
No! We've lost her!
Don't leave me! William!
on the wall,
who is the fairest of them all?
It is you, my queen.
Yet another kingdom falls to your glory.
Is there no end to your power and beauty?
The remnants, my queen. What do we do with them?
To the sword.
Lock her up.
One never knows when royal blood may be of value.
So poisonous was the reign of Ravenna,
that nature turned on itself and people turned on each other.
The land died
and with it, hope.
And all that time, she kept Snow White imprisoned
high up in the north tower.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
What is your name? I am Greta.
What happened to you?
All the girls in our village were taken.
I was trying to reach Duke Hammond's castle when I was caught.
Is he alive?
Does he still fight in my father's name?
You're the King's daughter.
The night the King died, we were told all in the castle were slain.
Is the Duke's son still alive?
I don't know, Princess.
What will they do to me?