Granny's Cottage is based on the location of the same name from the fairytale "Little Red Riding Hood", and the widow's cottage from the fairytale of "Snow-White and Rose-Red". It is also an allusion to Widow Tweed's House from the Disney film The Fox and The Hound.
Reason: Red's Untold Tale summary
In a budding romance, Red Riding Hood falls in love with the blacksmith's son, Peter, and the two have secret rendezvouses near her cottage window at night. They dream of running away together, but things are not safe in town with a bloodthirsty wolf running around on every wolfs time, or full moon. One evening, she and her grandmother, Widow Lucas, receive Mayor Tomkins at their door. He asks for more volunteers to help the hunting party kill the wolf. Red expresses an interest in joining them for the hunt, but Widow Lucas refuses to allow it and the pair lock down the house for safety. As Red goes to rest for the night, Widow Lucas reminds her to keep her cloak on since the color red repels wolves. The next morning, Red finds a woman, who calls herself Mary, hiding in the chicken coop barn, and offers her shelter at the cottage. ("Red-Handed")
During the evening, Red Riding Hood grabs hold of an idea to simply kill the wolf and get rid of the danger so she and Peter can be together. Mary is reluctant but eventually agrees to help. The next day, they follow the wolf's footprints in the snow, with the trail slowly morphing into human tracks that stopped outside the window near Granny's cottage. Stunned, they conclude Peter must be the wolf. Red meets with him in the woods to tell him the truth while Mary masquerades as her in bed. Granny goes to check up on Red in her room, only to find Mary wearing the cloak and pretending to be Red. Mary explains how she and Red discovered Peter is the wolf and that Red tied him up to prevent him from hurting anyone after he shapeshifts, however, Granny grows worried for Peter as she knows the actual truth which she has been hiding to herself: that Red has been the one shapeshifting into a wolf all this time, not Peter. The two of them leave the cottage to hurry into the woods to search for the couple but arrive too late to rescue Peter, who has been killed and partially devoured by the shapeshifted Red. ("Red-Handed")
- The prop used for the well outside Granny's cabin is the same prop used for the Storybrooke wishing well. ("Red-Handed")
- Before becoming the wishing well, the well prop was used for the well where Prince Thomas disappears in "The Price of Gold" and the well in Rumplestiltskin's Frontlands village in "Desperate Souls". The supporting structure for the pulley, and the pulley itself, were replaced for the wishing well prop, and a roof was added to the top.
- The wishing well prop also doubles as many other wells on the show:
- It appears outside the Mad Hatter's cottage in "Hat Trick",
- It is seen outside Ruth's cabin in "Lady of the Lake"
- It was used for the well where Zelena reads the Book of Records and Dorothy collects water in Oz in "Kansas". The roof over the wishing well was removed and a different supporting structure for the pulley was added for this episode, while protruding stone carvings were added to the bottom of the well.
- It appears in Arthur's village in "The Broken Kingdom" and "Nimue".
- It appears in the village that was attacked by the Evil Queen in "A Bitter Draught. The roof over the wishing well was removed for this episode.
- The main section of the well with the roof and supports removed was used as the Community Gardens wishing well in Seattle in Season Seven.
- A duplicate of the wishing well appears on Mount Olympus in "Leaving Storybrooke".
- The property is described as a small farm at the top of a hill.
- On a cold winter's night, Snow White finds shelter in the chicken coop, and sees Peter outside the cottage window talking to Red Riding Hood.
- When Red finds Snow White hiding in the chicken coop, she offers to let Snow White stay with her and Granny. Granny welcomes Snow White into the cottage "with a tough-minded generosity".
|Once Upon a Time: Season One|
|"Pilot":||"The Thing You Love Most":||"Snow Falls":||"The Price of Gold":||"That Still Small Voice":||"The Shepherd":||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter":||"Desperate Souls":||"True North":||"7:15 A.M.":||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree":|
|"Skin Deep":||"What Happened to Frederick":||"Dreamy":||"Red-Handed":||"Heart of Darkness":||"Hat Trick":||"The Stable Boy":||"The Return":||"The Stranger":||"An Apple Red as Blood":||"A Land Without Magic":|
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