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That, my dear, is the way it goes. My world, filled with wealth and yours, filled with longing. Generally, our realms don't meet.
—The Red King to Anastasia src

The Red King is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the fifth episode and is portrayed by guest star Garwin Sanford.

The Red King is based on the character of the same name from the novel, "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There".


Before First Curse

At a royal ball in Wonderland, the Red King casually passes his many guests in the crowd. A woman he is not familiar with, Anastasia, greets him coyly, much to his amusement. They chat and share drinks until a man, Will, is hauled out by the guards for forging an invitation. To the King's displeasure, Anastasia is thrown out after she is discovered to be wearing a stolen gown. On another night, he catches Anastasia stealing jewels from his castle as a red crown catches her eye. He questions why she is resorting to stealing. She insists that he has so much wealth and it would be little matter if some of it is gone. After he explains that the hierarchy dictates who has or does not have wealth, she hands back the crown. Though he cannot put his finger on it, he is extremely drawn to Anastasia's beauty and desire to better herself and offers the jewels to her if she marries him. Anastasia's feelings for Will hold her back until the King notes that love won't get someone far and it is never enough. She accepts the marriage proposal, so the King introduces her on the balcony to the public as their new Queen. She strolls out, garbed in a royal outfit and the red crown, to greet the crowd along with the King. ("Heart of Stone")

The Red King, unlike the Queen of Hearts, disapproves of magic, and stresses to his soon-to-be wife that it separates them from their subjects. For this reason, Anastasia keeps her magic lessons with the Queen of Hearts a secret from him. The Queen of Hearts says that she was surprised to receive an invitation to the Red King's wedding, as they do not see eye to eye. ("Heart of the Matter")

At some point, the Red King becomes unfaithful to Anastasia while she becomes aware he is using the castle's underground passageways to transport his "companions" in and out without being seen. ("Heart of the Matter")


Production Notes

  • The casting call describes him as, "about 50, handsome, clever, and has a British accent."[1]



Start a Discussion Discussions about Red King

  • Is the Red King dead?

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    • That's okay :) And you followed me on twitter haha! I followed you back.
    • Lady Junky wrote:Thank you :) I added it on the page :) His page no longer says he was killed by Cora and lists his status as Unknown. ;) J...
  • Was Cora the King of Wonderland's first wife before Anastacia?

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    • I believe she ruled a different part of Wonderland. And yes, she faked her death with Hook, remember? o:
    • I think that they ruled different kingdoms but were in some way related (the creators said that Cora was the one who teached Anastasia magic)
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