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Now it's time for you, like the serpent you so admire, to shed your skin.
Jafar to Amara

"The Serpent" is the fourth episode of ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It was written by Jan Nash and directed by Ralph Hemecker. It premiered on November 7, 2013.


When the Knave’s life is in danger, Alice has to make the tough decision on whether to use one of her three precious wishes and what that would mean for her and Cyrus. Her new friendship with Lizard reveals some of the Knave's backstory and Cyrus plots to escape. Meanwhile, Jafar’s plan to kill the Knave puts the Red Queen in a difficult position as she grapples with her feelings for him and her desire to get what she wants. In flashback, we explore Jafar's origins and find out what he truly wants from Cyrus.[2]


Deleted Scenes

A scene or segment with Jafar's Servant was deleted from the episode. However, the actor is still listed in the episode's press release.[2]



Guest Starring




Production Notes

Event Chronology


  • Jafar intends to become the most powerful sorcerer in all the realms. In the Disney film, Jafar becomes the most powerful sorcerer in the world by using one of his wishes.
  • Derived from Amara, Jafar tells Alice "While it's true I might not be able to kill either of you, I think you'll find, Alice, there are worse things than death" just like in Disney's The Return of Jafar.

Fairytales and Folklore

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. TV Ratings Thursday: ‘Glee’ & ‘Scandal’ Hit Lows, ‘The X Factor’ Slides + ‘The Vampire Diaries’ & ‘The Millers’ Rise. TV by the Numbers (November 8, 2013). “ABC. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. 0.9. 3. 3.54.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Thursday, November 07, 2013. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#104) "The Serpent"”
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  10. Photos From Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Yesterday. Vancity Filming (September 5, 2013). Archived from the original on April 12, 2017.
  11. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Lauren McKnight. Vancity Filming (September 5, 2013). Archived from the original on September 11, 2013.
  12. Gittins, Susan (September 8, 2013). WEEK: September 2-8, 2013. Hollywood North. “Wednesday, September 4th – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland films on a closed set (with its own security guard and No Photos Allowed sign) in Burnaby’s Central Park but moves to a more public path in the evening for exterior scenes.”
  13. TwitterLogo @yvrshoots (YVRShoots) on Twitter. "How big are #OnceUponaTime's Neverland sets? So big that #OuatinWonderland had to go to North Shore Studios for studio space today." (screenshot)

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Serpent

  • Character Backstory

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    • Jafar said something about the power of the "3 Genies". And one of them is Cyrus. Do you guys think that one of these genies happens...
    • I don't think on of them is Sydney tho that would be interesting. Sydney was a freed Genie and likely not of use to Jafar. I wonder wh...
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