Once Upon A Time: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”
The first half of the first season of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” series closed out with (IMO) their best episode yet. If you’re familiar with the series each episode has a story about each fairy tale character and parts of their past – mainly how they came to be. This episode was about “the huntsman” from Snow White who is also Sheriff Graham (played by Jamie Dorman). In the fairy tale land he has a companion, a wolf and after he kisses Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison) he starts to have visions of his life in the fairy tale land. He also starts to see the wolf in modern day.
Just like in the fairy tale land, the wolf is his guide (but at first he doesn’t know this). In the fairy tale land the huntsman was abandoned by his parents and raised by wolves. As the episode progresses he learns that the wolf is not a threat but there to guide him and the wolf eventually leads him and Emma to the vault where the evil queen (a.k.a. Regina Mills played by Lana Parrilla) kept his heart (she took it after he tried to deceive her with a deer’s heart claiming it was Snow White’s).
There is no confirmation on if the wolf in the episode is an actual wolf, a wolfdog, or a wolf-like breed but the animal trainers were Lauren Henry and Roland Sonnenburg – both worked on the Twilight saga (real wolves were used in this series) so I believe that this may be a real wolf. (If I find different I will update this page).