There's a new villain in town on "Once Upon a Time," and she might have something in common with the show's other big bads—it's possible that she's related to Henry.
A Dec. 22 report by TV Line speculates that the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader) will end up being the sister of Regina (Lana Parrilla). It was already revealed that Henry's family tree will expand by two spots during season 3, and one of those places will likely be filled by a Snowing baby. So could the other family member be the Wicked Witch?
It is possible that Regina has a sister she doesn't know about. Her father could have had an affair, or perhaps her mother had another daughter. Some TV Line readers are even speculating that the Wicked Witch is the daughter of Cora and Rumple—the two did have a little fling. Maybe Rumple didn't know that Cora had his child, or perhaps he's been hiding this juicy tidbit of info from everyone else.
The "Once Upon a Time" creators kind of hinted that Rumple and Belle will have some sort of relationship issues during the second half of the season, so maybe this big secret is what causes a rift. But of course Rumple has to turn up alive first.
Some Oncers are sick of all the show's villains being related to Henry, but it's possible that Rebecca Mader isn't the second branch being added to his family tree. Christopher Gorham was also cast as an unnamed character, so it's possible that he's going to join the fairy tale family. However, the best theory about his identity is that he's Emma's foster brother, which means that he's probably not a magical being from a land far, far away. Then again, Neal seemed like an average guy from the "real" world, and look at who he turned out to be.
Some fans want the Wicked Witch to end up being Maleficent's sister, and they've pointed out that Rebecca Mader resembles Maleficent actress Kristin Bauer van Straten. The Wicked Witch did have an evil sister in "The Wizard of Oz," and she wanted to avenge her death. If the Wicked Witch is aware of the way Regina treated Maleficent, it's easy to see why she'd consider the (formerly) Evil Queen an enemy. However, Emma would be the Wicked Witch's Dorothy since she's the one who actually killed Maleficent.
Since Maleficent's name is being brought up again, here's a question for "Once Upon a Time" fans: In the midseason finale, did you notice that the Black Fairy's wand that Blue had hidden was made from a black unicorn horn? Since Maleficent had a pet black unicorn, do you think that the wand is connected to her or her maybe-sister somehow?
And one final question: Do you want the Wicked Witch to be related to Henry, Maleficent, or no one?