Once upon a time, a lovely young lady named Emma and her true love, the sheriff, Graham, finally realized their affection for one another, embraced, and shared their first kiss. But the evil queen, Regina, had Graham's heart in hand and crushed it with her steely grasp, bringing handsome Graham to his knees, and to his death. But is Sheriff Graham really dead?
Television is notorious for bringing characters back from the dead. Just when you wipe the final tear from your damp cheek, mourning the loss of the dearly departed, you discover that joy, oh joy, they aren't really dead after all! Could this be the case with the dashing Sheriff Graham (aka the "Huntsman") of "Once Upon a Time"? Only time will tell, but here are few ponderings as to why he may, or may not, be gone for good.
The Sheriff is Dead
He certainly looked dead. Seriously, there wasn't even an attempt to save him. Graham collapsed and Emma falls to ground, cradling his head, lamenting, "Graham, Graham!" She doesn't call 911, do CPR, or make any attempt to save him. It seems he is gone immediately, no hope for life saving measures. There is nothing to do but mourn him.
It's not Regina's first heartless kill. Remember the Evil Queen, Regina, killed her own father when she ripped his heart from his chest and he did indeed die. So there is a precedent for Regina killing in a somewhat similar manner.
"Who will be the new Sheriff?" This was a question posed to fans of "Once Upon a Time" on the show's official Facebook page. If Graham isn't really dead, there would be no reason to ponder who might be the new sheriff as there would obviously be no need for a replacement.
Long Live the Sheriff
The creators of "Once Upon a Time" are the same folks responsible for "LOST." There is likely no other show on television that had so many characters die and then reappear than "LOST." From John Locke to Sayid, characters on "LOST" had more lives than a cat.
Magic! Often when characters return from the dead on television, even the truest fan cannot help but roll their eyes a little. However in the fairy tale world of "Once Upon a Time," it is clear that magic exists and all sorts of spells and supernatural occurrences are not only possible, but expected. Bringing a dead character back to life would not even be questioned.
It's a fairy tale. Just as fairy tales begin with the words, "Once Upon a Time," they are supposed to end with the words "Happily Ever After." Even if the sheriff is dead for a while, it is hard to imagine the show would ever end without him returning. How could things finish happily ever after for Emma without Sheriff Graham?