Ever since we found out that Once Upon a Time's new version of Alice in Wonderland (Rose Reyonlds) would, in fact, be a lesbian character, we've been anxiously awaiting her inevitable timeless love story. Tonight, Once Upon a Time finally delivered on that promise!
Separated from her father, Captain Hook (Colin O'Donoghue), and desperate to reconnect with him, Alice traveled far and wide for a cure to the magical curse keeping them apart. On that journey, she met Robin (Tiera Skovbye), the all grown up daughter of Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and Zelena (Rebeca Mader).
It wasn't exactly love at first sight, but their initial encounter did contain a few sparks. Alice stumbled into Robin's realm and directly into a trap. Believing Alice to be a spy, Robin held her at arrow-point but let the quirky blonde out after some flirtatious teasing and the roar of a troll that had been tormenting her village.
The two then head out to find the monster — Robin determined to kill it and Alice pleading with her not to since she knows the creature — and bond along the way. After a heart-to-heart with Robin, Alice is able to defeat her large friend and their status as the most exciting new ship was officially confirmed.
Once Upon a Time fans have been clamoring for more LGBTQ representation in the show since its early years, and though the writers have tried to incorporate that inclusion into subplots, this is the first time it's happened in a major character's storyline.
Predictably, the fan reaction to "Mad Archer" — quite possibly the coolest ship name ever — was as conflicting as you'd expect it to be, with some fans gushing over their meet-cute and some much-needed LGBTQ representation and others left feeling disappointed and let down.
Alice and Robin are so cute though #ouat— Nina 🐥 (@swanqueenidiot) March 24, 2018
So you Alice/Nobin shippers SERIOUSLY think they have any chemistry at all?? The actress playing Nobin seems like she came to work late that day, tired and is barely convincing as Robin, let alone being in love. #OUAT #OnceUponATime— Media Critic (@critical_media) March 24, 2018
Robin treating Alice like Emma treated Killian is heartbreaking 😭 #OnceUponATime— ⨺ eärwen #kovaker (@liliumweiss) March 24, 2018
Alice and Robin are stuck in an EF cell while talking about the price of freedom, their fathers, smart phones and what it's like to be alone. These two are very sparky 🔥🔥 #OnceUponATime pic.twitter.com/AZJvWBp7qa— StarryMag (@StarryMag) March 24, 2018
THIS IS CUTE THIS IS CUTE #OnceUponATime— 🌈 Shannon Renee 🌈 (@LesbianicWriter) March 24, 2018
Robin and Tilly are very cute together. #OnceUponATime— Hope Hanks (@HopeHanks8) March 24, 2018
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Once Upon a Time airs Fridays at 8/7c on ABC.