If you saw Snow White and the Huntsman, ever wonder who hot huntsman Eric’s deceased wife was? And, is evil queen Ravenna really dead? In The Huntsman: Winter’s War, this and more will be clear. It’s a prequel and also a sequel to the 2012 film.
Long Ago Evil
Long before Snow White (Kristen Stewart) entered the picture, evil sorceress Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learned that her younger sister Freya (Emily Blunt) had an affair with the Duke of Blackwood (Colin Morgan) and is carrying their child. When Freya gives birth to her daughter, the Magic Mirror predicts the baby girl’s beauty will surpass Ravenna’s. Conveniently, the Duke makes sure this never happens and Freya, who has been suppressing her Elsa-like ice powers, kills him in a grief-fueled, dark magic rage.
Freya leaves the kingdom and creates an ice palace in the far north from where she wages war on neighboring kingdoms and steals their children to train as her hard-hearted, elite huntsmen army. When two of her most promising warriors Sara (Jessica Chastain) and Eric (Chris Hemsworth) fall in love (since Freya’s heart is ice, she forbids love of any kind) and swear vows as man and wife, she separates them, giving each a vision. Eric sees Sara die and she thinks he just walked away leaving her in danger.
Seven years later, King William (Sam Claflin from the Snow White movie), tells Eric that Ravenna’s magic mirror was trying to control Show White so she sent it away with her men only it was stolen and the men are dead. William asks Eric to find and hopefully destroy the mirror. Eric is joined by dwarves Nion (Nick Frost) and his bro Gryff (Rob Brydon), allies of Snow White. Freya has secretly been watching everything through her cool “spy owl”.
On their quest, the trio are attacked by a legion of Freya’s huntsmen but are rescued by Sara whom Eric is dumbfounded to find alive. She hates him, thinking that he just walked away and abandoned her. The group is joined by female dwarves Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith) and Doreena (Alexandra Roach) whom Nion takes a real shine to. They find the mirror in the Sanctuary Woods in the possession of huge Goblins. They retrieve it but the gang is ambushed by Freya’s loyal huntsmen who take it. Has Sara betrayed Eric and the good guys?
Freya’s Snow Fortress
Freya does the “Mirror, mirror on the wall” thing freeing Ravenna who has been trapped inside the mirror all along waiting to be freed. Eric sneaks into the castle but is captured by his fellow huntsmen. Freya realizes that Ravenna only loves herself and wants to rule all kingdoms, including hers! Will the two queens duke it out with magic? Will Eric, Sara and dwarf friends survive? Who will win the magic battle and what secrets of the past will be revealed?