Once Upon a Time is ABC’s upcoming fantasy series about the dual realities/identities of the sad souls who live in Storybrooke, Maine (in our dimension), but who really live inside the land of fairy tales. Or maybe the town is the fairytale land in disguise? I’m not really sure. (I’ve seen the pilot. And I’m still not really sure.)

So I’m also not really sure why these new promo shots of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) feature the characters posing in massive birds’ nests. Is it because Snow White is trapped and delicate and helpless, like a baby bird whose wings don’t work? Or maybe we’ll learn later that this is where the Evil Queen’s army of flesh-eating crow-slaves lives? Probably, the show’s creatives just thought the nest would be a dark and foreboding, yet dreamy and romantic setting in which to reintroduce us to their fresh takes on these iconic characters. Which it is.

But it’s also an image that I, and many of you, have seen before, putting a slight damper on the dreaminess/romanticism of it all…

Once Upon a Time‘s Evil Queen:

America’s Next Top Model cycle 12’s Allison Harvard, AS PHOTOGRAPHED by that show’s Evil Queen, Tyra Banks:

Allison-Exotic-Birds-americas-next-top-model-6071575-801-1024.jpgSorry, writers who brought us Lost: The “grown woman in a huge black bird’s nest” image is indeed striking, but Tyra Banks did it first. I bet that’s the first time you’ve ever heard that one before, huh?

Sidenote: Is that blood next to the Evil Queen? Did she break in to the nest and EAT Snow White? If that’s where the show is going, Once Upon a Time is going to be very grim. (Not to be confused with very Grimm.)

(Images courtesy of ABC/CW)

Meghan Carlson

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Meghan hails from Walla Walla, WA, the proud home of the world’s best sweet onions and Adam West, the original Batman. An avid grammarian and over-analyzer, you can usually find her thinking too hard about plot devices in favorites like The OfficeIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and How I Met Your Mother. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys drawing, shopping, trying to be funny (and often failing), and not understanding the whole Twilight thing. She’s got a BA in English and Studio Art from Whitman College, which makes her a professional arguer, daydreamer, and doodler.