One of my headcanons is that A&E came up with the idea of the Evil Queen and the savior, who would start off as enemies, but end up falling in love- true love. The savior would save the Evil Queen, who, it turns out, needed saving most of all. They wove together an epic tale based off this idea, but it felt a little too easy to them, too obvious. They didn’t want the audience to figure it out right away- they wanted to do something new, to surprise people, add a twist. Instead of dropping the love story altogether, they merely made the decision that the savior would be a woman as well and, because of that, it remains their biggest, most guarded secret to this day.
FUCK YES PLEASE