This Is How 'Frozen' Originally Was Supposed To End

by Ashley Rey
Walt Disney Studios

Go ahead and brace yourselves — the Frozen original ending has just been revealed, and it's nothing like I could've ever imagined. Thanks to the film's producer Peter Del Vecho, we now know exactly how it was all supposed to down once upon a time. It doesn't involve a prince saving Arendelle from itself, or a kiss from a one true love. No, my friends — it's far from anything like that. Frozen's original ending is far from anything stereotypical, and sounds oh so good. So good, in fact, that I'm almost positive it would make Frozen fans fall in love with the film all over again.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Del Vecho put some Frozen fan theories to rest by sharing the gritty details of one of its earlier scripts. He said,

“So when we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters. They weren’t even royal. So Anna was not a princess. Elsa was a self-proclaimed Snow Queen, but she was a villain and pure evil — much more like the Hans Christian Andersen tale."

In the draft, the flick we all know and love was centered around the prophecy that “a ruler with a frozen heart will bring destruction to the kingdom of Arendelle" — leading me to believe that Elsa would, in fact, be the villain to blame. But, in true Disney fashion, there's a twist.

It's no secret by now that Elsa was supposed to be the villain. According to Del Vecho, she was stood up at the alter, and with her ice powers, froze her own heart so that she could never fall in love again. Hence her super aggressive and man-hating ways. Del Vecho gave more background and told EW, "We started out with an evil female villain and an innocent female heroine [Anna] and the ending involved a big epic battle with snow monsters that Elsa had created as her army."

Turns out, Prince Hans —the O.G. villain in the flick — was still up to his Hans-ing, sociopathic ways in the original ending. And to combat Elsa's snow monster invasion, the prince triggers an avalanche that'll not only take out Elsa and her minions, but destroy all of Arendelle too. Anna, being the pure-of-heart character we adore, gets hip to Hans' doing and begs Elsa to come to their (hers and the town's) rescue. Hans was the true villain with a frozen heart in the prophecy. And Elsa's selfless act unfreezes hers.

Now, I'm no expert, but I totally think that the original storyline would've had me crying in theaters. It still hails two strong female leads, and doesn't rely on a prince to save the day in a boring fairytale way. Of course, because Disney creators are overachievers and refuse to leave well enough alone, they weren't satisfied with this version. And so, they birthed the award-winning phenomenon the world is now obsessed with.

I guess they knew what they were doing after all.