Frozen Original Ending Was Way Darker Than You Could Ever Imagine

I don't think once you hear what was really in store for Elsa, you won't be able to let it go.

The original ending of Frozen has been revealed for the first time.  Although it was known that Elsa was originally slated to be the film's victim and that only changed because "Let It Go" was written - now we know what would have happened to her.

Here's what producer Peter Del Vecho said about the original concept to Entertainment Weekly:

“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 [The Snow Queen].”

Sidenote: the snow queen isn't an evil character.  She's morally ambiguous.  BUT... that's another debate entirely.  I'm just really passionate about the Snow Queen who knows too much about it.

Anyways, he said that Elsa was stood up on her wedding and froze over her own heart to not feel the pain.  She then decides that she is the one who will fulfill the prophecy that says a cold-hearted person will destroy Arendelle.

He continues, "We started out with an evil female villain and an innocent female heroine and the ending involved a big epic battle with snow monsters that Elsa had created as her army."

Wait, what?  Okay, so Olaf was also evil?  I knew something was shady about him.  He's too happy, you know?

Anyways, it turns out Prince Hans was the real bad guy all along and launches an avalanche that will bury the land.  Anna apparently convinces Elsa to stop it and, when she does, her heart thaws.  And that's the movie.

Del Vecho says there was so much wrong with the original plot

“The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before. It wasn’t satisfying. We had no emotional connection to Elsa — we didn’t care about her because she had spent the whole movie being the villain. We weren’t drawn in. The characters weren’t relatable.”

So the Frozen team decided that the age-old good vs evil plot needed to go and bring in the new era of love vs fear.  cowriter Jennifer Lee and storyboard artist John Ripa came up with the story we now know as Frozen.

Apparently, when they first pitched it, the team gave them a standing ovation.

And that's the original Frozen.  Which story do you like better?