Here is a question a reader sent to me via email:
- Hans is the youngest, as a result he will never inherit the throne
- He told Anna that he doesn’t love him
- He manipulates Anna throughout the whole movie until the end.
- He manipulates everyone in the movie. Even Elsa lets down her guard for a moment around him (during the castle scene- “don’t act like the monster they believe you to be” she looks at him and is thrown off by this.)
- He comes off as:
~you get the idea
- Hans is very aware of peoples perceptions-no one questions him when he tells the Princess is dead and that they had a private marriage. They all believe him and believe that he truly loved Anna.
- We all know the Duke (of Weseltown) to be a shady character
- His guards are also pretty shady
- People usually don’t like having their monarchs killed, in general people would rather solve things peacefully than through violence (usually).
Getting back to the question: Why Let Elsa Live?
Here is the thing, he wasn’t planning on letting her live. He wanted to make it look like an accident. He still wanted to look like the good guy.
If you remember, he looks up at the chandelier, runs to the guard and tries to stop the guard from shooting elsa. Well what if we look at it in a different way. He was trying to have the arrow hit the chandelier! Remember right after the ice chandelier is hit, it almost hits Elsa, but she just makes it out alive!
- If she dies, Anna becomes Queen and since she is being manipulated by him, they will get married and he will become King. He will have the power and she will be in a bad relationship.
- The guards look bad, for if they hadn’t tried to kill Elsa, this accident would never had happened. Also remember the guards were ordered by the Duke to kill her, they ran ahead of everyone in pursuit of her, and were seen attacking her. There is no way to convince those witnessing that the Dukes guards “accidentally killed Elsa”, especially while the Crossbow is aimed directly at her with menacing intent.
- Hans would look like a Hero/good guy for trying to save her and this will also help win brownie points with Anna, who will be in mourning (if he believes her to still be alive).
- If Anna never returns, Hans could take over the kingdom without anyone giving him grief since he is seen as doing good and helping/caring for the citizens. He also tried to save the Queen! How could he be a bad guy? (rolling my eyes)
Elsa’s accidental death+ Hans tries to save her+ all his good actions toward citizens+ (Annas death or more in favor with Anna) = Hans is King.
With this having failed he has her taken back to the prison. And he has to come up with a Plan B.
This is when another opportunity comes up and he gobbles it up.
Hans learns quickly that Anna has been struck by Elsa’s ice powers and that if she isn’t healed by true love, she will die. He sees another opportunity to be King.
If Anna dies, that means Elsa has technically murdered her sister (even though it would have been accidental) as a result of this, she would have committed a crime. She can be sentenced to death. It also helps that Hans has told everyone that Anna was killed by Elsa, and that before she died they exchanged wedding vows privately, making him the next in line once Elsa is dead.
Anna’s death+lie about marriage vows+ Elsa’s Trial & death= Kingdom for Hans.
It could be looked at that he was taken revenge on his love and no one would have blamed him (thankfully Anna ruined his plans).
I don’t think letting Elsa live was the objective, I think Hans objective was to become King with as little problems and opposition. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had plans before Elsa revealed her Ice & Snow powers.
What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below!