William is the love interest (and later the husband) of Snow White and the son of Duke Hammond. Upon marrying Snow White, he becomes King of Tabor. He is a supporting protagonist in Snow White and the Huntsman and briefly appears in The Huntsman: Winter's War. William is portrayed by Sam Claflin, with Xavier Atkins portraying him as a child.
Snow White and the Huntsman Edit
Childhood with Snow White Edit
When William was a child, he became great friends with Snow White. But after Snow White's mother's death, King Magnus married a new queen, Ravenna. During Ravenna's new-found reign over the castle, William fled with his father the escape route to the outlying lands populated by trolls, fairy folk and dwarfs to escape back to Tabor. They have spent years amassing an army to take back Tabor from the evil woman who has upset the natural order of the world.
Reunion with Snow White Edit
When William learns that his childhood love and friend is still alive, the expert marksman vows to find Snow White and to never make the mistake of leaving her again. He joins Finn's group as a bowman to find her, and protects Snow White from them when finding her. Ravenna briefly impersonates him, and attempts to kill Snow White. (And briefly, succeeds). He helps her and Eric to get to his father's castle. After Snow White's resurrection, William leads an army with Eric the Huntsman and fights with them in the battle against Ravenna, which is victorious.
The Huntsman: Winter's War Edit
After the battle, he marries Snow White and is crowned King of Tabor. Some time after Ravenna's death, he comes across Eric and informs him that the Magic Mirror was taken while en route to a place known as "Sanctuary". Eric reluctantly sets off with Snow White's dwarf ally Nion and his half-brother Gryff to find the Magic Mirror, unaware that Freya has been secretly observing their conversation through a mask that projects her consciousness in the form of a snowy owl. William presumably returns home to Tabor to be with Snow White.
Personality EditWilliam is very loyal to Snow White. William is fearless and loyal, with a kind and noble heart. As a child, he had a mischievous streak, playing tricks on his best friend Snow White. He seems to retain this playful attitude in small amounts as a young adult, but comes across as much more serious and subdued, probably due to the loss of his best friend and witnessing his homeland fall into tyranny and poverty. William is often at odds with his father over their approach to Ravenna, with William preferring to make a stand and fight back, seeming to view running and hiding from Ravenna as cowardice. He can be seen as rash and rebellious because of this, often defying his father's orders to remain in the castle and leading raids on Ravenna's supply wagons.
William hates watching his countrymen suffer, yearning to topple Ravenna and restore Tabor to its former glory. He seems to have a guilt complex, especially in regards to Snow White, believing he abandoned her and for years blaming himself for her presumed death, even though he was only a child when King Magnus was killed. Upon learning she is alive, William dedicates himself to finding her and keeping her safe at all costs, demonstrating a fierce loyalty to her, not just as the heir to the throne, but as his dear friend. William is more than willing to risk his own life to defend Snow White and his comrades against Ravenna and her allies, believing that it is a sacrifice worth making to ensure Tabor's freedom. William's devotion to his country and courage in protecting its people likely make him an effective and competent king, alongside his queen, Snow White.
- Snow White: childhood friend, love interest, wife (later).