Attempted assassination of Elsa


Elsa's ice palace


Hans, Arendelle castle guards, Duke of Weselton and his bodyguards, Elsa, Anna


Assassination failed
Anna performs an act of true love
Elsa learns the key to control her powers, leading to the Great Thaw
Hans deported from Arendelle

Preceded by

Assault on Elsa's ice palace

Followed by

Great Thaw

The attempt to assassinate Queen Elsa of Arendelle was a plot orchestrated by Prince Hans Westergaard of the Southern Isles as a way to end Elsa's winter and ascend to the throne of Arendelle.



After Elsa was imprisoned in a dungeon following an assault at her ice palace, Hans paid a visit to plead with her to end the eternal winter she had unintentionally caused during her coronation. Elsa did not know how, and begged to be released from the dungeon. Hans then left the dungeon to concoct a way to end the winter.

Betraying Anna

While Hans had a meeting with the dignitaries in the castle library, Kai and Gerda came in with a freezing Anna in their arms. After Anna was handed over to Hans, the two were given some privacy, during which Anna implored Hans to kiss her.

However, just as the two were about to kiss, Hans revealed that he never truly loved Anna and was using her as a tool to usurp Arendelle. He explained his plot to kill Elsa following his marriage to Anna and exited the library, leaving Anna to freeze to death.

Meeting with the Duke of Weselton and the dignitaries in the council chamber, Hans reported the death of Anna at the hands of Elsa, but not before they exchanged their vows. Hans then declared that Elsa would be sentenced to death.

Confronting Elsa

Accompanied by a number of guards, Hans rushed over to the dungeon where Elsa was incapacitated, only to find her gone with a gaping hole in the back wall, just as a blizzard engulfed Arendelle. Hans then went after Elsa himself.

Struggling through the blizzard, Hans eventually caught up with Elsa. He called to her, telling her she couldn’t escape from what she had caused. Elsa implored Hans to take care of Anna, to which Hans blamed Elsa for Anna’s death. Devastated at the assumed death of her sister, Elsa broke down into tears as she mourned losing Anna, and the blizzard stopped.

Assassination attempt

With Elsa now in her vulnerable state, Hans seized the opportunity to finish her off. He unsheathed his sword and prepared for a killing blow. But just then, Anna jumped in front of Hans, and her body completely turned into solid ice. Hans’ sword froze and shattered upon impact with Anna’s frozen body. The impact generated shockwaves that knocked Hans off his feet and rendered him temporarily unconscious.


As Elsa recovered, she noticed what happened, then clutched onto Anna’s frozen statue while sobbing at the loss of her only family remaining. But then, Anna thawed from her frozen state, having performed an act of true love for Elsa. Elsa realized that love is the key to controlling her powers, and thus was able to finally lift the wintry curse from Arendelle.

As Hans regained consciousness, he was approached by Anna. Hans was surprised to see Anna alive and well, and asked how she survived the frozen heart curse, to which Anna retorts that he was the one with the frozen heart before punching and knocking him off the ship they were standing on. Hans was then arrested and caged aboard the brig of a French ship by the royal guards to be taken back to the Southern Isles, where he would face punishment from his older brothers.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+