Eric is a huntsman whose wife, Sara, was seemingly killed while he was fighting in a war. After Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest, Queen Ravenna and her brother Finn makes a bargain with Eric the Huntsman to capture Snow White, promising to bring his wife back to life in exchange. The Huntsman tracks down Snow White, but when Finn reveals that Ravenna does not actually have the power to do what she promised, the Huntsman fights him and his men while Snow White runs away. Throughout the movie, Eric becomes Snow White's ally in the fight against Queen Ravenna. His allegiance slowly becoming both absolute after finding himself being smitten by the same purity in the princess that he loved in his wife and resolute after the revelation of the Queens duplicity being the cause of the death of his wife.
Eric is called upon to ensure the destruction of Ravenna's mirror, but in the process he is pitted against Freya and reunited with Sara, which reveals that her 'death' was staged by Freya, who used her magic to make Eric see Sara's death while Sara saw Eric apparently leave her behind. Eric is able to convince Sara of the deception, but Freya briefly uses the mirror to resurrect Ravenna, only for Freya to assist her huntmen in killing Ravenna when she learns that her sister was responsible for the death of her baby daughter.