Charming doesn’t know him. Once Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) regained their memories, they recognized everyone around them, and everyone knew them in return. All the Storybrooke folks love and adore them, treating them as prince and princess (with the exception of Regina). But when Charming came face to face with Dr. Whale, he was quizzical, wondering who he was.
“You’re not my prince.” But clearly, Dr. Whale knows Charming. He just doesn’t like him, unlike the rest of the town’s inhabitants. Is Dr. Whale implying that he has a different prince, one from a different land? Even if that’s true, why the animosity for Charming? As far as we know, Charming didn’t have any enemies aside from The Evil Queen. But she certainly had her devotees. Which brings us to the next clue.
Why is Dr. Whale the leader of the mob? Until now, Whale has been a mostly quiet henchman for Regina. He’s a womanizer with a thing for Ruby (Meghan Ory), but his loyalty seemed to lie with the Mayor. So when we saw him leading the charge towards Regina’s house, arguably the angriest of all, we had to wonder why he of all people wanted her dead more than anyone. Could he be a former ally of hers in Fairytale Land (and therefore an enemy of Charming and Snow’s), who resents her for taking him away from his home?
To review what we know already, there’s David Anders’s tweet that we’ll “never guess” who his Fairytale Land counterpart is, and another spoiler that his past with Regina will be “huge.”
It’s also worth noting that, thanks to Mulan’s (Jamie Chung) exposition, Fairytale Land was a lot bigger than some of us imagined. One small portion of the land wasn’t even affected by the curse, so it’s possible that Dr. Whale lived in another part of the realm entirely.
Did any of the new clues bring you closer to understanding Whale? Share your theories with us in the comments.
Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.
Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@MollyFriedman.