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Once Upon a Time

Who Is Doctor Whale? Once Upon a Time Planted Clues From the Start

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Do you have a copy of Once Upon a Time Season 1? Keep it on standby, especially after Season 2, Episode 5 when the identity of Dr. Whale (David Anders) is finally revealed.

OUAT showrunner Edward Kitsis talked to the L.A. Times about the audience working to figure out the identities of Fairytale Land characters. "I think part of the fun of the show is to have the mysterious identities about these people and then give the audience a hint," he said. "So for instance, Dr. Whale is someone we’re excited that we’re going to reveal in Episode 5. Once they know, they can go back to Season 1 and see that we’ve planted clues along the way."

this burning question, compiling clues from Season 1 and various internet extras, like Archie's (Raphael Sbarge) notes on Whale’s "inflated sense of self" and "god complex." There were even more clues after the Season 2 premiere. For example, Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) doesn't know who Whale is either, and Whale snarled that Charming wasn't his prince. (Is Phillip [Julian Morris] his prince? Is no one his prince?) We also learned "we were cursed" is a handy excuse for a one-night stand.

Some fans think Whale could be Dr. Frankenstein, but is there a fairy tale/Disney character tie to that — other than maybe Frankenweenie? Same deal with Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. And even if Whale is one of those characters, why wouldn’t Charming know him?

Actor David Anders doesn't think we're going to figure it out. He told The Insider, "I think there was a poll of 10,000 people and six guessed who I am correctly. All is revealed in the Halloween episode."

And then we’ll have to re-watch Season 1 to compile “aha!” moments. And, of course, whoever was in the correct six will brag about it for the next several seasons.

For more from Edward Kitsis, read the full interview here.

Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Sources: L.A. Times, The Insider

Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.

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