We’ve recently been “introduced” to The Home Office, the mysterious agency magic-destroyers Tamara and Greg report back to on Once Upon a Time. We don’t know much about this nefarious entity - though we assume they also pledge to eliminate all magic from our world - but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen their agents before. Could Dr. Whale (David Anders) be part of The Home Office?
In Season 2, Episode 5: “The Doctor,” we finally learned Dr. Whale’s counterpart identity: Dr. Victor Frankenstein. In a flashback, we see Victor use a magically-removed heart to complete the scientific process of bringing his brother back from the dead. Though Victor is willing to use magic, he is always insistent that it is science that is the true power. Before we learned of The Home Office and its mission to remove magic from our world, we didn’t have a context to place this magic vs. science debate. Now, we think it looks like Dr. Whale has an awful lot in common with The Home Office. Though he may not hate magic like Greg and Tamara do, he certainly looks down upon it.
Greg said they are not alone
While Greg and Tamara inexplicable tell Regina even a small part of their plan in Season 2, Episode 21: “Second Star to thee Right,” Greg tells his torture victim, “Who said there’s only two of us? We’re everywhere, Regina.” This could just be a reference to The Home Office, or it could be something more. It could mean that The Home Office has other agents in Storybrooke.
Magic turned his brother into a monster
We have our own theory that The Home Office was started by Wendy Darling herself, following the traumatic experience she had with magic as a child. We know that Greg grew to hate magic when he first visited Storybrooke and it took his father from him. We’re not sure what Tamara’s deal is, but you know she probably has her own magic sob story (she does carry around that picture of her grandma). Well, Dr. Whale has his own tale of magic gone sour. When he tries to bring his brother back from the dead, his brother kills his father and tries to kim himself. Basically, it does not go well. We haven’t seen any evidence that points to Dr. Whale blaming magic for the experiment gone wrong (after all, it was his beloved science that also made it possible), but he could be playing it close to the chest. Does Dr. Whale have his own vendetta against magic?
Powers beyond magic
Our final piece of evidence in the hypothesis that Dr. Whale is, in fact, Team Home Office is the arsenal of magic-canceling devices that Greg and Tamara seem to have at their disposal. Tamara uses some sort of amped-up Taser to kill The Dragon and August. Later, they give Hook a bracelet with the ability to cancel out magic. These devices speak to a power that is able to control magic, but is not magic. Dr. Whale is continuously saying that science is stronger than magic. Could he have helped develop some of these devices for The Home Office?
Do you think Dr. Whale could be a Home Office agent? If so, when will he reveal himself? Let us know in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.