Once Upon a Time Updates: Casting News & Spoilers

Oh, brother. This latest piece of Once Upon a Time casting gives new meaning to the phrase “adding a limb to the family tree.”

TVLine has learned exclusively that the sophomore ABC drama has cast Chad Michael Collins as Gerhardt, a younger brother of David Anders’ Dr. Whale.

Gerhardt is described as an athletic and good-natured military man who is filled with idealism, “the kind of son any parent would be proud of.”

The character’s tie to Whale of course also hints that, given the reveal in the recent episode “The Doctor,” he is Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s brother, who according to literary canon as well as Once‘s interpretation, was the subject of an electrifying reanimation.

Collins will guest-star in Episode 12 of Season 2. The actor’s recent TV credits include ABC’s Last Resort (as Redman, the naval officer that Serrat killed when Chaplin didn’t meet a deadline), Major Crimes, 2 Broke Girls and Ringer.

Once Upon a Time: Who Might Be Alive?

With so many new characters coming and going on Once Upon a Time Season 2, we often wish we’d gotten to know them better before they either died (Quinn) or disappeared (Lancelot). So imagine our surprise and delight when we saw this photo.

Jamie Chung (Mulan) tweeted the photo on November 13, writing “don’t be jealous ladies...” That’s Jamie with Julian Morris aka Prince Philip! They appear to be on a plane together, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re on set together filming scenes for OUAT, but they were scene partners in the Season 2 premiere (Season 2, Episode 1: “Broken”). So we definitely have our hopes up.

As we pointed out after the premiere, Prince Philip never technically died. Mr. Gold’s summoned wraith stole his soul, but the lost souls could still be heard once they’d left the body. That suggests that the person isn’t actually dead, just temporarily displaced.

Do you think this photo is a sign that Prince Philip is alive? If so, is there any way he can travel to Storybrooke in a portal? Or will he just set up house with Mulan and Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger) in present-day Fairytale Land? Fingers crossed!

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