Writing All Wrongs: Patrick Fischler Gives The Scoop On OUAT’s Author

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Patrick Fischler, alum of both Lost and Mad Men, was very excited to step into the fairytale world of Once Upon a Time. “My daughter is about to turn 6 and loves the show, so I was super excited,” he told EW. “[My wife] hasn’t seen me this excited about getting scripts. I’d read it front to back, not do the actor thing of looking for what I say. I got excited to actually read the whole thing. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a show like that, where I’m like, ‘What? Oh, wow. Okay!’ all the way through the end.”

His excitement is catching for those Oncers (like myself) who are eager to learn more about the mysterious Author of the storybook. Fischler’s Author was finally revealed when he emerged from being imprisoned in the storybook, released by Emma against the protests of her parents Snow White and Prince Charming. He immediately makes a run for it, which doesn’t bode well for his intentions toward the town of Storybrooke… especially since the Author was last seen manipulating events in the Enchanted Forest in order to “make a better story.” As his idea of a better story includes the passing of darkness into Maleficent’s unborn child (the sentences I type when writing about this show…) and then booting said child into the Land Without Magic; it looks as though we may have another villain on our hands.

Of course, we can’t be sure of his villainy just yet, as Patrick Fischler was quick to point out.
“He has reasons for doing all of that,” said Fischler. “I don’t really think he’s a dick. I just think he wants certain things from life that maybe he didn’t get. There’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s got many layers. Don’t let anything jump to your mind quite yet about him. You have a while to decide what you think. It’s so hard when I play characters, I just never ever want them to just be dicks or think they are, for lack of a better word. I really think everybody ultimately is coming from a place of hurt.”

Fischler also discussed the Author’s as-yet unknown motivations in upcoming episodes, as well as weighing in on whether he will join Team Heroes or Team Villains. “He likes to go most where he can be served,” he commented. “He’s definitely interested in who can serve his needs. There will be a struggle at some point.” A heroes versus villains bidding war for the Author’s happy endings service? It could be interesting… and very weird. Of course, interesting plus weird is OUAT‘s specialty.

In his most tantalizing comment, Fischler drops a hint about flashbacks to come: “Besides his backstory, he will be involved in someone else’s backstory as well. That is my favorite episode I’ve done. It’s such a good one. You learn where he’s coming from.”

That alone doesn’t tell us much, but when paired with the following comment from show runner Edward Kitsis, it sheds some intriguing light: “someone knows him [the Author] and is lying about it.” The obvious character to know the Author from the past is Rumplestiltskin, who has interfered in the life of almost every character in the show to date, but Kitsis quickly shot that theory down. “That is not the one,” he said. “You’re used to all these backstories having Robert show up and offer them a deal, but we’re changing it up.” So it seems as though Rumplestiltskin and the Author have no connection in the past. They will, however, be connecting in the future if this new still from the upcoming episode is any indication.

Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC
Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

“He and the Author have a lot of goals in common,” Fischler commented enigmatically about Rumplestiltskin. Does this mean that the Author is also searching for his happy ending via manipulating others? Perhaps that was what led him to his decision to alter the stories happening around him.

There are more questions than answers at this point in the season, so Oncers everywhere will just have to wait for the reveals that will be coming in the final run of episodes. I’m hoping to meet the Sorcerer very soon; maybe he/she can shed some light on this Author business! It would also be wonderful to put the free will versus the Author’s control debate to rest at long last. Here’s hoping for lots of answers in the next episode!

Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights on ABC at 8pm.

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