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'Once Upon a Time' Postmortem: Patrick Fischler on the Author and Cruella's Heartbreaking Twist

Fischler spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about learning more about the Author, if there could (still) be a chance a romance with Cruella and more.

Given the betrayal and her attempt to kill him (a few times), how do you think the Author felt about Cruella when they reunited in the present?

[He] 100 percent has feelings for her. Absolutely. Not even a doubt in the mind.

How did her actions help shape him into the man we see today?

It made him incredibly cynical and angry. He’s a guy who didn’t live his life, and when he finally chooses to, it burns him. So I think disappointing is not even nearly a strong enough word. I think it’s saddening and maddening.

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Post Mortem: Once Upon a Time EPs Warn, 'Emma Has Crossed a Line'

The Savior may need some saving, folks.

This week on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Cruella kidnapped Henry, then delivered to his mothers an ultimatum: Kill the Author, or your kid gets a most unhappy ending.

Regina, Emma, the Charmings and Hook plotted to save Henry, by dividing up to search for the boy while also seeking the Author to acquire intel on Cruella. Snow and David found the scribe aka Isaac, who asserted that he was trying to save the world from Cruella, yet not even he saw this ending coming — that Gold would use the fur-rocius sorceress to turn Emma dark. But how?

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'Once Upon a Time': Victoria Smurfit wants to be friends with Cruella De Vil

Victoria Smurfit’s interpretation of Cruella De Vil, and by extension the character set up by co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, may have been one of the few villains on “Once Upon a Time” who was not sympathetic at all.

But she was fun.

The show tempted viewers with a possible Cinderella-like story line: Poor Cruella, locked indoors by her evil stepmother and watched over by two mean Dalmatians. But that was a clever smokescreen to the real problem.In Storybrooke, the villain wanted to kill the Author of the fairy tales, held a kid at gunpoint and even subdued a dragon. She also did it with a souped-up 1920s car and a flashy fashion sense all her own.

Her place in folklore did not seem to be as “magical” as many of the other characters, but Smurfit and the showrunners pulled that off well, giving her a power to rival her queens of darkness cohorts. In a chat before last Sunday’s revealing episode – so no chance of spoilers for the late DVR crowd – Smurfit talked a bit about Cruella, the show in general, and how she would like to have seen her character evolve.

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