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This article focuses on Albert Spencer's Storybrooke persona.
For his Enchanted Forest counterpart, see King George.


You should have killed me when you had the chance.
—Albert Spencer to David Nolan src

District Attorney Albert Spencer is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the eighteenth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Alan Dale, and is the Storybrooke counterpart of King George.

History

For events occurring before the casting of the first curse, see King George.

During First Curse

Albert Spencer is the Storybrooke district attorney who is called in to conduct an interview with Mary Margaret regarding the disappearance and assumed murder of Kathryn Nolan. Mary Margaret ends up incriminating herself in this interview, which seems to satisfy D.A. Spencer. ("The Stable Boy")

After First Curse

After Emma breaks the curse in Storybrooke, Spencer hides in his car and spies on David and Henry as they practice sword fighting. ("Lady of the Lake")

In the diner, Spencer warns David of his plans to make his life hell as revenge for ruining the family he had when he was still King George. He puts these plans into motion during the night when he frees wolf Ruby from her enclosure, steals her cloak, and kills Billy before framing her for the murder. Spencer rallies the townspeople against David, who chooses to protect Ruby despite the overwhelming suspicion that she is responsible for Billy's death. While David and Granny follow the scent of Billy's blood to Spencer's car, where they find Ruby's cloak and the ax used to kill Billy, Spencer prepares to kill wolf Ruby in the town square. David outs Spencer as the actual murderer, while the latter escapes with a hat and burns it, snuffing out David's chances of rescuing his wife and daughter from another realm. In a fit of rage, David pummels Spencer and nearly kills him, if not for Ruby persuading him out of it. ("Child of the Moon")

After this incident, Spencer is placed in the hospital ward to prevent him from wrecking any more havoc. ("Murder Most Foul")

After Third Curse

After David discovers the truth about his father Robert's death, he visits Spencer in the hospital ward and confronts him about what he did. Spencer smugly points out that, technically, he only gave the order for Robert to be killed, and admits that David's father was a good man who refused the money he offered him. He further taunts David about the future that never was, in that Robert must have hoped to return home sober and with his other son. In a duel to the death, Spencer puts up a formidable fight against David, who prepares to slice open his throat to avenge Robert, but Hook arrives in the nick of time to shove David away and lock Spencer into the cell. ("Murder Most Foul")

Family

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Albert Spencer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prince JamesDavid Nolan
 
 
 
Mary Margaret Blanchard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emma SwanPrince Neal

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage and adoption relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased

Trivia

Etymology

  • The name "Albert" is of Old High German origin that means "noble, bright, noble family.[1]
    • This name was common among medieval German royalty.[2]
  • The surname "Spencer" is of Middle English origin that is an occupational name for someone employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery.[3]

Production Notes

  • A non-canon deleted scene from "Tiny" implies that Spencer was imprisoned down in the mines after he murdered Billy. Showrunner Adam Horowitz stated that Spencer is supposed to still be in jail since his latest appearance.[4]

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Appearances

References