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This article focuses on Sean Herman's Storybrooke persona.
For his Enchanted Forest counterpart, see, Prince Thomas.

Will you marry me?
—Sean to Ashley src

Sean Herman, also known as Thomas, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the fourth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Tim Phillipps, and is the Storybrooke counterpart of Prince Thomas.


For events occurring before the casting of the first curse, see Prince Thomas.

During First Curse

After the casting of the curse, Sean becomes separated from his girlfriend, Ashley, after she becomes pregnant. His father Mitchell sternly orders him to stop having contact with her as he doesn't want Sean to bear the responsibility of parenthood so young. When Ashley disappears, Emma, on Mr. Gold's request, goes to ask Sean for information about where she could have gone. Sean knows nothing, and is further dismissed from Emma's line of questioning when Mitchell returns home to handle the situation. In an act of disobedience, he visits Ashley at the hospital after she has given birth to their daughter Alexandra. He presents a pair of shoes to Alexandra, and makes up with Ashley by apologizing for abandoning her when she needed him most. ("The Price of Gold")

After Sean reconciles with Ashley, Mitchell cuts off ties with his son and disinherits him. Because of this, Sean works to make ends meet for both himself, Ashley and their child by taking a job at the cannery. As Valentine's Day rolls around, he is unable to spend the day with Ashley because of work obligations. However, he makes a surprise appearance at the bar while she is hanging out with Mary Margaret and Ruby. In front of an awed audience, Sean hands Ashley a bouquet of flowers and proposes to her with a ring. She is visibly stunned into silence for several seconds until he awkwardly mentions that he needs her answer soon since there isn't much time left on his work break. In tears of happiness, she accepts and the couple head out to take a spin in Sean's truck. ("Skin Deep")

After First Curse
After Emma breaks the curse, all Storybrooke residents, including Sean, regain their Enchanted Forest memories. He and Ashley now live together as husband and wife due to actually being the married Cinderella and Prince Thomas.[1]

After Third Curse
One morning, Sean drops by the diner with Ashley and their daughter Alexandra. He goes to buy some food for them, while Ashley checks Henry's list of Untold Stories residents to see if she can offer free babysitting to any parents who have kids. Sean later discovers Ashley is gone, and finds a note she left for him, in which she mentions going to find her stepsister Clorinda. He becomes even more worried after realizing his hunting rifle is missing and that Ashley must have taken it. Out of fear Ashley will kill her stepsister, he reaches out to Emma for help. Emma begins the search for Ashley, and when Sean asks how she'll do it, she conjures one of Ashley's shoes to track her. After Emma rescues Ashley and her stepsister from Lady Tremaine, Sean joins his wife, Clorinda and Clorinda's beau on a pumpkin farm to spend time together. ("The Other Shoe")


Mitchell Herman
Sean Herman
Ashley Boyd


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring


Character Notes

Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale

  • Sean's father's house is on Randolph Street.[3]



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  3. Beane, Odette. Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale - Page 94. New York: Hyperion, 2013. Print.