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This article focuses on the character Walsh, also known as the Wizard of Oz. For the classic story, see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Biographical Information
Status: Deceased
Home: Kansas (formerly)
Oz (formerly)
New York City (formerly)
Affiliation: Neutral
Occupation: Circus huckster (formerly)
Furniture shop owner (formerly)
Physical Description
Species: Human
Flying Monkey
Gender: Male
Current Allies:
Current Enemies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Christopher Gorham
First appearance: "New York City Serenade"
Latest appearance: "Kansas"
Latest mention: "The Apprentice"
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It's all part of the act, but what I peddle is real!

—Walsh to the Wicked Witch of the West src

Walsh, also known as the Wizard of Oz, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the twelfth episode of the third season. He is portrayed by guest star Christopher Gorham.

Walsh is based on the character of the Wizard of Oz from the children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.


Before First Curse

Originally, Walsh is from Kansas, but finds himself in the land of Oz. Giving himself the name "Oz the Great and Terrible", he masquerades as an all-knowing wizard. This hoax upsets Glinda, the Witch of the South, as she knows he only gives false hope to those who seek out his help. From behind a curtain, Walsh projects an shadow image and speaks with a booming voice to anyone who approaches his palace to seek an audience with him. He also asks for genuine magical items in exchange for help which he uses to further his deception. A woman named Zelena wants his help in finding her birth family, so he gifts a pair of silver heels to take her anywhere she desires. Zelena leaves for the Enchanted Forest to seek out family and returns asking to go to the past so she can change her own fate of being abandoned by her mother. The wizard states that even with the most powerful magic, this is not possible. Angrily, she rips off the curtain and discovers his true persona is nothing but a simple man who likes orchestrating a false image to put on a good show. Deciding to make use of him, she turns Walsh into a flying monkey as her loyal pet. ("It's Not Easy Being Green", "Kansas")

Sometime later, his transformation into a flying monkey alerts Glinda, the Witch of the South, to Zelena's presence. Glinda thanks Zelena for exposing him and believes time as her pet is fitting punishment for his trickery. Zelena is welcomed into Glinda's sisterhood of witches as the Witch of the West, but is "defeated" by a young girl named Dorothy. Rather than become the new Witch of the West, Dorothy only wishes to go home; a desire Glinda grants by taking her back to see the Wizard, who is presumed to have reverted to his old form since Zelena's magic has been undone. From behind the green curtain, Zelena impersonates the Wizard's voice and gives Dorothy the silver slippers to send her home. ("Kansas")

During Second Curse

Walsh meets Emma and they begin dating. Over the course of eight months, he gets to know her as well as her son, Henry. Walsh has dishonest motives in getting close to Emma, but the nature of it is not known. During one romantic evening dinner, Walsh surprises Emma by hiding a ring on the platter of an ice cream sundae and then proposes to her. She reacts in shock by walking out of the restaurant and stating that marriage is too soon for them. Walsh agrees to be patient, as she is the one he wants to spend his life with, and promises to give her all the time to think it over. The next day, he receives a text from Henry asking him to come over to the apartment to have dinner with Emma. Walsh promptly shows up, to which Emma leads him onto the rooftop where she rejects his marriage proposal. Emma reluctantly explains the necessity for herself to go home and leave him behind because "a ghost" from her past has showed up. Walsh does his best to convince her that the life she has now is worth staying for, but Emma cannot, though she wishes it could be so. Unable to sway her otherwise, Walsh's demeanor changes and he expresses knowledge of the potion Emma previously drank, which is what restored her past memories. After throwing aside a table, he charges at her, but she dodges, sending him hurling down the roof. He soars up in the form of Flying Monkey to attack her, though Emma violently shoves him away with a metal pipe. Physically wounded, he falls from the building, nearly hitting the ground, before disappearing in a puff of smoke. ("New York City Serenade")



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Start a Discussion Discussions about Walsh

  • Aurora, Prince Phillip, Walsh and a few others ... dead?

    27 messages
    • Aqua42 wrote:How did she get to EF then? It could be that she travelled from EF to Oz with him and sent him off there. Either way, they hand...
    • I don't think Oz was planned out in advance though. As far as I remember, there wasn't a lead in to Zelena's arc like there was with Co...
  • Flying Monkeys?

    21 messages
    • Perhaps because Walsh was a flying monkey he could cross portals, like Ariel. While the gang was trying to save Henry from Peter Pan. She w...
    • Zelena also mentioned in 3.17 she had helpers (Flying monkeys) all across the land and possibly worlds.

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