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This article focuses on Sleepy's Storybrooke persona.
For his Enchanted Forest counterpart, see Sleepy.

Merida: Let's go, Sleepy.
Walter: I told you it was Walter!
Merida and Walter src

Walter is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the third episode of the first season. He is portrayed by co-star Faustino di Bauda, and is the Storybrooke counterpart of Sleepy.


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

During First Curse

Under the Dark Curse, Walter works a security guard at the townhospital. ("Snow Falls")

On one day ten years later, Walter alerts the mayor, Regina, to coma patient John Doe's disappearance from the hospital. Regina, annoyed at his incompetence, questions how long ago did the man vanish from his bed, to which Walter is unable to provide a proper answer. As Walter and Regina walk to the security room, Mary Margaret sees them from down the hall, where she is hiding in a room with John Doe, whose real name is David. The pair, awake and aware of their past lives because of a pixie dust flower, devise a plan to keep Regina from finding out what is really going on. As Regina continues yelling at Walter in the security room and prompts him to recheck the security tapes again, Mary Margaret arrives to tell her that she saw John Doe sleepingwalking and headed for the woods. Later in the forest, Regina attempts to make Mary Margaret come clean about her awakened state by threatening to detonate a mine explosive to kill Archie, but Mary Margaret runs off when Archie returns with Walter, Mr. Clark, Doc, Granny, and Marco, all of whom were also helping to look for John Doe. Sometime after this, Walter and the others find Mary Margaret with an unconscious John Doe, just moments after the couple recursed themselves in order to wait another eighteen years for Emma's arrival to Storybrooke. ("Awake")

Eighteen years later, after Emma's presence in town causes the curse to begin weakening, John Doe awakens and disappears from the hospital. Walter aids Sheriff Graham and Emma in determining where he went by replaying the recorded security tape. Sheriff Graham requests both Walter and the janitor Leroy to be present as they were the only two people in the hospital from last night. When asked if they saw anything happen, Leroy and Walter both claim to have not seen anyone leave. The camera tape is played and shows John Doe walking from his bed unit room and out of a hospital door, which causes an argument to erupt between Walter and Leroy over whose fault it was for not noticing. Leroy blames him for always sleeping on the job, while Walter takes jabs at the latter for constantly drinking at work. ("Snow Falls")

One morning, Walter and Mr. Clark enter Granny's to grab some breakfast. Mr. Clark asks Leroy to move over a seat so the two of them can sit together. Grudgingly, Leroy refuses and remarks they should have gotten up earlier in order to snag the counter seats they wanted. However, Leroy's appetite goes down after Mr. Clark accidentally sneezes on his breakfast. He gets up to leave, but is delayed when Mary Margaret walks in to ask for volunteers to sign up and help sell candles for the annual Miner's Day festival. Unfortunately, the townspeople are still reeling from the public exposure of Mary Margaret's affair with married town resident David, and she is ignored. After Leroy walks away from the counter, Walter and Mr. Clark finally sit down. During the height of the Miner's Day celebration at night, Leroy causes a power outage that renders the entire town in darkness. This prompts Walter and many other people stock up on candles from Leroy and Mary Margaret's booth. ("Dreamy")

After First Curse

After Emma breaks the Dark Curse, Walter joins in the reunion of his fellow dwarves and friends. They walk down the street with Emma, Mary Margaret and David as they figure out what to do next. In a panic, Archie runs over to tell the group Dr. Whale is leading the townsfolk in a mob to Regina's house. Although Leroy believes Regina deserves it, the others object as it is not right to kill. They are further obligated to help when Henry pleads for his mother's safety. ("Broken")

At the town border, Walter is rallied together with the dwarves. Leroy wants to make it their mission to find out what happens if someone steps outside of town. After he marks the border with a chalk line, they take turns picking straws, and the person with the shortest one will be the test subject for the experiment. While the other dwarves are apprehensive, Leroy forces them to think about the duty they have in protecting Mary Margaret and proving themselves to David. Mr. Clark has the shortest straw, but his refusal to cooperate causes Leroy to push him over the border. Magic courses over Mr. Clark and strips him of his Enchanted Forest memories. Led by Leroy, they rush back into the town square and inform David of the grim consequences if someone were to leave Storybrooke. The news causes a huge stir, but David sets up a town meeting in two hours' time and promises to come up with a plan. At the town hall, residents pack the whole building and anxiously await David's arrival. Instead, Regina arrives to demonstrate her newly restored magic powers to them until Henry agrees to go home with her. With no sign of David, the townspeople decide they would rather lose their memories by leaving town than deal with Regina. Walter is one of the many who attempt to drive out of town, but David puts a stop to it with a heartfelt speech. He convinces them to accept both their Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke selves by drawing strengths from their weaknesses. Moved, they all return home. Later, in the mines, Walter and his brothers prepare their pickaxes to begin digging for diamonds in order to make fairy dust. On the street, they pass Mr. Clark. Leroy reassures him that they will restore his memory soon. ("We Are Both")

Walter and his fellow dwarves continue to mine for diamonds with David in the hopes of making fairy dust and then combing it with a magic hat to rescue Emma and Mary Margaret, who accidentally found themselves in the Enchanted Forest. ("The Crocodile")

During one day in the mines, Happy wants to treat everyone to lunch at Granny's, but Leroy persistently continues working and breaks the surface of a wall, which collapses and sends him falling into a cave. From this accidental fall, a whole cavern ceiling of diamonds is discovered, to which David, Henry, and Mother Superior are notified. In a celebration of their success, they all head over to the diner to drink and party. ("Child of the Moon")

While Emma and Mary Margaret are in a race to return to Storybrooke, Mr. Gold and Regina are unwilling to chance the possibility that their shared nemesis, Cora, could be the one coming back instead. With a wand, they steal all the diamonds from the mines and use the power within them to create a portal over the wishing well to kill anyone who tries to enter into Storybrooke. After discovering the diamonds are missing, Walter and the five dwarves enter Mr. Gold's pawnshop to warn Henry of Mr. Gold and Regina's suspected thievery. With Ruby, Henry scrambles over to the wishing well to convince Regina to get rid of the portal trap so Emma and Mary Margaret pass through. Regina relents and absorbs away the portal in time just as Emma and Mary Margaret return. In a rush to save David, who is under a Sleeping Curse, Mary Margaret hurries back to the pawnshop where she finds the six dwarves watching over him. With true love's kiss, she awakens David. To catch up on lost time, Emma, Mary Margaret, David, Henry and the six dwarves head over to Granny's for dinner. ("Queen of Hearts")

To commemorate Mary Margaret and Emma's victorious return home, the town residents come together at a party celebration held at Granny's. Walter is conversing with Granny just as Mary Margaret and Emma arrive, and he raises his glass at them. While Ruby goes over to give the two a warm welcome, Walter looks on happily. A hush falls over the diner when David calls everyone's attention and begins making a speech expressing happiness at reuniting with his wife and daughter. Afterwards, all the party guests raise their glasses in cheer when, suddenly, Regina walks in. Her presence displeases some of the guests, but the subject is dropped once Emma acknowledges she invited Regina. With that, everyone dispenses to mingle and have fun at the party. Walter goes to the counter to grab some food from the set up trays. Towards the end of the night, he groups together with Bashful, Dopey and Happy in conversation. ("The Cricket Game")

The death of Archie is announced to the rest of the townspeople after Emma seemingly finds incriminating evidence via a dream catcher of Regina as the murder. Happy attends the funeral to listen to Mary Margaret give a eulogy dedicated to Archie. Following this, Walter, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Leroy, Marco, Mother Superior, Ruby and Granny spend some time in Mary Margaret's loft for a luncheon. Leroy approaches Emma and Mary Margaret to ask on behalf of himself and other dwarves when they will be returning to the Enchanted Forest, which perks everyone else's attention to the conversation. He is concerned about Regina being on the loose, but also the possibility outsiders can wander into town now that the curse is lifted. Emma believes they are safe for now while Leroy believes that trouble will happen sooner or later. ("The Outsider")

Storybrooke becomes terrorized by a giant, Anton, after he is freed from Captain Hook's ship by Mary Margaret, David and Leroy, and then eats a magical mushroom to return to his regular size. He takes his hatred of humans out on the residents, but the effects of the mushroom wear off during a stomping rampage, and Anton himself is left clinging on for life. Granny stabilizes a rope to a car while Ruby and the dwarves keep their grip on it as David goes down to pull Anton to safety. In an effort to make Anton feel welcome, they take him to the diner. Once there, Anton reveals he possesses a beanstalk that can grow magic beans. While Anton is inspecting some of Storybrooke's soil content, Walter and his brothers arrive to accept Anton as an honorary dwarf and give him his own pickaxe with the name "Tiny". They commence digging to plant the beanstalk stem. ("Tiny")

To protect the bean fields from being seen by outsiders, Mother Superior enacts a spell to make the area appear as an empty field unless someone stepped inside the barrier. After a day's hard work at the bean fields, Walter, Anton and the five miners are driven to the diner by David. Though Leroy invites David and Mary Margaret to have dinner with them, the couple decide to head home for the night. As the group walk towards the diner, Anton, who is expected to pay for everyone's meals, insists that he has no money. ("Lacey")

Walter goes his dwarf brothers for a trip to the pawnshop, where they look for Mr. Clark's old drinking stein, which they need for restoring Mr. Clark's lost memories. After the stein is found, Leroy orders the dwarves to bring Mr. Clark back to the diner, where they will have him drink the potion. To escape the trigger, Dopey joins the townspeople in the diner, preparing to leave for the Enchanted Forest. David and Hook procure a magic bean to take everyone to safety, but Henry refuses to go without Regina, who has stayed behind to slow down the trigger in the mines. Mary Margaret suggests sending the trigger through the bean's portal, and though Emma is reluctant to try such a risky plan, Archie persuades her it's the right thing to do. Walter, along with the others, rally in agreement with Archie, until Emma finally relents. Emma and her family rush to the mines, dead set on capturing the trigger with the bean, but they discover too late that Hook previously swapped the bean for a decoy. Fortunately, with Emma and Regina's combined magic, they deactivate the trigger and save Storybrooke. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")

Walter, accompanied by the other dwarves, Mother Superior and Archie, meet up with Belle at the docks after evading the trigger catalyst. Belle tells them about Emma and some of the townspeople having gone to Neverland to rescue Henry from Greg and Tamara. Furthermore, she warns they may have unwanted visitors since Mr. Gold has left her in charge of activating a cloaking spell to keep people from entering town. They all head down to the mines, where Walter assists with quarrying a rock for fairy dust, which is needed to enact the spell. Once the rock is cracked open, Belle dumps the cloaking spell into it, and with the power of her belief, the spell covers a barrier over Storybrooke. Later, Walter and his brothers have lunch near the beach. Most of the dwarves agree that things in town are less troublesome without Mary Margaret and David around, though Leroy makes his disapproval known. Suddenly, Leroy spots a red-headed mermaid at sea, and as she steps out onto the shoreline, all the dwarves head down to get a better look. The red-head introduces herself to them as Ariel, and she asks for help finding Belle. ("Dark Hollow")

When the Jolly Roger, carrying those who went on the Neverland rescue mission, arrives at the dock, Walter is among the large crowd of townspeople welcoming back David, Emma, Henry and Mary Margaret. To everyone's surprise, Mary Margaret announces it was because of Regina's help that they were able to return home. Once again, a safe journey home prompts another celebration at the diner, with most of the townspeople in attendance. ("The New Neverland")

As the price for countering Peter Pan's curse, Storybrooke will be wiped out and everyone in it must return to the Enchanted Forest. Before the curse spreads through the entire town, Walter gathers at the border with a handful of residents, including the other dwarves. Regina soon sends Emma and Henry out of town to keep them from the curse's grasp, and as the pair depart in the yellow bug, everyone watches them go. When the curse cloud approaches, Regina stops Pan's curse by undoing her curse, sending everyone inside the town back to the Enchanted Forest. ("Going Home")

For events occurring before the casting of the second curse, see Sleepy.

During Second Curse

A new curse is cast by none other than Snow White; returning Sleepy and the rest of the Enchanted Forest inhabitants to the town of Storybrooke. However, as a result of the Wicked Witch of the West's interference, everyone's last recollection is the final day in Storybrooke when Regina stopped Pan's curse, but no one can recall anything further than that. In addition, the townspeople notice that since they've returned to Storybrooke, some people have gone missing, among them Bashful, Doc and Dopey. Emma returns and holds a town hall meeting to figure out who is behind the new curse. Leroy is quick to accuse Regina of wrongdoing as the other residents follow suit in agreement. Even Emma refuses to believe Regina, who causes a building tremor out of frustration, and then magically dissipates away. Unknown to everyone, aside from Leroy—who is also in on the scheme—this is a ploy Emma and Regina set up in order to make the townspeople believe the madam mayor is guilty while the two sleuth out the real criminal. Later, at the diner, Leroy announces that Emma caught Regina making a memory potion to prove she didn't cast the curse. They all agree that whoever takes the potion will remember who cursed them. ("Witch Hunt", "A Curious Thing")

Hoping to trigger the same events of the last curse in order to break the current one, David, Emma, Mary Margaret and Regina set out to make Henry believe in magic. He regains his memories by touching the storybook, and Regina breaks the curse by giving him a kiss of true love, which restores everyone's recollections of the lost year in the Enchanted Forest. ("A Curious Thing")

After Second Curse

In a diner celebration welcoming David and Mary Margaret's newborn son, Walter mingles with Doc and Mr. Clark over drinks as a nearby Leroy jokes to Granny that had Zelena's magic not been undone, Aurora would still be a flying monkey and given birth to a monkey child. Later, Walter listens with rapt attention as David and Mary Margaret announce they are naming their son after a true hero—Neal. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")

That night after the diner party, Walter drives down a road as Leroy sits beside him in the front passenger seat. Leroy warns him to be careful steering the car. Annoyed, Walter reminds him that he's the designated driver, so he'll drive as he likes. After a moment passes, Walter unexpectedly falls asleep at the wheel. Shocked, Leroy attempts to regain control of the swerving vehicle. Up ahead on the road, the car nearly collides into a woman, but she freezes the entire van into ice. The next morning, Walter and Leroy awaken to the situation and rush into town to inform Emma. As she and Hook investigate a frozen trail leading to a warehouse, a monster made of ice attacks the townspeople. Later, Regina magically obliterates the beast. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")

As the town falls under the influence of Ingrid's curse, mirror shards rain down from the sky and invade people's eyes; causing them to see only the bad in others and turn on each other. Walter, while affected by the curse, returns to his old self after Ingrid willingly sacrifices her life to stop the spell. As many people reconcile with each other, Walter talks to Bashful, Mr. Clark and Granny. ("Shattered Sight")

After Isaac rewrites new lives for everyone, he sends Walter and every former Enchanted Forest native to an alternate reality inside his book, Heroes and Villains. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1")

For events occurring after the creation of the alternate reality, see Sleepy.

Harnessing the pen, Henry reverts Isaac's stories and returns everyone to Storybrooke. That night, a celebratory diner party commences, with Walter and most of the townspeople in attendance. The festivities are interrupted when Belle enters the diner seeking help to save Mr. Gold, who is on the verge of death and must be saved before he loses all his humanity. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")

After Third Curse

Six weeks after Emma and some Storybrooke residents disappear to Camelot, Walter is helping Mr. Clark, the new sheriff, patrol the town, as they both happily note how quiet and peaceful things are. Suddenly, they see a bright light in their path, and the two dwarves later discover the diner has returned to the town. They rush inside to they see everyone who was gone has come back, but none of them can recall anything beyond walking into King Arthur's castle in Camelot. Emma's name is brought up, to which the Dark One herself walks in, clearly changed from her past struggles with her powers. When Mr. Clark sneezes, Emma takes offense to this and turns him into a statue, much to everyone's shock. ("The Dark Swan")

The day after, Walter heads out to the town line with the remaining five dwarves, while the statue of Mr. Clark is carted along there on the back of their car. Leroy asks for a volunteer to cross the border and test what happens, but all the dwarves say, "Not it", except for Dopey, who holds up a notepad with the words, "Not it", but Leroy makes him go anyway. Before Dopey can pass out of the town line, David, Mary Margaret and Regina drive up to stop them. Leroy insists they have to know whether it's safe to leave town, especially since Emma is the Dark One and there's no one to protect them now. Dopey crosses and nothing happens, but then, he turns into a tree. That night, after Regina has proved she is capable of protecting the townspeople, Walter joins his friends at the diner, helping Leroy to haul in the statue of Mr. Clark, and they leave him standing behind the booth all the dwarves are sitting in. When Regina walks past, she magically reverts Mr. Clark to normal, as the dwarves look on in surprise at his return. ("The Price")

As Walter and the other dwarves are mining, Leroy encourages them to be productive since Dopey can't at the moment. Happy jokes that Dopey is helping by producing oxygen as a tree, causing everyone else to laugh at the comment, though a stern Leroy tells them to stay focused. At this, they resume mining, only to be interrupted by Emma's unexpected presence. After she steals Happy's pick ax, the dwarves go to David and Mary Margaret, demanding they do something about their daughter. Leroy threatens to take action with Emma if they won't, and he calls out David for acting like a scared parent rather than the sheriff. In an effort to keep things calm, David asserts that he'll figure out a way to get the ax back. Disappointed and upset with his response, the dwarves leave in a huff. ("Siege Perilous")

After Hook, as a Dark One, has let the previous Dark Ones into town, Walter and the other dwarves join the main crew to stop him. They split up to look for Hook, and as the dwarves search together, they find themselves cornered and surrounded by six Dark Ones. After the Dark Ones let them go, the dwarves regroup with everyone else, unsure of what just transpired. On Mr. Gold's suggestion, they check their wrists, with all realizing the Dark Ones have branded each of them with a symbol. Since the Dark Ones cannot fully exist without making living souls to take their places in the Underworld, the branded residents will be taken away by Charon once the moon reaches its zenith. In the end, a reformed Hook absorbs the darkness, having Emma kill him, extinguishing all the Dark Ones, therefore saving everyone who was branded from their impending deaths. ("Swan Song")

In the absence of some of the heroes, who have gone to the Underworld to save Hook, Merida helps guard a still imprisoned King Arthur. She leaves Walter in charge at one point, but after he falls asleep on duty, Arthur breaks out and hits Walter in the head before fleeing. While Walter nurses his head injury in the loft, Snow criticizes Merida for putting Sleepy on guard duty, but the redhead insists she did her best with whoever was left while the heroes were away. Setting aside the argument, Snow sends Walter to gather the other dwarves to search for Arthur. After Hades' defeat, which cost Robin's life, Walter attends the funeral, where the townspeople take turns placing rose entwined arrows on Robin's casket. ("Last Rites")

After Robin's funeral, Walter joins the other townspeople at the diner for the wake. When Mr. Gold absorbs Storybrooke's magic into a piece of the Olympian Crystal, a tremor erupts through town, which is felt by everyone in the diner. ("Only You")

Walter, alongside several other citizens of Storybrooke, is called to a meeting by Regina, who reveals that Snow and David once had the chance to leave all of the residents of Storybrooke to suffer under the curse so the two of them could reunite with Emma, but because they didn't and sacrificed their happiness for them, she asks the townsfolk to repay the favor. Taking out a cup filled with the essence of the sleeping curse that was cast on Snow and David by the Evil Queen, Regina suggests that if all of the townsfolk take a sip, it could dilute the curse enough to keep them all awake. After several people drink from the cup, Walter takes a sip as well. Once everyone has had a drink, everyone falls asleep as Snow and David wake up, but they soon awaken, proving that Regina's plan worked. ("Awake")

At the wedding reception for Emma and Hook's wedding, Walter sits with some of the other dwarves as he watches the two get married. Afterwards as the couple sing and dance down the aisle, he begins singing along with them as well. When the clock tower ominously chimes at six o'clock, Walter looks up seconds before the Black Fairy's Dark Curse is unleashed. ("The Song in Your Heart")

After Fourth Curse
Following the end of the Black Fairy's curse and the final battle, Walter, Leroy, and Mr. Clark show their appreciation for Regina by changing the lettering on her office door from "Mayor's Office" to "Regina Mills Queen". When they are finished with it, Regina arrives, to which they shield her from the door at first but then step aside to let her see the words on it. As the three tip their hats to her, Regina smiles happily at them, touched at their handiwork. ("The Final Battle Part 2")




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