I don’t feel so good… *got crushed by trains, battleships, aircraft, ships of Frankenwolf feels*
I don’t think anybody will feel as bad as crushed as David likely does right now. Who’s his character going to hook up with now?
I already saw a Belle/Whale story on starting up today but they are so not each other’s type
Okay, I am really starting to regret voicing that speculation, since all it’s seemed to cause is widespread panic. I wish people would stop jumping to conclusions so quickly.
not panicking or anything but I hope there are people who are getting this idea into heads.
You hope they are or aren’t?
I’m still hopeful that Meghan will come back for a couple episodes (and the writers will make those episodes worth her while) next season. She said herself she’s not completely opposed to working on OUaT again, so I’m assuming there are no stipulations in her contract with CBS that suggest she can’t do just that. I’m convinced that OUaT is going to realize they’re losing their supporting cast one by one (Raphael Sbarge had a pilot picked up by TNT) and that they need to step it up and start giving them actual, substantial roles in the episodes instead of bit parts here and there (can we say Archie’s speech and then subsequent disappearance in And Straight on ‘Til Morning, or Whale’s near-confrontation with Gold’s foot in Second Star to the Right?).
Don’t forget Blue! I think she’s left also. :(
TBH I still believe that the reason they specifically came to David with Frankenstein (the only other person besides Robert not to audition) was because they have an actual plan for his character that goes way beyond what we’ve seen so far. If we are to assume his first name is also Victor here in Storybrooke like in his world, that means he would share names with not only the director of Frankenstein, but the director of the Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming. The reason we probably saw him so briefly in SSTR is not just reassurance that he’s still around, but that there’s more story to tell with the guy if he has a role in the Home Office vs. Storybrooke plot next season. Why else would they set up the “magic vs. science” rivalry between him and Rumpel? And the sudden animosity between them we never really saw in “The Doctor” or “ITNOTB”? Sure, they don’t see eye-to-eye over their ideals, but their interactions were always completely civil.
They also had a nice, big, juicy plotline all laid out for Meghan/Ruby, but then it got trumped by the Charming Family Circus and the Neverland storyline. I won’t hold any ill will towards the writers on that point, only because Meghan herself says that she doesn’t, but it’s still irritating.
It would be really interesting to see them delve into the Land of Oz, and have Victor be tied into that as well. Victor is a great character and it’s a shame that he gets so little screen time (I thought he had to ask the writers to put him into SSTTR, but I could be wrong about that). I think Adam and Eddy had a great thing going with season one, and season two started strong. But the second they started rushing that Neverland storyline (and started desperately scrambling after Colin broke his leg), the show lost its momentum. I can see where they might have been going with Victor and Ruby, not together but as separate characters that find each other amid their own troubles, much like they did in ITNOTB, but Adam and Eddy made their choice and we’ll never know what they were originally planning. *sigh*
Even though I remember him asking him for it to happen, I think they had already written the episode at that point and him asking just happened to closely coincide with them telling him he would be in it anyway. As you’ve said, they’re likely aware now that all their original secondaries (who are also fan favorites) are dropping like flies, so in order to keep whoever they have left (which is just him and the dwarves at this point), they have to step up the writing and make an attempt to include them in on the action next season, or else Belle will just be the mayor of a ghost town.
It’s always possible that should Ruby return, it will likely be at the end of Victor’s story, finding a changed man instead of the broken mess she originally found him as. You suggested that their storyline would eventually have them finding each other after enduring their own separate conflicts and struggles. Perhaps that’s how it was always supposed to be. Learning in their own ways that monsters can be heroes and make a difference, and only then would they be able to get together. The only problem being that unlike Victor, Ruby’s side of that story may remain untold.