Once Upon a Time Sam Witwer

Once Upon a Time: Sam Witwer to Recur as Evil Mental Hospital Warden

From the Underworld to Doomsday?

ABC’s Once Upon a Time has cast former Smallville villain Sam Witwer in a recurring role, alongside Popular alum Hank Harris.

Per our sister site Deadline, Witwerhank-harris (above) will play Jacob, the evil and overbearing warden of a mental institution, while Harris (right) will recur as Nathaniel, one of the patients he enjoys tormenting.

The character breakdowns and names match up with the two “brothers” that TVLine’s Ask Ausiello told you about earlier this month, though the official descriptions make no mention of any kinship. Regardless, I hereby withdraw my (fun!) “anthropomorphized Scar and Mufasa” theory and instead now throw my weight behind a fictionalized twist on The Brothers Grimm — especially given the revisiting of the Author storyline.

Both characters are expected to appear at season’s end, and likely will spill over into the recently ordered Season 6.

Witwer’s previous TV credits also include, of course, Being Human, plus Dexter and Battlestar Galactica, while Harris’ most recent appearances have been on The Man in the High Castle, Salem and Grimm.

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  1. Cris says:

    I feel like they could be Cain and Abel.

  2. LindseyF says:

    It’s totally a take on the Brothers Grimm! OUAT is probably reaching it’s end too, so letting us know how the real world came to know these apparently real stories of fairytale characters seems like a good way to go out.

  3. Melissa Jayne says:

    I’m really intrigued I’m looking forward to this storyline. I was always curious about how they were going to portray Season Six as they’ve seemed to have covered a lot of realms already.

  4. Carmen says:

    It would be awesome if this was a shoutout to the mental hospital from the Wonderland spinoff…but it’s probably completely unrelated unfortunately.

  5. MissEllys says:

    Brothers Grimm for sure!

  6. Sam will probably be Dr Fascilier who also be Liam 2.0

  7. Phoenix5634 says:

    I want a Being Human reboot. Aidan, Josh, Nora and Sally. That series ended almost randomly, right when it could have had the most intense storyline of the series. Shame on the network..

  8. andrew says:

    maybe it’s a Jekyll and Hyde storyline

  9. Tim says:

    I’ve been saying for years that if they revisted Frankenstein’s world, Witwer would make a great Dracula. A meta nod towards his time on the US Being Human, while capturing his sinister portrayal of his Darth Maul voice work.

  10. Ash says:

    I am placing my bet on this being some variation of the man of the iron mask/three musketeers. Keep in mind Dumas made them identical twins but the the writers can change that for Once given the history of character/ historical figure.

  11. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Sam Witwer is back on TV. It’s great to see Being Human cast back on TV.

  12. gnvng says:

    Ugh, this sad excuse of a tv show…

  13. AnnieM says:

    His LootCrate commercials are a hoot!

  14. James says:

    Why nobody has said anything about ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’? It’s a classic story that OUAT hasn’t used yet!

  15. Duke says:

    Yuck. Not at all an appealing storyline for the series. It will be a good time to stop watching this once-good but now-spiralling mess when this arc starts.

  16. Ayush says:

    My guess is that someone, if not everyone, is going on a trip to a place ‘worse than Underworld’ and by the time everyone makes out of the place, years have passed.

    This puts sense to fears of Outlaw Queen’s (media rumors of Robin leaving) and Charming’s of leaving Neal.

  17. hopemullinax says:

    My inner Star Wars nerd is freaking out, because Darth Maul is on Once! Ah! So excited for Sam Witwer!