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If it's Captain Ahab you seek... then your search is over. Though your trouble, alas, has just begun.

—Captain Ahab to Hook (Wish Realm) src

Captain Ahab is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the thirteenth episode of the seventh season and is portrayed by guest star Chad Rook.

Captain Ahab is based on the character of the same name from the novel Moby-Dick.


After Third Curse

At some point, Captain Ahab gains Maui's fish hook. He learns about the fearsome pirate, Captain Hook, who reportedly has gone soft by giving up his revenge against the crocodile, Rumplestiltskin. In a tavern, Ahab meets Hook when the latter comes to claim the fish hook for himself. He regards Hook as old and weathered and even boasts that people now praise him for being who Hook used to be. Ahab is eager for a fight to determine who can have the hook, but Hook persuades him to settle the dispute with a dice game. Despite rolling a strong hand, Ahab is beaten by Hook and forced to give up his prize to him. Abah taunts him about the rumors that he gave up on his crocodile, however, Hook boldly proclaims he intends to use the hook to kill Rumplestiltskin. Later when Hook goes to see Rumplestiltskin, whom he agreed to free in exchange for help saving his daughter Alice, Ahab follows him there, deeming him weak for not killing the Dark One but teaming up with him. Hook's temper becomes inflamed as Abah mocks him for allowing another person do his dirty work to save his own family, so when Rumplestiltskin begs to be set free and offers to kill Ahab, Hook declines and instead agrees to Ahab's demand for a public duel to prove which of them is tougher. In a pistol duel, Ahab and Hook face away and walk 10 paces before both of them fire a single shot at each other. Ahab's bullet, unknowingly coated with a poison by Gothel, only grazes Hook while Hook's bullet wounds Ahab, causing him to bleed profusely. Although Hook wins the duel, he leaves abruptly to go back to Alice, realizing his family is more important than his honor, as Ahab is left behind, his fate unknown. ("Knightfall")


Production Notes

  • According to Chad Rook, "Moby-Dick is not the only tale of Captain Ahab worth telling", as he described "Knightfall" as "a whole other tale".[1]

Props Notes



  1. TwitterLogo.svg @ChadRook (Chad Rook) on Twitter. "#MobyDick is not the only tale of #CaptainAhab worth telling. Tune in to #OnceUponATime #March16 for a whole other tale."
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