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Kelly, when I gave you this ring, I signed up for everything. Even the things I didn't know.
—Chad to Kelly src

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


During Fifth Curse

At an unknown point in time, Chad meets Kelly West, and they fall in love with each other. They eventually get engaged. However, one day close to their wedding, Kelly - who now remembers she is Zelena, the Wicked Witch - decides to follow her sister, Roni, to Seattle. Despite having her memories back, Kelly reveals that she is happy, really in love with Chad and is reluctant to lie to him. ("The Eighth Witch")

Later, Chad phones Kelly multiple times and also leaves her a few messages but she, unsure what to tell him, doesn't pick up on his calls. ("A Taste of the Heights")

Chad calls Kelly on their anniversary, saying he doesn't know why she left but he wants to understand, and that he made reservations for tomorrow at their favorite restaurant. He ends the message by telling her he misses her, but she ignores his call once more. Later on, Chad is lured to Hyperion Heights by Nick, who poses as a doctor from New York and lies to him about Kelly getting into a cycling accident. After capturing Chad, Nick calls Kelly through Chad's number and tells her that if she ever wants to see Chad again, she will do exactly what he says. ("Chosen")

After Nick has Chad moved to the basement of Roni's, Kelly finds him, only for Nick to try and kill her. She overpowers him, but instead of killing him with his knife, she declares she's not that type of person anymore and knocks him unconscious. Kelly then frees Chad and confesses mostly everything, including who Zelena is. Instead of returning the ring, Chad tells her that, when he proposed to her, he signed up for everything, including the things he didn't know and that whoever she was as Zelena, she's different now. The two reconcile with a kiss, and the police arrive to arrest Nick. As she and Chad are going back to San Francisco soon, Kelly says her goodbyes to Roni and Margot. ("Chosen")


Production Notes

  • His casting announcement describes him as "a clever, romantic guy who’s no stranger to grand gestures. He keeps a cool head and maintains high levels of patience and compassion, even when it seems like his world may be turned upside down".[1]
  • Adam Horowitz describes Chad as "someone from the real world" as it "is the one thing [they] haven't done". He also explains how hard it will be for Kelly to reveal who she is really to this man, and that "there's a whole mess of emotional problems that lay ahead for her" because of that.[2]



  1. Abrams, Natalie (January 23, 2018). Once Upon a Time casts Runaways star as Zelena's fiancé. Entertainment Weekly. “Kelly’s fiancé Chad, who will appear in the 150th episode, is described as a clever, romantic guy who's no stranger to grand gestures. He keeps a cool head and maintains high levels of patience and compassion, even when it seems like his world may be turned upside down.”
  2. Bentley, Jean (December 15, 2017). 'Once Upon a Time' Creators Reveal What They've Learned From Season 7 Reboot. Hollywood Reporter. “"What that curse life is and was becomes very important and something she has to wrestle with in a serious way," Horowitz says. "The fiance is a real thing. She really does have one, and we really will be exploring that in the second half of the season. It is someone from the real world, and that is the one thing we haven't done. We've had people that we thought were from the real world but turned out to be flying monkeys. One of the things we're going to see is she's going to be having this conflicting attitude. She's never had a cursed persona, so there's Kelly, and then there's Zelena, and then there's this person, and how do you tell somebody that you were once the Wicked Witch? There's a whole mess of emotional problems that lay ahead for her."”
  3. Mitovich, Matt Webb (January 2, 2018). Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on X-Files, Lucifer, The Originals, Once, Blindspot, Chi Med, MacGyver, Crazy Ex and More. TVLine. “I want to see who Zelena is marrying on Once Upon a Time. Is it someone we know, or someone new? —Candace Deep into Season 7B, "We are going to meet her (yet-to-be-cast) fiancé, and he is, as she said, someone from the real world," Once co-created Eddy Kitsis confirms. “The last time we had someone fall in love with someone from the real world, they turned out to be a flying monkey, so we wanted to explore what would it really mean if you fell in love with someone who has no idea you're the Wicked Witch — and if you told them would think you’re crazy!"”

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