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There's a reason I gave you that. Because as long as you have it, I'll always be with you.
—Kurt Flynn to his son Owen src

Kurt Flynn is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the seventeenth episode of the second season and is portrayed by John Pyper-Ferguson.


During First Curse

Six months after Kurt's wife passes away, he takes his son Owen on a camping trip to take his mind off of his mother's death. Kurt drives the both of them to the woodlands, where they set up camp and Kurt teaches Owen how to make a lanyard keychain. He gives him an already finished one and talks about how his own father taught him to make them when he was Owen's age. Glancing at his pocket watch, Kurt notes that it's almost time for dinner, just as a strong wind approaches. The pair retreat into their tent as the storm passes through, and in the morning, Kurt finds car is pinned down by a fallen tree. With no other option, they take what they can carry in backpacks, and Kurt uses a map to get to a highway to hitch a ride to the nearest town. On the way there, Kurt notices a town in the distance, much to Kurt's disbelief since they drove through the same area on the previous day and there was nothing there. On the town street, Sheriff Graham welcomes them to Storybrooke and leads them to the local diner, where they meet the mayor, Regina Mills, and Kurt asks her about a nearby hotel he and his son can stay in while his car is being fixed. Regina, shocked that outsiders made it into her town, excuses herself to talk with Graham, while the owner of the diner, Granny, gives Kurt and Owen a room at her bed and breakfast. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

Later, Kurt and his son are finishing up a meal at the diner when Regina comes in. She is unhappy over Owen sitting in "her" seat, to which the child plainly states that he's already sitting in it. Kurt is amused by his son's reply, and Regina eventually drops the topic to tell Kurt that she put in a good word for him so his car can be fixed sooner. Kurt thanks her for her help before leaving with Owen, who gives Regina a lanyard as thanks because she let him sit in her seat. Regina develops a soft spot for Owen and later invites him and his father over to her house for dinner. Kurt comments how delicious Regina's lasagna is, while Owen bluntly states he doesn't like it. After Regina sends him out to pick apples from her tree, Kurt chuckles at Owen's personality towards her, as his son is a free spirit like his mother. Kurt explains his reasons for bringing Owen on the camping trip in the first place, and Regina remarks she too is looking to start over but hasn't turned out how she wanted it to be because even with a new life she has no one to share it with. Later while Owen is helping Regina make apple turnovers, Kurt comes in to check up on them. Regina suggests they could stay in town permanently, and though Owen is excited by the idea, Kurt refuses since their home is in New Jersey. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

A week later, Kurt goes with Owen to the Marine Garage to pick his car up and then drives to Regina's office to give his last regards to her before he heads out of town. However, he walks in and witnesses Regina holding a glowing red heart and speaking into it, commanding someone to "arrest the father for drunk driving". A panicked Regina quickly puts the heart away in the box and attempts to explain herself, but Kurt is uneasy by what he has seen and tries to make a hasty exit after giving his gratitude for all that she's done for him and his son. As Kurt backs away from her, Sheriff Graham bursts in to wrestle and pin him against the desk. In the ensuing struggle, Kurt yells at Graham about Regina controlling him in some form, but Graham doesn't listen, although Kurt eventually manages to knock the box to the floor. The heart within the box hits the floor, and as Graham gasps in pain, his grip on Kurt loosens as well, allowing him to get away. Fleeing back into his car where Owen is waiting for him, Kurt speeds off and tries to make it past the town line, only to be blocked by Graham's sheriff car. Worried for his son's safety, he instructs Owen to get out of the car and run as fast as he can into the woods to call his uncle. Owen doesn't want to leave his father behind, but Kurt assures him as long as he has the keychain, he'll always be with him. Owen follows his father's orders but is distressed when he sees Graham cuffing his father. Kurt screams at him to run as he is forced into the back of the police car. Regina, although she wished for Owen to stay her, allows him to leave. Owen later leads two police officers to the border of Storybrooke in hopes of finding his father, but the town is no longer visible to him or anyone outside the town line. Owen pleas for them to keep looking, but they lead him away as Regina tearfully watches on from inside the town line. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

With Owen gone, Regina disposes of Kurt by killing him and burying his remains at the former campsite where he and Owen once stayed. ("Second Star to the Right")

After First Curse
Never giving up hope of finding his father one day, Owen takes on the name Greg Mendell and makes it his mission to rid the world of magic. Twenty-eight years later, he crashes his car into Storybrooke. As Greg plays the part of an outsider who feigns ignorance about the true nature of the town and its inhabitants, Regina figures out he is Owen. Greg wants to know what happened to his father, and though Regina tries to make him believe she let him go, he does not buy it. Eventually, he corners Regina and straps her down on a table and electrocutes her repeatedly until she caves in and confesses to killing Kurt after Greg left Storybrooke. Owen doesn't believe her and furiously turns up the power hoping to kill her, however, he is interrupted when David bursts in. Greg then evades capture by fleeing the cannery before hurrying to the woods of his and his father's former campsite, where he begins shoveling away at the dirt. He hits something solid in the ground and desperately claws away at the soil until his hands touch clothes he recognizes as his father's. Greg is devastated upon seeing his father's skull and realizes what Regina told him is true. Tamara regroups with Greg as he is reburying his father's remains, and expresses her deep condolences to him after Greg tells her his father is dead. ("The Outsider", "Selfless, Brave and True", "Second Star to the Right")



Production Notes

  • The casting call name for the character was Ben.[3]
  • His casting call describes him as "a 40-year-old, kind widower who is trying to help his son deal with the loss of his mother."[3]

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"Archive" denotes archive footage.

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  • Does Regina know she was evil

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    • I don’t she think she really cared if she was evil but by season 2 she realized it
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