So they finally mentioned Walt (Disney) in this OUAT world. I have some thoughts on how if they finally made the connections with real life.
You see, Emma was growing up in The Land Without Magic and in the first episodes she was kind of familiar with fairy tale stories before Henry shows the "Once Upon a Time" book. She knew Snow White, Cinderella, and even The Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz. They are from classic fairy tales story that had been adapted a lot of times. But I supposed that Emma was growing up with the fairy tales from the Disney version, well even though Wizard of Oz (movie) was MGM productions which license were bought by Disney later. Because, movie versions are what most of us familiar with, right?
In last episode, they revealed that there are a lot of authors who wrote the book. But first, let me rewrite what August told Emma. I'm sorry if there were mistakes, since english is not my first language.
"Emma: Because I have some questions about me, I think he can tell us everything.
August: If he's the one who wrote your story
Emma: What are you talking about?
August: Something you need to know about this author, he wasn't the only one. There have been many authors throughout time, it's a job not a person. And the one trapped in here was just the last task with the great responsibility.
Emma: Which is?
August: to record, to witness the greatest stories of all time. And record them for posterity. The job is gone back eons, from the man who watched shadows and danced across cave walls and developed the entire philosophy. To play rights to tell tales and poetry, to a man named Walt. Many have had this secret job, great women and men who took on the responsibility with the gravity that it deserved, until this last one. He’s started to manipulate, rather than record. He did something; I don’t know exactly what, but something that pushed them over the edge."
So, how is this going to be relevant with this world?
First, the fact that there are many authors especially since the stories in the show are actually from various authors: Hans Christian Anderson, Brothers Grimm, L. Frank Baum, J. M. Barrie, Charles Perrault, etc. But, they have the rights to adapt the fairy tales that have been in Walt Disney Studios world. Come on, ABC got the rights because it is part of Disney :-)
Second, when Walt Disney studios adapted the stories from the original fairy tales, they altered some of the stories so it will be family friendly. But, how Disney Studios did it was right, to record them for posterity. Just as what August said.
Lastly, until this last one. He’s started to manipulate, rather than record. How if, this last author was Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Because that was what they exactly did, right? They definitely manipulated the story since the first season. August said that Emma can asked the author if he's the one who wrote her story. Ok, the most important thing is, Emma is not an original fairy tale character. She is the creation of the creator of the show. Henry, too.
So, how if at some point, all the characters realized that their story is written by some people who wanted to adapt the story into a TV Show and made some mash up from a lot of fairy tales stories to make them Adam and Edward's world. Or worse, in the last scene they showed that they are only some actors that have been filming TV Series for a couple of seasons and then they finally wrapped up with the scenario that the show is finally over and they are not the fairy tales characters anymore. :-D
I Know! That this is ridiculous (and sucks -_-), but all of the revelations make sense to become this storyline. Well, I don't really know what Edward and Adam are up to. These are only my thoughts after watching "Best Laid Plans" Episode.
Thank you, sorry if my english is not perfect. Let me know what's your opinion to my theory :)
There is one thing Walt Disney did that no authors has done not even Issac. He brought all the stories of fantasy, folktales, western, and future into reality which is why he dream up Disneyland to let us experience the stories he recorded as the Author.
I highly doubt that we'll actually see Walt, and I really don't want to see him on the show. But the beginning of Operation Mongoose made it startlingly clear that the Walt referenced as an Author is indeed Walt Disney. The beginning flashback for the finale is set in LWM, December 1966, which is when Disney passed (December 15, 1966 to be precise). So while it was never explicitly stated, the implication of Walt as an Author is clear and obvious.