Baelfire, later known as Neal Cassidy, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He is portrayed by Michael Raymond-James, with Dylan Schmid and Brandon Spink, Sebastian Wilkinson and Dean Petriw portraying him in flashbacks. He is the son of Rumplestiltskin and Milah, and the father of Henry Mills.
Before the First Curse
In one of the Enchanted Forest's villages, a couple, Rumplestiltskin and Milah, make their living by spinning wool. Rumplestiltskin is drafted into the ogre war, and Milah, though afraid for her husband's safety, gives her blessings for him to fight on the battlefield. In the months Rumplestiltskin spends in a camp training to be a soldier, he encounters a seer that can predict the future. She uses her abilities to proclaim Milah's impending pregnancy and birth of their son but also forewarns of a greater dark coming in Rumplestiltskin's destiny. The Seer states he will become a father, but also lose his son due to his actions on the battlefield. Rumplestiltskin takes this to mean he will die, and purposely injuries his foot so he can be sent home.
Upon arrival home, Rumplestiltskin sees Milah tending to their infant son in her arms. She says she named him Baelfire as he needs a strong name for a father such as him. Their marriage begins to get rocky from the moment Rumplestiltskin tries to explain about the seer and the prophecy, which Milah thinks is absurd. She is humiliated that her husband was such a coward to run away from war, and firmly believes if he had fought and died, their son could have grown up fatherless with at least an immortalized image of his bravery instead of Rumplestiltskin being alive and a deserter.
As the years go by, Milah grows to be quite disinterested in playing housewife to Rumplestiltskin, and spends her days at the tavern bar. Rumplestiltskin returns home one day to find Baelfire all alone without his mother. He goes to the tavern to look for Milah, and finds her having a drink with a pirate, Hook, and his men. Milah refuses to leave, however, when Baelfire calls out for her, she gets up to leave for home.
Milah is very unhappy with the life she leads, and wishes to explore and see the world. Rumplestiltskin still hopes she will try to be family for Baelfire, at least. She reluctantly agrees to try. The next day, however, she turns up missing, and is kidnapped by Hook. Rumplestiltskin tries to get her back by pleading with Hook, but nothing comes out of it when Rumplestiltskin refuses to sword fight.
Before Rumplestiltskin became the powerful sorcerer he is today, Baelfire was his only family and greatest treasure. Just a few days away from Baelfire's fourteenth birthday, all the children in the land are being forcefully drafted to fight in an Ogre War upon turning fourteen.
To prevent his son from being taken, Rumplestiltskin slays Zoso, "The Dark One", taking on his powers in an effort to be able to protect Baelfire. He brutally kills all the soldiers who attempt to recruit Baelfire, an act he relished in, which terrifies his son.
Later, his father ends the Ogre Wars and saves thousands of children's lives. He's hailed as a hero, but Beowulf believes he's a monster. Rumple tries to make a promise to never use his magic, but when rumors of a monster called Grendel surface, he tries slay it without his powers. It turns out to be ploy by Beowulf to turn the village against him. He steals the dagger, but Baelfire takes it back. He angrily orders his father to kill Beowulf. Taking his victim's sword, Rumplestiltskin slips a memory potion in his son's tea to prevent Baelfire from following him into darkness.
Rumplestiltskin constantly keeps his son confined, claiming it's out of fear for his safety. Baelfire wants to go out and have friends. One night, Baelfire is entranced by music from the Pied Piper. The piper is actually Peter Pan, his paternal grandfather. Pan earns Baelfire's trust by informing he'll ask his father to give him the choice of returning to Neverland with him or going back home. Rumplestiltskin doesn't take the deal and takes the displeased Baelfire back home.
Rumplestiltskin earns a fearful reputation with many people afraid of him, but Baelfire wants things to go back to the way they were. Rumplestiltskin and Baelfire make a deal: if Baelfire can find a way for Rumplestiltskin to safely give up his powers, Rumplestiltskin will do it. Baelfire's friend Morraine tells him about the Reul Ghorm she heard of during war from eavesdropping on other soldiers. Baelfire goes and finds the Reul Ghorm, which turns out to be the Blue Fairy. She gives him a magic bean to take him and his father to a "land without magic".
Baelfire takes his father into the woods and uses the magic bean, which creates a green, glowing portal. Rumplestiltskin is afraid of going to a place without magic or his powers, and backs out of the deal at the last moment. He lets go of his Baelfire, who calls him a coward before disappearing into the portal. Soon after the portal closes, Rumplestiltskin immediately regrets his decision.
He then calls for the Blue Fairy to help him get to his son, but it is no use as that was the last magic bean and he chose power over his son. This causes Rumplestiltskin to hate fairies, especially the Blue Fairy, because he blames her for taking away Baelfire even she declares he was the one who drove away his own son.
After his father lets go of his hand, Baelfire falls through the portal into a land without magic, and is afraid and confused in the new world he is in.
Six months after he's landed in the new world, he wanders the streets searching for leftover bits of food. When he sees a man has propped a ladder against a wall leading up into a house, he takes the opportunity and climbs in. Inside one room, Baelfire finds a table with bread and proceeds to gorge on it to satisfy his hunger. One of the residents of the a house, a young girl, thinks he is a thief, but then realizes he's starving. Kindly, she offers him to take as much bread as he likes. After an introduction, Baelfire learns her name is Wendy. She takes pity on him and hides him in her nursery room's cubby-hole, and for weeks, sneaks up food for him. One night, her parents learn of the secret. Though Wendy tries to speak up in Baelfire's favor, her mother won't hear of it. Thinking he is going to be thrown out onto the streets, both he and Wendy are surprised when her mother offers him the chance to stay in their house as a guest.
Baelfire joins Wendy and her two brothers, John and Michael, in the nursery and gets his own bed and nightstand there. One night, he awakens and notices Wendy at the window seat. She tells him about "The Shadow" she always sees outside the window, and how it moves akin to a puppet in shadow; like magic. Baelfire doesn't like hearing about magic, and explains how magic destroyed his whole life, and he won't have it destroying her family, too. He makes her promise that if the Shadow comes again, she won't open the window for it.
Despite his warning to Wendy, she cannot contain her curiosity and opens the window. The Shadow flies down close to the window, and Baelfire urges Wendy to get away from it. Unafraid, Wendy takes the Shadow's hand and together they fly off into the sky while Baelfire can only watch in horror. He stays by the window seat and eventually falls asleep. In the morning, Wendy is brought back by the Shadow. She tells him of her adventures in a place called Neverland, and though it's a beautiful and fun place to be, there is one catch. She is disturbed by how, when night falls in Neverland, the other children begin to miss their parents and want to go home, but the Shadow won't let anyone leave. When Baelfire wonders why the Shadow allowed her to return home, Wendy mournfully explains it's because the Shadow only wants boys, not girls, to be brought to Neverland, and is coming back to get one of her brothers. Baelfire vows to her that he will put a stop to it.
The next night, Baelfire, Wendy, John and Michael arm themselves with kitchen utensils as alternative weapons against the Shadow. They move their plan into action when the Shadow breaks open the window. All of them run into the cubby-hole to hide, but Michael gets left behind and is within reach of the Shadow's grasp. Baelfire hurries to protect Michael, and insists the Shadow to take him instead as long as he leaves the Darling family be. He willingly accepts the Shadow's hand, and is pulled up and out the window by it as Wendy and her brothers can only watch as he disappears into the sky.
The Shadow flies Baelfire over the sea, and they are quickly approaching the island of Neverland. Baelfire lights a match to ward the Shadow off with fire. As a result, the Shadow lets him go and he falls into the ocean. The Shadow attempts to search for him, but cannot see where Baelfire fell, and eventually flies off back to the island. A ship approaches, and shines its light on where Baelfire is floating face down in the water. The crew throw a rope and reel him in aboard. Sputtering and confused, Baelfire wakes up to meet the ship's captain, Hook, and one of his crew mates, William Smee. Hook and Bae bond for a time, but in the end he leaves to be sold to the Lost Boys after realizing the pirate seduced his mother away. Arriving on the shore, Baelfire is inspected by the Lost Boys, who are looking for a specific boy for Peter Pan. Baelfire doesn't match and is taken to be conscripted. Little did he or his captors knew was that the boy Pan was searching for was his unborn child.
Rumplestiltskin's maid, Belle, mentions finding children's old clothes in one of the rooms she was cleaning in the castle, which Rumplestiltskin says belong to his son.
During the First Curse
In order to be able to go to the same place Baelfire went, Rumplestiltskin created the Dark Curse. Even though the curse succeeded in transporting him to "a land without magic," he has made no progress, having been trapped in Storybrooke for the last 28 years without his memories. Because the inhabitants of Storybrooke cannot leave the town without losing their memories, Mr. Gold has still been unable to mount his expedition to find Baelfire.
In this time, Baelfire escapes Neverland and returns to the land without magic. Starting over as Neal Cassidy, he becomes a janitor at a jewelry store in Phoenix, Arizona. Out of temptation, he steals expensive watches from the drunk owner.
Neal and Emma Swan met in Portland when they both unknowingly were trying to steal the same car. They quickly fell in love and began traveling through the country together and running some cons to make money. They planned on retiring from their crime life and live together in Tallahassee. But Neal finds a wanted poster of him and must head to Canada until the heat dies down. Emma vouches to get fake passports for clear passage by retrieving stolen watches that Neal had previously hidden in a train station. After Emma picks up the watches, Neal goes to sell them. He is confronted by August Booth who informs him that he knows who he really is. After that, he explains to him about Emma's magical history and convinces him to turn Emma in so she can fulfill her destiny. After Emma is arrested, he runs away to Canada, where he sells the watches. Filled with remorse for betraying his love, Neal asks August to send all the money plus their car to Emma, along with being informed when Emma fulfills her destiny. Unknown to him, Emma is pregnant with his son while in prison.
Ten years later, in New York City, August goes to Storybrooke to make sure Emma breaks the curse. After August rides off, a woman named Tamara bumps in Neal, spilling coffee on him. Neal and Tamara soon start a relationship. Unknown to him, this was part of Tamara's plan on behalf of Peter Pan.
After the First Curse
Presently, Neal resides in New York City, where, shortly after Emma Swan breaks the curse in Storybrooke, he receives a postcard delivered by a dove. One side of the postcard reads, "Broken", and the other is a photo of the Storybrooke Clock Tower with the phrase "Greetings from Storybrooke", which was sent to him by August.
Using a magical globe Cora brought him, and a drop of his own blood, Mr. Gold finds out Baelfire's current location: New York City.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Gold calls on Emma to use the favor she owes him.
The next day, Emma goes with Mr. Gold to Manhattan to find Baelfire. She brings along Henry because she does not trust her son to be in Storybrooke while she's away and his adoptive grandmother is on the loose. They arrive via taxi to Manhattan in front of an apartment complex building, and enter the building to find a locked gate with a call box listing all the residents and their room numbers on the wall next to it. Searching through the list, Mr. Gold does not recognize any as a possible name for Baelfire. Emma steps up to the call box and picks apartment room 407, which she notices has no name on it, and has a hunch it is a person who does not want to be found. She pretends to be delivering a UPS package for room 407, but no buzzer rings for the apartment complex door to open. They hear someone coming down the fire escape, and rush outside in time to see a hooded person jumping down and running away from the building. Mr. Gold tells Emma that he is sure that person is his son and that she must get him to talk to him due to the favor she owes him which he is using now. After tailing the hooded person through the streets, Emma eventually tackles him to the ground. They both get up at the same time, and she is shocked to see the person she chased is Neal.
Neal is stunned to see Emma again, but becomes horrified to learn she brought his father to him. Not wanting to have a confrontation in the middle of the street, he pleads for Emma and him to go somewhere private so he can explain what is going on. He succeeds in getting Emma to a nearby bar where he explains his true identity as Baelfire and their past. Neal makes note of the fact she is still wearing the necklace he gave her, but Emma takes it off just then and hands it back to him. He suggests that if they go their separate ways, she tells Mr. Gold she lost him, which Emma agrees. Neal decides to go back to his apartment anyway, remembering what his father does to people who break deals with him. He barges in to stop Mr. Gold from threatening Emma and commands him to leave her alone and get out. He is confused when Henry comes into the room and begins to have a suspicion when Emma states Henry is her son while urgently walking him away. Neal demands to know how old he is, and Henry says he is eleven; which is the exact amount of years since he and Emma were together and realizes the boy is his son. Mr. Gold blackmails Neal into talking with him as that is the only way to fulfill Emma's bargain. After talking, Neal tells Mr. Gold that he never got closure, so neither will he. Afterwards, Neal deals with the matter of his newly-discovered son. He suggests to Emma that they both try to get over their pasts and not let their son experience them.
Some time later, Neal builds a relationship with Henry by introducing him to New York-style pizza and taking him to a museum. Neal tries to tell Emma something, but their conversation is interrupted. While waiting in the lobby of Neal's apartment building, Mr. Gold is suddenly attacked by Hook, who sailed his ship to New York. To everyone's surprise, Neal admits that he is already acquainted with Hook. Mr. Gold tells Emma that the wound inflicted on him by Hook contains poison and the only way to cure him is with magic in Storybrooke.
Realizing that Hook's ship is the fastest way to get back, Neal admits that he knows how to pilot a ship, and arranges for a ride to the harbor. When Emma asks how he knows Hook and how to pilot a pirate ship, Neal evasively says that the land without magic was not the only world he arrived in, because if it had been, he would have been over centuries old by now. When they arrive next to a large car, Emma thinks Neal is going to hot wire it, but Neal has the keys. Just then, a woman walks over unexpectedly and greets Neal happily. She introduces herself as Tamara to Emma, and Neal introduces her to Emma as his fiancée.
Neal pilots the Jolly Roger from New York to Storybrooke with the aid of Henry. While en route, Emma telephones David and Mary Margaret, to fill them in on what has happened. David explains to them that Cora and Regina have possession of the dagger that can be used to control Rumplestiltskin, Mr. Gold's magical self. They arrive at Mr. Gold's pawn shop, and once inside, Mr. Gold gives a piece of magic invisible chalk to Emma and tells her to draw a magic barrier across the door with the chalk.
Neal jokes around with Emma; saying that he did not know she could use magic, and Emma responds that he did not tell her about Tamara; not to mention that he is the son of Rumplestiltskin. When Cora and Regina reach the shop they use magic to break the barrier, and end up battling Neal, Mary Margaret, David and Emma. Cora and Regina are easily able to eject David is thrown out of the shop. Emma proceeds to draw another barrier with the chalk, protecting them for a little longer. Neal sits in the backroom with his father and Emma, and after he overhears his father's conversation with his girlfriend Belle, he realizes his father is capable of loving someone and actually does love him. Before they can finish this conversation, Cora breaks through the barrier, and transports Neal and Emma out into the middle of the forest to get them out of the way so she can confront with Mr. Gold.
After Cora's death, Mr. Gold visits the apartment to warn them about what Regina has planned for Mary Margaret. Henry is horrified about their possible plans to kill Regina to end the feud. Emma takes Henry to the diner where Neal hangs out with him. He orders him a nice dessert, but Henry knows Neal is in on trying to sweeten him up so he does not try to get involved with Regina. Neal asks Henry to move to New York with him. Henry agrees, and then goes to the bathroom. Emma comes back to check up on them, and is incredulous that Neal fell for the "I'm going to the bathroom" trick; especially since Henry took his backpack with him. They try to catch up with him, and get to the mines with help from Ruby and realize Henry took dynamite to blow up the wishing well and get rid of magic. They hurry off to the well, and almost have a heated battle with Regina, but Henry manages to get everyone to stop. Henry convinces Regina to not use the spell on him, and she willingly burns the paper.
Henry and Emma arrive at Neal's place, where Henry asks if Neal could read the book to which Neal agrees and requests that Henry go to Granny's Diner and order three hot cocoas. Henry goes off to do that, and Emma says that she will not be staying. Neal tells her that Hook has escaped from the storage closet, and also that his girlfriend Tamara is coming to Storybrooke. Emma gets worried, with another outsider in town, and tells Neal that he should tell Tamara his true identity. Emma stays when Tamara arrives with bagels. Tamara seems very nice, and upon Henry asking, Tamara tells the story of how she and Neal met and hit it off. When Henry and Emma leave, Neal shows Tamara the book and tells her about his life in the Enchanted Forest, stating that all the fairytales in the book are real. Tamara, unfortunately, does not believe him and accuses him of still being in love with Emma, especially since she's the mother of his child. Tamara leaves his apartment, telling him that when he's ready to tell her the truth, that he can find her.
Neal witnesses a completely wooden August dies in the arms Marco with his last words warning Emma about "her". After Mother Superior arrives and transforms August back into Pinocchio, Tamara arrives to witnesses the power of fairy magic, and tells Neal that she believes him. Tamara gets nervous when Emma tries to question Pinocchio about what August was trying to warn them about, but dodges a bullet when he cannot remember. She claims Neal that she is here for him, and she loves him.
Mr. Gold watches his son and grandson sword fighting with wooden swords, when Regina approaches Gold and asks what Gold's son is doing with hers. Gold reveals to her that he and Neal are related to Henry, much to Regina's shock. An angered Regina believes that Gold planned all this, but he tells her that it was fate.
Emma and Henry continue their now "altered" operation, Operation Praying Mantis, believing Tamara is up to something. They hide in Emma's yellow bug, and hide as they see Neal and Tamara coming out of the bed and breakfast.
Emma breaks into Neal and Tamara's guest room to confirm any suspicions of Tamara while Henry stands guard. Neal returns to the room, and recognizes the burglary tactic he taught Emma. He comes in to see her pry open a loose floorboard in an attempt to find evidence. Emma tells Neal she is suspicious of Tamara and she could possibly be the woman August was trying warn them about, adding in that Tamara has a list of all the Storybrooke residents and their true identities, to which Neal replies that it was he who gave her the list. He wanted Tamara to come to grips with this place and his identity. Neal asks Emma whether her reluctant behavior is due to Tamara being in Storybrooke, and her presence being a hard adjustment. Emma denies it and leaves with Henry.
Neal awakens in bed to see Tamara dressed and ready to go on a marathon training run. He tries to persuade her to sleep in, but she reasons the training is necessary so she can be prepared for the upcoming marathon. Noticing his father harassing someone with his new girlfriend, Lacey (Belle's cursed alter-ego), he severs ties with him again. Emma confronts Neal with the news that Regina missing and goes back to pointing the finger at Tamara. Neal is still very much in disbelief even when Emma notices sand on the floor left by Tamara's shoes, which indicate she has not recently been running in the woods but near the beach. He follows Emma along to the shoreline where Tamara casually jogs up. She explains to Neal the reason for her change of jogging spots from the woods to the beach; an answer that satisfies him but does not keep Emma's guard from lowering. After Tamara resumes her run, Neal tries to be sympathetic to the difficult time Emma is having with his fiancée being in town. Emma fights against his accusations that she is in any way jealous of his current relationship and engagement. When she tries to walk away, he tells he wanted to come back for her when she went to jail in his place. Neal admits he truly wished he did, but was too scared to face Emma thinking she might never forgive him as he never forgave himself for leaving her.
Emma receives a lead of Regina's whereabouts from David after Mary Margaret, with the help of Mr. Gold, forges a bodily connection with Regina and briefly sees and feels everything she does. David mentions Mary Margaret could smell sardines, which helps Emma realize Regina must be trapped in the town fish cannery. Neal and Emma enter and regroup with David and Mary Margaret. While Emma's parents rush forward to secure and clear further rooms in the cannery, Neal and Emma lag behind and cautiously walk the halls. David catches Greg Mendell as the culprit behind Regina's kidnapping. When he runs, David warns Emma via phone to be on the lookout for Greg as he is trying to escape the building. Neal is relieved to hear Tamara has nothing to do with it, but his ease turns to horror when Emma unexpectedly is knocked out unconscious by her.
Neal is shocked at all the betrayal and lies Tamara had done since the day they met which she manipulated. Though she thinks he is a good man, her job is more important. Neal refuses let Tamara walk away, but she shoots him in the abdomen and stoically apologizes for her actions when Emma gets up to kick the pistol out of Tamara's hands. They fight it out, as Emma gains the advantage, but Tamara distracts them by throwing a magic bean and opening up a portal. Emma almost falls into it, but is pulled up by Neal. Then, their roles are reversed and Neal ends up being the one clinging onto Emma to keep from falling into the portal. He urges her to let go, but Emma stubbornly refuses; stating whatever world he ends up in he'll likely die from his gun wound. Neal knows this, but reasons she has to for Henry's sake as their son can't grow up without his parents like they had. Terrified of losing him, she confesses her genuine love for Neal. He reciprocates the same feelings back and lets go to be sucked into the closing portal.
He lands in the Enchanted Forest by the shoreline of the beach. While unconscious, three strangers, Prince Phillip, Aurora and Mulan approach to try and awaken him. Taking him back to their kingdom, he's healed.
After Neal discovers Emma is in Neverland, he deduces Henry's there as well. With Robin Hood and Mulan's help, he uses the Shadow to travel there and rescue Henry from his sinister grandfather, Peter Pan. He reconciles with his father afterwards and returns to Storybrooke. After Pan enacts the original curse again, Rumplestiltskin kills him at the cost of his own life. Neal, along with the other inhabitants are returned to their original worlds as Regina undoes it and hers.
Before the Second Curse
In the Enchanted Forest, Neal and Belle visit Rumplestiltskin's castle and are located to the Dark One's vault. Neal unlocks the vault, resurrecting Rumplestiltskin but sacrificing himself. Before he dies, Rumplestiltskin takes his body and merges it with his own. After Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West informs Rumplestiltskin that a new curse is coming, Neal temporarily splits from his father's body and sends a dose of memory potion to Hook to help Emma break the curse back in Storybrooke.
During the Second Curse
Back in Storybrooke after the second Dark Curse, Emma finds Neal trapped within Mr. Gold, thus causing him to lose his mind. Neal asks for Emma to free Gold to defeat Zelena though he will die; she reluctantly agrees.
Neal was later mentioned by Henry when he chats with the Apprentice about bringing his father back to life. The Apprentice claims to Henry that the powers of the Author can't bring anyone who has died canonically back to life. He further explains that the best way to show love for his departed ones is to tell their stories.
After the Third Curse
- “I love you, Emma. I always have and always will.”
- ―Neal says a final goodbye to Emma
While Emma is on the boat to the Underworld, Neal appears to her in a vision, asking her how Henry is and warning her against going to the Underworld. He tells her that it is a dangerous place that is difficult to leave, and shouldn't risk it knowing that she is going there out of her love for Hook. Emma tells him that she would have gone after Neal as well if she knew that she could and will look for him too. Neal lets her know, however, that she won't find him as he is not in the Underworld. She asks him if Hook is there, and he reluctantly tells her the he is. Emma asks Neal to help her. He simply tells her that the Underworld is like Limbo, a place where the souls of those with unfinished business end up, which is why Neal isn't there. She asks Neal where he is. He ensures her that he's in a better place, a place that makes him happy. After warning her as best he could, Neal reasserts to Emma that he loves her and always will before he leaves, kissing her on the forehead, Emma pleads with him to stay, but awakens on the boat in her parents arms.
While in the Underworld, Emma discovers that Henry has been searching for Neal. Emma informs Henry that they won't find him in down in Underbrooke, telling him of the meeting she had with Neal. She ensures her son that his father, just as he ensured her, is in a better place, and that his love for the two of them will always be with them. Emma also tells her vision of Neal to his parents, who are glad of their son's pleasant afterlife after all their flaws in his upbringing.
When Gold contains all of Storybrooke's magic in an attempt to free Belle from a sleeping curse, Henry goes rogue and steals the crystal containing it. He and his crush Violet head to New York to find means to destroy magic. As it turns out, Neal had been researching ways for this objective as well and passed this knowledge to his son before his death (presumably after Henry's first attempt). After Henry succeeds he realizes he jeopardized the return of his maternal grandparents, aunt, and Hook from the Land of Untold Stories and rights this mistake.
During the Fourth Curse
- “With my new powers, I could bring back the dead - like Baelfire, your first son that you lost.”
- ―The Black Fairy offers to bring Baelfire back to life for Mr. Gold
In confrontation with his mother, the Black Fairy, Gold denies siding her again. Fiona states that she will have unchecked powers once the final battle is won, which will defy the laws of magic. With that power, she can make Belle and his new son, Gideon, love him without him having to give up being the Dark One. She further tempts him with the prospect of reviving her first grandson Baelfire. Gold still resists and ultimately kills his mother with her own wand.
After the Fourth Curse
- “I took this dagger to save one son. I won't sacrifice another.”
- ―Gold refuses to jeopardize Gideon like he did Baelfire
At Belle's funeral, Gideon offers to take his father's burden so he can be with Belle again. Gold refuses to curse Gideon, recalling how the dagger costed him Baelfire. He assures Gideon that one called the Guardian is destined to hold the darkness.
During the Fifth Curse
- “I had a son who thought as little of me as Ivy does of you. But I never stopped trying to make things right with him.”
- ―Weaver tells Victoria of his distant relationship with Baelfire
Seeing Victoria Belfrey's matters with her daughters, Weaver empathizes her issues with what he had with his late son Baelfire. Like Ivy with her mother, Bae wanted nothing to do with Rumple, but his father never ceased trying to reconcile with him. Weaver also relates with her attempts to revive Anastasia and warns there are costs to what she desires.
- As Neal, Baelfire passes his thieving skills to Emma, along with their son and granddaughter.