Baelfire/Neal Cassidy has been my favourite character on “Once Upon a Time” ever since I first saw “Desperate Souls”. His selflessness alone and loving his father unconditionally sealed my interest from the start. It only continued here on out. He is the only person in this entire show that shown no reliance of magic nor even craved it. He forgives when others have shown to either regret or grudge instead. He does things out of his comfort zone and sacrificed his entire well-being and possible own happiness so other characters (since he was thirteen years old) could be happy instead. He accepts being a father within the first hour of knowing, and sure it may have taken him awhile to forgive his own father again, but it is clear he never stopped loving him. He regularly stands up for others and does the right thing because it’s the right thing not because he wants to look good or try to get into someone’s pants. He doesn’t force things to happen; he lets them play out as they will. He has had far too many tragedies and unforgotten situations occur to him and has lost so much, but there is one quality he keeps with him, hope.Hope is his drive, his fuel, what his heart is made of.
I understand not everyone likes him for their own reasons. I won’t even dare try to convert any of you to try and like him with, but there is just one thing. For any of you who still go around calling him a no good for nothing, abandoning Emma and sent her prison, cowardice asshole, least if you don’t like him, name correct facts. He has shown only two real moments of any type of violence to anyone on this show (knocking Felix out to escape and when he was young, he took a sword out on Hook when he found out of their affair) when the other characters have shown drastically more. His heart is pretty pure to me. He forgives his enemies and friends alike. He didn’t have Emma arrested and he only left Emma because August said in order for her to get home, to get her Happy Ending he needed to. He even said he regrets it still. And as for cowardice, I don’t know about you but willing to go at war at fourteen because it’s law, staying with The Dark One who was once your father because you love him, falling into several portals, going to Neverland which is a place you said never wanted to return (not to mention the Enchanted Forest twice), agreeing to be a father to a kid you just met, saying goodbye to both your dream girl and your shared kid so they could escape a Curse but you remaining hope you’ll see each other again, forgiving the guy who not only stole your mom away but then degraded your father to trying to kidnap your newly discovered son to trying to steal your former girl, sacrificing your life on a regular basis, finally finding a family you dreamed of but let them go as well so they could be out of harm’s way (for the time being), and more sounds very brave to me.
All in all, Baelfire/Neal Cassidy is my favourite period. He is hope, he is courage, he is love, he is the light that will never go out.
This could not have been out any better. Baebyfire! We love you!