Maybe August was just to put it in our minds that they can’t be trusted so we won’t believe he really is Bae and them boom…he’s Bae. 😉 😀
No…I really think it’s only obvious to those of us checking out the spoilers…posters on the spoiler free type forums seem to argue back and forth about it a little more as if it’s not quite as obvious to them so I’m guessing people that don’t do anything but watch the show…they probably won’t see it coming except maybe at the last minute.
Yes, I don’t like how people against the Nealfire theory always write that it would be too predictable if that happened since everyone has already guessed that Neal is Bae.
First, I don’t like it because just because fans that bother to seek out information about the show online and discuss may have guessed, the majority of fans don’t do that, and will still be surprised by it. Even for online fans, there’s still at least one person a week at various OUaT places like under the Baelfire tag at Tumblr or at IMDb, or what not that still writes something like, “I don’t know if anyone has thought this before, but I think Neal will turn out to be Rumple’s son.” There’s always at least one person a week that also writes something like, “Neal can’t be Rumple’s son because Rumple is ____ age that Baelfire is either dead or very old right now.” 😀
Second, I don’t like it because I think some things can be guessed right about because they do put enough clues into the show for fans to be able to guess, and I think that’s good storytelling rather than being too predictable. Not that they should telegraph everything, but they dropped hints like Cora’s name meaning heart, and then had Regina forced to get her father back from the Queen of Hearts whose face was hidden for some reason, and fans were able to theorize correctly that Cora was in fact the Queen of Hearts. Likewise, they’ve given hints about Henry’s dad being a fireman, and Emma became a bailbonds woman after her time in jail among other small hints, so I don’t really see it as being too predictable as just fans taking notes theorizing correctly.