I was just wondering though if Tamara was connected to the mysterious magical man or not because maybe the price that August has to pay is something about making sure that Emma and Nealfire stay apart. Just throwing it out there.
I wonder if it is something like that. I mean, what “steep price” could August be asked to pay?
So maybe that’s what we’ll see. I was wondering about “the dragon” and the Asian influences in the previews (like with the signage on the street and in the hospital, etc.). Could this be Once’s version of Phuket?
Here’s how I’m thinking the episode will go so far:
August feels pain in Phuket –> tries to get treated –> realizes he’s turning to wood, escapes from the hospital –> meets “the dragon” who offers him a cure at a steep price (I’m assuming August won’t know what the price is exactly..maybe it’s vague, like something to do with a friend’s happiness or love or whatever) –> August selfishly takes the cure(??) –> gets to New York –> tells Neal he’s going to break the curse and everything will be fine –> August rides off into the distance.
And boom: Tamara meets Neal. Price paid.
So, obviously I’m making up the Tamara connection. ( 😆 forgive me, I see Swanfire in everything. lol.) But the rest is a bit more plausible, I think. The whole timing with Tamara meeting Neal just after August leaves for Storybrooke just seems like a HUGE coincidence to me.
On a related note: I still belong to the group of speculators who think August is the “boy” prophesized in Rumple’s undoing. Especially since August turns into a boy this episode. From the previews we saw, er, heard that August confronts someone (Tamara???) about planning to “take magic from Storybrooke”. If August is somehow responsible for her meeting Neal and getting to SB, maybe that’s how the prophesy unfolds?
ETA: Also, one of the random things I hope they’ll show in this episode is August’s reaction to Neal’s engagement (not to Emma!). It sounds obvious that they would show that..but so far we’re missing Regina’s reaction to Neal/Rumplestiltskin’s son and his appearance in Henry’s life… and that seems pretty unrealistic to me. Although she did just lose a mother, so maybe she’s distracted.