EDIT: As of episode seven, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
, we now know that Sheriff Graham was, indeed, the Huntsman. Hooray for everyone who guessed right!
We haven't been told yet who is Sheriff Graham's fairy tale counterpart (or rather, who he really
is), but I strongly suspect that he is the Huntsman from the Snow White fairy tale. To refresh your memory, in the fairy tale, the Huntsman was ordered by the Queen to take Snow White out into the forest, cut out her heart (or her liver, tongue or other internal organ, depending on the version) and bring it back to her as proof that Snow White was dead. However, when they got to the forest and the Huntsman took out his knife to kill her, Snow White fell to her knees and pleaded for her life. The Huntsman, touched by her pleas, spared her life, telling her to run away and never come back. After she did so, he killed a wild boar (or dog, again depending on the version of the story), cut out its heart and brought that back to the Queen as proof. The Queen believed him, ate the heart and that was that. The Huntsman doesn't appear again in the story, but I'd assume that the Queen was none too pleased when she found out he'd tricked her.
Anyway, I have a few reasons for believing Sheriff Graham is the self-same Huntsman:
1. The Evil Queen obviously trusts him enough to put him in a position of authority in Storybrooke (the sheriff), and she immediately goes to him both times Henry disappears. This suggests that he was a trusted, relied-upon henchman in the Enchanted Forest, although how reliable a man is who disobeys and tricks you in the little matter of killing Snow White is debatable.
2. A comment he made to Emma about how he locates criminals or missing persons the old-fashioned way ("pounding the pavement" were his words) makes me think he has tracking skills, which would make sense if he were a huntsman.
3. The one thing that put the idea into my head, of Sheriff Graham being the real world version of the Huntsman, was the scene in which the Evil Queen, followed by her henchmen, sweeps into the room where Charming, cradled in the arms of Snow White, is lying injured on the floor and asks where the baby is. One of her henchmen replies that Charming placed her in the magical wardrobe and that she is gone. We don't see what this henchman looks like, being that, like all her other henchmen, he's head-to-toe in black, but his voice seemed oddly familiar, and after a moment I thought "That sounds like Sheriff Graham, only more guttural." That's when it flashed upon me that that henchman was the Huntsman, and that the Huntsman's real world counterpart was Sheriff Graham.
The writers have said that we will learn to whom Sheriff Graham is the real world counterpart, so we'll have to just wait and see, but I strongly believe he is the Huntsman.
What do you think?
Does the Huntsman+hotness=Sheriff Graham? I say yes!