I know that many fans here on Fanpop support the idea of Baelfire being Henry’s father. I would absolutely love it; it would make a wonderful plot twist and I would definitely like to see the reactions between the Charmings and Mr. Gold/ Rumple. However, as I was considering the timeline, I found problems with this theory, mostly in the differences between Bae’s and Emma’s timelines.
Bae is fourteen years old when he goes through the vortex (presumably to our world) created by the magic bean. Rumple is left behind, and becomes even darker as he mourns the loss of his son. I presume that he met Cora (the miller’s daughter) a short time after Bae disappeared, and gave her a life of comfort in exchange for her firstborn, Regina. Somehow, Cora managed to keep her child from Rumple, and Regina grew up with her mother.
I assume that Snow was born at least four years after Regina, if not more. At this point, Bae would be about nineteen years old.
When Snow is about twenty- four to twenty- eight years old (I’m not sure how old she is, but she’s old enough to be a teacher in Storybrook, so she must be past college age), she gives birth to Emma. In our world, Bae would be about forty-three years old at the very least.
Fast forward to eighteen years. If eighteen- year- old Emma were to meet Baelfire, he would be at least sixty-one years old when he fathered Emma’s child. And although it is biologically possible for a man to father a child at this age, I find it hard to believe that Emma would want to have a relationship with a man that age.
The age gap is the major problem with this theory, but knowing the twists that the writers insert into the plot, Baelfire still has a chance at being Henry’s father. He could have escaped to an alternate world first (like Wonderland . . . or the beanstalk) and figured out a way to keep himself from aging before he came to our world. Or, one of the side effects of the magic bean is slow aging. This is probable, since magic kept both Rumple and Jiminy Cricket alive for longer than a normal lifespan.
Please let me know what you think and feel free to point out things I may have missed. I want just as much as the rest of you for the Baelfire and Emma theory to work out, but I thought that I should point these things out.