I gotta admit I'm not that big a fan of Rumples and his stories but RC is a fantastic actor and he did a great job!
I knew August wouldn't be Bae because it was way too obvious
Sydney kinda reminded me of a puppy, especially during the last scene when he was "confessing". Glad Emma didn't believe him, he couldn't lie to save his life!!
I think it's obvious that time moves differently in FTL and in our world. And Eion Bailey is 35, so playing a character in his early 40s isn't really a big stretch.
I think Bae landed in our world and he's still out there. Maybe August met him and that's how he knew so much about Rumples.
The Blue Fairy definitely knows something. What, and how much, I don't know. It could just be that she can't stand Gold.
Maybe August is cursed, and arriving in SB set the curse in motion, turning him to wood...