Well, anything is possible with this show…
But we know Bae got sent to our world long before the curse was enacted. We don’t know WHERE in time he was dropped, but it likely wasn’t Storybrooke. And, remember, no one could go in or out of Storybrooke while the curse was still in place.
I think the man in NYC at the beginning of the episode was Bae.
Whale could be almost anyone….but I’m hoping for Peter Pan.
Because wouldn’t that just be Peter’s worst nightmare, the ultimate unhappy ending…to have to grow up and become a doctor?
Plus, leading the townsfolk into excited and reckless battle? Very Peter Pan.