Once Upon a Time Burning Question: How Was Henry Adopted?
On Once Upon a TimeSeason 3, Episode 9: "Save Henry," we'll finally find out how Henry came to Storybrooke. Yes, we learned why Regina decided to adopt him last season (she was lonely, basically), but that why did not explain how she did it, and months later we're still trying to wrap our head around the logistics of getting a baby into a magical, invisible town. We're glad the mystery will be solved soon, but for those of you who haven't already been puzzling over it, here's an explanation of why it's such a big question mark to begin with.
Let's review what we know. Mr. Gold is the one who procured Henry for Regina (per a conversation in Season 1, Episode 2). However, apparently Rumplestiltskin did not have his pre-curse memories until Emma showed up, and as far as we know no one who'd been cursed could leave the town, anyway. Furthermore, as Season 2, Episode 17: "Welcome to Storybrooke" proved, Storybrooke not only couldn't be seen by outsiders, but as far as the rest of the world was concerned, it didn't exist until the curse broke.
So, this raises several questions. If Mr. Gold really didn't remember his life as Rumple, how did he find and pick Henry, specifically? And how in the world did Gold or anyone manage to get Henry adopted into a town that does not exist? Legally it makes no sense, and even on a practical level level, no one from the outside world could physically bring Henry to town.
To us, this suggests that there must be another fairy tale character involved, somehow. Even if we say that the curse was designed to make sure Henry got to Storybrooke, or that his coming to the town was all "fate," and even if we assume that Gold arranged to get Henry on the black market so that the non-existence of Storybrooke isn't an issue, someone had to bring Henry to town.
For a while, we thought August might be the key, but it seems like he left America right after Emma was put in jail — though we could be wrong about that. But if he was the answer, don't you think that would have been mentioned in Season 2, Episode 18: “Selfless, Brave, and True”?
What's your theory about how Henry wound up in a town that didn't exist? Was it an outside job? Pure magic and fate? Some mix of the two? Sound off in the comments below, and tune in tomorrow to find out the truth,