Neal is so weak. He's a theif, wishy washy, passive-aggressive, whiny and self-pitying. I don't don't like Captain Swan either, but Neal is even worse.
I could not agree less, Nonnie. Neal Cassidy is in no way a weak character. He survived by himself in a land where everyone kept trying to kill him for decades, escaped to our world and built himself a life with no help from anyone, showing incredible resilience and strength. Yes, he left Emma, but that wasn’t from weakness, it was because he was scared of seeing his father again (and rightly so).
I have no idea why you would call him wishy-washy either, this is the man who, as soon as he discovered he had a son, committed to Henry 110%, packing up his entire life to be with his kid, making sure Henry knew her was there for him. He trading his life for the Darlings without hesitation. He has never been shown to go back-and-forth when making decisions, always knowing what he must do and following it through.
Whiny? When? I honestly cannot think of a single instance where Neal Cassidy was “whiny”, even as a child when his father was The Dark One and he would have had just cause to be “whiny”. If anything, Neal always readily accepted his circumstances and made the best of them.
And self-pitying? Well, first of all, if anyone on the show had reason to be self-pitying, it was Neal. Mother abandoned him, father became the Dark One and started killing people in Neal’s name, father then abandoned him, thrown into a new world where he found a new family and then sacrificed himself for them, ended up in yet another world where he was betrayed by someone he trusted and then hunted by a psychopath for decades before finally coming to our world, finding the love of his life, and losing her. So if Neal were self-pitying, I think he’s earned it, but he’s not. He’s optimistic and hopeful and just tries his best and tries to make the best of his sucky situations.
Neal Cassidy is one of the best and most selfless characters on the mess of a show that is OUAT, and his death will forever be a travesty. So, sorry Nonnie, but you’d probably best unfollow me if you really hate Neal that much, as this blog will always be 110% pro-Neal Cassidy.