(ABC | MTV | CBS | Syfy | CW | PBS; Art by Zimbio)Long live TV love! Fans came out in droves to vote for their favorite small screen duos in Round 2 of our TV Couples March Madness Challenge, and no…
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Asked by Anonymous
It’s been all but confirmed that “the undoing” is not killing but something else and I think it’ll have to do with the Dark One. Even Pandora’s Box might be involved (we don’t know what is going on in there and, technically, Henry is the reason why Rumple ended up in there).
I’m kinda curious as to when someone in the show will point out the obvious “undoing is not a synonym of killing” angle.
Asked by Anonymous
He had choices, every single step. Limited choices, sure, dire choices, of course. But he was not some powerless puppet of fate.
And what I love about Rumple is that he never kids himself about that. Deep inside he knows he’s fucked up.
Asked by Anonymous
Ok, let’s break it down. And sit down, anon, we’re gonna be here a while. First, the superficial physical aspects:
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It’s really sad that, deep down, Rumple’s problem is one: he doesn’t think people will willingly stay with him. He thinks eventually everyone leaves him, everyone he loves.
Interestingly he deals with it in two different ways: he clings to Bae desperately, to an unhealthy degree and he pushes Belle away constantly, no matter how she tries to stay by his side and how much she stresses that she does so willingly.
In the end, however, it gets him the same result: loneliness.
So in this past episode once again it is emphasized the huge role Rumple played on anything that has ever gone right in Snow and Charming’s lives. All for self-interest, of course, no one will ever deny that, and all for a profit. Still it is safe to say that Charming and Snow would’ve been toast if not for Rumple (Charming specially, a likely candidate for starvation and a child-sized grave before the deal that made his brother a prince).
You have to wonder, then. Charming and Snow freely recognize that Rumple has helped them and that often for a price that is worth paying (so not all of Rumple’s deals benefit him solely while hurting the other party). Then, because Cinderella made a wish and signed a contract without reading it and Rumple comes to collect they lock him up. I’m not against that in the sense that, really, the Dark One has done plenty to merit a lock up. And I’m not even gonna stress how it’s still unfair that he gets imprisonment and Regina, who ordered a whole village slaughtered, gets banishment.
What I AM going to point out is that Charming and Snow didn’t seem to take into account the many other people that might profit from Rumple’s magical help. No fairy is ever moving a muscle for most guys (them included sometimes). Some people have serious problems like ogres at the fucking gates that can only be solved with the help of a powerful magician. Those people, whose lives might even be in danger, wouldn’t mind paying a price for dealing with Rumple.
Are Charming and Snow gonna help those people? If so, how?
It’s just interesting to think what would’ve become of Snow and Charming if, say, King George had locked Rumple up when his son died or when he didn’t like the replacement he got.
You know, I haven’t stopped to think about this but… I’m really gonna miss “suit and cane” Gold. We’ll get FTL Rumple in flashback almost certainly, Darker One in NVL but… Mr Gold is unlikely to appear in a while. I know that there are gonna be moments (can’t say more because spoilers) but I was used to getting an eyeful of Mr Gold almost every single episode.
I’ll miss you, Dolce suits. Come back to us safe.
One of the few spoilers we’ve gotten for this season (it’s been deadly quiet on the front, which is great, but it’s kinda bad that the promotion is also being kept to a minimum) is that Rumple’s father is gonna appear. The casting call describes him as dissatisfied, self-centred and ruthless. Now, who does it sound like?
Did someone say Cora?
Actual peasant abuse aside (of which we saw little, Eva being a little bitchy is hardly that) Cora’s main issue is dissatisfaction. She’s not happy being a poor peasant. She doesn’t want just general happiness, she wants powers and riches. Apparently Rumple’s father seems to suffer from the same “I hate my life” affliction which, of course, doesn’t turn you into the best father ever. Neither does being ruthless or self-centred.
So we can safely assume Rumple grows up abused (emotionally, at least) and unloved by his father, then is taken in by his elderly aunts, haunted by the memory of his dad. Still he grows up a fairly nice person, but encounters hardship and unhappiness in his life, is either abused (emotionally) or neglected by his wife and ultimately, in an effort to protect his son, is fooled by an evil entity into acquiring a curse that brings both power and misery.
Change the pronouns and that’s Regina.
I find the parallelisms fascinating. It could be taken further. Both encounter lovely young princesses that see the best in them, but they reject their love for power. Both want a family, but their own actions drive their loved ones away. Both get second chances and sometimes struggle to honour them.
I think the key difference is self-awareness. And it’s a big, big difference. Rumple sees himself as an irredeemable monster (kind of a comfy posture, since it enables him to refuse to try and change) and Regina sees herself as a blameless victim of everyone and everything (as do some, but not all, of her fans).
I hope the appearance of Rumple’s father won’t bring about any Rumple apologists. I know most dearies are not like that, which kind of makes it really easy to have long discussions of “Rumple, the fuck did you do now?!” with people who like the character but are not morally blind. And I do hope it reinforces the message that, though your past and your context shapes and limits you, it seldom robs you of your free will. Everyone has choices to make. Look at Snow, whose life wasn’t easy. Or Belle. Or Emma.
You have power over your own life. And that also means you are responsible for the choices you make.