Anonymous said: I want to stay in the OUAT and Rumbelle fandoms, but I dunno if I can. I haven't seen the finale because CS makes me rage/Rumple should have come clean about the dagger. Apparently Emma tells FTL Rumple that Bae dies. And he... accepts that, and makes himself forget. Which is, to me, the most OOC betrayal of Rumple's character the writers have ever attempted. Bad enough present Gold let Neal die. But imp Rumple? Yeah, he would let the world burn, if it meant Bae lived. Screw consequences.
At first, I had a problem with that, but on the rewatch I thought they addressed it. As soon as she said Bae dies, he was like, “I’ll change it. I’ll save my boy.” But Emma played up how he might make the timeline worse if he tried to change it, and she begged him not to. And after watching it again, his history as irony’s chew toy and his already well-established fears about fate and inevitability and seeing the future makes him drinking the potion just this side of ok for me.
He was told that in Emma’s timeline, Bae would forgive him and that he’d see him again. If Rumple changed things to try to save Bae’s life, there’s no guarantee that he’d even get that much. Screw consequences, yeah, but those consequences might be losing his chance to find his son at all… I think it probably would have been better had he made some sort of plan to try to combat it, but the writers obviously and emphatically want Baelfire gonnnneeee. Huge writing mistake. I can’t even talk about, it guts the show so much.
I honestly think the dagger/lying thing is in-character for Rumple. He’s just been through some incredibly rough shit and just lost his son. It’s hard to even guess what his mental state is, besides probably should be in a hospital. Of course he should come clean - he’s long since learned the Tell The Truth lesson. But there may be something there we’re not aware of. I need to think about it some more, but I honestly find it an interesting situation.
I don’t want Carlyle to have to play a good guy in a TV show. He likes to play characters who do dreadful things, and I like to watch him play what he finds interesting because he does some of his very best work with morally ambiguous/dark character situations.
(they’re just holding onto their Stay Evil pact)