As I watch characters grow and change, I just have to ask Rumple:
Why do you do the things that you do?
I need to rant…
Soooo….Rumplestiltskin is one of the most complex characters on the show.I think he’s likeable; he’s funny, he’s snarky, and he can be really…great sometimes. Those times are usually, if not always, when Belle is present.
But here’s the thing: he can also be terrible, cowardly, selfish, and hypocritical. He is constantly disappointing me, constantly backsliding, constantly ruining things for himself and it just pisses me off SO MUCH.
Let’s review: In the beginning of his arc, he had a son Nealfire and a wife, Milah. He was drafted into the war. There, a Seer tells him that his wife is preggo but as a result of his actions on the field, his son will become a fatherless child. Because he was afraid, he hobbled himself so he would be discharged from the army. His wife was angry because their family was shamed and made to look like a disgrace (understandably). Milah had enough and decided to leave when she saw Captain Hook and started becoming interest. Rumple goes to the ship before it’s set to leave and he begs Milah to come back. Hook challenges him to a duel (arms him and everything) and he is too scared…to fight…for his WIFE….for the mother of his child!!!!! He LETS HER GO. He proves himself to be exactly the person Milah fell out of love with.
He raises Nealfire by himself and eventually becomes the Dark One which drives all chances of having friends away from Nealfire. Nealfire goes to the Blue Fairy and asks for a land without magic after Rumple promises he will go with him if he finds a way. At the LAST MINUTE, when Nealfire has already jumped into the portal he procures, Rumple changes his mind. Omfg like what!?!!? Like what kind of parent would NOT jump with their child!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? That’s actually incredibly cruel and selfish. Like…that’s your child….I don’t even…whatever…
So THEN Rumple becomes super evil and he eventually goes back to the Seer and demands more answers and she gives him another prophecy that a dark curse will spread across the land and bring him to the world his son is in but the boy who will lead him to his son will be his undoing. (the boy is Henry)
SO he falls in love with Cora (Regina’s mom) with a loose agreement that she give him a child but she doesn’t really have time for that because she wants “greatness” whatever the hell that means so she marries a prince. Whatever! Regardless, Rumple wanted her child all along. It’s like…he knew that a child/teenager would eventually meet him and that he could manipulate that child/teenager to harness their hatred and shit.
LIKE WHAT!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!? WhaaaaAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…….!?!?!
As much as I hated Regina the first season, once I realized how much Rumple manipulated everything…I just….I don’t know. I don’t know how anyone can hate Regina without hating Rumple. (or somewhat vice versa) He used Regina’s heartbreak, fueled it until it was hatred that could manifest as magic because he knew she would eventually curse the land (giving up the heart of the thing she loved most which is ALSO TERRIBLE OF HIM)
— OH YEAH and somewhere along the way, he found Captain Hook and KILLED HIS OWN WIFE!!! Can we talk about how problematic this is? “Oh you don’t want me anymore. Fuck you, I’m killing you.” Omg…that’s actually terrifying…So yeah Milah is DEAD now and Captain Hook doesn’t have a HANDDDD and then you know what he did? He told Nealfire that his mother was dead because of Captain Hook. Like WHATTTTT!?!?!?!?!?!??!? So you make your wife look like some kind of martyr who was murdered by some random pirate to your son while you’re the one who hated her and killed her. I just…I just don’t even…..
So then Regina brings everyone to Storybrooke EVEN THOUGH IF HE HAD JUST JUMPED INTO THE PORTAL WITH HIS SON, HE WOULDN’T HAVE NEEDED THIS!! And Rumple continues to be…Rumple in the new land, manipulating everyone just so that he can find his son. (who wants nothing to do with him….)
I think his “redemption” was great. Great because finally, he was being brave and putting everyone before himself and his concerns. He sacrificed himself for his son and his True Love and it was great; I feel like his death was his way of atoning for the IMMENSE CLUSTERFUCK that is this show.
But then he lives…at the expense of his son (not his fault, I know) and I understand that he felt he needed to avenge him but Jesus Christ you JUST promised Belle.
Belle is his redeeming quality. She is the one who sees the good man he has the potential to be but he NEVER FUCKING AMOUNTS TO IT.
And I think that’s so selfish. He always makes the wrong decision and it’s like…your son is dead but Belle is alive and you should honor the both of them by striving to be good.
ANDDDDDD I am super pissed that he LIED to her in his proposal. What kind of shit is that?!? What kind of precedent does that set for your marriage!?!?? Like omg your entire union will have started on a lie as it’s foundation. Omg, if Belle ever finds out, she is going to be PISSED.