As we wrote the title above for this particular “Once Upon a Time” story, we were pretty cognizant of the fact that inside the head of Rumpelstiltskin is not a place that is particularly easy to go. After all, this is a man who has done many a terrible thing over the course of his life, and trying to figure out why he acts the way that he does is not exactly an easy proposition.
Nonetheless, this is something that we’re going to try to figure out here, specifically when it comes to why he decided that he desperately needed power so much, it meant losing everything that he had with Belle. Speaking to TVLine about this subject, show co-creator Edward Kitsis makes it very clear what some of Rumple’s true passions are, and how he may have stopped believing in doing the right thing after he tried it for a time in the third season, and it ended up getting him utterly nowhere:
“Rumple let us know in Season 1 that he’s a difficult man to love. And he’s let us know that he always chooses power over love, that is his fault. But he began the season with honorable intentions — he really was going to give Belle the knife – but when he saw the [Sorcerer’s] hat, that made him realize, ‘I did the noble thing and it ended up with my son dying and me being a slave. So if I can never have to wake up and worry about someone getting my dagger, why can’t I have everything?’ And as he learned, you can’t.”
In the event you are looking for a slightly more optimistic look at the future, fellow co-creator Adam Horowitz suggests to the publication that not all hope for the characters is necessarily lost; specifically, he says that their story “is not over.” That’s not necessarily an endorsement of great things, but it is not a rejection of them, either.
One way or another, you’ll be waiting for a long while. While filming for the ABC series is starting back, it will not air another new episode until Sunday, March 1. Stay tuned for more scoop! Also, sign up to get some other TV magic sent right to you via our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: ABC.)