We know that the Evil Queen traded a curse for a curse with Rumplestiltskin all those years ago in Fairy Tale Land. Rumplestiltskin warned her of the consequences for using the curse, but he didn’t try to stop her. No, selfishly he wanted her to use it and have her pay the consequences while he gained the benefits. But what benefits would that be.
To speculate we must go back in time, back to where we left off with Rumplestiltskin, his new Dark One curse, and his young son, Baelfire.
It’s been only months, I presume, since Rumplestiltskin took on his new form. But it took only a few seconds for the darkness to creep into his soul. And with the darkness came fear from all citizens. Why, Rumplestiltskin, with a few words, can turn a man into a squash-able bug and end its life with the heel of his boot.
However, he only does these things to protect his son. He wants Bae to have a great life with anything he could ever want. That might mean he has to use his evil magic frequently, and sure, a few lives might be lost in the processes.
The dilemma, the only way to be rid of the curse is to be killed. But that will only spread the evilness to another person and so on.
No, there has to be another way if only Bae can find it.
And he does. According to his friend, Rumplestiltskin can be rid of the evil magic forever with the help of the Blue Fairy. There are these magic beans that can transport you to a world without magic. Rumplestiltskin would be able to live without magic with his son in peace. Of course they would have to leave their realm behind, but that’s the magic’s price. And Bae will pay it.
Rumplestiltskin doesn’t want to use the magic beans, especially since they came from a fairy. He hates fairies. But he’ll do anything for his son. Even give up his powerful magic.
Deep in the dark woods, Bae leads his father to a secluded spot. He holds the magic bean firmly in his hand, looks at his father, and throws the bean. Whoosh! The ground opens up in a swirling green vortex. They can’t see where it leads, but Bae trusts it’s somewhere safe.
Bae just wants his father’s trust and falls from Rumplestiltskin’s hold on him. Down through the vortex, he disappears. The grown closes and Rumplestiltskin is left behind to search frantically for a way to get through. He’s sorry he didn’t trust Bae.
He’ll do anything he can to get to his son. Even if it means to create the curse to end all curses…
He’s visiting the nuns and Mr. Gold’s pawn shop. It’s almost like he wants Mr. Gold to come after him.
And he does. He’s intrigued by Augusts’ presence. He can’t place him as any fairy tale character, so he searches Augusts’ apartment only to find a drawing of the dagger. No one knows about that dagger except his son.
And when Mr. Gold questions the nuns, he finds out that August is searching for an answer on how to heal old family wounds.
Now Mr. Gold’s curiosity is mixed with hope. He visits Dr. Archie Hopper for an answer. Could this stranger be his long lost son Baelfire? They’re in a land without magic, the very place Bae went. But why hasn’t August come to him? Why keep his distance? Maybe he’s afraid of more rejection…
In the woods at night, Mr. Gold confronts August, who claims to be the son Mr. Gold is searching for. In a heartfelt moment, Mr. Gold confesses how sorry he is for not following Bae. He’s sorry he didn’t trust him, and for all the hurt he’s caused. Mr. Gold’s been searching for Bae ever since that night, and now can Bae (August) possibly forgive him?
As soon as the dagger is uncovered, August snatches it up and aims it at Mr. Gold. No, he’s not long lost Bae. He’s someone else, someone who is dying and he needs magic.
Mr. Gold is furious. Who is this imposter? If it was Bae, he would know there is no magic in this land, not even Mr. Gold has access to any otherworldly forces, or so he claims. Nor would Bae want to use any type of magic.
But August isn’t going to give himself away. He needs Mr. Gold’s help to convince Emma to break the curse. That’s the only way he can be healed. What is he dying from? That’s for me to know and you to find out.
Mr. Gold agrees to help only because he wants magic back as well, so he lets August go. If August isn’t his son then his son is still out there waiting to be found. Magic may be the only way to find him.
On the Mary Margaret/David side story, Mary Margaret is out of jail now that Kathryn’s alive, but she can’t forgive David for his inability to stand by her in her time of need. No matter what the evidence said, true love wouldn’t leave.
And the real stunner: Emma tells Regina that she’s taking Henry back!
1) How much of Rumplestiltskin’s old self is in the Dark One?
2) How long did it take for Rumplestiltskin to create the curse? Obviously the final step was bottling True Love.
3) Where is Baelfire in our world?
4) Does Mr. Gold have any magic in Storybrooke? How many loopholes did he create for himself with his own curse?
5) Who is August? Why does he need magic?
6) What will happen between Regina and Emma now that Emma has thrown down the gauntlet to take Henry back?