If Rumple IS Regina’s father, what if Cora kept her for the same reason that Regina kidnapped Belle: she knew that Rumple was done with her, and in turn that any illusions she’d had about being special to him were just that. But she didn’t take being used and discarded lightly: no, she would hurt him in turn. Even if that hurt came only in the form of her private satisfaction that she held something dear and irreplaceable to him, and he knew nothing of it.
Robert Carlyle: Oh, I think ABC would assassinate me if I told you anything at all. The interesting character of the two probably this season is more Mr. Gold. What we’re trying to do with Gold is to try and deconstruct him slightly. He’s trying to be the better man. He’s got this relationship with Belle now who’s in Storybrooke and he’s trying to be a good guy and leave magic behind and stop all of that. But he’ll never be able to do that. He loves it too much. I was just out with the creators last night and the stuff they’re telling me about what’s going to happen in the next few episodes is absolutely mind-blowing so I’m looking forward to it.
That just sounds like Regina will get a redemption arc but not Rumple, which is annoying.
- Mr. Gold:Belle! Are you all right?
- Belle:Oh, yeah, I'm just dandy. Especially on account of being completely done with this bullshit.
- Mr. Gold:Sorry?
- Belle:You lock me in a dungeon. Regina tricks me and locks me in a jail cell for a good ten years, then a mental asylum for another twenty-eight. My own father chains me to a minecart headed for Amnesia Village, residency-- two. I'm seriously not digging this Belle-is-constantly-kidnapped-and/or-the-victim trend.
- Mr. Gold:
- Belle:Now, if anyone needs me, I'll be off enjoying some non-captivity for a change. I might even get a solid fifteen minutes in this time.