“We’re going to actually see a lot of Rumple and Belle coming up. [In] the second half of the season, he’s going to collect that favor from Emma, and he’s going to go in search of his son, and he and Belle are definitely going to face challenges. What’s interesting, also, in a way, is Rumple is trying to change for her, and as we all know, sometimes it’s hard to change,” Once Upon A Time executive producer Edward Kitsis said when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him in Los Angeles.
And when we were on set in Vancouver* with the cast, Emilie de Ravin previewed the next big Rumbelle episode as being “The Outsider,” in which we flashback to learn more about Belle’s life in the fairytale world, in addition to seeing some “new obstacles and challenges in Storybrooke.”
“This is a big episode for Belle and for Rumple. Something’s going to happen that’s big. It’s shocking. It’s actually really cool,” de Ravin said.
“It’s actually a bit of a slower integration [in Storybrooke], which actually helped me a lot, too. It’s that trepidation of just not knowing what anything is, really, in this crazy world. It’s been fairytale land and a cell, so it’s a pretty drastic change for her.”
In “The Outsider,” Gold (Robert Carlyle) tests out a spell that he believes should allow him to cross the Storybrooke border without losing his memory in order for him to continue to search for his son. Carlyle previewed that the next few episodes for him are all about searching for Bae, and by doing so, he may leave Belle a bit vulnerable.
As we know, time in fairytale land wasn’t all roses and dancing around a pub for Belle, as Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) already took notice of Rumplestiltskin’s (Carlyle) attachment to her, therefore putting her in danger. Now that Hook is traipsing around Storybrooke, he and Belle stumble across each other again, and old feelings and habits prove too tempting.
“[Belle] remembers who he is from fairytale land and [is] a little bit scared of him since he tried to kill her. And he’s got the big hook. There’s few things that Rumple holds close. I mean, there are a few-- it’s not just me-- but I suppose that’s the biggest thing he could do,” de Ravin said of Hook coming after her again.
Although Belle has thus far been very anti-magic when it comes to Gold and his darker side, de Ravin admitted “there’s only so much you can do if you’ve got people using magic against you,” and therefore Belle may have to start rethinking some things.
“That is an interesting element that does pop up a couple of times in the next few episodes,” de Ravin said.
“Fairly, Mr. Gold and her have quite a bit of stuff to work on, apart from the fact that this is such a new world, [but] I think he’s her rock at the moment. She’s not going to start wandering around, too much; she needs to feel secure.”
Once Upon A Time airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC. “The Outsider” airs on January 20th 2013.
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