Robert Carlyle’s talent shines through playing Rumplestiltskin in last night’s
‘Manhattan’, possibly one of the most anticipated ‘Once Upon a Time’ episodes this season explores more of Rumplestiltksin’s (Robert Carlyle)past during the Ogre wars, and his relationship with his son as in present time he searches for Baelfire in New York with Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry Mills (Jared Gilmore) While all actors played their parts flawlessly, Carlyle especially shone as essentially three characters in Rumplestiltskin, the peasant, the dark one and Storybrooke’s least favorite citizen, Mr Gold.
With each character, even though they are the same man at different points in his life, Carlyle gives each of them their own voice, characterization and temperament. Each of them showing in their own way, their willingness to fight for Rumplestiltskin’s son, Baelfire.
As the reveal of Baelfire unfolds, viewers see Carlyle’s transition from cool, collected Mr Gold, to the same frightened and cornered peasant spinner he was before acquiring his power in a matter of seconds.
During the reveal of Baelfire as Henry’s birth father, you can literally see in the background the moment Mr Gold realizes exactly what’s going on and who Henry actually is in relation to him….The distraught look on his face is explained in the last 30 seconds of the episode where, as promised, the writers give us a shocking revelation about Henry’s relationship to Rumplestitlskin which goes beyond blood relation. Once again, as with “Tiny”, the show ends on Carlyle’s inimitable expressions, leaving the audience knowing Rumplestiltskin’s storyline is far from resolved and the writers aren’t finished with the emotionally high strung storyline.
Honorable mention of the evening goes to Josh Dallas' character, Charming in the scene he tries to suss out this new branch of their family tree...
'Once Upon a Time' can be seen on Sundays on ABC