One of the most emotional and disturbing scenes of the midseason finale of “Once Upon a Time,” was when Rumplestiltskin killed his father, Peter Pan with The Dark One’s dagger. In a Dec. 30 post on International Business Times, that aspect of the show and what it could mean was explored in further depth.
Fans know that The Dark One learned long ago that there was someone who would be his “undoing” and that someone was Henry. He later learned Henry was his grandson and that changed his perspective on taking the boy out. Throughout season 3 he has worked tirelessly to save the boy from Peter Pan.
We learned later that Pan was Rumple/The Dark One’s father and that gave him insight into the danger Henry was really in. Though many of the rescue party doubted his sincerity, Rumple proved his intentions were true. Henry was rescued in no small part due to Rumple’s actions.
Back in Storybrooke, however, Pan was still a threat and it fell to Rumple to stop him once and for all. Using The Dark One’s magic dagger, he killed Peter Pan. In committing the act, however, he killed himself as well. Both men vanished.
Is this the fulfillment of the seer’s prophecy? Has Rumplestiltskin been undone by Henry? Some are hopeful that the curse that sent the residents back to the Enchanted Forest may have also restored Rumple over there too. If that is the case, does that mean Peter Pan has been reincarnated in Neverland?
It is unlikely Rumple is gone for good. First, he is a fan favorite and an important character in the show. Second and more telling is what show producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said earlier this month. Horowitz stated that Belle and Rumple would both be in the same world for an “extended period of time” during the show’s second half of season 3. Kitsis added a small caveat to that though, saying, "If you're a fan of 'Rumbelle’, the second half of the season will further explore their relationship - in whatever state that is."
It looks as if we will have to wait until March 2014 to find out how the curse effects everyone, Rumplestiltskin in particular.
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