The only thing more precious than gold is loyalty.
Rumplestiltskin is quite the character. From season one onward, his alliance shifted many times and has been the topic of discussion and speculation. While this has kept him interesting, it can be frustrating to think he has finally gone good only to be very, very wrong.
This however, makes Rumple a fan-favorite. Though the rollercoaster of loyalty can be nauseating, it’s best to stay a few feet behind him.
Can Rumplestiltskin be trusted? That is the million dollar question. Given everything the former Dark One has done it can make it difficult to find a way to fully trust him. His loyalty has to be earned, and very few people can actually say they have it.
Not even his beloved wife, Belle, fully has his loyalty. He lied to her about the dagger and she pushed him away, and in the season four winter finale she held the dagger out and forced him to cross the town line, never to return to Storybrooke.
However, being Rumplestiltskin, he found a way, when he returned with two powerful villainesses. But season four of Once Upon a Time, played host to the most intriguing Dark One storyline.
Rumple tried to rewrite his happy ending by kidnapping the author of his grandson Henry’s storybook. Rumple had the author write him as a hero in a strangely twisted villain-favorable version of the story, in which all the villains were heroes and all the heroes were villains.
In this version, in part B, Henry is sucked into the new story book and must figure out how to make everything normal again. We find Rumple as a hero, riding upon a steed as a knight in shining armor, and he’s happy.
He’s the hero of this story. He rides from village to village in the Enchanted Forest protecting them during the Ogre Wars. He happily had a memory created of his son, Baelfire, it was a fake memory that the author created so that Rumple could remember him without remorse. The Author had offered to write Baelfire out of the story to stop the Dark One from feeling anymore pain, but Rumple wouldn’t have it. Instead, he wanted a pleasant memory where he did everything he could to save Baelfire. The Author wrote that Baelfire died during the Ogre Wars.
Rumplestiltskin’s loyalty has always lain with his son Baelfire. Even when he pushed him away, he remained loyal to him. There was never a question of it. In season 4, Rumplestiltskin developed a loyalty to his grandson Henry, who was a part of his son. Baelfire never knew how his father really felt about him, what his father would do, or how far his father would go to prove his loyalty and his love. While everyone else in Storybrooke could take Rumple’s loyalty with a grain of salt, he freely gave it, no questions asked to his son, grandson, and himself.
Rumplestiltskin is portrayed by Robert Carlyle on Once Upon a Time. New episodes begin on September 27th on ABC.