Well, thanks for showing up to the game, Once Upon A Time. I’ve been waiting for this sort of performance all season.
The Fairy Tale Land sequences were mercifully short, but did the job of filling in the why’s of Rumpy: why he got injured, why he had the coward reputation, why his wife was such a shrew, why he had the curse in the first place.
And the Real World stuff neatly tied up Henry’s family tree, making him the descendant of Rumpy and the Snow Charmings. Throw in his adoptive parentage, and Henry is a sort of fairytale Kwisatz Haderach.
Other Once Upon A Time Thoughts:
- “I’ve heard rumors. The front…it’s a brutal place.” Of course it’s a brutal place! It’s an effing front in an effing war!
- Rumpy never really had a chance with that wife of his. She’s impossible. She’s all Don’t go to the war! You’ll get killed! Then she’s all Why are you such a coward? Why can’t you just die? Christ. How does anyone deal with that garbage?
- It makes her abandoning Baelfire all the more appalling. Here, she laments about how hard it’ll be for Baelfire to have a coward for a father. Then she makes damn sure the kid has no one else. Again, Christ.
- Not that Rumpy isn’t worse because, like, murder and stuff.
- Was anyone else hoping for an apartment building full of rogue fairy tale characters who’d fallen through time and space?
- This is how I see it playing out: Rumpy is never going to mend things with his son, but Henry will wind up filling that role for him. Sure, Rumpy indicated a desire to kill the boy. Henry, though, has this magical power called being 11 years old. Henry still believes in the good in everyone and seems to have to ability to lie. If anyone can turn Rumpy around, it’s that kid.
- Cora is totally using Regina to usurp the Dark One’s power. Cora will be the Dark One by the end of the season.
- Is that a vibrator in Belle’s purse?