Lately, we’ve been wondering about Rumbelle’s future on “Once Upon a Time,” and whether or not these two should get their act together or just throw in the towel completely.
After finding out that Rumple (Robert Carlyle) planned to cut his son’s ties to his fate with the Shears of Destiny, Belle (Emilie de Ravin) took a pretty tough stand against her husband and his choices by sending their son off to realms unknown — which backfired spectacularly.
On the one hand, we get Rumple’s desire to use the Shears of Destiny. After all, he’s been through this whole song and dance once before.
Baelfire’s (Michael Raymond-James) hatred of him already cost him one son, and then he was given the chance to avoid that fate a second time around. Understandably, Rumple is desperate to at least give himself a fighting chance at earning his second child’s love. Plus, having a fully-grown adult version of your unborn son tear into you for being a bad father kind of seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
On the other hand, making a unilateral, magical decision (AGAIN with the magic, Rumple?!) about your son’s future without consulting his mother is so not the way to earn a child’s love. We’re actually a little surprised Belle didn’t rail at him even more about a plan like that. She’d have been well within her rights to start throwing furniture, in our humble opinion.
Now that their son is back and all grown up, Belle and Rumple may have to fight together to bring him back to the side of good; or at least to keep him from either killing Emma (Jennifer Morrison) or getting killed in the process. Still, we’re not sure even that will be enough to mend the fence between them.
The Rumbelle relationship has gone from rough to heartbreaking to hopeless pretty quickly, which is a shame since “Once Upon a Time” is a show built on hope.
Our last shining beacon of optimism is Belle’s unwavering belief that Rumple can be a better man, he just choses not to. And we do hope he changes.
When all is said and done, the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” isn’t quite as inspiring if the beauty ends up raising a kid all by herself because the beast couldn’t get his life together and turn into a decent prince.
“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.