I loved (as I mentioned in my preview article) the beginnings of a real relationship between Henry and his grandfather Rumplestiltskin. I loved their conversation during "Manhattan" in which Rumple acknowledges Henry's role in bringing him to Baelfire. "You are a remarkable young man," Gold tells him.
Of course, we wonder what the future holds for him, as Gold is reminded of the seer's prophecy "the boy will be your undoing," she foretells. To which Rumple replies rather flippantly, "I guess I'll have to kill him."
But it's possible to understand the term "undoing" in multiple ways. Does the seer mean undoing in the sense that Rumple's Dark One persona, always lingering in the background of his soul will wither as his relationship with Henry deepens? As it has with his relationship with Belle, and even Emma?
And will that undoing eventually lead him to Baelfire not just physically, but in a more significant sense? Speaking of which, the episode digs very deeply into Rumple's past letting us glimpse how he got acquired his gift of prophecy. But Rumple's prophetic skills seems idiosyncratic at best. He'd not been able to foresee his reunion with Bae, nor his connection with Emma.
As he tells Henry, "Seeing the inevitable can be a terrible price." And it is not the great gift one might think, nor reliable. "The future is like like a puzzle, missing pieces, difficult to read and never, never what you think," Rumple explains.
I wonder if when he had been confronted with the onrush of information taken from the seer, whether over time, he had chosen to suppress that information to avoid going completely mad. The way in which he had seen the future, out of context and random bits of information (why do I keep visualizing the Stargate Universe episode "Human" and Dr. Rush's experience with data completely out of context?) must have been impossible to deal with. Puzzling out how to distinguish "what will be from what can be" must have been a nightmare. The seer was only too happy to have someone else assume her terrible burden.
I wonder, too, whether when we first meet Rumple in the pilot, so happy to be locked away in prison, whether this knowledge had already begun to drive him mad, and being locked away, solitary and alone had actually allowed him a sort of peace?