I had always wondered whether Rumple’s reputation had been due to genuine cowardice, or is simply his perception of himself. Was there something else underpinning Rumple’s decision to walk away from the horror of war? “I think that that’s an interesting question,” Kitsis responded. “I can say will definitely be explored in an episode this year.”
Rumplestiltskin, RumBelle and Robert Carlyle
Speaking of Rumple, Kitsis noted that they wrote the part of Rumplestiltskin specifically for Robert Carlyle “because Adam and I were such huge fans of his. So for us, it’s been such an honor to get to work with someone like Robert, because that character is so much fun and he just, he really elevates it with his performance. And really, sometimes he’s playing 10 different characters, even if they all have the same name.” (And sometimes all in the same episode; it is an extraordinary performance, no question—hear that, Emmy people?)
For many fans, last season’s “Skin Deep” episode was the highlight of season one. The episode retold the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, casting Rumplestiltskin as the Beast and bringing to the series, Lost’s Emilie de Ravin as Belle. The story was so well received that Emilie was made a series regular for this season with the hope of further exploring Belle and her relationship with Rumple. “RumBelle” was born.
Although there hasn’t thus far been a lot of RumBelle in season two (although there have been some beautiful moments between the two characters), Kitsis and Horowitz revealed that much more is coming, so fans of that “ship” should be patient and let the story unfolds.
“We look at each season like a book,” Horowitz explained. “And so in the first nine episodes Rumpel definitely changed, but he had other things going on, such as his son, and Belle was just getting introduced to town. We want to really get into these stories and be able to really explore them and not just check them off a list,” Kitsis added.
“I think we are going to get a lot of RumBelle. So I would say if you’re a RumBelle fan, keep watching because you’re going to get a lot of it.” In fact, Kitsis teased, “In episode 11 we are going to find out much more about Belle. So if the RumBelle fans want to know when are we going to see more of that relationship, episode 11 is RumBelle to the max!”