As for Regina, looking so pleased watching the return of magic to spread over the town, I don’t think her smile will last very long. Her prime focus this season will be to reconnect with Henry, and that won’t be easy. In addition, the entire town is probably out for her head (as the season two promos have shown), so I don’t know how long she’s going to stay mayor. Although, I can imagine she has some clever magic up her evil sleeve to terrify and control the townspeople. Unless, that is, Rumple’s magic is more powerful and can control her!
One of my favorite narrative bawdy ballads out of British Isles folk tradition is called “The Twa (Two) Magicians” (Childe Ballad 44). It tells of two powerful magicians, one male and one female, with the male in pursuit, and as the pursued changes herself into various incarnations, the male sorcerer trumps her. Although the scenario doesn’t fit exactly the narrative we now understand of the Rumple-Evil Queen relationship, I can’t get the image of this song (which I performed for years) out of my head thinking about the dance between Regina and Rumple. Given the new realities of Storybrooke, their dance will undoubtedly ramp up and intensify this season, and, Lana told me last week, we will learn much more about their relationship long ago and far away in Fairytale Land.
But while Regina fixates on recovering her son from Emma, Mr. Gold’s intense gaze shall focused elsewhere. Rumple has his Belle back. Long beliving her dead, Rumple is stunned when she turns up in the pawnshop, lost and broken. He can barely believe she is real and not apparition conjured from his mind (I loved that moment of recognition in the season one finale). What Regina has done to Belle is cruel beyond measure, and I guarantee that Rumple will want to exact revenge; something that Belle is likely to oppose.
Beyond Belle, I believe that Rumple will continue to search for his son Baelfire (Dylan Schmid). We know that not a day has gone by that Rumple hasn't regretted letting go of Baelfire’s hand. As he tells Archie in last season’s "The Return," Rumple has spent much of his life hoping to find a way of reuniting with him.