Well, that was interesting. Rumpelstiltskin hobbled himself under the influence of the seer; so they are ameliorating his cowardice by showing that he was motivated by love and a desire to rise above his father's level. Another step toward rehabilitation. As with Regina, he is more than a Fairy Tale villain. He has layers and believable motivations.
I like the idea that Bae is White Rabbit. He may turn out to be the key to defeating Cora.