Greg Cox wrote:
And where is Merlin during all this?
Yeah. I was hoping the introduction of Lancelot really got me hoping that they were going to work the Arthurian mythology into the show, but we haven't seen any other sign of it so far. They way they've been playing with things in the series so far though, it would probably turn out that Rumple was Merlin. I meant that sarcastically, but now that I write it out, I actually kind of like that idea. He's already the Crocodile from Peter Pan, Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella's fairy godmother, so I guess there's no reason he couldn't be Merlin.
I also wouldn't be surprised for Rumpel to turn out to be Ursula whenever Ariel turns up.
It's his kind of bargain to strike.