Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk!
Once Upon a Time provided a “shocking” revelation during Sunday’s episode — though only shocking to those who don’t follow the news.
Amid an episode heavily focused on Rumple’s (Robert Carlyle) past with his ex-wife Milah (Rachel Shelley) and their bid to save their young son Baelfire, it was revealed that Belle (Emilie de Ravin) is pregnant with his child in the current timeline. It’s hardly a surprising revelation considering the actress was pregnant in real life — the Lost alum just gave birth last week — but it should make for some good drama in the wake of Rumple becoming the Dark One again.
“It’s going to affect both of them,” executive producer Edward Kitsis tells EW. “As we saw in the premiere episode, Rumple lied to her. The question we get is, ‘He’s lied to her so many times, has he learned anything?’ And I think he has. When he finds out that she’s pregnant, it’s going to affect him, it’s going to affect her, it’s definitely going to affect his motivation. Rumple is a new person. We know why he grabbed that dagger, but we’re really going to understand more of where he’s coming from.”
However, Rumple has other issues to face with this pregnancy, especially considering he promised his second born child to a healer (Aaron Douglas) in exchange for a cure for Baelfire — and now that deal has transferred to Hades (Greg Germann), effectively forcing Rumple to work for him. It’s just another hurdle for the couple that’s faced a rollercoaster of emotions over the last five seasons. “At the core of their relationship is a really deep love, despite all the terrible things that have gone on between them,” EP Adam Horowitz insists. “This will be another test to that love.”
With a bundle of joy on the way, one would think Rumple may have some regret over becoming the Dark One. “I would say quite the opposite,” Kitsis says coyly.
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.