My big question is why Rumple didn’t die at the hands of Alice. It seems at some point Rumple must have known the curse was happening and told Alice she will have to shoot him so he could die…but I still have so many questions. Why is she the “guardian?” How did Rumple know that’s what needed to be done? How does the guardian get picked? Will Alice become the dark one next? I guess not right because Belle died but then shouldn’t have Rumple died when Alice shot him then? He saw Belle briefly but then he woke up. Anybody have more clarity on this?
Yeah, there’s definitely a lot of questions surrounding this “guardian” and such. My thought is that Rumple told Alice to try to jog his memories with the tea cup first. If that didn’t work, he told her to shoot him. When he didn’t die, because he’s immortal as the Dark One, that would jog his memories for sure.