It is just a pretense though. They are all still mass murders and serial killers, and Regina, Zelena, and Hook are all rapists. The name thing doesn’t change that and they aren’t tricking the audience into thinking that they are different either. The audience doesn’t even want them to be different. The We Are Both thing never made any sense, even in the second season, and now it feels like the writers are kidding themselves.
It is just a symptom of the major writing issues on the show. The writers don’t get what is interesting. They don’t get what makes a good story. They don’t get what the audience wants. They don’t get the importance of the character’s history and layering their characters as they build their story. They just don’t know what they are doing and calling them these names is a symptom of that. I am in the fandom and they have said names before and i didn’t know who they were talking about.
They have four episodes left. I want to see Rumpel’s end and Regina’s end and Henry’s end. I want to see Alice and Robyn who know each other. Enough of this cursed, fake memories nonsense. The end is near, let’s show something that matters. And they did in this episode. This episode was about Rumpel, so people should not be calling him Weaver. It is Regina who would do anything for her son. It was Zelena in the last episode that we saw change. The pretense is pointless and distracting.