He had it coming… 🙄
True, but then that means that more than one villain also “has it coming.” *CoughReginaCough*
Ah, of course. But if you notice, all the other villains, be it Cora, Regina or Hook, they paid their prices in some proportion already. Back in FTL Regina lost her battle with the Charmings and was banished from the land, nearly executed! In SB she lost her Mayor’s position and people were THAT close to killing her. She also lost Henry and everyone hates her.
Cora was stuck in mad Wonderland without her family for a long time and Hook lost Milah.
I’m not saying they paid their prices fully but if you notice Rumple caused even more havoc, playing on desperate souls, beating people with his cane or changing them into rats, and he was even the one who played on the buttons of our villains – yet he didn’t have to pay any consequences EVER. Even if he went to Granny’s diner (him and Belle’s meals), people would just leave him alone and not make any remarks on how come he’s there or reach for a knife… Yes, he lost his son but it was his own fault for being a coward, not a consequence of his wrongdoings.
So all in all, yes, he did have it coming, probably way more than any other villains.