He’s gotta be double-crossing Regina. After what she’s done to him in both FTL and SB, there’s no way he would want to side with her. The look on his face when he got the cup back from her was pure hatred. No deal could be tempting enough to overcome that hatred. And I believe him when he says he’s invested in MM’s future. He knows that fighting fair won’t be enough though, so he’s doing, as he told Emma, the effective thing. I have faith in him. The only question in my mind is whether Emma and MM are in on the double-cross.
Hang in there, Rumple/Gold fans. We have a rough couple of weeks ahead, but he’ll prove himself ta good guy…just, in his own fashion.