The thing is that the curse would have never happened with out Rumpel, not only did he give it to the queen but he also helped her enact it, so it makes no sense to me that he would do either of those things if he can see the future and his goal is to end the curse.
I believe that the curse would have happened whether he “helped” Regina or not. It was SO OBVIOUS what she did wrong that she WOULD have figured it out eventually. She’s not stupid–she was just lazy and didn’t take the time to think it through; but if he’d refused to “help” she would’ve gone over it again and figured it out. So therefore why make her mad when you could just answer her question and get a sweet deal out of it to boot? He’s the type to take advantage/make the best of every situation. That’s all he was doing.
As for giving it to her in the first place, I don’t think that he traded it to her planning to break it in the future because you’re right the best way to avoid that would be to not trade it. But he probably got something REALLY good out of that deal. And apparently he traded it to her when she had no plans of using it because if she had planned on using it back then she would not have traded it afterwards to Maleficent. Plus, he may have thought “If she uses it, I’ll deal with it then.” And now that she has he is.
I think that EQ is ACTIVELY MANIPULATING things in Storybrook; but Mr Gold is affecting thing in a subtle backstage kind of way ; like a puppet master. He sets the characters on the stage and lets things develop. If he does not like how things develop he interferes in the background again.
That’s really cool. I can agree with that.