Well i didn’t say anything justified Regina or Rumpel’s behavior, i just feel sorry for Regina’s bad childhood, and, in my opinion, from what we saw of Rumpel before he became the dark one he was already not a good man, so until we actually see what led to him being like that then i don’t really feel sorry for Rumpel. I feel sorry for Bae, but not Rumpel so much.
And i feel sorry for Regina only because of her childhood and not because of what Snow did to her. Regina’s mother was insane. That doesn’t justify what Regina became, but it at least explains it somewhat. They need to go further back in Rumpel’s life or at least have Rumpel talk about it instead of going forward.
You’ve actually said this a few times. Can you please elaborate on why you think pre-Dark One Rumpel was evil? Because I just don’t see it.