Also, that clip of Rumple and the Charmings makes me wonder if he didn’t intentionally allow Regina to make Henry think he loves her. In Rumple’s mind, it might be for the best of Regina regained custody of his grandson and so removed him as a potential threat to him.
That wouldn’t really eliminate Henry as a threat though? The only way Rumple knows of to eliminate the “Regina problem” is to eliminate her. So shouldn’t it stand to reason that the only way to eliminate the “Henry problem” is to eliminate him? Regina having custody of him wouldn’t eliminate the threat the kid poses. As long as Henry is still breathing, he can still bring about Rumple’s undoing.
I think Mr. Gold is always honest with people, but he manipulates the situation. You’re right in saying Regina regaining her son wouldn’t totally eliminate Henry as a threat to him. Yet, if Henry were to get caught in the crossfire between and the Charmings and Regina, it might just result in a devastating outcome for Henry and seemingly solve Mr. Gold’s worries in his mind. Mr. Gold looked directly at Henry as he said, “Wars have costs.” Very unnerving and disturbing. Don’t let Grandpastiltskin babysit Henry is all I have to say.
There was a TV Guide spoiler article that addressed this very issue of dark undertones in Mr. Gold’s conversations which could reveal his less than honorable intentions.
Henry’s in danger: After a seer told Rumplestiltskin that the young boy who would lead him to his son would ultimately be his downfall, Rumple set his sights on Henry, suspecting that he’s the boy from the prophecy. Unfortunately, no one will actually find out about Henry’s fate anytime soon. “There’s this really serious creepy undertone to what would normally be normal conversations,” Morrison says. “But the audience will know Rumple is contemplating what to do about Henry, whereas everyone in the room thinks Henry is safe, so it heightens that sense of danger for Henry because there’s no one looking out for him yet because no one knows he’s in danger.”
As for the harshness of this scene, I’m gonna wait to see it in context before judging, though on first watch, it did make me cringe. Rumple manipulates, and he may be playing some sort of game here to steer them into a particular action. I think he was so brutally honest because Henry straight up said he wanted people to be honest with him. Careful what you wish for, kid. 😕
I hope you’re right in holding out hope for Mr. Gold’s intentions, but I found that scene foreboding.
"That’s how you know you’ve really got a home. When you leave it, there’s this feeling that you can’t shake. You just miss it." Neal Cassidy