Phee wrote: I think that what used to happen when you tried to leave SB is different to what happens now. When the curse was in place, I think something physically bad would happen to you, so Rumple probably thought that once the curse was lifted, that barrier would no longer exist. The fact that it now wipes your memory clean is a new development he hadn’t been expecting.
That’s an interesting thought, Phee. Rumpel/Mr. Gold must’ve thought that with the curse broken, he’d be able to leave town and go looking for Bae. Maybe introducing magic to our world actually had unintended consequences that even the maestro, Rumpel, didn’t foresee of making people lose all memory of their past life. I really want to know why he brought magic to our world though. Does he need magic to find Bae?
We know bad things happened when cursed characters like Ruby and Ashley tried to leave SB before Emma broke the curse. Ruby came back because Granny had a heart attack and Ashley went into labor. Yet, we didn’t actually see what happened if they physically crossed the boundary, except maybe one time. I’m wondering exactly what happened to David Nolan back in episode 1×16 (I think it was), when he was in the woods looking for Kathryn. Mary Margaret found him in a dazed-like state in which he didn’t seem to remember who he was or where he was, and then Ruby located him passed out. It’s like he was suffering the consequences of the dark curse, which Dr. Whale said was similar to when he’d just woken up from his comma. He seemed to lose his false SB memories while having some recall of FTL, but it was just a temporary black-out. He regained them soon after.
What I’m thinking is maybe they could have indeed left SB when the magical curse broke but Gold had to go release magic into SB which then snapped the boarder back into place, as magic doesn’t naturally exist here.
So to stop magic infecting the rest of reality it is removed from anyone who now crosses the border into our world- you can leave at any time IF you don’t mind no longer being a magical being 😉