I think the EQ may have something to do with it, just to frame MM, but I can’t help but wonder if mr. Gold didn’t plant it in the episode “the heart is a lonely hunter”, where he was in the woods with a shovel gardening. I have other theories about that scene as well. None the less, I think he secretly wants the curse broken and in order to do that, he has to make Emma dig deeper to reveal the FTL. Just a thought.
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