Guten Morgen 😀
Of course, despite all our theories, it may just be that the whole cane thing has not crossed the writers’ mind yet at all, and they are still figuring it out. We treat the story like it is set in stone, when in fact it is still being written.
Mr. Gold not having a first name makes perfect sense to me, a a tribute to the fairy tale where Rumpelstiltskin keeps his name a secret. But judging from an interview where they asked about it, they treated it more like an oversight.
So we will wait and see. And you can be sure that the writers will do anything to please us, but then add in a twist to surprise us. *wishes she was completely caught up with season 2, instead of half way through the first*