Belle is one half of Rumbelle. Rumple is coming back (how can anyone believe otherwise? He’s obviously somehow “alive”based on the 3×16 photos). They develop Belle through Rumbelle. Ergo, more Rumbelle. A and E gave no hope to Rumple’s return because #nospoilers…we know he is.
and you know Belle is the half of Rumbelle that’s been lacking development and integration into the story. I thought maybe they’d give her more to do last half on her own but it’s looking like it’s gonna happen this half. I’m looking forward to seeing that happen because up until now let’s be honest she’s really only “Rumple’s girlfriend” to everybody in present time. Here’s a great chance again to do some good development of her character on her own and with the rest of the main cast.