When Once Upon a Time announced that it was headed to Neverland, we had a few ideas of what to expect. However, we did not anticipate seeing Rumplestiltskin break down sobbing after a fight in the new land!
In a new sneak peek (via the OUAT Facebook) from the epic Season 3 premiere — airing Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC — Rumple enters Neverland alone, immediately calling out for an old acquaintance (“Come out and say hello, dearie!”). After doing his signature hand jig, one of Peter Pan’s Lost Ones emerges.
“Pan welcomes you to the island. He is excited to see you again,” the familiar Lost One leader says. “He wanted to let you know you are welcome in Neverland, as long as you wish to stay, with one caveat: If you’re here for the boy, that makes you Pan’s enemy.”
“Then nothing’s changed,” Rumple responds, to which the enemy in front of him retorts, “If you go against him, you will not survive.”
From there, the fight really begins — or at least quite a threat. “The question isn’t will I survive, because we both know I won’t. The real question is, how many of you will I take with me?” Rumple proceeds to grab him, but soon loses the power when the Lost One tosses him what looks like a voodoo doll. It’s a gift from Pan, and it immediately makes Rumple break down sobbing on the ground.
“Isn’t it funny, the things we haven’t thought about in years still have the ability to make us cry,” the Lost One says before walking away. So, was it Rumple’s doll as a kid? Was he a Lost One way back when and the doll is his father? Was it Bae’s? The possibilities are endless. Thankfully, we have less than two weeks until we find out!
Why do you think Rumplestiltsin broke down crying? Leave your thoughts and theories in the comments below!
Catch the Once Upon a Time Season 3 premiere on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.