Throughout two seasons of Once Upon a Time, we’ve pieced together the twisted puzzle that is Rumplestiltskin. From killing his wife to losing his son to a change of heart with Belle, he’s been through a lot as the Dark One, but we never saw the root of his evil. In Season 3, everything changes.

SpoilerTV reports that in Episode 8, we’ll meet Rumple’s father, Colin, in flashbacks. The apple apparently doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Papa Rumple is described as “dissatisfied, self-centered, and ruthless.”

Additionally, Colin will pop up in Episode 11, which could be another flashback or maybe him resurfacing. Considering that the season will be split into two sections of 11 episodes each, Rumple’s father returning could be the cliffhanger that bridges the fall and the spring seasons.

Unfortunately, the gap between the seasons will be huge, with Season 3 premiering on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, running through Dec. 8, then not picking up again until March 9! That’s a long time to wait, but hopefully it will all be worthwhile.

Are you excited to meet Rumple’s father? Sound off below, Oncers!

Source: SpoilerTV

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