We're two episodes in to Once Upon a Time Season 2, and Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) remains one of the most enigmatic characters on the show.
One question that's weighing on our minds is: What powers does Mr. Gold have now that the curse is broken and magic is back in Storybrooke? Regina (Lana Parrilla) is struggling to regain her powers — she required her mother's spell book to perform magic in Season 2, Episode 2: “We Are Both” — but what about the Dark One himself?
We've gathered all of the clues about his current power status from the first two episodes right here.
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He can do magic: In Season 2, Episode 1: “Broken” he summoned the wraith. In Episode 2, he summoned Cora's (Barbara Hershey) spell book for Regina. He might not have the same powers he did in Fairytale Land, but he also seems more in control than Regina.
He didn't know about the memory loss. In Episode 2 we learn that if the fairy tale characters try to leave town, they lose all memories of their Fairytale Land lives, permanently. Mr. Gold didn't know this, and he freaked out when he found out (presumably because he wants to leave Storybrooke to find his son, Baelfire — that's our theory, anyway). It's rare for him not to be two steps ahead — so why didn't he know about this?
The "please" has lost its punch. Now that the curse is broken, Regina no longer has to follow Gold's orders when he says "please."
And True Love's kiss? Gold and Belle (Emilie de Ravin) shared a passionate kiss in Episode 1, but it didn't seem to have any effect on the Dark One curse — even though Gold used the Dark One powers to summon the wraith. What happened to True Love's kiss breaking any curse?
What do you think: How much power does Gold have in this world?
Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.
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