All magic comes with a price. It seems we should have learned that lesson by now. However, the hard part is when that price comes from a liar.
Yep, Rumplestiltskin/Gold hasn’t changed a bit. He may pretend for Belle’s sake, but he’s still out for himself. And this episode proved it big time.
We begin in the past as a Dark One (pre-Rumple) attempts to get something. It’s the same something that Gold found in the opening episode of the season – a magic cylinder. That cylinder is guarded by an older looking man – the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. But he is only one line of defense, and that second line is a magic spell on the cylinder itself that will keep any Dark One from ever getting it. What and why aren’t explained – yet.
And that’s when our flashback catches up to Anna and Rumple. She approaches Rumple in an attempt to learn about her parent’s trip to the Enchanted Forest. However, he wants a deal. And the deal he wants is for Anna to poison the Apprentice.