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“It’s not proper for seventeen-year-old princesses to be alone with young men who have questionable intentions.” She laughed. “And what about young men who she’s been best friends with since she was barely old enough to walk?” He shook his head. “Those are the worst.”
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You bring up a good point. How long did Rafe know Sam was alive?
I wondered the very same thing the moment I first saw that scene. I don’t know the exact time frame, but I think Rafe’s planning to get Sam out went into action as soon as he discovered his old partner was alive. It wouldn’t make sense to wait, he wouldn’t have any reason to.
He knew Sam could help, and I think he also welcomed the idea of working with Sam again. Unlike his family, or other allies (Nate and Nadine, for example), Sam was someone he actually managed to got along with (at least that’s how he remembered it), someone who was capable, who enjoyed his work, knew the job better then anyone, and who was - for once - as invested in the mission as Rafe himself was.
None of Rafe’s other allies cared about what finding the treasure meant, they just wanted the riches, either from the promised gold or Rafe’s checkbook. Even Nate didn’t care about it, not without his brother. And we all know what happened between them when they tried to continue without Sam. They never got along, to the point it actually hindered their work. The elder Drake brother, on the other hand, was a different story. Rafe and Sam never had any issues while working together. Shipper goggles off, I’d still go as far to say he admired and even liked Sam (that is, before his betrayal and everything going to shit).
And again… he needs Sam. He knows that.
Regarding that topic, at first glance one might think Rafe would resent ever needing anyone, that it would invalidate what he’s trying to accomplish with this mission. However, I don’t think that’s true. Time and time again, Rafe is compliant (when no one’s trying to destroy their clues. I’m looking at you, Nadine. lol), helpful and willing to work with others (provided they aren’t trying to stab him in the back and take everything for themselves) to achieve a common goal (he just also happens to be a giant asshole with anger management issues and a bit psychotic, but hey, no one’s perfect. lol). In fact, he’s weirdly overly trusting. On many occasions he’s seen relying heavily on his comrades without any sign of distrust or resentment for needing them. Which is as interesting to me as it is surprising. Especially for a villain character, more so for one so concerned with proving he can do things on his own. He accepts that success has many fathers (an actual quote he says in multiplayer btw). He just wants to be counted among them.
He wants to be known for something he did that wasn’t just given to him. That doesn’t mean he did it all alone. I don’t think he ever cared about that, or expected that to be the case. Trying to actually do it all by himself would have been pretty ridiculous - if not borderline suicidal - considering what they were trying to do. It’s one of the few things he’s actually level headed and cool about. Like I said, very interesting character trait for a villain.
Taking all this into account, I think it’s safe to say that the instant Rafe learned Sam was alive and could be rescued, it was nothing but good news to him. In every sense. Perhaps there was a flutter of excitement and relief in his chest that day at the prospect of everything to come. Knowing after all this time there was a real chance at making progress again, knowing his efforts would not have been in vein, knowing he was actually going to see Sam again. Samuel Drake, the man who had inspired both he and Nate all those years ago, and had started them all down this path. This path that had become everything to Rafe, had made him realize his true potential, and discover who he really was and what he really wanted.
Of course he was gonna rescue Sam! It wasn’t even a question!
Basically I think there was no time between Rafe discovering Sam’s situation and making whatever phone calls he needed to get Sam his freedom. There wouldn’t have even been a second thought. That’s what I believe.