One of my favourite Rumpelstiltskin moments. You can see the hopefulness in his eyes and it’s like he’s also waiting for her to reject him, like everyone else has, but Belle doesn’t. Robert Carlyle is an amazing actor because he can portray so many feelings in one look.
Unpopular opinion: I honestly don't understand why people hate rika so much? Actually, what I don't understand is the sentiment "rika's mental illness doesn't excuse her actions yet at the same time v was just blinded by love which totally justifies his dishonesty and aiding rika in her crimes" it really seems to me that they both carry a lot of the blame for mint eye's tragedies. (TBH I didn't understand about 87% of secret end 1 so if you have differing opinions from me I'd LOVE to hear them)