It occurs to me having watched that Rumple and Regina scene in 7x08 like ten times now, that Rumple wasn’t lying to Regina. He was trying to tell her “yes, I’m awake, but chill the fuck out because we can’t do anything yet.” And whatever that reason is, it’s probably not safe to tell her. Rumple’s expression, the way he didn’t act like “Roni” was completely mad and instead made obvious jokes while looking very pointedly at her, was masterfully done.
They could have played that in a way where it really seemed like Rumple was still cursed, but they specifically didn’t. Regina is just not getting the message, or she thinks Rumple is fucking with her like old times. But he isn’t at all. He’s protecting her from something. This is also demonstrates their different styles of dealing with things. Regina’s is immediate, impulsive, and likely to include throwing a fireball. Rumple’s is a long game of patience, being prepared, and striking when it’s least expected.