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'Once Upon A Time' Recap: Rumpelstiltskin's Past Revealed in 'Desperate Souls'

Note: The following contains spoilers if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 8 of ABC's "Once Upon A Time," entitled, "Desperate Souls."

As one of the most enigmatic and manipulative characters on "Once Upon a Time" thus far, Rumpelstiltskin has also proved to be the most fascinating. I've been eagerly anticipating this week's episode for some time, hoping that it might shed some light on the mysterious figure who seems to have every inhabitant of both Storybrooke and Fairytale Land in the palm of his hand -- but who could have predicted that the gleefully wicked imp would be the product of such humble beginnings?

Thanks to "Desperate Souls," we discovered that Rumpel was once a devoted father, whose only goal in life was to protect his son -- a far more noble cause than one might expect from a character who lives to extort and blackmail everyone around him in his current guise. Sadly, the simple spinner was also a cowardly deserter who had fled from the ominously titled "Ogre Wars" to the detriment of his fellow soldiers -- and apparently, that didn't win him many favors with the local knights. The backdrop of war enabled the knights to draft children who were 14 or older into the army. The opening scene, in which the leader of the knights, Hordor, carried a teenage girl away while her parents screamed, was surprisingly dark for the family-oriented show. Read More...


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