There’s Been A Change In Them
The Marriage of The Beauty and the Beast
By Teresa Martin (@Teresa__Martin)
Fans of Belle and Rumplestiltskin were thrown into an understandable state of “feels” after the Winter Finale. It began with a happy Belle packing for a proper honeymoon in New York City, and ended with her using the Dark One’s Dagger to banish her husband from Storybrooke. This was no small development. Once’s version of “Beauty and the Beast” arguably produced the most stunning episode of the entire series: “Skin Deep.” For me, its airing in February 2012 was the moment I became a fan of the show and started to truly care for the characters. A large part of this was due to the Tour de Force performance by Robert Carlyle. He went through the gamut of emotions, and we saw that Rumplestiltskin could not only hate with great passion, but love as well. Overlooked sometimes is Emilie de Ravin’s magnificent portrayal of Belle. She was Belle incarnate, and for the first time we saw someone stand up to Rumplestiltskin, call him out on his weaknesses, and live to tell about it. Moreover, even though Rumple sent her away, it was really Belle who left, with her head held high, an action she repeated in the Winter Finale. Rumbelle was born in “Skin Deep” and I am not using this word as a “ship.”
Concerning this, I believe Robert Carlyle was dead-on in an October interview:
Belle and him are two entirely separate things. It's wrong. You cannot
combine these two characters together and think they're the same thing.
There’s load of stuff out there talking about “Rumbelle.” It doesn't exist.
He is absolutely a character in his own right, as is she.*
Rumbelle in the context quoted indeed does not exist. I have always seen “Rumbelle” as the fairy tale and template in which these characters live. Rumbelle is “Beauty and the Beast,” a masterful telling of the ”Tale as Old as Time” in a more adult manner than ever seen before. It is marriage, but it is also hate, misery, sacrifice, and pain.
In short, it is True Love.