[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk!]
Sunday's episode revealed that dark truth when Dr. Jekyll (Hank Harris) turned out to be the villain between himself and Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer). It was Jekyll that was after Belle (Emilie de Ravin) this whole time and Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) killed him to save her. The sword wound simultaneously brought down Hyde, showing Regina what would have to be done if she needed to take down her darker half.
Luckily, Regina isn't planning any suicide pacts at this point in the game, still holding out hope that there will be another way to subdue the Evil Queen before more people in Storybrooke suffer. She did make a deal with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) though, making the Savior promise that she would be the one to kill Regina if the Evil Queen needed to be immediately stopped.
While it's good to see these women back on equal playing ground and relying on each other, they are also both dealing with the idea of an imminent death. It's hard to imagine Storybrooke being able to survive without either of them, let alone both. It seems more likely that Regina's best strategy is to figure out how to take Gold's (Robert Carlyle) advice and learn to accept her dark side. At the very least, it should make the Evil Queen less bitter about being ripped out of Regina and it may slow down her reign of terror. At the very least, she's being open about her options, which is better than what Emma is doing by refusing to tell anyone about her own visions of death.
Rumple also gave in to his darker side this week. After weeks of gestures and protection spells weren't enough to convince Belle to give him another shot, he decided to try threats. He is the Dark One and no matter where Belle goes, someone will always be after them and their son just because of who Rumple is. Belle not fall in love with him naturally, but Rumple feels good about the fact that necessity will drive her back to him. It seems the Dark One has lost his touch for romance in his desperation to get his family back.
What do you think of the truth bombs dropped by Once Upon a Time this week?
Once Upon a Time continues Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.