What if I’m willing to take you down with me?
I think I know you better than you know yourself, Dearie.
Let’s note who started the threats against loved ones. Rumple only threatened Emma in promise of vengeance for Belle. He also did not threaten to kill anyone if Hook told. Not that Rumple was nice or kind here, but everything he did, he did in response to Hook’s actions. Hook got this mess started. Rumple helped it along to his own ends. As he does.
And that’s the difference between a master strategist, a legendary puppet master by trade, and a simpering bully who threatens/uses violence instead of his brain. NVM that like THE COWARD HE IS, he ONCE AGAIN THREATENS AN INNOCENT WOMAN who has never harmed him in her life. And to whom he “apologized” to a few episodes ago to show how much he has “changed”, LMAO.
It’s why Rumple, despite being despicable, still manages to ensnare even his arch enemy who should know better while Hook is fooling no one but himself with his lies and hypocrisy. (And Emma too….but yeah….) And why Hook is useless as a villain and as a “redeemed good guy” as well. He lacks depth and complexity, prettiness won’t save you from being a walking stereotype and boring hypocrite. (Emma is slipping down that slope as well)