The red rose has a great many meanings that transcend the Beauty and the Beast story.
A red rose means a passionate love. it also means deep sorrow and regret. Cora’s death had to happen; it was either her or Rum. But it wasn’t something that Rum wished for. He regretted her death and felt sorrow in what could have been and what was.
Flowers have complex meanings, and the deep red rose fits the relationship of Cora and Rum well.
Actually Bobby said in an interview that Gold didn’t regret her death …….
That said, it’s still just a rose. When I see a rose in relation to Rumbelle, I never think of Cora. In fact, I never think of Cora at all. I despise Cora, I think Rumple Cora was icky and basically I only care about TMD for the phone call scene (though I admit that the episode made Rumbelle look even more special), but Gold paid his respects to a former flame and that’s that. The rose scene in Skin Deep is still as beautiful as it ever was, as is everything with Rumbelle, probably even more so.
I’ve been to a few funerals that had us place red roses on the casket before it was lowered to the ground… so that’s pretty much what I thought of when I watched this scene.
I have always loved this too! Like Regina was like “fuck all y’all, say goodbye to true love and fairy dust and letting your hair flow in the wind as you ride through the glen, and hello to data entry, traffic jams, and spending your lunch break discussing low-carb diets with your coworkers.” That’ll get ‘em!
I giggled at your response … but what I actually meant was that Regina decides that our world sucks inherantly. Like the writers have basically told us our world is terrible and hopeless. LOL like in the first season Maine specifically gets hated on a lot.
Its like a self defeating premise. The show is supposed to inspire hope, in a hopeless world, but at the same time it tells you, you’re in a hopeless world. I have no idea if I am making sense… but yeah anyways!