I'm not sure I ever believed they set up a "you only pretended to believe" rift possibility. I mean I think Henry can tell Emma's not all gung-ho "We gotta break this curse!"
Well, I mean that was the thought I had immediately after Emma burned the pages and told him she was telling Regina what she needed to hear at the end of ep 2. By time ep 4 rolled around, that possibility was pretty much gone since she was open about "the real world" or whatever phrase it was she used when she said she knew who Gold was. I was thinking more a big blow-up around ep 6 with recovery in 7 & 8 and keeping on keeping on after that. Not constant back-and-forth. It's just he was so destroyed by her (to his mind) calling him crazy, and I thought we might get to see that more, see that aspect of him. The only way for that to happen would be for him to think that again.
I cannot say enough how fascinated I am by Henry's transformation after the "crazy" scene. Or when Archie attacks the curse theory. He's like a totally different person. It really does sometimes lead me to wonder just how much of himself he keeps hidden. Doubts, insecurities, etc. Breaking this curse; it's his only hope, too. At least, that's the way he seems to feel.
The betrayal rift I think they've set up is the one about Henry's father. Finding out Emma just flat out lied to him and told him his father was dead is something I do not expect him to just get over.
See, that one seems more minor to me. I expect he'll be upset, but it didn't seem to matter
to him that
much. He hasn't mentioned it since that episode, he hasn't talked about Dad or tried to be a hero "like Dad". I'm certainly not going so far as to say it was an afterthought to him ask about Dad, but that seemed far lower on his list of priorities than the curse. You may be right that he freaks out about it: the saddest thing about that might be that I really don't think it mattered
that much what Emma told him. I think he would have been okay with knowing Dad was bad, for the most part. He wouldn't have been happy, but I don't think it would have been really damaging. I think he'd have been a bit upset, pretended to be okay, been reassured by Emma that she didn't regret having him and that he was special, and ultimately been okay. And I think he probably would have trusted Emma's word about instead of thinking she was wrong and Dad really was good or something along those lines.
Side note from that: I do find it a little odd how Henry has made no attempt to connect with Mary Margaret or David on a personal level. I don't know if that's because he doesn't have that same need for grandparents the way he does for a mom, or if it's just because he doesn't think in multi-generational terms. Emma is his mom. Snow White is Emma's mom. But he doesn't really think 'hey, my teacher is my grandma.' Mary Margaret knew about his castle, but beyond the pilot, we haven't really seen anything that indicates more than teacher/student relationship/knowledge.
Henry does not seem willing to not let everybody else be saved too. Plus with the importance of having his mom in his life, I'd also hope he'd pipe up that Emma's leaving her parents behind and hasn't she always wanted to find her family?
I absolutely agree that Henry's not willing to abandon the others. I'm not saying he could never
make it to that point, but it'd take a lot more loss than where the battle is situated now for that to happen. They'd almost have to be at the point of "either Henry escapes and everyone else suffers or Henry doesn't escape and everyone else suffers" - there'd have to be essentially no hope left. Or at least, he'd have to feel that way. I can definitely see Henry bringing up her parents. Or at least Mary Margaret.
Edited by Tzigone, May 1, 2012 @ 3:05 PM.