We first think he’s a normal guy, but he was the infamous Author that was hinted at for a long time.
Though he was one of many. Chosen by Merlin and his Apprentice to become the next one to record history.
But he wanted to change history to “make it better.”
For which he is trapped by his own story book by the Apprentice.
He one day breaks free and Rumplestiltskin makes him an offer. Mr. Gold really wanted his own story to work out in the end for him.
But both attempts to get their way eventually backfire and his role is later assumed by Henry Mills.