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There are a few constants we can always count on when it comes to Once Upon a Time. Belle will find herself in danger, somehow. Emma will save the day, somehow. Hook will, while wearing guyliner, do something dashing and give a smirk. Regina will be the sassiest and most fashionable character on the show.

And, of course, there’s Rumple’s hair. His portrayer, Robert Carlyle, has been rocking a chin-length or longer version of the same impeccably-conditioned ‘do for years now. It seemed like the one thing we could always count on with his character, who’s constantly switching sides between good and evil – Rumple’s hair, after over five years with the same style, seemed like pretty much a guarantee.

Until now, anyway.

As a reminder, this is what Robert Carlyle has looked like for the past five seasons on the show (and for many years IRL before that).

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Like, how is his hair always perfectly conditioned? Never dry, never greasy. It’s that Dark One magic, I tell ya.

And now, here’s the brand spankin’ new ‘do that Mr. Gold debuted on tonight’s “Strange Case.”

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Oh. My. Goodness.

Don’t get me wrong – the haircut looks great. Carlyle is a suave older gentleman either way. But it’s a ~startling~ and quite sudden shift to say the least. So startling that they literally wrote the haircut into the show and had multiple characters comment on it. I mean, the hair *was* kind of his signature look.

The Evil Queen, who’s been making all kinds of googly eyes at Gold lately, was definitely into it.

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According to TVLine, the haircut is for Carlyle’s role in Danny Boyle’s upcoming Trainspotting 2 sequel, where he’s reprising his iconic turn as the psychopath Francis Begbie. Onscreen, Mr. Gold spontaneously chopped off his flowing locks, probably as a post-breakup coping mechanism (we’ve all been there, Rumple) and/or so that the hair department could stop dealing with that terrible wig he’s been rocking since the beginning of this season.

Once Upon a Time fans on Twitter sure had some *feelings* about the new look.

Some, while pleased with the haircut, had a few notes for the former fan favorite character about his horrendous treatment of his apparent true love Belle – which is an entire, brutal subject for another time.

Rumple wasn’t actually the only one to switch up their look. Regina debuted a new haircut as well, though it was more of a trim and didn’t really warrant a reaction from the other characters.

Fingers crossed that Rumple’s changed look inspires a changed attitude – particularly when it comes to how he treats his love, Belle.