“I often ask myself how Gepetto later reacted to the fact that Jiminy was responsable of the death of Gepettos parents. How did it came that he forgave him? That could be a great backstory, I think.”
I honestly don’t believe he’s fully forgiven him.
Remember when Gepetto wanted Little Pinocchio in the tree with Emma to escape the curse and Jiminy tried advising him against it? Gepetto threw the whole incident back in Jiminy’s face rather harshly. I think Gepetto realizes that Jiminy is genuinely sorry and forgives him but there will always be that part of Gepetto that wishes his parents could have helped guide him through life instead of a bug.
"Your debt to me can never be repaid! But you can start by staying out of this!" are Geppetto’s (paraphrased) words to Jiminy. Jiminy killed his parents. Accident or not, Geppetto’s right. What’s interesting is that we don’t actually get to see much of Jiminy and Geppetto’s relationship, but from Jiminy’s reaction, it’s somewhat clear that Geppetto doesn’t use that reminder against him very often. When it comes to Pinocchio, Geppetto is real quick to remind Jiminy he’s NOT a parent, he’s definitely not Pinocchio’s, and Jiminy wouldn’t even be here if he hadn’t killed Geppetto’s family.
With the curse, they forget all of the bad blood between them, somehow keeping their bond intact while Snow and Charming don’t even know each other, Paige/Gracie doesn’t know her own father, etc. Whoever didn’t piss off Regina royally (pun intended) got to keep the better part of their relationships. IE Archie/Marco, Granny/Red.
The cut scene where Archie is walking Pongo and catches the sight of Geppetto’s parents in Gold’s store window gives us a reminder of how haunted Archie is of his past, why he was second in line to leave town, why he was so angry that David was there to stop them, and a little more leverage to the line he later gives to Regina, “If you can’t let go of your past, it’s doomed to haunt you.”
I don’t think Geppetto ever really forgave Jiminy for what he did. I think their friendship was real, I think Geppetto cares for Jiminy as much as Marco cares for Archie, but their relationship was rather different. Archie wasn’t beholden to Marco. The guilt was probably still there, probably unable to figure out what or why it was there, maybe chalking it up to depression, who knows. Marco and Archie were allowed to be friends without the past clouding over them.
That got long. I NEED MORE ARCHIE AND MARCO STUUUFFFF. Glad to hear Raph’s got filming to do very very soon on ONCE. :)