I think that one of the things that made gambit such a cool character back in the 90's was the sense of mystery to him. People didn't know his background, whether he was a good guy or a bad guy, whether he was the X-traitor or not, was he Scott and Alex's long lost brother, et cetera. The Trial of Gambit spelled a lot of this out and, while it made for a good story, it diminished a lot of the intrigue and mystery and the character began to fall to the wayside in terms of popularity pretty quickly. Asmus is going to need to figure a way of reintroducing this sense of intrigue to Gambit, make him a mysterious person again. I'd recommend suspending any development of the love triangle with Rogue as well as the Death/Gambit business; let those two plotlines simmer a bit on the back burner. And instead focus on something new that'll bring back the feeling of mystery and moral ambiguity.