Hook is the first person who hasn’t let her down. Even though he’s done some bad things in his past, he’s never done anything bad to Emma. He’s always been good to her and shown up for her. That’s been her biggest issue with how many times she’s been abandoned and left behind, and Hook shows up for her.
See, this is a big reason why Hook being there for Emma is a very big deal for her. Because he’s the first person who hasn’t let her down and this is also huge for Emma because she’s been abandoned and left behind.
The actors know their characters better than we do and the fact, that Emma’s abandonment issues keep coming up (in regard to Neal, Pinocchio) and specifically states that Hook is the first who hasn’t left her alone…
The quote was “Happy endings are earned. You can’t just sit around and expect them or something.” #WickedIsComing— obisgirl (@_obisgirl) March 9, 2014
Robert Carlyle said this in the recap special and you know what?
It’s true for all of our characters. Happy endings, true love, though they aren’t always the same thing, they shouldn’t be easy.
I really love that Robert said this about happy endings because it goes along with what Prince Charming said about True Love in season one: “True love isn’t easy — but it must be fought for. Because once you find it, it can never be replaced.” And I’ve always felt, the same must be true for happy endings as well.
Neither should just happen or fall easily into your lap. You have to fight for them, you have to earn them and once both are done, it will be a very satisfying happy ending for all.
True Love and happy endings come easy in Disney movies but this is Once Upon a Time, and it wouldn’t be an adult, mature take on both if they happened easily for our characters. And that’s what I love about this show. It shows the trials and journey towards those two ultimate endgames.