oh hey so it just hit me that both Emma and Hook were perfectly content with the way their relationship was—

Hook already considered what they had to be his happy ending, and Emma wanted to preserve it so much that she was actually scared admitting her feelings would change things

so basically these two love-starved, once very lonely people were totally fine with just having coffee dates and hugs and kisses, like just those simple things were already enough for them because feeling that love returned in even the most subtle way was probably more than they’d ever imagine receiving

I see Emma as having an empty space in her where the darkness was taken out of her in the womb. That emptiness has unknowingly haunted her. She has fought her whole life to rise above the bad things that have happened to her. When she feels betrayed by the lies of her parents — and she feels responsible for the darkness in Lily’s life — I felt that the empty spot started to fill with all of the hurt, anger, rage and pain that she has always pushed down and avoided. A well of darkness that she has avoided begins to pool inside her and starts filling that empty spot. The red in her eyes, her pale skin…it is meant to be the outward manifestation of that pain and rage pooling inside her. We are all capable of great things and we are all capable of terrible things. Emma is stretched so thin. She initially had no break from the struggles of her early life, and recently she has had no break from the pressures of being “the savior.” She is starting to crumble internally because she has had no time to be true to herself or to heal herself. This leaves her vulnerable to bad choices or at least extreme choices. She kills Cruella out of the sheer primal instinct to save her child. She is in the darkest place she has ever been, but with good reason. Her whole life has lead up to this moment. Her family and friends will help her fight to overcome this darkness and she will rise above it, but it does show that she will do whatever it takes to save the people she loves, even at the expense of her own soul.
—  Jennifer Morrison and the most fantastic description of Emma, ever [x]

i’m actually dead after this!

Just think about this: Emma loves Hook so much that telling him is the last thing she thinks she’ll ever say

Sure, she has hope that she can be brought back from being the Dark One but she can’t know for sure. For all she knows that moment on the street could be her last. And the thing she chooses to say is that she loves him because it’s that important to her that he knows. Because she loves him that much