(New York setting) Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), wife Marian (Christie Laing) and son Roland (Raphael Alejandro) stroll through Chelsea like tourists with a big map when suddenly Roland points at something and his father runs towards it. Whatever’s going on it’s nice to know Robin Hood’s family were not reduced to homelessness after leaving Storybrooke in season 4a.
Cora: You’re not very good at sneaking out, dear. And according to the Queen, her daughter wasn’t either.
Regina: Why didn’t you just tell me it was going to be her?
Cora: I wanted to, but the princess insisted. She wanted to see the look on your face when you find out.
Regina smiled with both her lips and her eyes as she recalls and plays out in her head all the little surprises Emma would prepare for her each time they’d sneak out and meet in the woods. She loved every single one of them even though she’s generally not a fan of surprises. This was very typical of Emma, she thought.
Cora: I wouldn’t dare stand in the way of you and your happiness ever again, my love.
Regina: Oh Mother, you really have changed. Thank you.
I love this for them because this expression capture best their entire interaction. When they have met, Hook was presented as the villain and Emma as the savior, but as we got to know both of them better we learned how much their background is similar. Both were abandoned by their parents, both lost their first love in the most tragic way, both chose life of crime, both chose to hurt in a painful way the people who hurt them first. But at the same time, both of them were dreamers and wanted to be loved and feel belong to something or someone.
When I look at the redemption arc of Hook, I can’t ignore the thought that Emma went through the same process as he did only 10 years before him. Emma’s point of change was when Henry was born. And no, I really don’t think it was Neal putting her in jail for no good reason, I think it was giving birth that made her change, knowing that she can’t take care of her own son and was needed to give him up made her change her ways, so she could maybe become someone that her son (although far away) could be proud of.
For Hook it was meeting Emma and learning that revenge didn’t feel as good as he thought. When he remembered who he wanted to be as a person for Baelfire (that he considered as a son) he chose to start his redemption and be the best version of himself.
I love how they see one another in each other and also know exactly what to say to make the other person truly evolving for the best.
Send me a word and I’ll make you a CS gifset inspired by it.
"People are gonna tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, "No, this is who I am”. You want people to look at you differently? Make them! You want to change things, you’re gonna have to go out there and change them yourself, because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.”