I find it interesting that we spend so much time talking about trust as it pertains to Emma, but very little when it comes to Killian. Are they that different?
This is now the second attempt someone has made to blackmail Killian, and the second time he’s chosen to hide it from the people around him. Why? For all of his openness with Emma, I don’t think he completely trusts her (or anyone else). He thinks that if he tells the truth, no one will believe him - or worse, that they’ll give up on him. He spent so long being on his own, relying only on himself, that he struggles to put his faith in other people when it comes to personal stakes. He’d trust Emma with his life, but he is unable to trust her with the truth.
Last week, Emma confessed one of her biggest fears - but we’ve yet to see Hook do the same. I don’t know about you guys, but what I really want to see from Killian is the admission that he’s afraid - afraid that he spent too long as a pirate, as “Captain Hook”, to be anything else. He needs to know that there are people who believe in him, and who will fight for him when he can’t fight for himself. Until he starts trusting those around him, however, that won’t happen.