It’s not fair.
So happy beginnig to the Swan Mills family begins with question
what’s wrong with Emma? with their family fallen apart.
Regina doesn’t understand how Emma agreed to let Henry go to another book and after that losts in her thoughts.
a few days earlier:
Emma understands that Henry wants to leave (or more accurate - Hook told her that) and wants to talk with him but Hook (that’s our “how”) stops her.
Actually, Hook needs “more” from Emma:
Hook: This isn’t an ending, Emma. There’s more to come.
Emma: But we don’t know for sure. What if I don’t get a second chance?
So, it’s absolutely normal that Henry wants to find his story. It’s normal if he wants to leave his mothers for it. But why is he so upset? Why he sudenly thinks that he isn’t good enough? For whom he isn’t good enough in this story?
Yep, that’s the question.
some time later.
Adult Henry is in trouble and calls Emma, Regina and Captain Hook for help.
Emma haven’t appeared, and when Henry asks why, Hook lies to him and after that it’s very interesting dialog between Hook and Regina:
Regina: What the hell was that? Why did you just lie to Henry?
Hook: Because that’s what Emma wanted. If he knew what really happened, he’d drop everything and come back. She wants to let him get on with his life.
Regina: Well, I think she’s wrong.
Hook: Well, that’s not your decision. We have to respect Emma’s wishes.
We already know that Emma wanted talk to Henry and didn’t want him to go at the first place.
But maybe she changed her mind and really don’t want to bother Henry now? Nope. Killian wanted it.
And then she openly and in the same time nervously - as it’s not really her thoughts - tells Henry that she wants fresh start with Hook.
Emma: I mean, neither of us have donethe diapers-and-the-feedings thing. It’s what I missed with you. It just… it took a long time to find each other and find ourselves, and… Now, we both made mistakes,and we both can learn from them, and we both can do something good from the start.
I think you’re remember how the same words about Emma was Snow’s DARKEST secret, and she told them to Emma only under death pressure?
And how Emma wasn’t good enough for Snow until she started to turn into Princess Emma from Snow White’s fairy tale?
Yep, that’s the answer.
After Henry are assured by Emma that she already has a new family, “almost”, Hook take Emma back to the Snow White’s book.
and you know what’s not fair? "Not fair" is being separated from your kid.
Not my words, canon words from the episode.
And if you think that Hook try to separate Emma Swan and her family for some good reasons - for Henry sake or because he cares about Emma - you are wrong.
As usual the reason is himself.
We were introduced to the good part of Killian Jones who was lost somwhere all this time. He tells us why Hook so fixated on Emma:
Good Hook: You see, our stories were the same, up to a point. But in my realm, Regina’s curse was never cast, and that’s when our tales parted ways, and that’s…when you found love and happiness. But I found…misery and heartbreak.
Evil Queen casted the curse and the Saviour - Emma Swan - was born. Hook 30 years stayed young then met grown up Emma and fell into the Snow White’s happy ending as Princess Emma’s Prince. And he is who he is - the Pirate without real redemption, liar and alcoholic as long as Emma Swan is with him. As long he plays with loaded dice the Pirate wins.