This, right here is the most important thing about what they said. (x)
I’ve been receiving a lot of asks since the finale aired regarding Emma as the dark one and something I noticed is that some people think that the fact that she’s now the DO immediately turns her into Rumple 2, or means that her heart is now completely black.
A&E here confirmed what I’ve been answering to these Anons. That Emma is different. She is a powerful hero, full of light. She will be facing the darkness very differently from Rumple, who was a weak person before he became the DO.
And more importantly, the way we see Emma facing her situation, will inflect the responsibility that Rumple had on his behavior. Because DO or not, Rumple had a choice. He could have chose Belle and Bealfire, but he chose the darkness instead. Emma would choose the light over the darkness, Hook and Henry over this new power. I’m positive of this! She would be the first person to fight and win the DO within.