emma and hook kiss

captainswaan  asked:

what's your favorite emma/hook kiss?

Thank you Anna for making me choose something that’s not difficult at all 🙃

Probably my favorite would be their 3x22 kiss because of the angles and music and their faces and that jaw work and the teasing nips all throughout and just how long it lasted.

Runners-up would be their reunion kiss in 5x21 (because again, mouths and HANDS and clinging for days), the Pancakes scene from 6x18 (idk if you’re familiar with that one?), and of course The Kiss in Neverland in 3x05 (because it was FIRE and had relentless promotion via photos and a music-less sneak peek).

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The Final Proof

*A lot of people have come up with this theory, but it’s so perfect I had to write it down.

They say you learn the most from your mistakes. Mine came as I was watching “Murder Most Foul” and Charming said this:

I hadn’t really been paying enough attention to realize that he was talking about the sleeping curse that the Evil Queen had placed on him and Snow, so my mind immediately went to: What other curse needs to be broken? Luckily for me there is another curse that needs to be broken. Many of you know this, but it’s the curse that is keeping everyone in Storybrooke.

What we don’t realize is which part of the curse is still active. It’s not the dark aspects of the Dark Curse - that was broken by Emma as was prophesied/dictated by Rumpelstiltskin. No, it’s the other part that the pesky imp created that is trapping everyone here still.

The Savior curse. Think about it. The only reason Emma Swan is the Savior is because Rumplestiltskin made it so. In theory, Emma was no longer supposed to be the Savior after she broke the Dark Curse. Everyone was supposed to go back to where they were from, but that didn’t happen. Which means what? That portion of the curse, that tiny little drop, is a curse all in itself, and it too needs to be broken. When it is, Emma’s fate as the Savior will be broken; she will live.

Now you ask: But Emma was given the Shears of Destiny or whatever to cut herself from her fate and no longer be the Savior and she didn’t take it!

Well, we know how Rumple’s curse works right? A pair of pretty scissors wouldn’t break this curse because only one person has that power: Emma herself.

We’ve come full circle. Once upon a time Adam and Eddy pitched the idea that the curse would take seven years to fully break. Now we’ve reached that point. Once Emma breaks the Savior curse, Rumple’s spell that he placed on her life will break. Her Hero’s Journey will be complete, and she will return to her life in the real world, where no one needs her to protect them.

(I’ll come back to this in a minute)

So we know what needs to happen. Here I take it a step further and answer:


It turns out that we have that answer too:

Ah yes. True Love. Here’s where I know I’ll lose half of you because “Once Upon a Time is obsessed with Captain Swan. Why can’t you see that, you’re blinding yourself, stop perpetuating nonsense, wake up blah blah blah blah.”

Well, I’m going to counter that with: Why is Emma still the Savior then? If Once Upon a Captain Swan is genuinely the entire point of this show, why is Emma still fated to die?

Answer: You can’t break a curse where you’re the Savior of the fairytale characters with one of the said fairytale characters.

Here you respond again with: “Well, Smartypants, you call yourself a Swan Queen shipper, but you’ve just contradicted yourself. You think the Evil Queen can break the curse with Emma? She’s a fairytale character too!”

Well, reader, you are very clever indeed. But shall I provide you with my next exhibit:

While it was super fun to watch, Split Queen was not just done for the optics. It was a setup for endgame. The Evil Queen may be a fairytale character, but Mayor Regina Mills (like Emma and Henry) is a completely original creation of our world. Which means, like Emma, the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, she can live a completely normal life outside of the Enchanted Forest.

I was trying to figure out the purpose behind bringing Wish Robin Hood back, and this line really explains it:

The writers are priming us for a much bigger version of this concept. Robin is the first test of the portal system. Will it allow someone who isn’t supposed to be “real” stay in the “real world”? We know Storybrooke, by our standards, isn’t a real place, it’s a refuge for fairytale characters from many realms, so it makes sense that he passes the test in this case, but what about Regina? Will she, a person who isn’t supposed to be real, be allowed to live somewhere like Boston or New York if Storybrooke doesn’t exist. This first trial proves that yes, she will be able to because something about her is connected to our world (that thing is literally the writers themselves). They have Regina grapple with this issue- Why was wish Robin able to come here?- because she’s next, and she needs to know that she’ll be okay when she tries to stay in this world.

If Regina remains unconnected to the Evil Queen, she should be able to help Emma break the curse and remain in this reality. Will it really be True Love’s Kiss that frees Emma from the Savior Curse and sends everyone to where they belong?

I would hope.

I also hope that I’ll find $2000 on the street tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen.

But it’s certainly the most reasonable solution since literally every curse is broken with True Love’s Kiss…

Have you ever wondered why there’s never been a True Love’s Kiss with Emma & her parents or Emma with Hook? Perhaps part of that is because True Love’s Kiss can only work with people who are from the same reality. Since Regina had True Love’s Kiss with Henry, that means she’s a part of his reality. Part of her belongs in our world. Emma has never shared True Love’s Kiss with Hook because he isn’t a part of her reality. He’s still a fairytale character. They can get married, she can choose that life, but that means she will remain tied to her fate as the Savior. She will always be connected to the Fairytale world. She will eventually die for them.

But if somehow, Regina Mills is Emma’s true True Love; if two “real people” who were created in this world- Emma Swan the bail bonds person, and Regina Mills the Mayor- shared True Love’s Kiss (not saying they’ll make it gay like they should) then the entire curse could be broken.

I just don’t see any other way they could go with this. The show has always foreshadowed that Storybrooke isn’t supposed to last.

We know there’s going to be a “reset” for the show…

And we know that Regina is no longer connected to the Evil Queen. Everything is setting up for the fairytale characters to return to their world.

But what happens next?

A good story always comes full circle, but the hero returns home with more knowledge and is in a better place. Odysseus goes on a crazy journey with a bunch of messed up shit but eventually makes it back home. Dorothy wishes she could experience life over the rainbow, but when she does, she learns that there’s no place like home. Harry Potter steps onto Platform 9 ¾ for the first time alone, and in the last book he steps on with a family. So if in the Pilot we see Emma in her lonely Boston apartment, wishing on a star to no longer be alone, it only makes sense that the last time we see her, she’s in her Boston apartment but she isn’t alone- she has a family.

We know Henry will be a part of that family, but it’s safe to assume that Regina will be there too, because of this promise:

Unfortunately all magic comes with a price, and my prediction is that price will be that everyone forgets that any of this ever happened.

I’m grounding this theory in the fact that the last time there was a reset, that happened to half of the parties involved: Emma and Henry 

In that scenario, the Dark Curse was destroyed. The Dark Curse’s purpose was to create Storybrooke, so once it was gone, Emma and Henry forgot that Storybrooke ever existed… But everyone in the Enchanted Forest still remembered Emma and Henry because the Savior Curse still existed- they all remembered the Savior. They were able to go back and get her and recreate the bridge between our worlds because Emma was still the Savior. Once the Savior Curse is gone, everything will be wiped out. Everyone will forget that the Savior existed, and why she existed. All the fairytale characters will return to their world where their stories will play out, and all the characters from our world will begin to lead a normal life.

That life for Emma and Regina could very well be together. It’s not guaranteed, but it would certainly explain why the writers have made an effort to keep Emma and Regina apart in Storybrooke while maintaining a certain amount of tension between them- because their story isn’t meant to play out in Storybrooke. It would also explain why it’s not a topic of conversation for any of the writers or actors- it’s a major plot point,  and talking about it would be a spoiler. Lastly, Adam Horowitz said himself that they weren’t queerbaiting:

If they’re planning on having Regina be a part of Emma’s new life free from the Savior curse, then technically this isn’t a lie.

But could they make it so that Emma and Regina’s relationship is merely as platonic co-parents in the real world? Of course. But at the end of the day we would still be right: Swan Queen would still technically be endgame, and it’s still a hell of a lot better than Captain Swan.


4x05: Breaking Glass
Something’s happened today and made me think about the past.

100 times captain swan made me cry: #18


Once Upon A Time 6x17 Hook Proposes Again to Emma Kiss Season 6 Episode 17


4x11: Heroes and Villains

100 times captain swan made me cry: #24


Once Upon A Time 6x12 Hook Emma Kiss Talk “Murder Most Foul” Season 6 Episode 12

As many of you know, the portrayal of sex and sexuality in Once Upon a Time has become increasingly frustrating to me. More often than not, specialized characterization has been saved for the villains, with the heroes being portrayed as “pure”. In earlier seasons, Hook was a walking innuendo and you could joke about how evil a woman was based on the amount of cleavage shown. Heroes, by contrast, rarely seemed interested in their baser instincts, dressed fairly conservatively, and had to be almost talked into sexual situation. This is why the pancakes scene in 6x18 is important.

In truth, it is a scene right out of fanfic. Hook approaches Emma and flirty heavily, and they kiss. They both express their happiness, kiss some more, and then proceed to ignore their breakfast food in lieu of more enjoyable activities. But here’s the thing: Emma is in control for most of the situation. Though Hook initiates their encounter, it is Emma who turns to kiss him. It is Emma climbing into his lap and declaring “to he’ll with pancakes”, hellbent on riding her pirate into next Tuesday. She is an active participant as much as she is an enthusiastic one.

Contrast this scene with their interrupted couch escapades in 6x01. Hook practically has to convince her to pull a Marvin Gaye and “get it on” as it were. She questions about the location of her and her parents, while he provides answers as they fall onto the couch together. He’s the one covering her, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with a man on top or a woman ensuring they are absolutely alone, the scene felt disjointed. Some argued that Emma didn’t really seem into it, that she was just going alone because he wanted it. There’s none of that in 6x18.

On its own, the scene in 6x01 wouldn’t be a problem, but the issue is that it was a part of a trend for how women and sex are portrayed in Once. 6x18 is almost the exception. Rarely do we see the “hero” coded women actively seek out sex. Every time Rumbelle has had on screen references to sex, it is shown with Belle fast asleep while Rumple watches her as he dresses, often before he goes off to do something ominous and bad. The OQ queen scene was colored by the fact that Marion was frozen nearby. The last time we saw Snowing in present day have sex was season 2, which I would argue was the last time there was a 100% healthy portrayal of sex between loving couples.

We’ve never seen Belle try to climb Rumple like a tree, not even during their honeymoon period on 4a, or their reunion in 3b. She wears sheer clothing, which the Rumbelle fandom has joked implies their coupling, but it is never overtly implied in the text. In fact, we’ve really only seen Rumple get overtly sexual with Cora and the Evil Queen, much of which is villain-on-villain, with the characters using one another. Their scenes are not portrayed as “loving couple in a healthy dynamic enjoying sexing one another”.

Snow and Charming have basically turned sexless, Snow being dressed increasingly matronly. Yes, Ginnifer Goodwin had a baby and her body changed, but it doesn’t mean she has to look like she’s always wearing a curtain. Emma, too, has taken to wearing more high-necked and loosely fitting clothes. Her wedding dress has many buttons, and shows a scant amount of skin. Yes, one doesn’t have to show off skin to be sexy, but taken as a whole, this series has a huge episode with the whole villain=“sexy” clothing, and heroes=“conservative” clothing.

So that’s why the pancakes in 6x18 mattered to me. Yes, it was fan service. Yes, it didn’t add much to the plot. But it was departure from how the show usually plays relationship dynamics between heroes and sexuality in the women of the show. It was a woman taking charging and giving enthusiastic consent to something she clearly wanted – and that’s great.


4x03: Rocky Road
At some point, even though we’re quite different, you’ve got to trust me

100 times captain swan made me cry: #10