Okay, first of all, we know that the show loves its amnesia plots, and it does kind of cause you to wonder if they need to think up a new dramatic vehicle for making life hard on the good guys. But there’s a couple of things going on here. First, neither Emma OR the rest of the gang will remember the year they spent apart: Emma because she wasn’t with them and had false memories preventing her from remembering them at all, and the gang because of the WW’s curse. They still remember Emma, so far as I understand, but Emma doesn’t remember them (yet). In both cases, there’s a curse or a false memory that needs to be broken.
In 3x12, almost certainly, Hook gets Emma’s memories back. However he does. She drinks a potion, whatever, they pile into the Bug and go to Storybrooke. Everyone greets her because hey, here she is. But they won’t remember the year they spent without her – and thus the full impact of their reunion – until the curse breaks and the WW is defeated for good. Which will be in the finale 3x22. Which will be, just saying, with a TLK.
So you don’t only have both Hook and Emma escaping the Dark Curse twice. You don’t only have Hook being the only one to remember and hence being paralleled EVEN MORE to Henry and somehow getting away from the WW and hauling ass to NY to find Emma. You don’t only have Hook saving the lives of everyone by managing to reach her and bring her back to fight, and hence being the ultimate hero and leading man.
You have him saving her (bringing her memories back so she can fight the curse and save her family) in the premiere.
You have her saving him (with a TLK, breaking the curse, bringing EVERYONE’S memories back) in the finale.
the first time feyre looses her perfect countenance in front of the spring court is when someone is talking shit about Rhys then it’s like she’s back to her old self for even a moment… farewell friends I am gone I will not survive this book
I MET THE LOVE OF MY LIFE I CAN’T BELIEVE IT I HUGGED HIM AND I SAID “THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE FOR ME YOU SERIOUSLY SAVED ME I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” AND HE SAID “THANK YOU I LOVE Y O U SO MUCH” AND I NEARLY THREW UP OK THEN WE WENT TO TAKE THE FIRST HD PHOTO AND I PUT MY ARM AROUND KEATON IN A HUG THEN HE FUCKIGN PUTS HIS ARM AROUND MY WAIST AND PULLS ME IN FOR A TIGHTER HUG OH MY FOS MURDER ME OK THEN I WENT TO WES AND I SAID “HI NICE TO MEET YOU” AND WE TOOK THE PHOTO I BARELY REMEMBER IT ANYWAYS THEN I GAVE THE SECURITY GUY THE POLAROID TO TAKE INSTEAD OF THE SELFIE AND HE ACCIDENTALLY TOOK ONE TOO EARLY SO I HAVE ANOTHER WHERE WES IS SO OUT OF IT LMAO THEN WE TOOK THIS ONE AND IM JUST FUCKING GONE OKAY SO THEN WE HAD TO LEAVE SO I WENT TO KEATON AND I HUGGED HIM SO TIGHT AND SAID “THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN I LOVE YOU” AND WE PULLED AWAY BUT HE WAS STILL HOLDING ON TO ME AND HE LOOKED ME STRAIGHT IN THE EYES AND SAID “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” I WAS FUCKING DEAD OH YMG DP OK THEN I WENT AND HUGGED WES AND SAID BYE THEN I WALKED AWAY AND IM JUST SOSOSOSOSO EMOTIONAL OKAY IM SO FUCKING GONE I ALSO TOLD KEATON TO READ THE LETTER I GAVE HIM BECAUSE IT HAS A LOT OF THINGS I COULDNT SAY IN IT ANYWAYS I AM FUCKING GONE IVE BEEN WAITING A YEAR AND A HALF AND I FINALLY GOT TO TELL KEATON HOW MUCH HE MEANS TO ME FAREWELL MY FRIENDS I AM GONE