I've been seeing stuff about the writers originally intending Emma to be with Neal but changed their minds between S2 and S3. Adam said on Twitter that they were wrong about Hook not only originally being scheduled for 1 ep but he didn't say if hook was always intended to be her TL. I don't know why it bothers me but I don't like if they changed their mind it makes CS seem less honest
A TV show is a work in progress - just like any piece of art.
If you write a novel you don’t publish your first draft - you work on it - and then you give to the public the best version of the story you can.
so i’ve no issues when it comes to show runners veering from their original plan. the version we get is the one that they feel is best - better than their rough drafts that they originally pitched to the network.
Emma was originally Anna - and she originally had THREE kids.
I can’t even picture that version of OUAT. I don’t want to - I love the one we’ve got. And that includes Emma’s love story with Hook.
Do I think that Emma was originally intended to end up with Neal? No.