What is your favorite milestone for CS ? Like was it heir first date ? ( mines ) or their first kiss ? First I love you ?
There are so many, and I love them all, but today I’m going to go with Emma and Killian’s first quarrel as a couple. I know, that might be a little strange and if you ask me tomorrow I would undoubtedly say something different, but I always like occasional moments of friction for couples. It tests the characters and shows us what they and their relationship are made of, it gives the actors something a bit juicier to bite into, and, of course, the best part is we get to then see them make up.
I loved every single second of their interactions in episode 4x13, Unforgiven. The tension between them is delicious from start to finish. The episode begins with them strolling along, hand-in-hand a happy couple for all the world to see, and then they run into Ursula and all that changes.
I love how uncomfortable Killian is immediately, so much so that he can’t hide it from Emma, even though he tries. One second he has everything he ever wanted, being with Emma, and the next second something is threatening that. You can almost see the dark cloud take up residence over his heart and mind. Emma clearly knows something is up, it would be hard to miss, but I also like to think that she is a bit more keenly attuned to him since this is so soon after the whole heart-fiasco with Rumple.
When they next meet, that fiercest pirate in all the realms is delivering lunch to his sweetheart’s office. Can we just take a moment to glory in how hilarious that is, but at the same time it’s not a jot out of character. It’s so him and so them. He is so caring, he just wants his Swan to have her heart’s desire, in this instance grilled cheese. I love how playful and loving their conversation is… until it’s not. However, I also love that in a nanosecond the scene turns, and you can cut the tension with a knife.
This is the kind of tension I find delicious. Characters in love, but at odds. Poor Killian, he would do anything to hold on to Emma, and he just can’t stand the idea of her knowing the truth. Of course, he completely misjudges, and creates more problems and makes the issue seem larger than it is, but I can’t say that I blame him. Haven’t we all had moments where we don’t want those closest to us to see our blemishes?
When Killian returns I can’t get enough of how he sulks in, poor dear, he has no idea what is going to happen. He’s consumed with guilt over the past and filled with worry over what Emma has called him in to say, however, his entrance is still tinged with a bit of defiance. Killian Jones will not be cowed.
However, what I love most about these scenes is what they say about Emma’s growth and her feelings for Killian. There would have been a time that this scenario would have sent her running, her fear and trust issues causing her to flee. However, she knows Killian, she loves Killian (even if she hasn’t admitted it yet) and she is not going to let this come between them. It only takes her an afternoon to figure that out. She knows his heart and isn’t afraid of his past and she gives him the gift of space and trust and it’s an absolutely beautiful thing.
Plus, the declarations in this episode!
“I’m going to choose to see the best in you.”
“I don’t intend to let you down.”
Those lines are some of the most romantic words these characters utter to each other through the course of this series, and as we all know they have no shortage of romantic declarations. To me these are so meaningful, because they’re not telling the other how they feel, but they’re showing them how they feel by promising to do right by the other. That’s good stuff.
As for Killian, he is so relieved, he can’t believe there are no strings, that he has no more to prove, this was the moment that their relationship became unconditional. Their love might be tested going forward, but from there on out they were both committed to the other no matter what.
So, yeah, this little quarrel was a very important milestone for Captain Swan.