Alright, today I saw someone claiming that Killian‘s declaration in the “you are my happy ending“ scene is ”undoubtably coercive“ on a pro-CS post and most of the time I ignore things like these and keep scrolling, but some things just really rub me the wrong way and make my fingers itch to write a little something about them, so here’s a mini-meta
that grew a bit longer than I intended it to be.
Let me start with this quote:
“Just a lost little girl who didn’t matter and didn’t think she ever would” - Emma Swan, Lost Girl
For her whole life Emma thought she was unwanted. She thought no one was ever going to love her for just being who she is, or that she was ever gonna be enough for anyone. She thought everyone she ever opened her heart to was gonna grow tired of her and leave her.
The writers didn‘t intend for this declaration to be coercive. What we were supposed to get from this scene was Killian telling Emma he loves her and that he has no intention of letting her down or leaving her like everyone else in her life has so far. That to him, she isn‘t just the Savior. She - Emma Swan, the person - is enough; more than enough, actually. That she makes him the happiest anyone or anything possibly ever could by simply being herself.