Once upon a time, Killian Jones, a crippled coward who’d never held a sword in his life, found himself in a situation where he could pick up a sword and fight to save the woman he loved and her son, or he could turn and run.
He picked up the sword. He fought for them. And he died for them.
You can rewrite the book and brand him a coward, Rumple, but he’ll never, ever, be one. He’ll never make the same choices as you.
If I see any shenanigans about Killian giving into the darkness for a bit then I will be quite put out.
He did not want this. He begged against this. (This is not an indictment of Emma, it was an impossible situation and I would have done the same in this particular magical context).
He point blank said he was scared he wouldn’t be able to resist it given his centuries old struggle with it. And this makes him unique. Neither Nimue, Rumple, or Emma were dark or particularly dark before taking on mantle.
I have absolutely no concerns about Killian eventually overcoming this. He will. He will because he has done it before. He will because of just how badly he wanted and worked toward being a hero. He will because this arc has two episodes left.
He will because Emma will fight for him. He will because all sins can be forgiven if someone loves you. He will because this is a fairytale show about hope and true love conquering all.
It’s going to hurt like Hades, but at the end of the day Killian will demonstrate like he already has that he would rather die a hero than live as a villain.
Remember when Colin would get CS questions and he would just be like: no… maybe… kinda… sorta… probably… you know… possibly
And now that CS is cannon any time he gets asked CS questions he’s like: YES YES TRUE LOVE WHAT I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER MY SHIP BEING CANON, KILLIAN’S IN LOVE WITH EMMA 100% EVERYTHING HE DOES IS TO HELP AND PROTECT HER ENDGAME ENGAME ENDGAME LOL