Hard for Emma to forgive Neal because she actually loves him
JM said (paraphrasing) that Emma would have a hard time forgiving Neal’s betrayal(s). Most of us were stunned since we understand all the horrible things Hook has said and done, while Neal is, well, as good and kind a character as was ever written.
But JM’s comments DO make sense. Why? First of all, Emma doesn’t know the full horrors Neal’s real back story. Thanks to A&E, she never will.
Emma also doesn’t know all the awful things that Hook actually did. We in the audience saw it; she didn’t. He lied about his relationship with Bae. Emma actually thinks Hook protected and took care of Neal in Neverland. This would definately earn him brownie points (too bad it’s BS) in her book. She thinks that he helped Ariel. Most of what she thinks about Hook is based off of the self-serving lies Hook told her.
But most importantly, Emma doesn’t care about Hook’s repeated betrayals because she never cared about Hook. At all. Neal leaving her ONCE hurt because she loved him then and she never STOPPED loving him now. Hook couldn’t hurt tough-as-nails Emma Swan anymore than any sleazy bail jumper she ever trailed.
It is harder for Emma to forgive Neal because he actually means something to her. Hook does not.
Remember that time when someone in middle school was a total jerk to you? No.
Remember the time some ass at a bar made a vile comment? No.
Could you ever recognize him if you fell over him? Nope.
Remember that mean girl in elementary school who bullied you? No.
Remember the guy who dangerously cut you off in traffic a few weeks ago? No.
Remember the rude guy at the store last week? Nope.
Remember when your boyfriend forgot your birthday in high school? Oh yes!
Remember that awful fight you had with your parent(s) or sibling(s) 10 years ago? Yes.
Why? Because you loved your parent(s) and sibling(s) and you still do. You loved your boyfriend. In the grand scheme of lousy things people do to each other, forgetting your birthday is nothing compared to the brat who bullied you for years in elementary school or the creep who almost caused you to get into a car accident, but now it hurts more to think about your SO forgetting your birthday because you cared about your SO, and you didn’t and don’t care about or value the bully or the bad driver.
Yes. Emma would have a hard time forgiving Neal. As she said, she loved him and still loves him so much that the potential pain of losing him again was more than she thought she could bear.
Hook? Emma never cared about him. He wasn’t ever on her radar except as an annoyance. Hook couldn’t hurt Emma the way Neal or Walsh did because Hook never meant anything to her.
It’s easy to forgive someone when they can’t hurt you. Hook couldn’t and can’t hurt Emma because she never had any real feelings for him and she still doesn’t.
That gross make out session at the end of the Season Finale? Emma kissed Hook because of Misattribution of Arousal from their adventure, and Rebound from Walsh.
I can’t help but wonder if some of the CSers are so defensive because on some level they realize that Emma hooking up with Hook isn’t moving forward, it’s regressing back to when one night stands were as far as her relationships ever went. Emma said feeling nothing is better than feeling something when what you feel is awful.
Walsh was using her.
Neal is dead.
Her illusion of a happy life in NY is shattered (thanks, Hook).
She now has to watch her baby brother (named Neal!) live the life that should have been hers.
Regina is back in Henry’s life and is mad at her.
I think Emma wants to feel nothing.
And that’s what she feels for Hook: Nothing.