I'm curious, do you have any other thoughts on the 3x07 Hook and Neal scene? I never knew what to think of it myself. I mean, on the one hand, he does seem genuine in his thanks. But on the other hand, his little smile that he can't seem to hold back (in the second to last gif) makes me think that he might have not been so oblivious to the fact that Neal didn't know, and might have told him on purpose. I mean, trying to be the bigger person or not, jealousy sucks.
I don’t see that at all Hookfire!Anon. You are implying that Hook deliberately set out to hurt Neal or that he wanted to stake his claim on Emma and neither of those things are in character to me.
Hook cares about Neal. He came to Neverland in large part because of him. When Pan gives Hook the option he chooses Neal without hesitation. But his feelings for Neal live in the abstract. All his emotions are tied to the boy he knew not the man Neal became. And yes that man happens to by vying for the same woman he is…so that makes it even more complicated. But that doesn’t equal a desire to hurt Neal.
Hook struggles with jealousy from the moment he overhears Neal promising that he will never stop fighting for Emma. Certainly he wants to be the one Emma chooses. But he knows it’s Emma’s choice so staking a claim or warning Neal off by bringing up The Kiss doesn’t fit either. So what is going on?
Let’s break down the scene
They go back to Neal’s cave where Hook probably feels a ton of guilt because it’s where Bae spent centuries alone because of Hook. The second they are alone Hook starts the conversation with an air of reluctance–he can’t even look at Neal. He was waiting for an opportunity for this conversation but he doesn’t want to have it. He thinks Neal already knows about the kiss and likely wants to clear the awkwardness away since they all have to work together.
Why is he thanking Neal for being understanding? Because he assumes Neal knows about the kiss and that Neal would be hurt by it. I think he is trying to tell Neal that he respects him for the way he is handling the situation. He is trying to be an adult about it all.
Neal is clueless and so Hook spells it out for him. He is all “our dalliance” aka The Kiss, the most life changing lip-lock in all fairytale-dom.
LOOK at his face! He looks offended that Neal hasn’t heard about this earth shattering event. Later when Emma’s asks Hook why he told Neal about The Kiss he says it’s because he “hoped it meant something”. Neal not knowing about The Kiss tells Hook that it really was “just a kiss” Which can’t have felt great. Even though he isn’t entirely sure he is worthy of Emma Hook wants her to want him, to choose him.