I’m seeing a lot of discussion on my dash about this, so here’s my unasked two cents that will likely get people angry with me:
I don’t know if they’re doing Clone!Hook. I don’t know that they’re killing Emma. But if I had to choose between the two, I would take killing Emma over Clone!Hook any day.
I find the potential of the narrative arc of Hook struggling with his grief over losing his wife while trying to raise their child (because let’s be real, there will be a CS baby) a far more compelling narrative than Emma and Hook disappearing from the narrative, with the latter being replaced by a copy that’s not even really him.
I am intrigued by the idea of the man who doesn’t really think highly about himself on his own being tasked at raising this tiny human into being a good person. You know he has doubts about whether he can be a good parent or not, and when they made a decision to make a baby, he likely felt that Emma would be a positive influence, and far better than him: the one-handed pirate with a drinking problem. What happens when he’s the only parent this kid has though?
As for Clone!Hook, I’m not really here for it. He’s not really going to be Hook. He’s expendable. Would Regina or Henry really care about him? Would the general audience? Is it even a fair thing to do the character? Does he have Hook’s memories, and therefore was essentially forced to exist without his offspring? Why does he get cloned, but also not Regina and Rumple? They have lives and friends. The only narrative reason to do that would be to keep Captain Swan intact, which is fine as a shipper, but as a viewer and storyteller, that sounds like a plot hole-y cop out that also sort of tarnishes Emma’s character too.
Maybe this makes me a bad CS shipper, but oh well. I am not here for the Clone!plot.