Emma is part of a family that never gives up on the people they love, and I’m excited to see her do what Hook has done for her in the past—supporting him as he struggles with believing he’s not worthy of happiness. I want to see her fight for him and for this love that she’s found, because now that she’s accepted it, she’s not going to let it go without a fight. And as much as I love seeing Hook fight for Emma, I cannot wait to see her use her love as her own kind of weapon for good
Emma is Hook’s light, it couldn’t have been made clearer as the door closed and his face was completely hidden by shadows. And I just want him to look back at that kiss and the supportive way she held his hands before that moment and see that he doesn’t have to struggle alone.
Standing by the door to the loft, we saw an important role reversal start to take shape: Emma supporting and comforting Hook. […] Hook may have said it was his turn to ask her out, but it’s her turn to be the rock in this relationship while he finds himself.
when they finally kissed, it was beautiful because it was a kiss filled with hope—for more dates and kisses in the future, but also for a love that makes both of them feel happy and supported when they feel lost and unsure of themselves
Emma’s playful, soft smile was complimented perfectly by the biggest, most genuine smile we’ve ever seen on Hook, which was no small thing given what he was going through in this episode.
That’s what struck me the most about Emma on this date—she was so happy, so warm and bright. And when Hook was able to lose himself in her, he was the same way.
Snow eagerly wanting all the details (and Charming wanting none) afterward was perfect. It highlighted the fact that love should spread happiness, and Snow and Charming—the epitome of True Love—could appreciate that this happiness had finally found their princess
I think the key to Hook working to become his best self despite feeling fated to fail at that endeavor is the same thing that’s going to help Regina and has already helped Emma: love.
I absolutely loved the way Emma and Hook’s dynamic was written in this episode. There was an openness to it that’s never been there before—flirtatious and warm and filled with sexual tension. It was a direct reflection of the vulnerability, safety, and confidence they both felt at the end of “Rocky Road.
By making a deal to let go his hand again and the dark part of himself it represented, Hook showed his desire to be a better man.