I’ve noticed a couple of comments lately on how the Captain Swan relationship is rushed or lacks development - which normally wouldn’t give me pause, but I saw some CS shippers saying it too!
So I decided to write a meta on why Captain Swan really is the complete opposite of rushed. (It really, really is.)
YES. I’ve recently noticed those comments too so me stumbling on to this post is really timely. This isn’t even pro-CS, just pro-logic.
My latest theory is that a considerable amount of time will pass between 3x11 and 3x12. FTL scenes will be “present day” and LWM scenes will be the flashbacks. I’ve had this theory for a while, but it seems even more probable now after yesterday’s Ask Ausiello spoilers.
According to A&E, they’re going back to S1-style storytelling, and it will “take place between Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest”. Besides the fact that they’ve already exposed most of our characters’ pre-curse backstories, we know from spoiler pics that the new EF scenes are not flashbacks since Neal and Hook are both there. Having FTL as present and LWM as past fits the bill, IMO.
Maybe there’s a whole story as to how they end up in FTL, and maybe it’s not as simple as the Dark Curse reversing or anything of the sort. So, just as they used FTL backstories in S1 to “explain” present-day LWM events, they could switch it up in S3B and use LWM “backstories” to explain present-day FTL events.
It would be an interesting new way of doing things, while still sticking to the beloved S1 formula, methinks.
I dunno, I like the idea, but I doubt it’ll be Hook. I just think he wouldn’t know enough about LWM fashion to see that they’re that out of place on her - much less think there’s sentimental value in them. I could be wrong though, after all, this is the man who deduced that she was an orphan just from the look in her eyes. Still, I see Mary Margaret asking about it instead, and maybe it’ll be in the same scene where Emma finally takes it off because she’s ready to move on.
I think it’s super important! They’ve been building up Captain Charming since 2x21, and on top of “Good Form”, they’re throwing in all these extraneous scenes where they’re interacting or standing next to each other. I do think that it’s meant to be something really significant. Killian was an officer who served under a king - and I think he’ll find a new king to “serve” in David.
As for the sword scene, the significance to me is not so much in preferring Hook to Neal (whether for Emma or as a person), but in how he views them. Hook is a fighter in David’s eyes, someone who needs a weapon, while Neal is not. It’s not so much that he thinks it’s okay for Neal to be defenseless, but he just doesn’t see Neal as someone who would rush to the front lines if push comes to shove. He hasn’t been an active player in David’s eyes - he’s passive, a support character - especially since they had to save him from a cage. Of course, there’s the matter of him owing his life to Hook as well.
In the end, I think Hook and David’s relationship is important for CS because David was the one closest to Emma who was most critical of Hook as a person. Whenever David acted or spoke about Hook with spite, I imagine it reaffirmed Emma’s own doubts and negative preconceptions about him. Emma will continue to see how David now sees him as good, honorable, trustworthy and reliable (through scenes such as him giving Hook a sword) and it’ll help her ease into the idea that a relationship with him can work.
From interviews, I’m fairly certain that future Tink and Hook interaction will involve them talking about Emma, and her seeing that there’s something different about him. I hope I’m right!
I doubt that Emma will be asking about that part of his past again because of the way she brought it up in 3x08, and the fact that that story already served its purpose, so to speak. If it does come up, it’ll be quick and in the context of something else - kind of like how Snow hinted at her life as a bandit to Emma in Tink’s tree house. We already know the story so it’s kind of a “waste of time” for them to have the two have this full conversation about it.
They could use it to make Emma and Hook bond, but for that purpose, I think that it would be better if they focused on their known history together. For instance, talking about how far they’ve gone since the beanstalk, appreciating how well they work together now, etc etc.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’re only referring to the lands involved in the the upcoming arc(s). They just mean that instead of bringing the whole story to a new land (whether EF or somewhere else) like they did in Neverland, they’re gonna go work more on parallels and flashbacks like they did in S1. That actually makes me think I might be right with my theory…