Once Upon a Time Season 5 – Neal’s Return – Fans Feel Satisfied or Dissed?

SHOULD ‘SWANFIRE’ FANS FEEL SATISFIED? | I would never (ever) speak on behalf of an entire, passionate fanbase, but as a person who always felt the Emma/Neal romance got short-changed — tell me again, how did the Neverland arc not feed into an epic, series-long triangle?! — I myself believe they made the best of the short reunion. There was the warm exchange about their son Henry, and just as importantly Emma was sure to note, “I would have come after you, too. I didn’t know I could do this.” Small comfort, many will say, but within the rules as established by Neal (“You couldn’t have; I’m not there”, it was an extremelyimportant beat to cover. For fans of Neal, you had to admire his “I figured” moment, where he implicitly (and again, selflessly) acknowledged that Emma had moved on. Add in a sweet forehead kiss and the line that launched 1,000 GIFs — “I love you, Emma. I always have, and I always will” — and you get as satisfying a reunion as one could hope for, within the established storyline.

SHOULD ‘CAPTAINSWAN’ FANS FEEL AT ALL DISSED? | My Twitter mentions suggest that “some” did not appreciate the Underworld/Save Hook arc opening with a Neal/Emma moment.  But those who are able to see the forest for the trees should focus on two tiny but huge words — Emma’s “I can’t” — after Neal for a final time advises her to abort her journey into so dangerous a realm.

ALL TOLD, WAS IT THE BEST TWO-MINUTE ENCORE POSSIBLE? | Involving Neal, somehow, some way, in the Underworld arc was imperative. In fact, they did so twice, including when Henry sought out the key to Room 8. And only having access to Raymond-James for a short window of time, this was a tough nut to crack, given the aforementioned heavy lifting those 120 seconds had to do. Yet amazingly, in that short scene Neal managed to 1) deliver Underworld exposition, 2) check in on Henry, 3) reaffirm his instant and undying love for Emma and 4) revisit the heroic quality he died with, by doing his best to safeguard her against imminent evils. Not bad for a couple of minutes’ work.

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