@Ranisha – that’s too funny! I was trying earlier to recall the Philip Philips song to see if it fit, all that I could get to come up in my brain was “Gone, Gone, Gone” which is so not what I was going for!
I had a thought about Hook and his coy-ness. This might be totally shipper goggles on, but we’re gonna roll with it for a moment, ’cause it was just a thought… When Hook asked about if she was heartbroken over Walsh, and he said “Good,” and it sounded really jerkish and kind of pathetic, IMO. But then I had a thought. He’s clearly hiding something about the missing year, and he’s very… annoyed but resolved anytime Neal is mentioned. “He’ll turn up, he always does…” Not worried, not pleased, just resolved. Wondering if after they were zapped through time & space, if the boys had a talk and his reaction was not so much, “Good, ’cause I’m gonna win it,” but “Good, Neal still has a chance.” That is, of course, assuming something like that happened in the missing year, which is just straight-up speculation.
It also might have to do with my headcanon re the spoiler that shall not be mentioned, where I am wondering if it is Hook who might die. I started into this above, but from a story perspective, Neal needs to stay. But Hook’s redemption could easily come in the form of saving Neal – somehow dying to make up for the wrongs he’s done to Bae in the past. The arc for his character needs to come to a place of him embarking on selfless acts, and while death seems a leeeetle severe, it’s the best fit I can think of. He is also the least connected of the core cast, outside of Belle, but since she has a TL I am pretty sure that trumps some old history and a vendetta.
ETA: Yeah I just rewatched it and Hook’s body language says otherwise, but I am still wondering if it is a red herring. I have a feeling the remainder of the season is going to be trying to keep the fans guessing before they roll out their final bits of the tale, and they might do some weird unexpected things. Or I’m just insane. One of the two. 😉
Cause this story needs some mending & a better happy ending...