Excellent post, melbell! It was the perfect summary of the story from the beginning, and why it’s so disheartening now. *sigh*
Emma has seriously not laughed like that since she was 17 and stealing food from a convenience store. The fact that Emma can always be open with Neal about everything and how much the two of them just love Henry. How excited Neal was to know that Henry and Emma loved living in New York, a place that he lived in for quite a while (oh no, now the tears are starting again). Those were beautiful moments, but even today I cannot understand why Neal’s death is the permanent one.
It was callous of them to show us that moment right before turning around and killing him. Why would they do that?! Show us how happy they can be together, show what a great team they would make, and then BAM. I just find it so hard to believe that they would be that cruel, to the characters and the viewers. It’s one of the things that keeps lingering in my brain, insisting that surely this CAN’T be real,
Why do the villains get happy endings, but someone who has ALWAYS strived to do the right thing, who has made sacrifices for others and who has owned up to his mistakes, why is his reward death? Yes, in real life this happens, but I don’t watch a show about fairytales to tell me how real life sucks sometimes. I know that life isn’t fair and no matter how hard you try as a person to be a good person, sometimes bad things happen to you. I don’t need to be reminded of that sad truth in a show that promotes hope for a better life, for love, for family and for happiness.