I’m not sure if I can still watch. I’m not really paying attention to spoilers and I haven’t looked at any sneak peeks. What’s even sadder is that I’ve lost interest; I really have.
I know what you mean. I made the mistake of looking in the “Who’s Filming Now” thread. I wish I hadn’t. I haven’t watched the sneak peeks for 3×16 nor will I tune in live. I probably won’t watch the rest of the season. It’s not out of any malice. It’s more like I lost interest and faith in the narrative and the message of the story. Frankly, I think the show has been headed in a downward trajectory for quite a while now. The main reason I held on was my hope in Neal getting a second chance. I realize that Neal was the main reason I enjoyed parts of S2. All of my favorite episodes included Neal: “Tallahassee,” “Manhattan” and “Second Start to the Right.” The rest of S2 was just average, nothing special. S3a should have been exciting. Neal fighting to get back to Emma and Henry. Neal fighting for his second chance. Hook going head to head with Peter Pan. It was Neverland for Pete’s sake! Yet, in the end, it was a big let down. Rumple’s sacrifice proved partially in vain because Neal didn’t get that second chance at happiness. At least Belle survived. Yet, Rumple said Neal was his happy ending. No matter how much Rumple loves Belle, he’ll never get have full happiness without his son. And the fact is, Emma lost her true love. That’s the price of her being the savior. Henry doesn’t get to know his dad. So much of the story has lost it’s magic for me. I want Emma to be happy. I want Regina to get her second chance. But that is lessened for me knowing that not everybody gets a second chance. The good and deserving parish while the unrepentant get their happy endings. That is not the show I was rooting for and why I’ve lost my desire to watch. Once used to be an outlet, and now I need an escape from my former escape.
Slurpeez, you’ve read my thoughts and I couldn’t have put it more eloquently. When they killed Bae they killed what made their show so very special.
Keeper of Pandora's Box & The Yellow Brick Road.