I don’t know if the WRITERS see it that way. I don’t know what the writers see anymore.
I’m with you there. I’m as confuzzled as the next schmuck.
The writers seem to have changed course from their original conception of where they were headed (unless they always intended for Emma to choose Henry over every one else). Yes, Baelfire = Henry’s Dad= Emma’s True Love and while those facts remain true, what seems to have changed is where the story is going. Neal died. Now, unless A&E pull a fast one and have Zelena change history and thereby reverse Neal’s death, it seems like there is nothing preventing Hook from making a beeline for Emma except for Emma herself. It all depends on what she wants, whether she can see things clearly, and what exactly is HER idea of a happy life.
Emma told Hook in 3×12 that getting her memory back was like being awoken from a really good dream. The life she had in New York with Henry was really great and oddly enough, very closely resembled the life that Neal had carved out for himself in Manhattan. Emma was very happy to be away from magic and the dangers that often accompany it. Just look at what happened to Henry’s father! He paid dearly for the price of his father’s magic all his life (i.e. abandonment) and then upped and died from bringing back the dark one.
In my humble opinion, Emma is right to want to protect Henry. I don’t agree with Emma wanting to block out Henry’s knowledge of his dad, his grandparents or his other mom, but I get why Emma would not be thrilled to be learning magic. She sees is as a necessary means to an end, which is to defeat Zelena and protect her son. But Emma resents being the Savior, because she said the price of her magic is not getting to have a day off. Emma’s idea of a happy life is a normal one like the one she had. It was the kind of life Neal wanted too. Hook just doesn’t get it. I think Emma’s happy ending really could be choosing to remain a single mom to Henry.
"That’s how you know you’ve really got a home. When you leave it, there’s this feeling that you can’t shake. You just miss it." Neal Cassidy