Not to continue the debate but wanted to put this out there. I’m on the west coast and just read all this when I woke up. As another poster said maybe all we can really expect out of life is a bittersweet ending. And bittersweet it will be for many of our beloved characters now that Neal is gone. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows the void that will be felt FOREVER.
That doesn’t mean that life won’t continue (indeed it must) or that the characters won’t ever be happy again. And they do deserve to be happy. BUT SO DID NEAL. I could argue he deserved it more than most but that’s a separate issue. Regardless of how one feels about Neal, regardless of ship, we all watch the same show. And I think we all want good writing and story lines that feature and display our favorites.
Neal/MRJ got the shaft! I’ve never seen a character treated so dismissively by a writing team. The episodes leading up to his death and the episode itself was awful! It was poorly done. It is even more grievously felt because Neal was their creation. Their own fairy tale. They created him, Emma and Henry. And this was their master plan? This was how they wanted to end Baelfire’s life! I can believe it! Very hard pill to swallow.
Just to address the whole Neal represented the “real world” fairy tale in this whole show and people die in real life argument I keep seeing. I 100% disagree. He was a born in the EF. Spent how many years in never land? He’s at least 200 years old. Father the dark one. Grandfather Peter Pan. His TL is the TL daughter of Snow and Charming etc etc. He was not the real world version. If anything he was the EPITOME of a fantasy character. So why cant we expect a fairy tale ending for him?
And again created by A&E and this is how they treat their character? It’s offensive to those who loved his character. And we were meant to love him. A&E wanted us to love him. They wanted us to love him and Emma together even if they weren’t going to end up together. They wanted us to be invested in his character. Every episode, every interview they have done up until they killed him tells us they wanted us to love him.