I have a crack theory about this week’s episode.
I have no idea why I thought of this but I was wondering how Emma and Killian are going to be sent back in time and something occurred to me when I saw the picture from the promo with Emma standing in front of Hook with his sword in the barn with the clock thingy on the ground – it looks remarkably similar to the scene in the second to last episode in season 2 when Tamara had just shot Neal and Emma got the gun and turned it on Tamara. Neal is lying on the floor behind Emma in basically the same pose. Then Tamara throws the bean on the ground and the portal opens up. Emma almost falls in but Neal grabs her and you think they are safe until he falls in. That’s when we got the “I love you’s” from Emma and Neal before he let go of Emma’s hand and fell into the portal. What if they parallel that. What if the WW manages to “start” the curse and the clock thingy starts to move and open up and either Emma or Killian falls into it and the other one grabs onto the other’s hand. It would be consistent to have them tell each other they love each other then but this time whoever falls in will refuse to let go. If the person who falls either can’t hold on any longer or they get sucked in and yanked away, I think the other person will jump in after them. It would be consistent with paralleling previous situations but also consistent with showing how Hook follows through on things that Neal didn’t, and it would show the True Love element of not being able to go on if something happened to the other person – this time no one would “assume” the person who fell through was dead, they would take their chances and go after them. I think there is a good chance it would happen just like before and be Killian who falls in. Here’s why: Emma just experienced Regina breaking the curse so she knows there is True Love between Henry and Regina, this time around she doesn’t have to worry about Henry being orphaned – she watched him happily telling Regina about his time in NYC and she watched Henry, Regina, and Robin walk away LOOKING LIKE A FAMILY. Also she had just learned that as opposed to allowing Charming to die after casting the Dark Curse, her own mother risked her life by doing something that had a completely unknown outcome because it was the only thing she could think to do AT THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND that would give her the chance of being with her True Love – having her heart ripped out and split in two so she could share it with him. Next, how many times have we talked about the fact that Hook is the ONE person that has always gone back for Emma? And Emma has said several times this season that Hook found her – most recently when she told Regina that she trusted him she said it was because “he came back for me and he didn’t have to do that.” Plus I think there has been some foreshadowing. We know that the baby and Charming will be at the barn. In the scene where Emma was in the ball gown dancing with Charming – she gets sucked into what appears to be a tree/wardrobe type thingy but before she does she tells Charming not to fail with this baby too. I think it’s possible before she decides to go into the clock thingy with Killian she could look at Charming holding the baby and tell him something like she is glad that he will have a chance with this baby before she gets sucked in. We also had foreshadowing of Emma falling off a bridge when Regina was teaching her magic – and she does actually fall with Regina looking disturbed and staring down after her. I’m sure if I thought about it some more I could come up with some other things as well but those were the things that came to mind right away. Like I said – crack theory, and my theories are usually always wrong.