I don’t know how I feel about this. I like it from the standpoint of more eye candy; although, I think he’s wearing too much eyeliner in some of the preview clips, but it feels really soon when we don’t even know if the actor and/or character will be that good yet.
Perhaps they were planning this all along, and didn’t want to say anything earlier, but I just hope it’s not fan service because Hook is already so popular. Well I mean yeah, they have to try to keep most fans happy, but don’t just wedge it in there awkwardly like I felt they’ve done to some other things that became popular like Jefferson and Rumbelle.
I’m thinking they had this coming anyway- maybe he will play a bigger role than we think he will – I remember a H&K interview where they said Hook will be a complex character who may not be as bad as we think he is, I’m thinking he’ll be more someone who had to make some hard/bad choices but for the right reasons- rather than bad choices for the wrong reasons.
I’m a little like you on not sure about him being a regular, esp as I’ve never liked Hook as such, but when I read H&K spoiler on him, I liked the idea immediately 😉
I’m thinking he may end up being a love interest for Emma as she opens up to love etc- not saying a full on lets get married relationship, but just feeling out relationships in general as she hasn’t really had any 😉