RG, I’m sorry in advance if the spoiler bars don’t work. I haven’t done this in a while.
I’m going to start off by saying I am 100% prepared for Neal being the death. I always have an expect the worst attitude, so I won’t be disappointed. BUT that being said, I am really suspicious of the recent spoilers and interviews we’ve received lately (especially the one today). The wording that they choose are extremely ambiguous: “we won’t see that this year” could mean in the future, or it could mean not at all. “He’s not going anywhere” could mean for a while, not leaving SB, not going to another land. “eventually he will get a costume change”, could mean he’s in a flashback in his navy uniform, or a younger incarnation of Hook before Milah (pirates did add on to their clothes as they plundered). It doesn’t mean he’ll be in jeans and a cardigan. They didn’t say and it doesn’t mean, that Hook isn’t going to die. And even if he is, would they actually say that in an interview? Of course not! If I were A&E, that’s exactly what I would do. Answer as ambiguously as possible so it couldn’t be said later that I lied, and give snippets of info to add to the excitement of the upcoming episodes. Another thing I find suspicious was their statement about sometimes you revert back to who you were (or something to that effect). I can’t see Rumple or Regina reverting back to their old “villain” ways, but I could see Hook doing it. Rumple and Regina have both backslid in their arcs, only to finally be redeemed through great sacrifice. Have we seen this with Hook? The answer is no. Both of our villains have lived through their sacrifices, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t in danger of dying. Now, the lack of MRJ on set and lackluster answers to interview questions could be seen in a few ways. Either he is dead, and dead is dead and they dont want to spoil it. OR it’s not him. OR he does die and is brought back (they did say a death would be reversed). Personally, I think that he’s being kept very tight under wraps on purpose so the fandom has no idea whether or not he’s alive or dead. A&E have been very very careful this season about not spoiling too much (#nospoilers), fewer sneak peaks and script teases, no info during interviews. If Neal is the one that dies, then they did a terrible job of keeping that a secret, which is why I have a feeling everyone will be shocked when he’s not. The first episode hasn’t even aired yet, and we all know who the death is going to be? Either they’re really really bad at this, or they’re geniuses.
Keeper of the Cheshire Cat’s smile, Baelfire’s sword, Snow’s backpack, Robin Hood’s bow, Ariel’s purse, Ariel’s smile, Henry’s heart, Belle’s shoe collection