The first half of season 3 was great, with the storyline of trying to get Henry back from Neverland, while a love triangle developed between Hook, Emma and Neal. I always thought Hook and Emma had the better chemistry, but Neal and Emma had history, which can often be just as, if not more compelling than new chemistry. I loved that Hook was the one who turned up to find Emma at the mid-season finale (see my post on ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be, part three for more Emma and Hook info) except when he tried to kiss her into remembering, that didn't turn out so well.
Fast forward to now, and the connection between them has steadily built, aided by the fact that the writers killed off Neal, neatly wrapping up the little love triangle, and leaving no competition for Hook. Honestly, even if Neal hadn't died, I still think Emma would have picked Hook. Yes, she and Neal had something many years ago, and they still shared Henry as their son, but I think Neal was Emma's past, and it wouldn't have worked if she'd gone back to him.
But that's all hearsay now that Neal is dead. Okay, it was a little bit sad, but in the scheme of characters the writers could have killed off, I think they made a good choice.
Unfortunately for Hook, the show's current villain knew all about this and used it against him, tricking Hook into declaring his feelings for Emma and making a vow on her name.
After it turned out the Wicked Witch was pretending to be Ariel to trick Hook, I was very impressed, totally didn't see that one coming. It was a great episode, with Hook in angst over what he'd done, only to find he'd been fooled. And the kicker? Now that the Wicked Witch has cursed him, if he kisses Emma, her powers will be taken away. And if he tries to tell her, or doesn't follow through with the nefarious scheme? Then the Wicked Witch would target Emma's family, starting with Henry.
So Hook has found himself in an untenable situation, without much room to move. Emma is beginning to see him as her hero, but ultimately, he could end up being her downfall.
Whatever the case, the next few episodes can't come around fast enough, I'm on the edge of my seating, waiting to see what will happen.