Anonymous: will you be disappointed if we don't get a cs tl kiss by the end of season 3B ?
No, because we will have gotten an entire season full of goodness and development and beauty from our babies and I will be sure that they’re sending it exactly where they want to go, but at the same time… I really, really think we will. They’re revealing Walsh as an evil monkey in 3x12, right off the bat. Neal will be dead by 3x16. If Leopold ends up being Zelena’s father as is widely speculated, Regina, Snow, and Zelena will all be half-sisters, and thus Regina will be Emma’s aunt. They are taking a sledgehammer and demolishing all other Emma ships, so that it won’t be about who she’s going to choose, but WHETHER she’s going to choose. This is Emma. As has been pointed out, she doesn’t NEED anyone but Henry. Just because her other romantic options are dead, king of the apes, or her aunt (I’m being generous here with the last one since we know it wasn’t a canon option, but whatever) doesn’t mean she’ll fall into Hook’s arms. She’s going to have to choose to do so and to face that and it’ll be the culmination of both their relationship as developed this season, and the thematic arc of the story.
Remember, 3B is its own miniseason. It has a curse preventing people from remembering important things that needs to be broken. Adam and Eddy have confirmed that the Wicked Witch is the big bad only for this back end of the season, not going forward for the whole show, which means she has to be defeated in the finale. I wrote this meta about Hook and Henry and the pattern they’re following as Emma’s TLs, and what happened to the first dark curse at the end of season 1 (hint: broken by a TL kiss from Emma to one of said guys). This curse will likewise be broken at the end of season 3. And there’s just one way it’s gonna happen.