Once Upon a Time is a show based on fairytales. It’s only logical that us Oncers have been hit with some intense feels from very romantic moments on the show. From Snowing’s reunion at the end of season 1 to the meadow scene in Camelot with CaptainSwan. It’s not a surprise that while romance is not the sole driving point of the show, it sure is a big part of it. Every fairytale deserves a breathtaking romance, and that is exactly what Once Upon a Time gives fans. I shall try my very hardest to not go all CaptainSwan, but I’m sorry, that’s incredibly difficult for me. Here’s my favorite romantic moments:
When Snow and Charming were reunited after the evil curse is broken in season 1: We all know that this will forever be the most sincere moment in the show. Snow and Charming were separated for 28 years. They had no idea they were even married. In Storybrooke, it was just David and Mary Margaret. David was married to that chick Katherine. Mary Margaret longed for David, but he wasn’t hers to have. Then Emma lifted the curse and Snowing was reunited. It was so heartfelt and beautiful because they had been separated for such a long time. And not only that, they were reunited with their daughter whom they never met. (I searched so hard for a gif but couldn’t find one!)
When Hook revealed he sold the Jolly Roger for Emma: You know this episode, it’s what the fandom calls the CaptainSwan movie. In this scene, we learn that the Jolly Roger is no longer in Hook’s possession. The moment Emma asks where it is, the fandoms’ hearts just drop. Hook sold his boat for Emma. In our world, that may seem like a weird gesture of love, but in Storybrooke, Hook selling his boat was super powerful. It was the only thing he had that he really cared for, but his affection for Emma was stronger.
When Robin sacrificed himself for Regina: OutlawQueen never had it easy. With his wife coming back, it was bit of a dilemma for those two. But I loved their dynamics and how cute their relationship was. I remember Sean saying that he enjoyed the quiet parts of their relationship because it wasn’t easy. Despite all that, they made it work. For me, even though this scene was heartbreaking, it was a true testament of love. Robin died for Regina. He didn’t even think about the consequences, he just acted. That is so powerful.
When Hook told Emma she was his happy ending: Shoutout to my mutual on Twitter for reminding me of this scene. How could I have forgotten though? Those power words of Hook saying: “don’t you know, Emma? It’s you,” when Emma questioned what his happy ending was. He was so sure in that moment that he would lose his happy ending forever because he was once a villain. Turns out Hook redeemed himself and was no longer considered a villain. That scene was beautiful and heartbreaking and gave me all the feels.
When Hook helped distract Emma from the darkness and promised her happiness: Ah, season 5A. Hook never left Emma’s side when she was the Dark One. He didn’t turn in fear, he wanted nothing more than to help her. He ensured her that when they got back home, he would try everything to get his Swan back. He promised her a future. Then he gave her his brother’s ring. This was such a true testament of his love considering Killian’s brother meant the world to him. But so does Emma. While in Camelot, Killian made sure to take Emma’s mind off the darkness. The meadow of flowers kiss was so beautiful. Killian made her forgot, maybe only for a moment, but you do anything for the person you love. They’re just so perfect!
When Emma told Hook she loved him at the end of the season 5 finale: I know that they’ve said these three small words already, but this meant so much. Emma’s walls are completely down thanks to Killian. She was never able to confess her love unless they were running from curses or on the brink of death. This ‘I love you’ was completely normal. For a moment, it was blissful. Killian brings her happiness and hope. She knows that more than ever now. It was cute how she went about it. She was so nonchalant, but so confident about it. The fandom may have been disappointed it wasn’t an engagement or proposal to move in together (I was too), but it was so much more. Emma’s walls have been destroyed in a great way. Can you even handle the cuteness (hotness) of these two?
So which romantic scenes really stick out in your mind? One I didn’t list?