There is, without a doubt, various romantic moments through the five seasons of Once Upon a Time. Hook and Emma, among the couples on the show, have had many swoon worthy scenes. And today we all chose our favorite Hook and Emma moment that made us swoon. (Or still is making us swoon) I for one am in a constant state of swoon when it comes to CaptainSwan.
Caro: 5×08 ‘Birth’
Emma Swan and Killian Jones have an epic love story that hasn’t ended yet (thankfully). They have shared many beautiful moments during the course of the series, but the one I consider the most romantic is the scene on 5×08 “Birth”, where they talk about their future and magically turn on the Promethean Flame.
What I like about this moment is that Emma and Hook finally talk about sharing a future, giving the next step of moving together. I mean, it’s such a big thing! I went all crazy when I watched this because I could only imagine a bunch of domestic Captain Swan scenes and totally fangirled big time (I’m still hoping to see some of this stuff on Season 6).
Okay, sorry for my sudden ramble. Returning to the scene… Emma, of course, feels a bit scared of that future. She had never gotten too far in a relationship, things were starting to get more serious between Killian and her and somehow she was afraid of it. Not because she didn’t want to have that future, because she did want it, but for the fact that it was a whole new thing for her.
In some way, I understand her feelings. It’s like wanting something so bad but feeling scared of it because you’re afraid of that new thing, of something that will change your life and will most likely leave a mark on it.
Our dear Killian felt sad as soon as he listened to Emma’s fear, but when she told him that she did wanted to begin that future with him, his face changed and a gorgeous smile showed up.
“The future is nothing to be afraid of, Swan” He told her comfortingly. This decision of moving together is such a big thing for them as a couple. It shows maturity and progress in the relationship, which just makes my love for them grow even more.
And then something beautiful happens. Emma and Killian share a kiss. It was magical, but the cherry on top was that the Promethean Flame turned on, somehow showing the power and strength of their love and support.
It’s one of those small moments that are very meaningful, that make your fangirl heart beat faster than ever, and even make you cry of happiness.
Madeline: 5×21 ‘Last Rites’
As a Captain Swan fangirl, every moment they’re onscreen together is my favorite. But, I would have to say my favorite romantic moment between the Savior and the Pirate is in 5×21 ‘Last Rites’.
This was a heartbreaking episode. Regina loses Robin, and Emma is still mourning the loss of the man she loved. When she visits his grave, you see the pain Emma is going through. She knows Killian can move on, but she can’t but help feel the agony it causes her that he’s no longer with her. The scene is raw and intense. The audience witnesses firsthand the reaction of a woman who deeply wishes things were different, that her true love was in her arms. She even lays his rum flask because she knew he would like it more than flowers. It’s small things like that that let viewers know how intimate their relationship is.
Then, a whirl of wind startles Emma while she says her good bye to Robin. As she turns around, we hear, “Swan?”. The camera flashes to Killian who is in front of his grave. Emma whispers his name, not really believing her eyes. Nonetheless, she rushes towards him and kisses him passionately, closing every inch of space between them. The emotions are so raw and real in this scene. They kiss each other like one of them will disappear at any moment. The love for each other is so evident.
Emma asks how Killian came back, but is too stunned that she has her true love back in her life. She can’t help but shower his face with kisses, not even letting him explain how he came back from the Underworld. As he starts to tell her it was all Zeus’s doing, Emma presses her lips back onto his, cutting off anymore words, saying “I don’t care; I’m just glad you’re okay.” Enter sobs of thousands of Captain Swan fans.
This is my favorite Captain Swan scene because in this moment, we truly know that true love is a powerful thing. And not just any true love, but the love that Emma and Killian share. Killian is a part of her life that makes her feel whole. Within minutes, you see a mourning Emma to a woman full of love and happiness at seeing Killian again. The love between them is so strong. Killian is one part of Emma’s life that she absolutely cannot live without, and we see that with their reunion.
Plus, Zeus totally ships them too.
Joanna: 4×15 ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’
I have so many favourite Captain Swan moments that fall under the romantic category. It was incredibly hard to pick one scene to write about and after much deliberation, I decided on the iconic scene from “Poor Unfortunate Soul” where Hook tells Emma that she is his happy ending. Swoon.
In the scene, Emma quickly notices that something isn’t right with Killian after everyone leaves the cabin, the two of them remaining behind. He’s quiet and not his usual flirtatious self. Emma questions him and Killian opens up straight away. He tells her that earlier in the day he almost became the man he used to be and that he easily fell back into the darkness. To the audience, it is quite clear that it pains Killian to make this admission to Emma. (Side note, Colin O’Donoghue’s facial expressions were so on point in this scene).
Straight away Emma tries to assure him that he did the right thing and that he chose the right path by helping Ursula achieve her happy ending, but it becomes immediately clear that something else is troubling Killian as his facial expression remains sad. He then goes on to explain to Emma that he is worried about the fact that he was once a villain, to which Emma tries to again reassure him once again that he is no longer that man, but Killian is too far gone for reasoning at that moment in time.
Killian continues to look at Emma intently as he explains that he is afraid of losing his happy ending, just like Regina did, even though she is no longer a villain. Emma looks stunned at his confession and is clearly quite shocked. Completely unaware about how much she means to Killian she questions him what his happy ending is because if he is afraid to lose it, he has to have found it.
Killian himself shakes his head slightly and appears shocked that Emma doesn’t understand what he is about to admit.
“Don’t you know, Emma? It’s you.” He says as he continues to look at her with love and worry.
Emma maintains to gaze at him in shock for a few moments, tears beginning to form in her eyes now. She cares for him deeply as well and this admittance on Killian’s behalf renders her speechless, but in a good way. Not sure how to respond with words, she slowly begins to lean forwards and captures Killian’s lips in a gentle kiss. As Killian responds to her kiss, a lone happy tear rolls down her cheek.
This entire scene is swoon-worthy, romantic, heartbreaking and just perfect. For the first time we see Killian admit to Emma how much she means to him, once again proving that his feelings are genuine and that he sees their relationship as long-term. Emma doesn’t cower nor does she flinch. She’s touched and happy. She’s overwhelmed with emotion that she can’t even form a response and instead opts to kiss him.
This scene is definitely one of the most important Captain Swan scenes to date. Not only did we get Killian admitting that he loves Emma in his own way, we also got a swoon-worthy feels filled kiss.
This moment is a huge highlight of season four and even the entire of Emma and Killian’s relationship, which we’ve seen develop over the past four seasons and I am looking forward to more moments like this.
Emily: Colin tweeted Emily and she was unable to write a romantic moment between Hook and Emma. Not that we blame her. It’s not everyday Colin O’Donoghue wishes you a happy birthday.