I love both these scenes so very much. It marks the return of a piece of each character. Emma dawns the red leather jacket not only as her signature piece of clothing but as her armor to protect herself from her emotions. Killian locks back in his hook and allows a piece of his Hook persona to emerge as to protect himself from his emotions.
Since season 1 Emma has worn her red leather jacket as armor and it is not surprising to have seen her put it on again in New York City Serenade. Her world has literally been altered just by taking a drink of a potion. One moment she believed she had overcome the pain Neal caused when he left her. Her heart was filled the joy of believing she raised Henry and created a life with him. Emma was able to get past the trust issues and open her heart up to love. She was even ready to marry which goes to show how open her heart was.The abandonment issues were there but instead of them building this high wall they built a small wall that she could step over.
Drinking the potion took it all away. The abandonment issues came back. The pain of Neal leaving her to take the fall for his crime returned. The agony of remembering giving up Henry back. They high wall was back. With the painful memories did return the good of knowing of her parents,
who are now having another baby so it is a good thing she has her armor on because we all know the emotion toll that will take, better late than never she does meet Henry and have a relationship with him,and remembering in the pre-fake memory life their was a man who did care for her and one that she cared for herself. In both lives she had love though which complicates things. Fake memory Emma loved Walsh and real memory Emma still feels it but also feels that she cares for Killian. That is a lot to handle for one person. Emma needs to sort it all out. She knows she is capable of loving Killian but now it is just figuring out how to overcome her wall again.
Killian and his hook means the return of the smug innuendo saying pirate. Can you blame him? I certainly can’t. He crossed realms to be with Emma and return her home. Killian had to have some hope that deep down somewhere she would remember him. He may have even hoped that once she remembered her pre-fake memory life they would have picked up where they left off. Sadly,the relationship that was being built in Neverland doesn’t start up again once Emma remembers. Emma has a new beau and needs to not only deal with any left over feelings she has for Neal but now from Walsh. Killian understands that this takes time and in order to protect his own heart from what will come next he acts a little more like Hook. The man who hides the hero behind innuendos and his pirate behavior. This doesn’t mean that he will stop caring for Emma. It just means he will go with the flow of the emotions both are letting off. Emma needs time to sort it all out and he will give it to her because he loves her.
The red jacket and hook are Emma and Killian’s armor. It protects them from the feelings they have for each other and ones that expose what they are going through. Right now both are in a fragile state and need to protect themselves at all cost. There is nothing wrong with it. It is a human reaction. From this both will grow together and as individuals. Before we know it the walls will be down, the armor gone and they will be back to the good.
Completely agreed! I firmly believe that Emma will be in a position to open her heart to Killian sooner rather than later, but you are right in that she needs time to mourn the relationship she had with Walsh. Because regardless of the fact that he turned out to be playing her, Emma’s feelings for him were very real (although, I disagree with the assertion that she was ready to marry Walsh, because her conversations with Henry point out that she HADN’T really considered marriage and wasn’t thinking in terms of expanding their “little group.” Henry has to talk her into considering it.).
What kills me about all of this though is what all of the above means for Neal’s character. We DON’T see Neal grieving over Tamara’s betrayal and the very real love he had for her; he immediately latches on to rekindling his romance with Emma. Even Belle has hopped on the Swan Fire Family bandwagon in helping him grieve for the loss of Emma and Henry. Since Emma is clearly going back to “walls up” mentality to help her get over Walsh and re-accept her feelings for Killian, Neal’s love for Tamara AND his love for Henry and Emma appear even shallower than they did before. (And while I don’t ship Neal and Emma, I do ship him with happiness and character growth… Sadly, it looks like neither of those is going to happen.)