Well, I’m not gonna lie to you—CS is not, and never will be, Snowing. It’s not even Outlaw Queen. A little fairy isn’t gonna come bop Emma on the nose and whisper, “SOULMATE” in her ear. And even if one did, Emma would sooner punch her than listen.
Every couple is different, and every couple takes a different route to admitting true love.
That said—I think it’s pretty obvious that the theme of 4A is “letting go.” And I’m not trying to make a pun; genuinely, A/E brought in Frozen because of the themes of suppression, denial, overcoming trauma, allowing vulnerability and welcoming feelings of love.
Does that remind you of anyone?
There’s a reason that Jen brought up the Emma/Elsa parallels, and how she’ll be Emma’s first non-family friend: this season is about exploring her past, her pain, her trauma. You have to be prepared for when she’ll take some step backwards, because she’s a skittish bird, and rightfully so.
Whatever the complications are, I’m ready for them. I’m ready for Hook to prove that he’s here for her, that he’s in her life for the long haul, and I’m ready for Emma to actually acknowledge her trauma so that she can overcome it. It’s going to be painful and beautiful, but ultimately I never, ever, expect it to be the death of CS.
At this point, I can’t help anyone who still doubts that they’re true love or soul mates. All I can do is try to encourage someone to understand why Emma isn’t ready to say that; regardless of what happened in the season finale, she’s still not from the Enchanted Forest, so she didn’t grow up looking at things from that angle. She didn’t grow up hearing love is strength, or why hope is so important.
Emma still has a long way to go, she’s still growing, so give her time. Hook will.