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At this point it's evident that Hook is the most honorable male figure next to Charming. He chose to put his feelings aside, and reveal the secret he knew could possibly ruin his chances of being with Emma. True love is selflessness. Killian Jones became the notorious villain Captain Hook the moment Milah was murdered in front of him. Killian Jones returned the moment he chose Emma and a life of nobility again. Fundamentally, everything he's done on this journey has been for Emma. There's no denying that he's in love with her now: "I never thought I'd be capable of letting go of my first love, my Milah. To believe that I could find someone else. That is, until I met you." As breathtaking and remarkable last week's kiss was, this moment spoke wonders for the pair. To Emma, it may have been just a kiss, but as we've said before, she really has no time to evaluate her feelings just yet. Captain Swan bring out the best in each other. They're made to heal every wound that's scarred them throughout their lives. With every episode, it merely becomes more and more obvious that they're soul mates. Every little detail is meant to mean something greater; therefore, Killian revealing the first secret in Echo Cave undeniably signifies the fact that he has and will always put Emma first. Her happiness means more to him than anything else and it's truly beautiful.

Emma and Neal's reunion was undoubtedly a heartbreaking one. At the end of the day, Emma's still broken. The kind of love they have is very real; however, this episode declared that it isn't true love. They're both perfectly fitted to be parents for Henry, but together they do more damage than good to one another: "I love you, I probably always will but my secret is that I was hoping that this was a trick. I was hoping you were dead because it would be easier to put you behind me than to face all the pain we went through all over again." Emma's been broken for too long. Clearly she doesn't wish Neal was actually dead, but what she desperately needs is to be freed of all the heartache she's endured because of him. This is the very reason why this couple could never be. The only way they could ever get past this is to move on as friends. Neal says he'll never stop fighting, but it's unfortunately too late. The good thing that comes from his desire is that although it may be too late to rekindle a romance, it's never too late to grow as a courageous human being.