LET ME SHOW YOU A THING:
(First of all, these gifs are from onceuponawesteros, I borrowed them, and I really really really hope that they don’t mind.)
OKAY NOW HERE WE GO.
LOOK AT THESE TWO GIFS. THIS IS AT THE EXACT MOMENT NEAL AND EMMA HUG. YES, KILLIAN LOOKS HEART BROKEN, BUT WHO WOULDN’T? YOU KNOW WHO ELSE SORT OF LOOKS ABSOLUTELY UPSET? DAVID. LOOK AT THE WAY THIS IS SHOT. LOOK AT THE PAIRED FACIAL EXPRESSIONS.
I’m gonna stop shouting for a second. Emma hugs Neal and Snow looks… I don’t know if ‘happy’ is the right word, because there seems to be some kind of pain on her face as the shot continues, but at first, she looks… pleased to see them reunited? I mean, she straight up smiles at first. Then, her face softens and the corners of her mouth pull down slightly…. but whatever. This isn’t about Snow.
This is about David and Killian. Partly because of the camera angle, it looks like they both unconsciously shift closer together. And they’re both standing a good distance from Snow. Blocking, people. While David might be upset that Killian kissed his only daughter, this is still a show of solidarity on the show’s part. They could have shot this with David standing next to Snow and Killian off by himself, but they didn’t. They wanted everyone to know, even though they don’t always get along, Killian has someone in his corner. He’s part of something bigger than himself. And look at the expression on David’s face. It may not be as distraught as Killian’s, but it’s still not excited, or even remotely happy looking. Not once is there a twist in the corners of his lips, nor do his muscles relax. Yes, they’re in Neverland, always be ready for tricks and danger and all that but… He looks like, “Oh no. Great, Neal’s back.” I still think we’re going to see an instance where Emma gets upset about something and stalks off to have a minute alone and Neal makes to follow her and David stops him. Like full body blocks him from following her. And either David is going to nod for Killian to keep an eye on her, or David’s not going to make a move to stop him from going after her. (Not to say Emma will be appreciative or even receptive to Killian following her. I’m pretty sure she’s going to blow up at him or some other piece of her wall is going to fall down because of how upset she is. But anyways.) I think David’s choice has been made. And this scene does it for me. As far as I’m concerned, my brotp is OFFICIALLY CANON right here in this moment. This is showing that David has accepted that Killian is not the man he thought he was at the beginning. David heard the confession Killian made, he knows how he feels about Emma. As far as I’m concerned, before they find out David is going to be able to go back to Storybrooke, there’s going to be a dramatic scene between Killian and David where David tells him that since he won’t be able to go back and protect his daughter, he’d like Killian to stay with her. (Of course, Killian is going to be all, “Well she probably won’t need me now that she has Neal, he has both hands an all.” **Gross sobbing on my part for even thinking this.**) But David’s going to tell him that he’s a good and honorable man. That David believes in him. And that David’s got his back.
Now I’m going to go sob into my poptarts.