Imagine with me a story arc where:
1.) Neal Cassidy fell back in time with Emma in last year’s finale two-part which led to their reconciliation.
2.) S4 had the underlying thread that now Swanfire was reunited, the Swan-Fire family together for the first time, Neal has begun acting sketchy in certain magical situations w/ Emma, and he finally reaches a moment where he has to admit his deep-seated fears knowing that Emma has magic (something he has always wished to stay away from) and that it might seduce her with its power, as it did his father (and maybe even one day see her choosing that power over *him*), and further admitting that he worries Henry will also have to deal with being in some way magical, and that he feels conflicted and scared and worried about the whole thing..
Yet another amazing potential arc that makes tons more sense, fits perfectly with the general plot line of this supposedly family show, has actual continuity and is much more interesting than the forced, superficial bs (aka Hook “the hero” and CS “epic” love story) we have going on right now!
God, I wish you were writing for OUAT instead of those “geniuses”!
Though, frankly, I’m not sure how much fun it would be trying to get out of the mess the second half of S3 put the show in…