I don’t know about the rest of you, but 90% of the reason I ship Captain Swan is because of how much Hook loves Emma.
When you watch the pilot of OUAT, and then the whole first season, one thing will be clear to you, and that’s that Emma Swan has been devoid of love nearly her whole life and she doesn’t believe she’s worthy of it. And after that, there it was, there was my greatest desire for the show:
I wanted Emma Swan to be loved.
When Hook came into the show, I’ll admit that I did not ship Captain Swan immediately. I’m not gonna lie, I saw the sparks flying, but tragic shipper that I am, I didn’t think that I would be lucky for it to go somewhere real. I foolishly had actually hoped that Neal would redeem himself to Emma ten times over and truly love her the way she deserved to be loved. Boy, was that a mistake.
So, there we are later on in season 2, with Neal belittling Emma, never giving her a proper apology and putting his needs and feelings above hers once more. All my hopes for Swanfire deteriorated right before my very eyes. But yet, I still didn’t let myself ship Captain Swan, as again, my focus was on Emma, and who was actually genuinely interested her and vice versa. Needless to say, restraining myself was a difficult feat after watching that beautiful hospital scene in 2x12 which is still one of my favourite CS scenes today.
Then we jump forward to the season 2 finale, where Killian actually came back for Emma at the end of the episode. That was a moment I wholeheartedly accepted Captain Swan into my heart. Because in that moment, Killian Jones did something that few people have ever done in Emma Swan’s life: he came back for her.
And what was more was that it only got better from then on. Killian saved David to deprive Emma of anymore grief, Killian gave up his second chance at love so Emma could have hers, Killian transcended realms to get back to Emma again, this time so she could save her family because he knew it was what she would’ve wanted.
Killian refused to give in to Zelena’s threats and leave Emma defenseless against her.
Killian Jones jumped into a time portal so Emma wouldn’t be alone in a land unknown to her.
Killian Jones gave up his home of over 300 hundred years just for the opportunity just to see Emma Swan again.
And this is exactly why I love Captain Swan. Because Killian’s love for Emma knows no bounds, because he loves her in the way that she always deserved to be loved, the way she needed to be loved: wholeheartedly and without reservation.
Do not tell me that I ship captain Swan just because I like Hook.