Anonymous said: Ninja, I Need some advice. I want to look forward to the new season, but I don't know how I can. Snow and Charming's adventures in new baby parenthood, Henry bonding with Rumpel, Rumbelle, and Frozen are going to be amazing, but CS and Hook make me SO UNCOMFORTABLE, and that's all A&E seem to want to talk about. What do I do?
Much like Frankie, Screwball Ninja says relax— because, despite what tumblr may have you believe, in the ACTUAL EPISODES the shipping stuff really doesn’t take up that much screentime.
Even if the writers WANT S4 to be a Hook-fest (and I think they’re just winding up the shippers), it’s not going to happen because of the structure of the episodes. Based on previous seasons, this is how any given 40 minute episode of S4 is going to go:
- 15 min of FTL flashbacks focusing on a new/main character (w/ a minute or two of Rumple or Regina wreaking havoc)
- 15 minutes of the new/main character interacting with the Charming/Mills clan in Storybrooke, with the main action echoing the theme set up in the FTL section (hope, revenge, etc.)
- 5 minutes following up on major plotlines that run through the season, such as Rumple playing hide-the-dagger, baby Neal, Henry and Rumple bonding, Regina and Emma’s magic lessons, etc.
- 5 minutes for ALL the canon shipping, including Snowing, Rumbelle, Outlaw Queen, and Captain Swan
Plus, I doubt S4 is going to be a non-stop smooch-fest for any couple. Remember, this show is stingy with its kisses, saving them to symbolize major breakthroughs in a relationship. My guess is the first part of S4 will be the following for Captain Swan:
- Hook: HEY SWAN I GOT A NEW TATTOO— GUESS WHAT ANIMAL IT IS? HEY SWAN, I WROTE YOU A THEME SONG WANNA HEAR IT? SWAN? SWAN? WHERE ARE YOU GOING, SWAN?
- Emma: *runs off to chop trees or something* I had a feeling once, but then I punched it in the face because I’m better off alone. *stoically twitches jaw*
Finally, I’ve found that tuning out almost everything except the actual episodes enhances my enjoyment of OUAT 100000%. That means I don’t pay attention to what the writers HOPE happens, or what they INTEND to happen, or what other people THINK will happen— I just focus on what’s actually happening. It’s tough to maintain a “pure canon” stance, but it keeps my blood pressure nice and low. You might want to consider giving it a try, Concerned!Anon.
I hope this helped a little.