WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | Losing her husband at the hand of an evil or wicked foe would make Snow even more determined in her fight for good.
Regina / Lana Parrilla
WHY IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE HER | The Evil Queen is the yang to Emma’s yin. It’d be like a Reese’s peanut butter cup minus the peanut butter. In other words: sacrilege!
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HER | Perhaps a certain green witch wins Season 3B’s epic battle between “Evil” and “Wicked”?
Henry / Jared Gilmore
WHY IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE HIM |This isn’t some dreary indie film at Sundance. They’re not gonna kill off the rugrat. (Besides, didn’t he just “die” a few weeks ago?)
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | What if Henry's death — tragic as it may be — serves as a catalyst of sorts for Emma, prompting her to embrace her magic… and perhaps in a dark manner? (Ooh, I like that one. Goosebumps.)
Belle / Emilie de Ravin
WHY IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE HER | Belle has already endured so much (imprisonment, amnesia, distance) and been so patient, waiting for her and Rumple to get their “happy ending.” With his return presumably somehow on the horizon, surely her resolve was not all for naught.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HER | It’ll probably take some hefty hocus pocus to bring Rumple back to “life.” And you know what the Dark One always says about the cost of magic….
Hook / Colin O’Donoghue
WHY IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE HIM | Hook presumably traveled back to our realm, to find Emma and Henry, at the risk of great peril. How tragic were the pirate to perish after all that heroic effort!
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | Or… would such an outcome be more ironic than tragic? After all, we have oft been told, villains don’t get happy endings.
Neal / Michael Raymond-James
WHY IT CAN’T POSSIBLY BE HIM | So much of the past year has been about Henry’s parents laboring to reconnect, to find the time (or at least be in the same realm!) to smooth out their thus-far rocky romance. Plus, as Neal said before Emma departed the vanishing Storybrooke: “This isn’t over.” Ergo, he can’t be over.
WHY IT JUST MIGHT BE HIM | Hmm, in reviewing all that Neal and Emma have endured — yet to little romantic effect — maybe these two are simply not meant to be?