Unlucky In Love: Our Advice for Emma Swan

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Our favorite TV characters are amazing in so many ways. Great hair, beautiful clothes, even mystical powers. Unfortunately, sometimes not even magic spells success when it comes to love.

Here at TV Fanatic we're doing our best to pinpoint those characters whose love lives seem particularly unlucky and take them under our wing. We've already doled out our sage advice to Olivia Pope of Scandal, Tony DiNozzo of NCIS and Dr. Temperance Brennan of Bones.

Now it's time to wave our magical wand over Emma Swan of Once Upon a Time

Emma Is Stunning

Dear Emma,
What can we say? Has anyone ever been more unlucky than you when it comes to love? After being abandoned by your parents in an enchanted tree trunk, things didn't get much better for you.

Your first love, Neal left you. Yes, August had convinced him he was doing the right thing. That ditching you would help fulfill some magical prophecy but did desitny really require you to be alone, pregnant, and in prison?

When it comes to curses, you need look no farther than your own love life. The moment Sheriff Graham had eyes for you Regina crushed his heart to dust…literally,

Things with August looked interesting but then he left. When he finally returned he was more wood than man and then the Blue Fairy turned him back into a little boy.  Tough break.

The appearance of Captain Hook looked hopeful, until you ditched him on top of a bean stalk with a giant. Not the best way to build trust.

When you and Neal finally crossed paths again he found out you shared an 11 year old son. And you found out Neal had a secretly evil fiancee. Sigh.

When Shakespeare wrote, "the course of true love never did run smooth" I doubt even he could have imagined a love life such as yours. Cursed is truly the only word we can come up with to accurately describe it.  Perhaps you should talk to Rumpelstiltskin or that Blue Fairy about a cleansing spell before you try your hand at love again.

That said, this isn't the time to give up. Although Neal was sucked through an otherworldly portal after declaring his love for you, all hope is not lost. And if that doesn't work out don't forget about that pirate, Hook. There seems to be a heart hidden under that swagger…and a hotness even magic can't hide.

Do not despair dear Emma. Once Upon a Time season 3 is on its way and with a new season comes the opportunity to change your luck in love.

Dear readers: who would YOU pick to win Emma's heart?

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Why is there other options? Of course Regina! Come on people they are meant to be together. They have a kid already.


Regina. Emma and Regina have the best chemistry on the show and there couldn´t be a MORE epic storyline :) Neal makes me wanna barf :(


Regina! They're the only ship with real chemistry. Come on, they even share a kid!


Regina! Haters gonna hate but Regina and Emma made magic together. Everyone else can go home!


Regina endgame


Of the options we've seen I think Hook is the most promising. There's definitely a spark there. Neal is lame and I think she'd be crazy to forgive and forget what he did to her and the price she paid. When he returned his behavior didn't show he deserved another chance from her. I know there's a big group of fans that support Regina, if Emma falls for a woman I don't think it would be Regina who has tried to kill her and her family repeatedly. Plus Regina murdered Graham and others. I can't see Emma seeing Regina as a love interest after that.


Continued from comment below: I think another character should woo Emma off her feet, probably a character in previous seasons or completely new characters. I wonder if August was forever locked as a child or if he would reappear as an older character. I thought he'd make an OK partner for Emma before he got into a downward spiral. I personally would love to see Tom Ellis as Hood again especially because it makes me wonder why they even bothered to get him for just 5 minutes of screen time. Now he would have been a great love interest for someone as troubled as Emma. Much like Neal and Hook, he was once or still is a thief/pirate. But Hood at least did it for love, not for himself, plus, he's the prince of thieves and she's a princess, would have been ironic.


Definitely not Regina, if that was even serious. Regina and Emma together solves their Henry problem way too easily, there's almost no point to them fighting in the first place for him without that paying off massively. Both also don't show any hint that they are lesbians, it would be very poor writing if it is suddenly reveled that they are, especially since they have been built up both as straight characters. The closest character I can think of as far as the current circumstances go is Neal. The scene with Neal getting sucked into the portal shows Emma still cares about him. BUT that may be interpreted in many ways. Personally, I don't want Emma to end up with Neal. Hook is the closest thing to a love interest since he is built up as that character who initially annoys and hates another only to fall in love later. Him turning to help them in the end is already halfway into that direction. I think another character should woo Emma off her feet, probably a character in previous seasons that were introduced but not explored or a completely new character. I'm hoping Tom Ellis returns as Hood, I don't know why they bothered getting him at all for only 5 minutes of screen time. I wondered if August would make a return as his older self or if his character is forever locked as a child.


Nothing amuses me more than "I'm not homophobic BUT" comments.


agreed with 'dude' below. Regina killed Graham. Not to mention she nevered show any romantic interests towards Regina

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Once Upon a Time Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

They didn't kill my son. I did. I brought magic to this world to find Bae and now he's dead. Magic always has a price and this is it but I'm prepared to die.

Mr. Gold

Lucky? I'm a prisoner of pirates in a world cursed by magic.