YES, I know we're late to the game, but we want to know what you're thoughts are on the S4 finale now that we've had enough time to process it (and watch multiple times!). Where you shocked by the game changing cliffhanger? Did it come as a surprise or did you see it coming? And what did you think of the alternate reality plot device they used for the second finale in a row (as you know it was previously used in S3 when Emma and Hook created an alternate past for the fairytale characters).
I just hope this is the last time they use this type of device for the finale. Sure it's fun to see the characters changed and switched up from what we know, but I think there's only so many times the writers can use something like that (the same way they favour the "oh no someones casting a curse over Storybrooke" plot every half season). I think they need to find a new angle to the lives of all within Storybrooke, so Dark Swan was a welcomed change to the norm of having a random baddie show up in town to wreak havoc (i.e: Zelena, the Snow Queen, Cora, Queens of Darkness, Greg and Tamara, Peter Pan etc.).
What are your thoughts? How do you think they'll write it for S5? Do you think Emma will actually be completely bad; considering Gold wasn't pure evil when he was in Storybrooke - he was still able to forge a relationship with Belle and even others within the town once S1's curse was broken - sure he had struggles but he wasn't actually a villain or "Big Bad" for the majority of his post-curse life in Storybrooke.
I'm also kinda hoping they bring in another "mystery" character like how they did in S1 with August, I loved the show when there was an air of mystery about it (I also liked the whole snow white is a murderer plot in S1 too because that was a mystery to the audience as well), even in S3 when everyone was cursed back to Storybrooke and no one knew how it happened - it was a nice dynamic, only it was slightly different with S3 because we knew Zelena was behind it etc. but it was still something different.
AND I also hope Will has more to do in S5 because I really don't class his S4 appearance as being a part of the main cast because he had about 20 minutes screen time over the whole season and had no point within the whole S4 plot/s - its the same with Belle in my opinion. I love Belle as a character but she is underused and underrated - she has no point in the show except to find spells in books that "conveniently" help the "heroes" when they're about to be cursed by the newest "big bad" to arrive in town, and to offer a love interest with Gold, I really want her to be used more efficiently going forward because Emilie's talents are wasted here. If anyone's familiar with the X-Men franchise (Movies/TV show/Comics) I would say Emilie's Belle is on par with Anna Paquin's Rogue - a brilliant, strong, powerful, feisty character in the Comics and TV show but she's reduced to a quarter of that in the movies - it's the same with Belle, she has so much potential as a character, yet I feel like the writers don't know what to do with her and just throw her in to random scenes or if there's a big writer's block within the show they just think "I know; Belle can find an old spell from a book in the library that will save the day!" People will probably disagree, but it's hard not to see it on the whole - she's a part of the main cast, and yet her role within the show isn't anywhere near as important as the other main cast members - same with Will so I'm praying the writers rectify this in the next season!