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Once Upon a Time stars dissect the heartbreaking winter finale

December 7, 2015   |   Written by Mashable

In the below interview, O’Donoghue gives his take on Hook’s sacrifice and what we learned in the flashback about his past secret with the Evil Queen.

MASHABLE: Let’s talk about the sacrifice. Is it his love for Emma that pushed him to do that or is there more to it?
Colin O’Donoghue:
Ultimately, it’s his love for Emma that causes him to break through the darkness and realize what he’s done, and he’s willing then to sacrifice his life and condemn himself to hell in order to save her, which is a pretty big thing to do. I think people — certainly the fans of Hook and Emma — will get to see that deep down inside he really does love her and the power of that love is what breaks through and helps him realize that the dark path he is on is not right. [That’s when] he’s willing to go to the underworld.
It’s a pretty emotional moment for both of them, Emma and Hook, because she asks him to sacrifice him and kill him and she, naturally, doesn’t really want to do it even though she says she’d do whatever it takes to protect her family. But essentially he’s the man she loves and she’s the woman he loves.

I was just as blown away by the flashback portion where Hook kills his father as well as Regina’s part in that.
I think that that gives it a little bit of flavor of the type of nefarious darkness that Hook gave in to when he was younger [and] why or how the darkness was able to take such a hold of him. His father betrayed him, and Hook sees that and sees that his father is about to do that with his new son. In that moment, there is so much anger and hatred and he sees himself in that little boy and he sacrifices his father.

Regina, essentially, is the architect of that, and that’s what their secret was — that she is part and parcel. It was interesting for me to see his relationship with his father. You see how sad a character the old Hook was until he met Emma and realized he could try to forgive himself because someone was willing to love him.

Would you say that killing his father is what changed Hook in the past?
He changed before that to become Captain Hook, but killing your father is a pretty big thing. [laughs] Essentially, he was willing to help his father. Regina put him up to killing him, and Hook was about to do it but then his father gives him a bit of a spiel and [Hook] thinks that he’s ready to redeem himself. Hook then is willing to save his life until he sees him with the little boy and sees he’s about to do the exact same thing to him. I think that’s when Hook gave into his previous darkness.

Do we think that Hook is like his father despite everything his father did?
It’s interesting because at times Hook portrays himself as being similar and doesn’t care about the world, but I think deep down Hook has always had a code. I don’t think he’d abandon his son or his sons consistently [like his father did]. I think deep down he wouldn’t do that. He wouldn’t abandon them, and I think in that respect he is different.

You’ve seen him on the ship with Baelfire, and Hook was willing to genuinely give up being a pirate and try to be a father to this boy and essentially he betrays him. But I think if Baelfire had said, “Yes, I’ll stay here with you,” he would’ve given it all up. But then he does the most heinous thing when Baelfire says, “No, I don’t want to do that.” Hook betrays him completely. On one hand, you see a slight gentleman and then the other hand you see this tyrant.

How has it been working with Jennifer in the first half of the season since you were both playing different shades we hadn’t seen before?
Look, Jen is absolutely brilliant all the time and we have a great working relationship on set and we enjoyed doing our scenes together. It’s been fun playing two completely different characters trying to relate to each in the way that old Hook and Emma related to each other, but they just keep missing the mark because they’re Dark Ones so it’s been interesting to see that. Getting to play Dark Hook was really a lot of fun. And I genuinely think that this season is one of the best seasons, if not the best. Writing wise, I think it’s dark and it’s just really, really good. It’s been a great season.

Once Upon A Time will return for the second half of season five in March 2016.


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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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