Recap by Leigh Ann--@leigh_ann415
The winter finale of Once Upon a Time was full of heart-wrenching, epic moments sure to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Add to that a twist that nobody saw coming and a cliffhanger to keep us wanting more. Adam and Eddy did not disappoint with the writing of this episode. With stellar performances from the entire cast, most notably Jennifer Morrison and Colin O'Donoghue, “Swan Song” proved to be an episode for the record books.
Our tale starts off with a flashback on a ship in a raging storm. It cuts to a young Killian, obviously frightened. He yells for his father when the flame flickers out in the lamp. We are then introduced to Brennan Jones, Hook's father. He tells Killian it's all right because he's there, and relights the lamp. He tells Killian there's nothing to be afraid of. “Whenever you feel scared, all you have to do is look inside,” pointing to his heart, “We're all braver than we think, if we just look deep enough.” He then goes on to say that he's trying to prepare Killian for becoming a man, and what kind of man is he going to be. Young Killian thinks about that for a minute, and then says he wants to be just like his father. His father smiles and says that's a nice answer. Then he tucks Killian back into bed, telling him to find that brave part deep inside himself. And he doesn't have to worry about anything; his father will watch the light for him.
Sometime later, Killian awakens, and the light is out again. He knows something is wrong, so he gets out of bed and goes over to wake Liam, his brother. He says that their father is gone. He opens the door, and a man walks in saying, “Looking for your father? Look out there; he rowed away an hour ago.” The man goes on to then say Killian's father isn't who he thinks, he's a fugitive from the law. Killian obviously doesn't believe the man, asking “Why would he leave us?” The man goes on to say, “He traded you and your brother into my service.” Killian is furious saying, “No, he wouldn't do that.” And the stranger says now he knows what kind of man his father really is.