The Supposedly Friendless Life of Once Upon a Time's Emma Swan

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It’s become a rite of passage for every season of Once Upon a Time: Emma Swan, alienated from her biological family, searches for the meaningful contact that only true friends can provide! Each season tells us Emma spent her life alone, then conjures up a new best friend for Emma…. only to cast them aside in time for the next season. Before we go any further, let’s state the obvious – being someone’s friend doesn’t preclude any other kind of relationship, including romantic, and no two friendships are exactly alike.

Here are Emma’s many friends, ranked.


emma august

August and Emma are like brother and sister. The two even arrived in this world together after being placed in the enchanted tree. Later we learned that August stalked Emma for a time, making sure she went to prison and convincing Baelfire that it was for the best. This was kind of a major deal that they needed to talk about, but they never got the chance, since the Blue Fairy turned him into a freaking boy. We will never be over it!

Hear our podcast episode “Blackened Sole” for more on this horrible storychoice.

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Alex is a lawyer and opinionated.


  1. pdickinson2015

    June 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm


  2. pdickinson2015

    June 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I miss Red

  3. rosie1843

    June 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Meghan Orry made the decision to leave the show for her own series . . . which failed.
    Personally, they need to do something with Emma . . . namely make her more complex without sweeping her flaws and mistakes under the rug . . . or allowing her to become the “Dark One” without acting noble. But I guess it’s too late. Kitsis and Horowitz are determined that Emma will wind up as some all powerful, noble being. God!!

    • WhatTheFangirl

      June 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, but they dropped all of the storyline they had for her – as they seem to have done for Socha.

      TV Guide Magazine: How did it come about?
      Ory: It was all very crazy and serendipitous. I was under contract for Once, but there have been so many new characters this year that the storyline [executive producers] Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] wanted to do with Ruby ended up not being able to happen because they decided to take the show in a different way. They are so brilliant, so when they were inspired they had to follow their amazing idea for what they wanted to do with Neverland. I hadn’t been in a few episodes — my last was when everyone came back from New York — so I talked to the boys and asked them, ‘What’s going on? Is everything okay?’ And they said, ‘We love you, but we have this story that’s so huge we don’t know where we’re going to put you at this moment.’ So I said, ‘Maybe I should look elsewhere?’

      I completely agree with your points on Emma.

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