Hook is a total feminist these days. When Charming revealed a little skepticism about Hook dating his daughter, the pirate assured him that contrary to his past behavior, he doesn’t see Emma as “loot” for him to acquire. Which is a good thing, because Emma isn’t an object to be won, stolen, used, or owned. She’s a strong, independent woman who could absolutely kick Hook’s ass if he even tried to objectify her and she deserves to be loved. So, basically, OUAT just told us that Captain Swan is a team that’s built to last. Even if they still have never had a first date — unless you count getting chased by that snow monster in the OUAT Season 4 premiere a first date.
And apparently Hook does, because he loves Emma that much that he’s cool with them taking the unconventional route of dating. Long live Captain Swan.