No he did not. His time was NOT up in Henry’s life, or RUmpel’s life. Or hell, Emma’s!
And who says he was unpopular? Tumblr? Fuck that. The Internet is not an accurate representation of the fandom.
And even if he was unpopular, still no reason to kick the character out of the show… That would be one of the most unprofessional reason for a show to kill of character..
This a tv show, what should tell a good story, not popularity contest for characters..
And seriously, Neal would have been way more relevant. Hook has to be forced into everything. Neal has actual connections to the main characters.
First, Rumple is his father. Which then extends to Belle.
Henry is Neal’s son, so another one right there. Which automatically connects him to Emma & Regina.
Emma is Neal’s ex and they were (at the very least) forming a new friendship.
Right there that is three of the original main characters, four if you count Henry. And Belle has been made a regular, correct? So Neal has connections to five main characters which also extends to Snow & Charming.
What the hell does Hook have? Absolutely no relevance to the core group except Emma & however they continue to force him in.