‘The Evil Queen’ - Sneak Peek #1Yeah Regina, this does not make you the hero. Once again killing everyone in your sight. You’re repeating yourself all over again—worse off, you’re trying to cut other people in Henry’s life away from him, leaving only you for him to have and depend on.
No wonder the poor kid is always on edge with you—you keep trying to possess him, make him all your and make it that no one else will matter to him, just you.
WOW. Just….WOW. That is some grade-a psychotic right there. I can’t wait to see the Regina stans argue their way out of this one…
yeah those regina stans god they’re so irrational and dumb. pfft.
there’s no need to argue out of anything though…? this is really consistent behaviour (»”I never learn from my mistakes”«) and this episode is likely to be the climax of Regina’s arc for the season.. so it makes perfect sense for her to encounter a massive moral conflict that puts everything (henry) on the line, and it makes perfect sense for Regina to approach it the exact same way she’s approached everything to do with the Goodies (they’re out to get me; I better get them first). Furthermore, if you accept the premise that Regina’s ACTUALLY NOT GOING TO KILL EVERYONE then perhaps we can all conclude that this episode could be about Regina finally learning that lesson—what it means to be a hero, and how she can be one for someone other than herself.
Regina’s always been an anti-hero since her character growth has been deeply rooted in massive personal injustice from virtually every avenue. FFS, the entire premise of her character was that she’s this chick stuck in a world where she can never win. at anything. ever. not moms not dads not love not imps not hatters not doctors not marriage not magic. no autonomy, no control, no hope (“I am lost”). if young regina tried to grow a cactus in FTL, it probably would have stabbed her in the eye ok. that’s where this character came from.
(???? I’m sorry am I stanning yet? I can never tell when I’m a hysterical moron and when I’m remembering what’s happened on the show and applying logic. I’ll make the obligatory Regina did unjustified psychotic immoral jerkwad serial killer things statement here, because lord knows talking about a ‘bad’ character’s pov without actively condemning them necessitates that you are a morally oblivious stanny stan stan devoid of neurons and/or possibly a soul. yeah ok.)
But then Regina did become a hero, but only for herself. That makes perfect sense as well; no one else ever fought for her—just like rumple—so she had to be her own advocate. When she says in this clip that “they made me the evil queen” or whatever, it’s because she sees her brutality as a direct consequence of the injustices exacted upon her. When she tells Archie that magic was the only way she’d ever gotten anything (read: powerless regina found a way out) she’s speaking about the only sanctuary she’s ever felt. It makes perfect sense to me that a character whose life has been “the world vs. me” would be completely incapable of even feeling compassion, let alone able to conceive a world where compassion actually exists.
SEE: REGINA OVER THE MOON BC WEIRD BOY GAVE HER A CHUNK OF PLASTIC.
But compassion—that’s the missing link for Regina to figure out, both from within herself and from others. Regina already has all the skills of a hero since she’s spent the last 40-odd years saving her own ass; she only has to fight for something that isn’t what she personally wants for no better reason than it’s the right thing to do, and she has to want to do that because she feels it too. That’s the difference between being a selfish asshole anti-hero and being a straight up hero.
And, apparently, that’s the topic this episode is about to tackle. I’m interested to see how they pull that one off—at first I was annoyed bc this ep is clearly not going to be what I’d originally hoped for, but this shit might be just as good. So yay!
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SIIING SINGING THE SONG OF DOCTOR WHO IT IS THE MUSIC OF A FANGIRL WHO SPEAKS GALLIFREYAN TOO WHEN THE BEATING OF TWO HEARTS ECHOES THE BEATING OF THE DRUMS THERE’S A NEW LIFE ABOUT TO START WHEN THE TARDIS COOOOOOOOOOOMMEEESSS
Henry looked down at the light. He looked around the room but wasn’t surprised to find there were no outlets anywhere. Regina grasped the prongs of the plug and pulled off the fabric cover, and suddenly the tiny room was flooded with light and images of swans slowly circling on the walls. “You don’t remember? Whenever I had a bad dream, you used to take the cover off and let the swans swim around the room. You said they were circling me. That they would protect me. You said if anything ever tried to hurt me, they’d all run out and tell…”
“The Evil Queen,” Regina whispered, tears in her eyes again. “You were so young. I didn’t think you remembered that.”