I’d really like to take a second to appreciate what a great scene this was. We finally got a little bit of Henry’s perspective in all of this. That everything isn’t just black & white anymore. This book that he put so much faith in in the past hasn’t changed, but his perspective has. And he’s reading it with this new found maturity. He doesn’t just see the big bad Evil Queen anymore. Now he sees the bad that created that person. And though he acknowledges what she did in response was wrong (and has never excused it), he’s seeing all the horrible things that have happened to Regina through out her life. The reasons that made her turn to darkness and hatred, why she just gave up and lost hope. He’s sympathizing with her.
Henry has always loved his mom, but I think now he’s finally really understanding her.