Final Battle Thoughts
It’s no secret to those I’ve spoken with that I really had issues with 6x14, not just the CS poor communication but with the ending to the EQ/Regina split. I wrote up my thoughts here. And then @rock-and-compass wrote an interesting meta here that pulled out something else.
I know of the people that I spec with a few disagree with me on the message the show is trying to send about light/dark but basically I feel that Once is showing us that we all have light/dark and that even if we split our sides apart, each side would have both light and dark.
With J/H they showed this by having Hyde love and Jekyll going after Belle and in the end, they both died because they were broken.
To parallel this the EQ/R, after the EQ used the (short-cut) shears and separated them, we were shown that Regina’s ‘light’ side was stronger than her ‘dark’ side but instead of integrating and taking on ALL of the darkness, she shared some of her ‘light’ with the EQ, therefore making 2 that are essentially the same. This can’t last though because for us all to have both light/dark ONE side has to be stronger since EQ/R are essentially ½…. The parallel to this then will be that the ‘stronger’ of the two will be the ‘light’ since the stronger of J/H was the ‘dark’.
So I do believe we are going to get the EQ back and she’s going to be worse than before. AND because the EQ used the shears she can be ‘killed’ without her other side dying, unlike J/H.
Now in the WW Rumple told Regina that Emma, the savior was born because the EQ, was her villain. Adam has said that the EQ is Emma’s Jafar. S
Why swords? Maybe no magic? But they did show that the sword that Gideon now has can harm the EQ and not harm Regina.
If Emma ‘kills’ the EQ then there should be integration I would hope. Only then will it be a complete redemption for Regina.
Maybe that’s the battle that occurs on top of the beanstalk?