Are you telling me that Regina - the Regina Mills who rightfully didn’t want her son’s birth mother to suddenly be in her kid’s life, and who took a long time to get used to the idea of sharing him with her - is okay with Henry living with the sleazy pirate and being close to consider him a father figure?
Are you telling me that Henry - the Henry Daniel Mills who took 2/3 seasons to finally forgive his own mother - is forgiving the pirate after literally 5 minutes, and not only that you have him say “he would never hurt this family” when he literally tried to kill them all just the month before?
Are you telling me that Emma - the Emma Swan who could always see right through everyone’s lies and took crap from no one - can’t recognize the multiples times in which her bf is lying to her face, and keeps buying all the bullshit he throws at her?
And finally, are you saying that Snow - the Snow White who could immediately see that Ruby shared true love with Dorothy, and who is quick to point her finger at Rumple for treating Belle badly - can’t see how much Regina and Emma love each other, and how horrible H00k is being to her own daughter?
Standing Female Nude with Painter in Background (c.1902-1904). Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art.
An early work by Hopper who enrolled in classes at the New York School of Art from 1900 to 1906. In his shift from illustration to the fine arts, he studied with William Merritt Chase and with Robert Henri, who exhorted his students to paint the everyday conditions of their own world in a realistic manner.
The very thought of anything like this happening in canon had me sat here sobbing (I’m actually still crying quite hard as I type this) but it was in my head and it wouldn’t get out so here it is.
Major Character Death
“I don’t want you to go…” Henry whispered, his
forehead pressing heavier against her own as he curled his fingers tighter
around her wrists, feeling the way her nails dug as hard as she could allow
without hurting him into the skin of his cheeks. She was crying silently, her
brow creased and her breaths harsh and sharp as they blew between her teeth. “It’s
not your time.”
“It is, baby” she replied, words strained with
the tightness of her throat. She couldn’t explain it to him, couldn’t get the
thoughts straight in her head because now that she was here, with her son
sobbing and begging her to stay, she found herself unable to let him go. She
had to though, “I have to, Henry.”
He was trembling though it was nothing to do
with the bitter cold of the early morning air as his legs shook beneath him. “What
am I supposed to do without you? What am I supposed to do without my Mom?”
Regina whimpered as she drew the strength to
pull back, swallowing down the bile that rose in her throat. She felt
absolutely sick to her stomach. “You’ll live and you’ll grow and you’ll be
happy, my boy” his eyes looked as sore as her own, tears still streaming
without end down his cheeks, replacing every salty drop that she wiped away
with her thumb.
“I can’t be happy without you.”
Her head tilted as she choked on a sob and
stroked through his hair, tasting her own tears on her bottom lip. “You have to
promise me to try, Henry.” She shook her head, “I can’t do this knowing that it
will only hurt you further.”
he cried helplessly, “you don’t have to-“
“You know I do, sweetheart.” Her chin trembled,
“it’s the only way.”
They hadn’t quite exhausted every option
available to them but, with the growing number of fatalities under her other
half’s palm, Regina had taken it into her own hands to cast the beginnings of
the spell to re-join them as one but, in doing so, the trauma on her heart and
on her soul would be too much for her living body to handle. Gold had been
right when he’d said that she would have to die to defeat the Queen. She’d only
hoped it hadn’t been true.
The rest of the town, those brave enough to
have helped in the capture of the Queen – she stood, snarling viciously and
held tight both by Emma’s magic and Charming’s strength – were all standing by
and watching as the Mayor said goodbye to her son. Not a dry eye in sight.
“But-“ Henry choked “what will happen to you?”
She couldn’t lie to him, “I don’t know,
He sobbed harder, “I don’t want you to be
She moved to answer him, to tell her sweet boy
not to worry about her – in all honesty, she was quite scared herself even
having welcomed death so many times – when she was interrupted by a gentle
voice beside her.
“She will never be alone.”
Instantly their heads turned, both letting out
a loud gasp at the man standing with the calmest of smiles, an ethereal glow
lighting his silhouette.
“Robin” Regina choked with her hands still
holding Henry’s face, “how are yo-“
“I’m here to help you go, my love” he explained
softly, coming to stand before both herself and Henry and landing a palm upon
Henry’s shoulder. The boy gasped at the sensation she herself had only felt
once before – the warmth of a hand you couldn’t truly feel – as Robin continued
“I’m here to take you with me.”
“But” she stuttered, “I-I thought-“
“It seems Hades lied to us all.”
“You’ll be with her?” Henry asked, fingers
slipping from Regina’s wrist to hold her hand when she let her arms lower.
Robin’s peaceful gaze fell upon him as he
nodded, looking back to Regina before replying “always.”
There was a moment, when everything seemed to
fall silent – even the Queen’s thrashing had stilled as she stared upon the man
before her other half – when all anyone could do was watch the scene that was
unfolding before them and then, with all of the strength he possessed, Henry
pulled his mother’s attention back to him.
“You are the bravest person I’ve ever known,”
he cried, curling his fingers tighter around her own as he fought to get the
words out, “and I hope to honour you.”
“Oh you do, my boy” Regina sobbed, pulling him
against her chest, “every single day.” She kissed the top of his head, “I love
you, Henry. You are the best thing that ever happened to me.”
He wrapped his arms tight around her waist. “I
love you too, Mom. Thank you for choosing me.”
“I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
It felt as though the very thing that had been
missing clicked back into place the moment she aligned her body with the Queen’s,
the spell allowing them to meld back into one and it was only for a moment, the
feeling of complete euphoria she felt, but it was felt. Seconds later though,
her legs were giving out beneath her as she fell to the ground with a sharp
cry. Her heart rate was slowing already.
Henry was at one side of her whilst Snow was at
the other, Emma and David having stepped back to give them the space and the
time they needed as both cried over the fallen woman.
They lay her back gently, Henry quickly pulling
his jacket off to cushion her head as she smiled weakly up at him before
turning her gaze to Snow and lifting a palm to her cheek. “No matter how
begrudged,” she breathed out, “I have always loved you,” and when Snow only
cried harder and tilted her head further into Regina’s hand, she finished
fondly “silly girl.”
The younger woman laughed wetly and pressed her
palm to the back of Regina’s hand, watching as her eyes fell upon Henry once
Her breaths were growing harder to find as her
heart slowed further but she felt no pain, only that of seeing her son so very
sad as he kneeled beside her. “Be brave, sweet one.” She smiled, “I will always
be with you.”
Her eyes flickered closed slowly though her
smile remained, even through her last, rattled breath. She was gone.
I was thinking about when FE:A just came out, and I was binge watching supports for all the characters. People often semi-jokingly said in Henry’s supports that “Henry should just admit he hates humans already.”
I think Cherche’s lines sums it up well: “You’re always smiling and laughing and acting as if you hadn’t a care in the world. Yet, you never seem to make friends with people or allow them to get close. …Even me … I’m very happy that you like Minerva and you two get along so well. But I think you need to spend more time with human friends.
SO… I THOUGHT, “What if Henry actually admitted he hated humans.”
Oh yeah, I portray Henry as J!Henry. Cause imo E!Henry doesn’t have much self awareness. (And J!Henry is sweeter and I love him 10x more.)
some people already pointed out, the quote is often misquoted and originally
stems from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2.
It goes as
follows: “Uneasy lies the head that
wears the crown.” (Act 3, Scene 1)
Here, King Henry
IV complains about his insomnia. War is brewing and rebellions are on the rise.
He is reminded of his own rebellion that led to the fall of former King Richard
II. In fact, Henry IV usurped the crown and is no legitimate king in terms of inherited
throne succesion (as it was the norm during that time). This brings us to his
son Hal of whom he fears is not only unsuitable to be king (due to his laidback
and immature nature) but will also try to overthrow him when the time seems
thus worries about the state of his kingdom, his own status as king and how he
can maintain his power. All these are the worries of a king which is
represented with the crown as THE symbol to represent kingship.
lies the head that wears the crown” thus simply means that those who are
troubled by responsibility have to bear the burden of making tough decisions.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
to many but maybe best known for its use in Spider-Man, Uncle Ben nails it by
saying that “With great power comes great responsibility”.
us to another instance where the quote was used, prior to season 4. It dates
back to Season 2x11 (“Rubicon”).
refresh your memory a bit: Clarke storms into Raven’s lab. She needs the tone
generators and Bellamy hasn’t radioed back from within Mount Weather. All the
while, Lexa is waiting for Clarke’s OK to march towards Mount Weather. After
hearing from Bellamy, Clarke’s fighting spirit is back and she decides to stay
in Arkadia and sending Kane to the meeting with Lexa instead.
“The commander’s expecting you.”
“Our people inside Mount Weather are in trouble. I’m not going anywhere
until I know they’re okay.”
“And what can you do for them from here?”
“You’ll go to Tondc in my place. Lexa respects you. I’ll get there soon as
“Put it away.”
“Clarke, being a good leader means knowing which battles to fight.”
“And which to delegate. I know. Please, I need you to go to Tondc.”
“Fine. I’ll go.”
“What is it?”
“Kane will explain.”
“Perhaps your mother should go. She is still the chancellor after
“Which is why she’s needed here.”
Kane “Heavy lies the crown.”
Abby “She shouldn’t be wearing the crown, and
you shouldn’t be backing her up.”
is directly linked to Clarke, not only by Kane but also by Abby. Interestingly,
Kane has already accepted Clarke’s position of power by functioning as an advisor
in this scene. And even though Abby is the Chancellor, he follows Clarke’s
interesting part is their exchange about being a good leader.
“Being a good leader means knowing which
battles to fight and which to delegate.”
going to need someone she trusts, someone who has her back and vice versa. Who
are we kidding, Bellamy it is. The two scenes of their speech over the radio
and Clarke’s exchange with Kane are linked to each other.
note: the episode ends with the bombing of TonDC. Clarke, going against her
better judgment (morally-/humane-wise), didn’t warn the people and fled with Lexa.
Again, bith quotes can be applied to this situation.
back to 4x02: Clarke did in fact “reign” over the Grounders by making decisions
for them without being a Commander. She usurped the throne so to speak, even if
it was for a very short time. War and rebellion will rise. Octavia even told
Clarke in the season 4 trailer that “War is coming” and we would have known
with those who want to find a solution for the approaching doom’s day, will
have to worry about uprises within Arkadia as well as against them; she has to
worry how to stop the apocalypse or at least prevent major damage; she will
have to make decisions too hard to bear and try to decide which battles are
worth fighting and which are to be delegated.
of my sleep-deprived brain might be quite confusing for which I aplogize but I cannot concentrate properly
at the moment (and I lost my thread during the writing process).
Henry’s alliances with Ferdinand & Isabella of Spain, and
the Emperor Maximiliam had led hostilities with the King of France
Charles VIII. In October 1492, Henry invaded France and formed the siege
of Boulogne. For the duration of the war, the Queen and their children
remained at Eltham, near Greenwich. But Elizabeth wrote the King so many
anxious letters with ‘tender, frequent and loving’ lines, that they
influenced him in his early return in November. ( ♕ )