Writing that post I just did, also made me think Regina’s words “I’ve lost love before and I won’t again” were about Emma, not Robin.
When Emma gets taken over by the darkness, Regina’s face, it’s almost as if she’s losing Daniel all over again. It goes really quickly, but if you pause it, the emotion is all there.
Regina spends almost this entire scene looking at Emma. Even as the man she loves is bleeding out in front of her. And I know she’s pleading with Emma to save him, but as she says those words, she’s looking at Emma, not even a glance at Robin. Not one.
And it makes me feel weirdly as if she’s saying “I refuse to lose you again, Emma. So I’ll do whatever it takes to have you in my life even if having you means keeping Robin.”
As if she’s helping Emma to continue the charade. Helping her to make it more believable.
But I also think that this is foreshadowing. Robin gets stabbed with a sword. Why? Because of Regina. He’s trying to protect Regina who has come face to face with her past. Her history of the Evil Queen. And it’s trying to kill her. Only it almost kills Robin instead. Once again, as it was with Daniel, Robin would have died “because of her”. And in the end, did. Getting killed with a bolt of lightning meant for her.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Emma is the happy ending everyone’s about to lose. And Regina will be a crucial part of the cause. As predicted by the Evil Queen. History will continue to repeat itself until something fundamental changes.
Another thing I just realized is that they both literally kiss their respective partners at the same time after one is saved. It’s still fascinating that Emma makes that choice. Because we know why Regina is making it, but Emma? The truth is, if you were to remove the partners from the equation, they’d be kissing each other. Foreshadowing.