Can I Just Say...
Zelena was so brave, like seriously. In season 4 when Emma tried to give up her magic, it was established that magic is an extension of a persons soul, of their very being, a fundamental extension to their existence.
If the person who had to give up their magic was Emma, Regina, etc. the rest of the hero’s would’ve been up in arms and determined to find another solution but with Zelena, they just let her go about her way.
Zelena was born with her magic, and was already incredibly powerful as a baby, she didn’t discover it deep within herself later in life like Regina or Emma. To me, this shows the true significance of magic to her very being and that this connection is stronger compared to Emma or Regina. She sacrificed a part of her soul for the greater good and I’d argue that it’s a larger sacrifice than most have made this season. If anything, this sacrifice has proven that not only is she redeemable, she’s already making it, she has grown so far since her day’s in Oz, she no longer belongs there, not because the people there hate her, but because she is different than how she was whilst living there.
No one forced her to sacrifice her magic, no one even suggested it. She was told to go back to Oz and instead she came storming back in ready to go a magical suicide mission to help people that only moments ago, were complaining on how much of a nuisance she is.
I’m trying not to rant so basically I’ll summarise by saying that Zelena is the real mvp, she is just someone desperate for love and approval, having never received it before in her life. Honestly, it’s kinda depressing that the moment she receives it, it’s when she has to give up an significant component of her identity, a tether to what she has sought for, for so long - family, love, and strength.
But Regina was right, although her sacrifice means she’s lost this major component of her identity, and she will no doubt feel lost and weak, this will only make her stronger as it shows that she can still be whole, she can still be Zelena, with or without magic.
Look, this isn’t bashing the Charming/Mills fam because I love them to pieces but Zelena is a true, courageous strength and I will love and protect her always.