i like that one of the important things in the mother series is that what happens to you can affect you, but it doesn’t make you a bad person. becoming someone is a series of steps and evil is something you choose to be.
pokey is a good example, especially because the game also gives you pokey’s little brother, who grew up in the same circumstances or even worse yet didn’t become anything pokey did. pokey’s parents are explicitly abusive, and they can be a reason for why he came out the way he did, but it’s not an excuse because his brother is proof it was all pokey’s choice in the end.
mother 3 compounds on this. the people of tazmily village only were so affected by fassad because they weren’t perfect people and the village wasn’t pure and wholly good already, and the fact some people actively chose to not become distant and selfish proves that again, fassad and the pig men and pokey are a REASON for how they changed as people, but not an excuse and it doesn’t remove their agency. they already had those issues inside of them, i just made it worse and obvious.
mother 3 also gives us claus and lucas, twins raised near identically (tho admittedly not quite) and as separate people they made choices that led to where they ended up. they both see how their father reacted to the grief of hinawa’s death, but only claus acted on the example set. claus’ choices are more forgivable because he was only ten, but it was a choice.
'Once Upon a Time' Bosses on Season Finale: It's a "Two-Hour Concept Movie"
As Once Upon a Time approaches its fourth season finale, key relationships are on the verge of shifting.
Although the Queens of Darkness was the show’s sell going into the second half of season four, the series is down to just one — Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten) — and she’s, in theory, about to get her happy ending with the return of her daughter, Lily (Agnes Bruckner).
Meanwhile, things are less happy for the former Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla). Regina learned in the last hour that not only had her evil sister, Zelena (Rebecca Mader), been impersonating Marian (Christie Laing) — aka the wife of Regina’s true love, Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) — but Zelena is now pregnant.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Once Upon a Time executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis to break down what to expect from the maternal shenanigans, Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) upcoming test, Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and how the show’s split-season approach will change for its expected fifth season.
There’s a lot of mama drama — Zelena’s pregnancy, Lily’s impending return to Storybrooke and Regina’s mother, Cora (Barbara Hershey) featured in flashbacks. What can you preview about Sunday’s hour?
Eddy Kitsis: This Sunday we’re going to get into all the mama drama. We are going to get a big, juicy, Robin Hood-Regina, “What the hell do we do now?” scene in a bar in New York City.