(2/2) I just would like your input on why it (romantic SQ as a big
“surprise” at the end of the show, or if they do have 3 more seasons
would they have time to pull it off?) wouldn’t make sense for the story
they’re trying to tell, or do you think they would eventually give in to
those fans pressure? Idk, seeing this CSer (who also writes meta)
defending that “well we don’t really know because anything can happen
and they queer bait” really surprised/shook me I guess.
Okay. Everyone knows I hate talking about this, and I especially hate the constant/fixated paranoia on SQ somehow magically becoming a thing; it’s one of the worst traits of the CS fandom. But since people are bringing this to my inbox over and over, I might as well address this in one spot. And it may get ranty in places. In which case, please don’t come crying to me about it. I don’t care.
First off, the show does not queerbait SQ. I am not saying the promotional team doesn’t, and that other entertainment websites don’t do so; i.e. E!Online titling the sneak peek, “Regina to Emma: I Need You.” Clearly the people in the social media/blogosphere know that SQ is comparatively popular and that it has a vocal online presence, so they’re going to use it to attract buzz and hits. This is different from it being reflected in the show. When they were asked unambiguously about it during the Comic Con That Shall Not Be Named, TPTB shut it down. If they were queerbaiting, they would not have done so. Instead they made it clear in no uncertain terms that if people wanted to enjoy Emma/Regina and ship them romantically, they were welcome to do so, but that was not the story they were writing and they had never planned for their moments to be interpreted in that way. If people are so determined to read Emma and Regina’s clashes in season 1 and onward as romantic/sexual tension in nature, that is their prerogative. But that is never something the show has endorsed. Building Emma and Regina’s relationship and exploring how it changes, as mortal enemies turned co-parents turned friends and family members, is not queer baiting. I’m sorry if people are so blinded by their hatred and fear of a fanon ship that they can’t see this, but them’s the facts. If OUAT was queerbaiting them, it would put them in, say, Emma and Killian’s pose from 4x01 (conveniently falling on top of each other while fighting a monster/other suggestive position) and continue to include such moments. It hasn’t done that. The most non-antagonistic physical contact Emma and Regina have ever had is Regina putting a grateful hand on Emma’s shoulder post their fight against Chernabog, 4x12. So don’t make out as if they’re writing some sort of torrid love story that they’re refusing to acknowledge (whether on the pro-or-anti SQ side of this argument). Aside from being incredibly obnoxious, it doesn’t make anyone look good.
Next, “well anything can happen” is a big fat lie. OUAT likes its soapy plot twists, but in regards to its romantic pairs, it has and continues to follow extremely predictable tropes and patterns. They won’t break up Bumbelle despite literally every reason in the world to do so; there is zero chance they are going to throw away an insanely popular couple that they have planned from the start (as confirmed many, MANY times by the writers) because of a loud minority of entitled, bratty fans on twitter. That is not the way television works, at least not in this case. I don’t know where fandom gets off thinking it’s so pivotal to what happens on OUAT, when Adam and Eddy repeatedly make fun of the idea that it influences or alters the show. It doesn’t. CS gets buzz and popularity out the wazoo. They wrote it intending for it to be the case since Killian and Emma’s very first episode together – i.e. the thing they did not do for SQ. They have continued to develop it and use it for promotional and viewership reasons. People love it. It was in the final two for top TV ships, and Colin was in the final two for leading TV men. So I don’t quite get why the fandom is so eager to think this giant cash cow/publicity/viewer machine is this dainty flower that is secretly hated by the writers and will be tossed at the first chance they get. Colin is walking viewer eyeballs. Emma is the main character. They’ve gotten everything out of CS they wanted, and then some. Please shut up about “omg they might just destroy it out of nowhere.” You are wrong.
Third, this fixation on SQ is due to an irrational and outsized paranoia of Regina, her popularity/fanbase, and/or her entire existence on the show. Sorry not sorry. Regina is a central character on the show and has been from the start. Her relationship with the Charmings and Emma was central to its existence before Robin and Killian ever came along; if Regina hadn’t cast the original Dark Curse, the show itself would not exist. That is its entire premise. She has changed and grown in many, many ways, including her relationship with said family. Newsflash: sticking your fingers in your ears and ignoring all her character development doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, sorry. If you wanted her to stay the Evil Queen forever, sorry. If you’re so insecure in your ship and your favorites that you think any hint of Regina’s redemption must mean they’re setting her up for a love story with Emma, sorry. If you think that her continued existence on the show and having major story lines and arcs is a threat, you need help. If you’re so deep in your pathological Regina hatred that just seeing her makes you angry, you really need help. She has her own true love (confirmed multiple times by the writers and in the last goddamn episode alone) and his name is Robin Hood. If you don’t believe that, it’s because you won’t believe anything you’re ever told and no proof will ever be enough for you, because you will always exist in your little bizarro universe. In which case, fine, but leave the grownups alone, please.
Fourth, as I have said a gigazillion times, Emma would have sacrificed herself for Regina even if they were still mortal enemies (as when she saved her from the mayor’s office fire in season 1) because that is what good people do and Emma Swan is a fucking heroine. To think she wouldn’t do it after three seasons of development and befriending Regina and them fighting together and Regina talking her down from the darkness with Lily on the highway and so forth is asinine. Emma had every right to do it FOR REGINA (even if it was only for her, WHICH IT WASN’T). Emma can do things for friends and people she cares about and family members (such as Regina is) NOT NAMED SNOW, CHARMING, HENRY, OR KILLIAN. Just because you hate Regina and think no good thing ever involving her is justified, doesn’t mean EMMA does or that the show or reality does. Has Regina’s development and story been pushed forward at the expense of other characters? Sometimes, yes. Do you have to like her? No. Can you think there has been too much of her or that she should have had to do things differently? Of course. But to act like this is grossly unexpected and/or unwarranted is just wrong and makes me seriously suspect your ability to interpret the rest of canon. Get over your Regina hate!boner just for the sake of seeing everything she does in the worst possible light. It’s embarrassing.
Last, because it bears repeating, CS IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. I have literally spent the last TWO YEARS analyzing and interpreting this couple and predicting their future development back from the dark days of season 2. And guess what? I have been consistently right in details both large and small. Have I missed things? Yes, because I don’t write the show. I have been premature on my predictions and on the pace and the moments they want to include and so forth. But from their very first episode together in Tallahassee, I was predicting their arc and how they were going to develop and that they were going to be an epic True Love couple. Forgive me if I can’t be bothered to give the time of day to the flavor-of-the-week “omg they will break up/ruin CS in this way” pessimistic predictions. The nervous nellies have NEVER BEEN RIGHT. NEVER. So why all this thinking they’re going to start now. I have plenty of confidence in my ability to see CS clearly and to anticipate where they are going with the story. The upcoming season will be huge for them. Regina will play a role, as will the rest of Emma’s family, in helping her overcome the DO. But any doubt that they will continue as they have, and that they will continue to grow and develop and fall ever more deeply in love, is ludicrous. Get on with it. Worry about real things. Live your life. Please.
/exit stage left