Can we just talk about this for a minute? So this wonderful woman who we have seen slaughter thousands and hunt down mercilessly Snow White over her true love, took him to Dr. Frankenstein to try and bring him back from the dead. This woman who had to marry someone the same age as her father (if not older) and was forced to be queen. Who cast a curse that took everyone to a land without magic and stole away everyone’s happy endings for 28 years all over Daniel, and because she believes no one could ever love her again.
Look at how she cracks, he is back and alive and David wants to shoot him and just look at how this strong, tough woman who never lets others see her vulnerable. Look at her as she falls apart and just loses her mind over trying to protect her love, save Daniel. Everything she has ever wanted and she doesn’t even care he may be a monster now. Regina has powerful magic and she could use it to force David away but she’s not Regina now. She’s the young girl who watched helplessly as Cora crushed her fiancee’s heart and all she can do is pound her fists desperately at David, tugging, pleading. Let me talk to my fiancée.
It has been countless decades since Daniel died but everything that has pushed down and repressed rips through her with the return of Daniel. How can you see this and still say that Regina is just evil, this gif alone is proof to the PTSD she suffered untreated throughout the majority of her life.
This realization/theory hit me like a ton of bricks today, I just had to share.
Cora had a one night stand with someone she believed to be a prince. She later found out he was merely a gardener who then left her pregnant, poor, and alone. Flash forward, her daughter Regina has fallen for a stable boy. And that, like her, they have plans of eloping and running away together. Heartless and blinded by the idea of history repeating itself, she kills Daniel so Regina doesn’t end up losing her virtue to a man she believes is lying to her. Even if he wasn’t.
In her own twisted way, Cora believed she was saving Regina from her own past mistakes.