Regina is facing quite the uphill battle during Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time.
Though she brought Wish Realm Robin (Sean Maguire) to Storybrooke in hopes of a second chance at love, Regina (Lana Parrilla) has had to come to terms with the fact that this isn’t the man who died saving her life. Thus, she has to let Robin go, though his presence certainly has given her a sense of closure.
“She does reach this level where she figures out that she has to stop controlling these situations,” Parrilla tells EW. “Because she’s trying to make him someone he isn’t, and almost forcing it upon him, it’s really hard for him to live up to this hero that she knows, which was Robin Hood. She comes to this realization that she has to let go, and so that’s what she ends up doing.”
But it won’t necessarily be easy to let go as the Evil Queen returns with an aim to destroy her other half, using Robin as bait in a trap. “It’s their final showdown,” Parrilla teases of Regina and her doppelgänger. “It’s like bitch versus bitch; it’s a bitch battle. They really come toe-to-toe and have a full-on heart-to-heart, but expressed through a lot of built up anger and resentment.”
Running parallel to this epic showdown are flashbacks to the Enchanted Forest of yore as the Evil Queen roots out the true source of her own misery. “You see the Evil Queen in Fairy Tale Land again hunting for Snow White [Ginnifer Goodwin],” Parrilla says. “She’s really at her low point here, and is filled with rage, and just really ready to catch her, and put an end to her. Tink [Rose McIver] actually comes back, and confronts the Evil Queen, and says, ‘How come you never walked through that Tavern?’” (The tavern, as OUAT fans will recall, was the location of Regina’s one true love, a man with a mysterious lion tattoo that Regina later discovered was actually Robin Hood.)
However, at that stage in the Evil Queen’s regression, she didn’t believe she was worthy of love. It’s therefore up to her father (Tony Perez) to make her see that she actually is, but his magical methods borrowed from Cora (Barbara Hershey) end up backfiring — instead of rooting out the person the Evil Queen loves most, it targets who she hates, which the Evil Queen believes will lead her to Snow. Suffice it to say, it will lead to a pretty shocking revelation. “[Then we] flash forward to Storybrooke during this big showdown that takes place in the mayor’s office,” Parrilla teases. “There’s a lot of words exchanged, and there’s this huge sword fight battle that they end up having in the mayor’s office, and they end up tearing the whole office apart.”
Who will come out the victor? We’ll find out when Once Upon a Time airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
This is like Joly with the cold where he is ill basically So That A Pun Can Happen like maybe if they hadn’t all died at the barricade they would have just transformed involuntarily into beings of Pure Pun
no one died, they just all, one by one, realized THE PERFECT PUN for their situation, assailed as they were, and Ascended to a new level
The pun Enjolras and Grantaire shared at the very end of the battle was Too Sublime for mortal ears, but the men who were in the room were forever haunted by its power , and ever after would groan loudly and go “OH NO, COME ON” randomly, for reasons none could understand
Do you think Jax would have done all the things he did after Opie died if Opie hadn't died?
It’s hard to say. I definitely think he wouldn’t have been SO out of pocket. Losing Opie, as he said, was him losing his moral compass. Opie was the one that was more balanced for the most part and tried to see things for what they were. Jax at times tried to push things away if he didn’t want to believe it or deal with it. I think losing Opie is what kinda threw him off into a state of not really giving a fuck. Thankfully he had the rest of the club and family to try to help guide him but I think losing Tara is really what turned him into a full fledged sociopath. He had done everything to please her and to make a good life for her as best as he felt he could. He placed her above the club numerous times because he loved her and I think losing her and not having Opie there to ground him was what sealed his fate. I think had Opie stayed alive, Jax definitely wouldn’t have gone so far off the deep end. Losing Opie essentially opened his eyes to the fact that everything you do has a consequence and the club isn’t excluded. Everyone has to pay for the shit that they do and what happened to Opie showed Jax that they weren’t as untouchable as they thought they were.
It’s similar in part to what happened on the Walking Dead with Negan. When you get too comfortable and too cocky, bad shit happens. There’s always going to be someone bigger and badder than you. Losing Opie showed him that but he was still too dense to grasp the concept. I don’t think it was until Bobby was killed that Jax truly understood how some people shouldn’t be fucked with. You can’t poke to bear and expect not to get bit. But in short, I do personally think that had he not lost Opie, things would’ve worked out better than they did. Opie would’ve been there to talk him down from a lot of the things he did or at least try to see another side.