I watched the vault 6x08 deleted scene. Thanks Swen, you are awesome.
I think what’s making Regina sad is what she sees in the mirror. She looks sad at the beginning when she’s looking in the mirror, before CS start truly being lovey dovey, but they’re still touching and paying attention to each other, etc.
So I think everyone is right. Because what Regina sees in the mirror is herself, her son and CS and later just herself and CS.
So I think that moment is about the Queen, about knowing how the Queen feels, being unable to secure the happy ending she wants. Because Regina feels the exact same way even though she has a lot more, happy ending-wise, than the Queen does.
It’s about having to watch someone else have part of what you want.
It might even be about what’s behind the mirror, the Dragon and what he told her. And since dragons seem to represent lady love on this show that leads right back to Swan Queen. Two women fighting with the dragon, their inner beast, their attraction to each other and almost getting swallowed up by it. (I actually read this somewhere, that in the bible dragons might represent women giving into their desire for other women, you know, the usual. And this show uses a lot of biblical references.) Henry saving them from the dragon also makes sense then since every decision they made when it comes to each other, especially in the beginning, most notably shelving the sexual tension in favor of friendship, was about protecting Henry.
It is also about CS, I mean that moment where Regina’s actually looking at CS is obviously about how she feels about seeing Emma with Hook. She kind of looks the way Emma did when Regina had been kissing in the hallway with Robin and came in with this blinding smile.
And the way Henry is looking at Regina, obviously trying to make sure she doesn’t catch him looking just confirms that he knows. Knows how Regina feels about Emma. I wonder what his thoughts are on how Emma feels. If he has a clue about what’s going on in her mind as well.
That moment is also a direct link to Henry looking at Regina during the second CS proposal scene as Regina moves them out of the way.
But the moment of her looking in the mirror, I think at least, is about still being able to understand how the Queen feels because at least when it comes to relationships and having the romantic one she wants she feels the same way. Like it’s always out of reach.
I mean, in the end they have the same goals. To have Henry and a romantic relationship.
The Queen went after Henry. But she also wanted a romantic relationship, a home to call her own. She was in fact so desperate for it that she tried to make it happen with Rumple.
Regina on her end tried to make it happen with fake Robin.
They are not all that different. The hopes and dreams are the same, the goals, it was just their approach in trying to get it that differed.