Regina Mills gifset per episode → “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”
I actually felt worse for Regina in this episode than for Emma, even though this is supposed to be the one that makes people hate her. Not in the FTL part so much but in Storybrooke, first she loses Graham when Henry’s already been treating her like, crap, then Emma has the fucking NERVE to give her that shit about “Why is everyone running away from you?” Emma has known Regina for less than a month, and she’s basically accusing her of not being good enough for anyone in her life, including her own son. (The son who, I might add, Emma gave birth to ten years ago, signed over her rights, zipped up her pants and headed back to her prison cell). Regina did not want to have to pretend that Henry’s worldview was “crazy” when she knew it was true. She did not want to have to kill Graham. She did it for two reasons, most obviously because she could tell he was remembering and it was necessary to protect the curse, and because she was broken up by the way Emma was treating her. When the world perceives you as evil, for even one person to love and accept you the way you are is too much to ask.
l felt bad for both of them.
But can we not say that about Emma’s choice to give Henry up for adoption… it’s not like she had a lot of options and she did what she thought was best for him, not just a nonchalant thing.
Emma made absolutely the right decision giving Henry up for adoption. She had no money, no support system, no job, nothing. She did what was best for him. But the fact that she gave him up means that while she will always in some sense be his mother, she is no longer his parent and will never have the right to call herself that again (unless she marries Regina or works out some arrangement with her).
This is why I can’t really ship SwanQueen until 2x22, when Emma finally respects Regina not just as a human being but as Henry’s mom. I feel like all of season one was basically Emma going, “I’m not a fan of the woman who’s been taking care of Henry for the past ten years, guess I’ll shit all over her life” and the bulk of season two was, “I guess now it would be a convenient time to take my kid back, I know he’s Regina’s son and sole reason to be good but it’s okay, I’ll just blame her for the consequences when she can’t handle having nothing to fight for anymore”. I actually love Emma’s character from the prospective of being a kick-ass tough woman who herself has overcome a lot of challenges and manages to still be a “good” person, but in the end it all comes down to Regina :P