Swan Queen Appreciation Week
Day 3: Favorite Quote » "I know in your kingdom,she was the Evil Queen, but here, she’s Regina."
In a way, I feel like this quote really shows the depth of Emma’s understanding of Regina.
Emma moved from foster home to foster home, and then from city to city never planting roots & having a “real” home. Aka the home she’s always wanted with a family who loves & wants her.
But then Henry shows up at her door and brings her to Storybrooke, where she sets down roots and people WANT her. I think this is one of the first times Emma actually got to know herself an be who she wanted & have people give her a real chance rather than judge her based on her past. In my mind, Storybrooke is where Emma became more herself.
Now after this revelation that Regina really was the evil queen, and having an understanding of how Regina thinks/acts/works (Emma’s “how did you get like this” suggests she knows there’s something dark in her past) Emma can see that in Regina. Except Regina had to completely escape her world to have any semblance of self. Which for Regina, I think started with Henry, restarted when Emma came to town (because relapse) and then again when the curse broke.
And then we get this incredible follow through with Emma actually meeting the evil queen - being directly confronted with Regina’s evil past - and Emma still clearly sees Regina. She knows the real Regina is the one she has been getting to know in Storybrooke. Storybrooke, where both of them are getting their REAL second chances.
Emma wasn’t judged for her checkered past, and so she fights for Regina to have that same chance. With the added bonus that Emma actually sees Regina.