The look on her face in the first one, she completely accepted that she was going to die alone. That Henry was with his family and she was going to have no one to cling to when she died. She fucking accepted it. Because all she has ever been is second place or not good enough strong enough anything enough. My heart just aches for this woman. I am so thankful, that they finally let us see Henry choose Regina over anybody else. He knew they were going to die. He hugged his family and then went and wrapped his arms around who he wanted to be with at the very end. Who he wanted to be with in her last moments. He said goodbye and he went to her and clung to her and everything that he didn’t say, didn’t need to be said because his actions said everything Regina needed to hear her whole entire life. The breakdown moment. Is so fucking powerful. It is a woman telling her son she is sorry she isn’t strong enough to save everyone, to be his hero, and in the same moment it is a woman finally getting the love she deserves and being completely overwhelmed by it. Wanting so badly to just let go of the trigger and hug him back. The struggle is so evident on her face, in her voice, everything. This moment, no matter if this show gets 10 seasons, this moment will forever be the most powerful thing I have ever seen. She didn’t just prove to everyone that she did good, did the right thing, she proved it to herself. She proved it to herself and her son coming to her, to be with her when she died, with his arms around her, made it absolutely real. She didn’t have to just think it to herself, or hear anyone say it, in that moment it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Congratulations show, you got it really, really right.