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Ummmmm! Wow! Sooooo you mean tell me that all of Regina’s decisions were on her own??? Okay….so, let’s take this back before Regina was even conceived! Before her conception, Rumpelstilskin knew for years that he was going to darken her soul! And technically, because she’s the second born, Regina was darkened for no reason, as it was supposed to be Zelena Rumpelstilskin darkned, but we’ll blame all of that on Cora.
But Regina being the Evil Queen was decided for her, not really of her own free will. And no matter how many times she has tried to run from the darkness, Rumple being the evil imp on her left shoulder was right there to steer her back in. Did Rumple have to answer to Regina when she first called him….No! When Regina was leaving King Leo’s Palace, did Rumple have to show up on that road, and convince her to go back? NO! When Regina only wanted to bring Daniel back, which would have worked had it been the right heart, did Rumple have to get Jefferson and Whale to deceive her, thus tearing away her hope for love and happiness? NO! When Regina had quit Rumple lessons, in a last attempt to be good, did Rumple have to show up and install in her that there was no hope, and that the darkness had already snagged her, and that she’d be nothing without her anger? That there was no hope she could ever find love again, and is doomed to be evil? Did Rumple have to do that….NO!!!
By installing in her that her fate was sealed, and that all she had was the darkness….Regina was unable to find the courage to go into that Tavern and meet Robin Hood. And we have proof of Rumple’s influence blocking that happy ending, when Regina declared in 3×03 that the “Anger and darkness was all that she had” and she had no idea who she’d have been without it.
All of those things combined with Cora’s own dark influence, Snow betrayal, created the Evil Queen. Therefore Rumple holds responsibility over the deaths that were under Regina’s hands. I’m not saying all of it, because Cora and Snow played their parts, but Rumple’s dark influences and actions played a heavy part in the creation of his “MOnster” that he himself said he wanted to make out of Regina. So Regina’s fate toward darkness had been decided long before her birth, and Rumple knew exactly what to do and say to make her into a monster!
As for the Hansel and Gretel….for the last time! Regina always Asked the children to do her the favor, and warned them of the consequences!!! It was their choice to accept her offer, when they could have just as easily rejected. And no that is not similar to the Rumple and Regina situation, because Rumple was dead set on Regina casting that curse, no matter the cost, and would say or do anything to see it through.
As for Zelena situation….uhh Rumple was very hypocritical about that. If all of that was the case, had Regina killed Snow White for murdering Cora, there should not have been a problem besides Henry, who did not want his mother to backslide any further. Thankfully Regina realized that, and settled for watching Snow nearly destroying her own self. But Rumple telling Regina that she couldn’t have everything, and to let vengeance for Cora go….well it’s not that simple when the shoes on the other foot, and he himself couldn’t resist vengeance for Neal, wh0 would NOT have wanted his father to backslide! So really, Rumple played a hand in both killing Regina’s mother, by manipulating Snow, and killing Regina’s sister, by a vengeful manner.
And Rumple killing Zelena, and enacting the time portal which brought Marian back….I think once Regina learns the truth, all of that anger for Emma will be turned towards the very source of where the time portal started, Rumpelstilskin, who is responsible for Marian coming back!
And besides….the whole Zelena situation wouldn’t have happened, if he just said no to training her, but his curiosity killed the cat….in more ways than one. Besides, I doubt if Zelena even tried getting close to her sister, and the potential of love filling both the sister, Rumple would have saw that as a threat to him keeping his monster, and Zelena probably still would have end up dead by Rumple’s hand. But then again, we’ll never know.
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