I don’t find that kind of character regression very interesting. If the main reason to kill off Robin (assuming he dies) is just to send Regina back over the edge or to make her suffer, it sends a terrible message that characters who are essentially good parents aren’t worth keeping around.
I just feel like you could say that about any good character who dies. You can take any good quality they bring and say that the writers clearly must not value that quality because they are killing them off. In this case, a good father. How do these writers kill any “good” characters without people potentially overthinking it and making it a personal thing about what the writer’s believe or that there is some underlying message?
Robin is the most boring person on this show. Period. And to me, it isn’t close. I never bought that he was Regina’s true love, regardless about what Tink said and showed her. I never found their chemistry to be all that amazing and the man is useless when it comes to fighting because everyone else is stronger than him so it’s hard to use him. And his backstory ain’t that interesting either. I am very happy to potentially see him go, however I am torn because Regina is like one of my favorite characters and this is going to crush her. But I know Lana is going to do an amazing job with it, and I’m excited to see that. And I think as long as the show doesn’t just forget Robin ever existed, this will be totally fine.
I don’t think this is going to spiral Regina down an evil path again. That I don’t want to see. I’m excited to see if Regina finds someone else before the show is over. Or even better, perhaps the message is that true love can be found in many different ways and Regina does not need a man to have her happy ending. Perhaps her happy ending was here the whole time. Perhaps it’s simply having her son, Henry, and now adding Roland, and potentially putting issues aside and making amends with her sister and having a family who loves her. It would parallel her own mother and what she said before she died…….Henry would be enough.
To me, all of that is very interesting and I’d love to see it. But Robin, is not interesting. He tags along, they don’t use him. Good riddance as far as I’m concerned.