First photo of EQ and her mother, Cora, from episode 18:
Series Creators Kitsis and Horowitz have stated that evil is not born, it is created. Barbara Hershey will appear as Cora in a multi episode arc that will play out into season two. She has an interesting connection to Rumplestiltskin and may have a dubious agenda of her own. Her story will reveal just why and how Regina became so evil and cold hearted.
“Girls say they’ll never grow up to be like their mothers, but evil comes from somewhere,” says executive producer Edward Kitsis. “Cora would look at the mother from Black Swan and think she was weak.”
Okay, for sure, we’re going to see Regina before she was Evil Regina. Look at how covered up she is!
I have to admit, I’m not sure how I feel about meeting Regina’s mom, who sounds more like a conniving, manipulative, power hungry mother. She reminds me of Sylar’s mom in Heroes, during the 1st season. Which now, I’m starting to think of more as a trope. Making the mommies evil so we feel bad for the children.