In one of the very early episodes (possibly the pilot) when Regina is first talking to Emma, doesn’t Regina say that Henry has had a hard time since she became mayor because it takes so much of her time? I suppose that could have just been an excuse to placate Emma and get her to leave town since Regina has been mayor “as long as anyone can remember.”
Yes!! She did say that – I think it was the pilot. But now that I think about it, how exactly did that work – does that mean that Henry has had a hard time since he arrived?? Because don’t we assume that Regina has been the mayor since the curse was enacted? So I wonder if that is also an excuse that Regina has been trying to use with Henry only it doesn’t work because he realizes that she has ALWAYS been the mayor. Maybe that is part of the problem with their relationship and part of the reason he has had to be in therapy for so long. Did Regina and Archie even realize that Henry noticed that time stood still in Storybrooke? That could have been the beginning of the issue – once Henry got old enough to realize that something wasn’t right and started to verbalize that to Regina their relationship would have tanked – even if they had been very close and affectionate when he was younger, that would have been the end of their relationship!!
I wonder what would happen if Regina were to acknowledge that the book and the curse were real?? Even though she is the Evil Queen (awkward 😕 ), letting Henry know that she believes in him and acknowledging that he is right could actually help their relationship. Granted you still have the whole “my mom is a witch” issue to deal with but I guess it does open the door for honest discussion, right? To give Regina the benefit of the doubt here, how exactly is she supposed to deal with this situation – she either admits that she is the EQ and opens that whole can of worms or she lies and deals with issues there.