I’m totally with you all on the fact that Regina is a victim and of course we can pity her. I mean Regina really has had to deal with a lot (evil mother, slaughtered lover, betrayal, unhappy marriage) and in the meantime she has to see the girl who aided in her lover’s death have the Happy Ending she always wanted. And this as just in FL. In SB she has no friends (she isn’t trying, but it is true, nonetheless), her son straight up hates her and sees her (rightfully) as the evil witch and he prefers his biological mother to her, and she has to live with all these memories from FL. Yes, Regina has been able to strain Snow/MM’s happiness (for now), but she is just as lonely and angry as ever. And what’s going to happen after her (possible) revenge against Snow/MM? That seems to be her purpose, so after she follows through with that, what is left?
My name is Rapunzel and I pity Regina (i’ll be honest though, i’m not saying this in a compassionate way. Imagine what Regina sounds like when she says “pity” and that’s how i feel.