Once Upon a Time: Will Regina Sacrifice Herself to Save the Residents of Storybrooke?
Lana Parrilla | Photo Credits: Jack Rowand/ABC
The Evil Queen may get a chance to prove that she's not so evil after all.
Once Upon a Time's dastardly villain may get a chance to redeem herself in the season finale when Storybrooke is faced with certain annihilation, as Greg (Ethan Embry) and Tamara (Sonequa Martin-Green) get ready to activate the curse's trigger. Sure, Regina (Lana Parrilla) created the trigger as a backup plan to use someday, but certainly not when it would also put herself and her loved one — Henry (Jared Gilmore), of course — in danger. So what will she do when the entire town is faced with destruction? TVGuide.com turned to Parrilla to get the scoop on that and her feelings about the Evil Queen's not-so evil — and sometimes super-evil — motives during Season 2.
It seems like Regina will be forced to team up with the Charmings in the finale. What does that partnership look like?
Lana Parrilla: It's like her worst nightmare having to team up with the Charmings. She has to make decisions that are best for everyone because she falls under that category of her life being endangered as well. So, she's going to have to team up with whomever to stop this trigger from being activated. We saw in the last episode where David (Josh Dallas) says to Regina while she's lying in bed, "We are family." I think that really hits a soft spot for her. It follows suit with the Evil Queen episode where we see her in fairy-tale land with Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) dressed as a peasant and she asks Snow, "If Regina could change, if she wanted to be a family again, would you take her back? Would you forgive her?" Snow says, "Yes, I'd love that. I'd like a feather bed too, but neither one is going to happen." That's ultimately what she really wants is a family, which is why she's adopted Henry.
Is the possibility of having a family her motivation for possibly getting redemption?
Parrilla: Her family, Cora (Barbara Hershey) and her father, weren't the most supportive and weren't the best parents. I think this is an opportunity for redemption or a change. She's going to do whatever it takes to save everyone.
Is she really doing it for everyone or is she, like most of the time, doing it for herself?
Parrilla: In this episode, I think it is genuine. I think she is doing it for everyone. Again, who knows what can happen next season. She was on the path to redemption for how many episodes this season and then again made another turn. But it's always something that leads her there. It's a choice, but something triggers that inside of her where she wants that revenge and she wants to get back and hurt someone. So, I find that at this point, she is responsible, she created this trigger, she made it, and it was a failsafe. I don't think she ever thought she would have to use it. Look at where it was hidden for crying out loud. But now I think she does feel responsible and I feel like she needs to do something to stop Greg and Tamara from activating it.
We do see in the promos that once it is activated, Regina is trying to contain it. Might we see Regina consider sacrificing herself to save the rest of the Storybrooke residents?
Parrilla: Yeah. I think you'll see that. The question is: Where does it go from there? That's what everyone is wondering. Is Regina going to survive or is she not going to survive? That's something you're just going to have to wait and see. She's doing her best to contain the energy, but given where she's come from and what she's just went through, she's very, very, very weak.