‘Once Upon a Time’ season 2 debate: Should the Evil Queen stay evil?

Whenever you have a show that features a villain as a series regular, there is always one question that tends to come up at some point — should this character eventually give way at some point for an even bigger villain? When it came to “Heroes,” we saw this happen time and time again with Sylar, and “The Vampire Diaries” is another example when it comes to Katherine eventually leading into Klaus eventually leading into Mikael and Alaric 2.0. No one is ever seemingly satisfied with what they have, and there is also a desire over time to humanize some villains rather than to just try and make them more evil. After all, it’s harder to justify a villain’s continuation in a series more so than a bunch of hero characters banded together.

With that, we turn to the interesting case of Regina on “Once Upon a Time.” In the fairy tale world, she was known simply as the “Evil Queen,” and she is really the only reason why Storybrooke exists. She tried to take away the future of Snow White as she knew it, but at the same time she didn’t do the worst possible thing to her. She may claim that losing her “happily ever after” is a fate worse than death, but is it really when the curse can be broken? She’s also not someone who is evil for pure evil’s sake, and her motivation stems from Snow White  accidentally depriving her of her one true love when she was young. She also still wants to hold on to her relationship with Henry at whatever cost, even if he has no interest in really being around her versus being with Emma. There’s conflicting emotion here — that’s the best way of describing her.

Everything we’ve listed here with Regina is all part a recipe for a villain to come along that is even more evil than the Queen, since you can make the case that her evil is really only present when threatened. If she was a token villain on this without the sort of emotional depth that she has, we’d be up in arms about the idea of someone new and begging for showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to keep her front and center. However, at this point it would take a major turn in her character for Regina to become the big bad just for the sake of evil being fun. There could be a fairy tale character out there to fill that void — like Jafar, Ursula, the Giant from “Jack in the Beanstalk,” or an unexpected character that we don’t see coming. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily make Lana Parrilla’s character into a hero, but it does provide another layer to what is a show that added them frequently throughout season 1.It’s always interesting to see a character who acts without remorse, and does things purely to see others suffer.

 

With the very quick appearance and death of Maleficent, there is room for another villain to cross into the “Once Upon a Time” universe and wreck a little bit of havoc, and it may not even be a bad thing so long as it doesn’t change Regina, Rumpelstiltskin, or anyone else with some evil thoughts in the process. Even though some additional threats would liven up season 2, we will still say this — at the end of the day, Regina should still be the person that Emma has to defeat. For the sake of going full-circle, everything should eventually return to the place where it started, and not just to what is trendy or a villain to one-up all the others.

Are you for or against seeing more villains on this show, and do you think that there could be some characters out there that would give the Evil Queen a run for her money? Be sure to check out some of our other news about the show, and share your thoughts on the matter below!

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