I don’t want power.
"Nay, cursed be thou; since against his thy will
Chose freely what it now so justly rues.
Me miserable! which way shall I fly
Infinite wrauth and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.
O, then, at last relent! Is there no place
Left for repentence, none for pardon left?
None left but by submission; and that word
Disdain forbids me…"
Maybe I’m just over-analysing it, but doesn’t it seem like Regina is “protecting” Snow like she did with Emma when Pan was about to hurt her with his words?
I think this was intentional. I don’t mean to undercut all that has gone on between Snow and Regina, but we’re meant to see genuine caring between them. That’s what makes their relationship—and Regina/Emma’s—so intense. To see people go through all that pain, all that anger, but to also see those glimpses of caring, is exactly what the writers want to show us I think.
That, and probably sparing Emma some trauma as Pan guilt-trips her mom.
We need more of Snow and Regina in the present day instead of FTL flashbacks.
“For a proper redemption arc you need to: 1. Acknowledge the need for redemption. The character needs to own up to their wrongdoing, show some remorse. 2. Stop the aforementioned wrongdoing. Come on, writers!”
She acknowledged that in Season 2 episode 2. She just owned up to what she did. She’s expressed remorse to Henry in season 2. And she only did what was necessary in Neverland. Emma gave her permission to take the lost boy’s heart and she took her own son’s heart back from Pan. She didn’t even kill him! (which i found honestly shocking. I would have killed the little fuck)
Regret =/= Remorse. Regretting everything would have meant regretting Henry in her case. She could never regret her own child.
Redemption isn’t an instant fix. It would have been wholly unrealistic for anyone to go from being The Evil Queen to a picture perfect ‘Charming approved’ mother without any fall backs. The fact that she just camped with them for a week shows an amazing development from the woman that attempted to kill them all. The Evil Queen would have burned down the entire island and crushed every single heart to get to Henry.
I do not understand people’s expectations…
There are many things wrong with OUAT. Regina’s redemption arc is not one of them.
Raava & Rebirth
"He cannot destroy light any more than I can destroy darkness. One cannot exist without the other."
Jinora’s restoration of Raava’s light within Vaatu and Raava’s resurrection in the finale captured us all. Whether we were moved to tears by the destruction of Wan’s Legion of Avatars or by Korra’s triumph matters not. These moments shattered the Avatar World as we knew it, for better or worse. What more, they were unutterably beautiful.
This gifset honors Raava, yet further posits the future of her existence as the Avatar Spirit as one free of Vaatu’s influence. Recently, a succinct guide to understanding the finale circulated on tumblr purporting the “fact” that Vaatu now resides within Raava in her form as the Avatar Spirit.
I do not believe this was the intended message behind Raava’s Rebirth at all. Cast correctly, light shines upon this moment to portray Korra and the Light Spirit as victors against the most tenebrous Darkness faced by humans or Spirits in 20,000 years!
The point is, and you can read more of my comments in the link I posted above, Korra succeeded in disintegrating UnaVaatu into the cosmos just as Unalaq did to Raava. You see this in the gifs I’ve made. In both instances, spiritually charged Water dissipated the Yin Yang Spirit. This has lasting implications, as we observe. When Korra attempts to emancipate Raava from within Vaatu she finds nothing. Vaatu says to her, “You are looking for something that is gone. Raava has been destroyed.” He is both correct and incorrect. Raava cannot be destroyed entirely because she is the spiritual embodiment of the essential light of the Universe. Her physical form can be, however.
When this happens to a more lasting degree, as in when someone other than Vaatu himself acts to destroy her physical form (and by enhanced spiritual means no less), Raava deteriorates and enters into the cosmos as essential light and nothing more. When Korra employed her Spirit Conversion technique to dissipate Vaatu, she likewise achieved such a more permanent end to Vaatu’s connection with Raava.
Vaatu may be out there, as the essential darkness of the Universe, yet he can in no way return to accost Raava and Korra without the aid of a Spirit agent. Jinora played this role for Raava. By doing so, she saved the World and the Avatar.
So the glorious resurrection of Raava and her restoration as the Avatar Spirit: 1. has nothing to do with Vaatu or Raava and Vaatu’s previous give and take as he is now absent from the Universe as a physical being, 2. gives rise to a new age not of armistice between the separated Spirits of Light and Dark but of renascence and newness, 3. founds the Avatar Spirit on equal grounds with the new Avatar, Korra.
With the help of her human allies, Raava has banished Vaatu as he existed since the beginning of time. And so the cosmos has shifted.
Wooooops sorry not sorry for reblogging this endlessly. I think it’s a REALLY IMPORTANT alternative to what A LARGE PORTION OF THE FANDOM ASSUMES IS CANON!
Liek, I don’t have all the answers, but I think this is so much more of an obvious take of what happened in the finale…
#this is the dress that i will wear to the throne room after destroying my enemies#they will kiss my gold clad feet and swear fealty #and i will smile and stroke the head of my pet lion #yes #good #this is my future