In these spoiler photos from the Season 2 premiere (Season 2, Episode 1: “Broken”), it’s obvious that Regina and Dr. Whale have a major argument after everyone in Storybrooke remembers their Fairytale Land identity. One guess is that Dr. Whale is someone who the Evil Queen treated terribly, imprisoned, punished, or whose family died at her hand.
While the Evil Queen probably has overlap into every Fairytale Land character’s story, it sounds like the relationship between these two is especially traumatic. According to the same article, Grumpy (Lee Arenberg) and the other seven dwarves “will try to hang Regina from her very own apple tree in revenge.” So for Dr. Whale to get his own episode that heavily involves Regina is a major clue.
Let us know how you think Dr. Whale fits into Regina’s game plan!