Actress Barbara Hershey told TVOvermind that the show always approaches characters from the direction that “evil isn't born, it's made” — so as we've seen pieces of how Regina was made, we'll see the same for her mother. "I do know they're going to explore — as they do with these characters — why they turned, why [Cora is] the way she is," Barbara said. "There's a whole history with Rumple, I'm sure, that they're going to explore. I know it's coming."
Barbara thinks so. "For all her terribleness, she, in a very warped way, does love her daughter. We've all seen these parents who push their kids in a direction that they don't want to go in the name of love. Cora is just this mega version of that horror story."
But let's say Cora does find her way to Regina and company in Storybrooke. Does anyone think she'll show love for her daughter, after Regina pushed Mommie Dearest through the looking glass and exiled her in Fairytale Land? If there’s a family reunion, chances are it will be filled with anger and curses, not warm and fuzzies. These are the reasons why we just can’t hate Regina!
Catch the next new episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.
Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@ginacarbone.