Once Upon a Time is officially coming to an end, which means we’ll have to say goodbye to our favorite storybook characters very soon. While some are granted a “happily ever after” at the end of season six, there are a few fates that have yet to be decided, namely Regina’s. Even though she finally gets respect from her peers as their “queen” in the season six finale, her story still doesn’t feel resolved. But honestly, if anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s her.
Over the past few seasons, we have watched as Regina faces heartbreak after heartbreak. Her first love dies, her father dies, her mother dies, and when she finally finds happiness with Robin Hood, he dies, too. Even though the show has made it abundantly clear that villains don’t get happy endings, this rule shouldn’t apply to Regina anymore. She may have started the story as the Evil Queen, but she has since turned a new leaf and become a hero. She’s constantly putting her life in danger for the ones she loves, which could be a major clue for how her story will play out in the final season.