[Taylor at 16]: “My dream is to look out into a crowd of thousands of people, and have them singing back the words to my songs. That, to me, would be just everything I’ve ever hoped for.”
Honestly this scene slays me, not only because Regina’s happiness is ripped from her once again in an instant, but because her first reaction isn’t even anger, but confusion and disbelief.
In my opinion Regina never really saw Emma as one of the Charmings. She may have been pissed at and annoyed by her on quite a few occasions, but Emma has still earned both her respect and her trust in the long haul, especially during the course of this season.
They teamed up against Peter Pan and Zelena and became allies - friends even. They put a lot of faith in each other and it paid off in the end. Yet just when everything seems to finally go well for Regina and she’s truly happy for the first time in a long, long time, it’s not Pan or Zelena who ends up destroying it, but one of the few people she was sure had her back.
So when I look at Regina’s face in this scene and when I hear the way her voice breaks when she asks “You did this?” (because it really is more of a question than a statement), what I really see and hear is “I trusted you.” and that honestly just about breaks me.