This is the cruelest thing Regina ever did, crushing the very heart and soul of a man who only ached to be given another chance with his beloved Belle.
Gods, the way Bobby’s eyes go from being hopeful when he says ‘a home’ to utterly broken… It’s amazing.
I think it’s far from the cruelest thing Regina’s done, though, and that’s saying something considering how this scene still hurts almost two years later. After all, she’s basically doing to Rum what he did to her, years ago when he arranged for her to think Daniel could be brought back from the dead and then took that hope away.
I think what’s happening to Belle is crueler. Her treatment of Graham is crueler. Making Hansel and Gretel live as homeless orphans for 28 years. Making Owen an orphan. Gaslighting her own son. Taking away everyone’s happy endings. It’s hard to decide what her cruelest act is.