CTrent29 wrote:Regina made the decision not to meet Robin in that tavern. Regina did. I don't see how Zelena played a role in that scenario. And considering that Regina was married to Leopold at the time, I can't even image what would have happened if Regina had decided to leave with Robin. Her knowledge of magic wasn't that solid at the time. Also, Leopold would not have been as understanding as Marian. Remember "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree", when he had her banished to her room when he suspected her of adultery?
Yes, Regina chose not to meet Robin, but then Snow tried to use distance to forget Charming after their first adventure. He tried to go through with his arranged marriage, etc, but they kept being brought together. I'm thinking, by the time Regina met Tinkerbelle and had her fairydust adventure, Zelena is already watching. She knows that if Regina and Robin are destined to be together, fate will drive them together irregardless of Regina's decision that night at the tavern. So, she had to distract Robin, who hadn't yet found love and was actively searching for his own happy ending.
Enter a pawn, Marian, a beautiful, kind, virtuous woman, perfect for a hero like Robin Hood. Zelena would have just had to pull their strings to bring them together and add a few conquerable obstacles to ensure they fell in love. They found True Love, got married, had Roland, and by the time Marian kicked the bucket, Regina was so far gone in her quest for revenge, she'd have probably killed Robin herself if she'd run into him and he'd have happily kill the Evil Queen for all her bad deeds (even if he didn't know his love's death was one of them). My comment was that Zelena was puppet mastering certain events in Regina's life as much as Rumple was, and so long as Zelena was, unwittingly, pushing Regina towards the dark curse, he didn't bother interceding.
As for Leopold, Regina believed in going to the wire for love. She was clever, even before she had any magic, and Robin was a master thief who was good enough to pick pocket from advanced magic users. If he and Regina had fallen in love, an old king and his guards wouldn't have been able to stop them. Point of fact, Leopold didn't really stop Regina with the Genie, as she'd wanted him to lock her up so that she could use that as an excuse to get the Genie to kill Leopold. Had she really wanted her 'affair' with the Genie to remain a secret, it would have. And if he couldn't have stopped her there, he wouldn't have stood a chance against Robin and Regina's mutual manipulations. Neither Rumple, nor Zelena, would have allowed their success (albeit for different reasons), but Leopold could bellow commands and stomp his feet and he'd have never been able to do anything to stop them or catch them after the fact.