"Here’s my thing with this: Making Regina responsible for a small-scale genocide is not consistent with her modus operandi; she went to a lot of trouble to whisk an entire population to Maine alive and well, and cursed them rather than killed them. And the show obviously recognizes that Lana Parrilla’s emotional depth is one of the two engines keeping this crazy train moving along. So why would they push her character even further into "irretrievably bad" territory? Why undermine the character-building Parrilla has done? How does it really change any of the dynamics to make her a sociopathic mass murderer?"