I was in love with Outlaw Queen from the start. The idea of "what could of been" is so tragically romantic. I could picture Regina being happy had she just stepped through that door. I could picture Roland as her child and what wonderful parents her and Robin would have made if only she had taken that leap of faith.
However once OQ actually became reality it fell flat for me. It was too easy, too simple. There was no conflict or emotional tension. Don't get me wrong it was great to see Regina finally happy and Robin, Roland and Regina are too adorable together. Honestly though it started to bore me pretty early on. Much like Alice and Cyrus it was just too perfect. It seemed unrealistic even suspicious. I started to think that maybe it was all an act on Robin's part, an elaborate plan to get revenge on Regina for killing his wife.
Then the finale came around. (Unpopular opinion: I loved it! Every minute of it. I especially love the added element of Marian.) I was pretty sure Regina had had Marian killed and was dreading the day when Robin found out. It would have been the end of OQ. There is no way to forgive someone for something like that. In fact had they tried to keep OQ together after revealing that fact they would have instantly dropped to my least favorite ship. Even watching Regina, Robin and Robin walk town the street together in that beautiful montage in the last few moments of the show no matter how adorable it was made me a little sick. She murdered this woman put her family through years of untold grief and suffering and then slips in like a cuckoo and takes her place.
How could she have ever had a heathy relationship with Roland after what she had done to his mother? Robin would never forgive her if he knew - I would think less of him if he did. So even if she figured out what she had done (I do not think she knew that she was the cause of Robins suffering and this does help her some). Anyway if she had found out she would have had to lie to him in order to keep him in her life. There was no way for her to win. It seemed that her actions had once again sealed her fate. Robin would have found out and she would have lost everything.
However Emma saving Marian also saved Regina. With Marian alive she has the chance to make amends for what she did. Forgiveness is possible. It also saved this ship for me personally.
This is exactly what Outlaw Queen needed. Some type of conflict to make their romance worth watching. Even Snowing who have seemingly never had an argument serous enough to last longer then a single episode have had external obstacles trying to tear them apart making there future unpredictable and therefore worth following.
I'm not yet sure if I'm on Team Marian or Team Regina. I do want Regina to be happy but it really depends on how she handles this situation. This is after all Marian's family and it is her fault that she was separated from them. If she behaves as the new mature Regina would then she has a chance at winning back her second chance. It's up to her.
I do hope that this time she seizes her second change and takes control over her own happiness and that she will not fall back on blaming others such as Emma and Marian for ruining her life (as she did with Snow). This is however Regina. You never know what she will do and that is what makes her such a wonderful character.