"This is a plan where she’s beginning to wonder “is my mom using me solely for the knife?” And I think you really get that in Gold’s shop when the mom chooses the knife over saving her. And therefore she is now susceptible to the idea at the end, which is exactly what she wants. She wants her mother’s love and if that means putting the heart inside her and stopping this killing and dealing with the ramifications of it, that’s what she wants. And I think that’s what makes it sad for Regina."
—Eddy Kitsis (Official Podcast for The Miller’s Daughter)