"Snow is right: Even without her heart, Regina can still feel deeply, which is something we’ve never seen before in this universe. At first I worried about it being a plot inconsistency, but I think there’s something to be said for Snow’s comment about Regina feeling things from her soul. I’m not sure exactly what the distinction between a heart and soul is on this show, but it seems to be linked to the fact that Robin has been referred to as a “soul mate” rather than a “true love” for Regina on more than one occasion.”
-[Nerdy Girl Notes]
HOLY SHIT THOUGH.
Did anyone else find this extreeeeemly interesting??
It’s interesting because as noted, it’s something that we’ve never seen before on OUAT, and because it fits so well into Regina’s characterization, especially with the Mills family’s…erm, complicated…relationships with hearts. So having her love based from her soul fits. And is that even important, the distinction between where love is based? Soul mates being the soul, True Love being the heart. Are there differences between the power of the two?
I’ve always also thought being soul mates seems to be more about you being tailor made to be compatible on the deepest levels—ideally crafted to fit the other person—and that gives it the whole fate/destiny connotation. Whereas TL feels to be more organically grown from the heart. I mean, we’ve already seen this in how Outlaw Queen has been set up from the start: prophesied by pixie dust (aka a destiny-like magical force beyond either party’s control).
So do soul mates have different rules than TL? Or are they the same? Can you have a soul mate and a True Love who are two different people (a la Joey on Dawson’s Creek—where my 90s babies at!)? And then of course couldn’t a person be your True Love AND soul mate? And does that make it a stronger connection? And if soul mates are different, they technically wouldn’t be able to share a TLK unless they were also TL, right? Or do they generate a different type of magic? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
Of course, it could be nothing but a turn of phrase.
I went back through Regina’s & Tink’s scenes and Robin is only ever referred to as her ‘soul mate’ or ‘happy ending’ or ‘happiness’. I mean, this is OUAT, the show where they seem to be contractually obligated to mention True Love at least 5 times an episode. So once this difference is noticed, it definitely seems purposeful, especially with how crafty A&E are about how they phrase/present things.
PLUS. This distinction would fit nicely with how quickly Outlaw Queen seems to be pacing, as again, soul mates are all about being perfectly compatible with each other. It stands to reason then that a connection could bloom unusually fast and strong between them, right?
I guess all of these rambles are me getting excited about the possibility of new expansions in the realm of our power couples on the show. I’m all for fresh and interesting new avenues of storytelling, yo!