I didn't write this...it makes sense though..
I think in the end we will find out Rumple manipulated the whole thing...Even down to Daniel's death da Cora and Regina's hatred of Snow..etc. Remember without the prior events, the Dark Curse, Invented da Rumple, would never have been used.
I think in the end Rumple will be the true villain, not Regina.
I agree. I think Rump knew Cora before Regina was even born. Since the mostra likes to remind us (read: drill it into our heads) that "evil isn't born, it's made" I think we will eventually see how Rumpel "made" Regina evil, possibly orchestrating it from her very birth. This will of course absolve Regina and make us feel real sympathy for her, in that, she never even had a choice between good and evil, only the illusion of choice. This was all a predetermined fate from Rumpel (remember that Rumpel is clairvoyant and therefore can, to some degree, see the future).
In the original fairy tale, The Miller's Daughter makes a deal with Rumpel over ownership of her child. I can see something similar happening here: Rumpel "owning" Regina in that he controlled what happened to her, how she was treated, etc. all to make her into the evil woman she had to be in order to kill her father and enact Rumpel's curse.