She doesn't have to be redeemed, and she doesn't have to die, why can't she just muddle through?
Regina is not theoretically evil anymore, you know giant plots, bloodlines and pageantry, this woman sends thugs into little villages to murders everyone like it was Cambodia in the 70s. Who knows how many hundreds of serfs she executed every month?
If you put your step daughter into a coma with a poison apple, some one rings social services, but if you're tyrannical warlord with the blood of tens of thousands on your hands, someone calls the A-Team.
George died in 1994.
That was a while back.