So the ABC drama Once Upon a Time is three weeks into its second season, and already we’ve learned some interesting things. The biggest item of interest would seem to be that when Regina, the Evil Queen from the Snow White story, cast her spell to exile everyone in the land to Storybrooke, Maine, she wasn’t entirely successful. There was one corner of the fairy tale land where the inhabitants remained behind in a land ravaged by Regina’s curse. The survivors have no idea why they remained in their homeland when everyone else got sent to our world.
Here’s where my theory comes in. We learned in the second episode of the current season that one of the survivors of the Send-Everyone-to-Maine-for-All-Eternity curse was Cora Mills, Regina the Evil Queen’s mother. And as magical and evil as Regina is, Cora is ten times worse. Is it possible that Cora used her powers to protect that area of the Enchanted Forest because she didn’t want to spend all eternity in Maine? It would explain how something as powerful as a Rumpelstiltskin-originated-Regina-enacted spell would fail to carry everyone over; Cora’s magical abilities are easily more potent than Regina’s. And with her two serious magical rivals (Rumpelstiltskin and Regina) trapped in Maine, that would leave her free to become Evil Magical Overlord of what is left of the Enchanted Forest.
As I said in the title, it’s a random theory. But it explains a lot.