Once Upon A Time's Barbara Hershey spoiled to Zap2it about Cora's true motives in season 2. Hershey reveals the great, but twisted love, that Cora has for Regina and teases the intense, but imminent conflicts ahead between Cora, Snow and Emma.
"You find out some. [laughs] Eventually we'll find out everything that's happened to Cora," says Hershey. "When they'll reveal it, I'm not sure. I'm only a few episodes ahead of the audience, so I'm finding out myself as we go along." Hershey goes on to spoil, "I'm very protective of my daughter ... if my daughter dislikes [Snow White], then I probably am cautious of her too," Hershey says. "I can say both Snow and Emma are cautious about Cora, that I can certainly say. She does love her daughter. You've seen these mothers who guide their children into areas they don't want to go because they think it's best for them and it's not really about the child's happiness at all. Cora's a very extreme and warped version of that," says Hershey. "She truly believes that magic is power and power is freedom ... If there's anything redeeming about her, as warped as she is and as evil as she's become, she does love her daughter. That's the one crack in her soul that still is soft, even though her reactions to it are completely outrageous. I think the writers have always said that evil isn't born, it's made, so if we follow that line of logic, then whatever happened to Cora in the past turned her at some point. I always feel that way when I play a difficult person. I always feel like a defense lawyer because you try to find this place of empathy and figure out what changed them. I'm sure something happened to Cora and hopefully we'll get to see that."