I think the real question is WHY did Pan have the shadow kill HER. Just to freak out everyone so Regina would take him to the curse? He could have killed anyone for that. Why Blue? There must be a reason.
Now that I’ve seen the whole episode, I agree with you. There has to be something more to it. I must have missed that not having a shadow is fatal? It doesn’t really make sense, though, since both Peter Pan and Rumplestiltskin are separated from their shadows, and they aren’t dead….?
Also, this is effin “REUL GHORM”, she of the RANDOM ANCIENT AND TERRIFYING BAD GUY NAME. She isn’t a human being. She’s older than everybody else. She’s sort of shady and has been slightly mean forever. We never learned anything about her, what makes a fairy a fairy, why she’s so controlling, or anything else I wanted to know. Why all of that with no closure?
It doesn’t really make sense either, given the only other scene she had in the episode was her super mean “how can I believe in you when you don’t even believe in yourself?” that she said to Tinkerbell. Everything’s just such a non sequitur.
Also I’ve wanted and needed THIS PRECIOUS PERFECT THEORY (or something like it) to be true ;_;. Her back story was one of the things I still wanted from the show. :(