How/Why the Evil Queen became evil (no real spoilers, just the teasy promise that the question will be answered soon):
One thing is clear, the Mayor isn’t going to be brought down anytime soon. The long-term arc of the show is about her defeat. But hopefully the background reveals will make her a bit more gray than black and white.
How the TV show Lost influenced OUAT’s fairytale world:
“We never thought about Lost or Once really as mythology shows, even though mythology obviously is a part of [both]. They are character shows to us. “
Sounds like they’re developing a mythology for the show through both the actual text of fairy tales and their own development of the characters as both fairy tale characters and modern people. Storybrooke is the Island where they are trapped, and the people in it are gradually revealed through non-linear flashbacks.
So far, I trust what they’re doing, and where they might go. If it’s anything like Lost, it should be a twisty, turny ride.