The curse of open-ended serialization is starting to hit. None of the story lines have any inner integrity anymore and they are more or less randomly replaced. Plus, characters are being rewritten, with redemption on hand for both Gold and Regina. Except of course, having them be evil gives conflict (aka melodrama) to the storylines, so one or more will be rewritten as evil again, I expect.
But you know how serials are, they get you hooked on some characters and it takes will power to stop getting your fix.