Originally Posted by LisaNewYork
My guess is that the S1 episode "Special", which was the Michael/Walt/Vincent flashback episode is all the flashback Vinnie's gonna have, unless we get one this season. Honestly though, what I wouldn't give to see a golden retriever do the haunted, "thousand-yard-stare" thing that they always do before going to a flashback.
The night an episode begins with a silent close-up on one of Vincent's blinking eyeballs, I will jump off the couch and through the ceiling.
Another thing I'm curious about, is with Claire (let's say, 1:3 for the opener) and Aaron. Desmond saw them being helicoptered out (or just boarding a helicopter?), which suggests they're going to be among those "rescued." In Season 1 and 2 there was a lot of action centered around protecting Aaron and keeping him with his mother. Obviously that's an easy dramatic button to push, baby & mother in peril, but there were definitely some, well, larger implications as to their importance in the grand mythology going on, especially Aaron's. Now that we have some more background on the Others' and Juliet's research/intent, is their "greater role" sort of diminished to merely keeping them safe like everyone else? That would kinda stink.
Not to mention that frustrating Australian psychic. If he was legit, his whole "can be raised by no other!" "he needs your goodness!" rantings still seem to carry weight on their story, and his manipulation to get her on 815. If he was a fake, like he told Eko to get rid of him, he still manipulated her to get on 815, but who put him up to it and why? Again, Claire and Aaron seem to have a much larger role in the "mythology" -- instead of just trying to live through and react to it -- than anyone, except maybe Locke and Desmond.
So, are they gonna leave the island? Are they really now just a mother and infant trying to be safe, no different from Rose, or background castaway #12? Or is there a bigger role Aaron is being protected for? (And let's not forget he's Christian's grandson, for the more out-there theorists.)