One of the main subject areas included the setting of the fifth season, particularly where flashbacks are concerned. The weekly flashback approach to the series became one of the shows defining features, allowing for more personal stories to be told; however in the fourth year, the flashbacks became "flash forwards" and hinted at life after the island. For Season 5 though, all bets are off.
"We are steering away from the word 'flashback' and embracing a whole new word," creator Damon Lindelof told fans at San Diego Comic-Con, according to SciFi Wire. "Once again, when Season 5 starts, you're not going to know when and where you are. We do this fun thing every year where we let the audience figure out where they are."
His partner in crime, Carlton Cuse, backed him up while insisting that "there will still be flashbacks and 'flash-forwards' on the show, but we are going to do something different this season and mix it up. There will be storytelling both on the island and off the island and in different periods of time. It's just going to be organized differently and not constrained by the rules of flashbacks and 'flash-forwards.'"
Oh, they're so crafty.
And that's why I love 'em.