As I was rewatching last weeks episode before the Richard episode, a couple of things stuck out to me. When Claire apologises to Kate she says something like “Thanks for looking out for me.” It seems simple enough since Kate took care of Aarom for her. But that’s the problem. Kate looked out for Aaron not Claire. The only time recently that Kate looked out for Claire was in the alt timeline (it was somewhat a relief not to watch the alt timeline in Richards episode). I think the timelines bled through to each other right then but it was really easy to miss.
Another thing I noticed was that Smocke seemed almost as crazy as Sayid or Claire when he was talking to Kate. The more I think about the infection the more I believe the show is going to turn into being about stopping a virus from spreading. The writers have said Lost is primarily a scifi show and what could be more scifi than a virus. From War of the Worlds, when our germs killed the invader, to theÂ Andromeda Strain, where a meteor crashed into a satellite and brought a virus back to Earth which, besides causing blood to coagulate and turn to powder, makes people crazy, homicidal and suicidal.Â Perhaps if Smocke gets off the island the infection would spread everywhere. He seems to haveÂ the same symptoms as Claire and Sayid, too.Â A little off his rockerÂ and able to function, but very blood thirsty, too. I think there will be more to Lost than just being about a virus (I hope so) but I think it will factor in heavily the rest of the show.