While re-watching the season finale, one major question came to mind. Jacob paid a visit to several of out Losties at crucial points in their life. But had it always been this way? Did Jacob always attend Sun and Jin’s wedding or buy Kate’s stolen lunchbox? Or is this the new alternate timeline, Jacob intervening at key points in the character’s lives so things could be different for them somehow?
In other words, were these flashbacks or Jacob rewriting history for Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Sayid, Jin + Sun, and Locke? And why did he visit Hurley in “real time” (a.k.a. during the scope of the show) while all of the others were visited in their (somewhat distant in Kate and Saywer’s case) past? Where these guys touched by Jacob all along?