E!Online’s Watch With Kristin and Crew broke the following concerning the splitting up of the cast:
… when asked about how they would manage the split casts next
season (with some on the Island and some off), Damon said, “We have
that [issue] intensely in mind.” He said that they find that separating
characters geographically and emotionally is a valuable storyline tool
for them, but they’re aware that they can only do that for so long
before audiences get impatient.
Clearly this implies that Jack and crew will be making it back to the island fairly quickly, or at least sooner than the end of the season.
Of course, the big rumbles are circulating around Daniel Dae Kim’s future on the show. Jin will be appearing “In some form” according to Lindelof, and according to Cuse “In human form.” Lindelof’s statement is probably more telling. It does seem to indicate that Kim’s role will be reduced, but we’ll see. Lindelof and Cuse take artful vasselation to its most effective extremes; Lindelof’s comment could have been meant to mislead us speculators, or could have been an honest forecast of Jin’s involvement. Jin fans, cross your fingers.