Matt always always pays off his seasons. Always. And he has assured us that he will do it again–that we’ll be able to trace everything back to the season opener. And, I suspect, as he has also always said, to the pilot as well.
Fear not, Basketcases. Things will move. There will be a gratifying (and also probably an equally confusing and frustrating) series finale. A payoff we want; a payoff we shall see.