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* Agreed. The OT and the FST are different timelines (maybe two of many possibilities that all exist). The FST is produced because of what happens at the end of the OT (not because of the nuclear bomb in 1977 as we were led to believe). So in linear terms, the FST occurs AFTER the OT. A "reset" happens at the end of the OT (series finale) that transports the Losties to the Oceanic 815 flight in the FST. However, there are other people (i.e. Richard, Ben, Widmore) who will be transported to other "times" in the FST before the Oceanic 815 flight. Their actions leads to different circumstances (think Butterfly Effect) for the Losties in the FST. In order for the "course correction" to stick, Desmond needs to make sure that the Losties in the FST realize that the OT existed (for what reason - don't know yet).
 
* Agreed. The OT and the FST are different timelines (maybe two of many possibilities that all exist). The FST is produced because of what happens at the end of the OT (not because of the nuclear bomb in 1977 as we were led to believe). So in linear terms, the FST occurs AFTER the OT. A "reset" happens at the end of the OT (series finale) that transports the Losties to the Oceanic 815 flight in the FST. However, there are other people (i.e. Richard, Ben, Widmore) who will be transported to other "times" in the FST before the Oceanic 815 flight. Their actions leads to different circumstances (think Butterfly Effect) for the Losties in the FST. In order for the "course correction" to stick, Desmond needs to make sure that the Losties in the FST realize that the OT existed (for what reason - don't know yet).
 
**Yes, when the bomb detonated, they flashed to 2007 OT. At the end of this season, we'll see them flash from 2007 OT to 2004 FST.
 
**Yes, when the bomb detonated, they flashed to 2007 OT. At the end of this season, we'll see them flash from 2007 OT to 2004 FST.
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***The bomb may not have detonated. Perhaps the white flash was from the island moving when Eloise (then leader of the others) turned the Donkey Wheel. Hence the time-travel, from the island moving. Further supports the hypothesis that the island was sunk due to some other cause, yet to be revealed.
 
* Plus, we've already seen Desmond being unstuck in time. If these are one timeline, it would make more sense.
 
* Plus, we've already seen Desmond being unstuck in time. If these are one timeline, it would make more sense.
   

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The Last Recruit

Jack

  • The last recruit is referring to Jack, as he is the last of the remaining Candidates to allow the MiB to speak to him.
    • Claire says that Jack sided with MiB the moment he let him talk to him. MiB also says "you're with me now" at the end of the episode.
  • Jack is both "The" Last Recruit and "The" Candidate and MIB wants to seduce Jack to darkness.
  1. Lost has been Jack-centered since the pilot.
  2. Jacob shows Jack special attention, telling him he "has what it takes" and showing him the lighthouse
  3. In Everybody Loves Hugo the MIB pays Jack all the attention when the camps merge and has a special talk with Jack
  4. The candidates escape on the boat but MIB is happy because he has Jack
  5. MIB has been trying to get Jack off the Island since White Rabbit because he knows Jack is "The" Candidate
  6. Jack now believes he is "The" Candidate. He came to this realization following the Lighthouse and the dynamite on the Black Rock
  7. Jack has transformed from the "man of science" to the "man of faith", resembling the real John Locke
  8. Jack has the greatest sacrifice to make. All of the other characters have their temptation in both timelines (ex. the Kwon's have their baby in both, Sawyer is accepted as a good guy in both, Desmond has Penny in both, Sayid has/had Nadia in both etc.) Jack has to sacrifice his son who only exists in the flash sideways. Jacob's job is one for a solitary man, and by sacrificing his son Jack would be choosing a life of solitude on the island unlike anyone else who also have their loves in the OT.

Claire

  • Claire made the changes in this episode - She decided to go against MIB and get on the boat (despite Sawyer wanting her out and Jack being ambivalent), and she was the last to make this choice and get on the boat.
    • Its not Jack because he remains opposed to MiB - he bases his decision to stay on the idea that it runs contrary to what MIB wants. Sawyer's group is considering flight, Jack is going for fight.
  • She was also the last major character that Desmond had to go get in the sideways timeline. Hurley had been visited last episode, and the other characters were already on a collision course with each other (Sawyer had arrested Kate and was about to arrest Sayid, Sun knew who Locke was and was with Jin, and Jack was about the operate on Locke) but Claire was about to drift out of the picture, and Desmond had to go get her and his actions directly resulted in her meeting with Jack. Don't confuse Recruit with Candidate. Candidate has a specific meaning in the Lost lexicon, but recruit is just someone you need to sign on to your agenda.

Sayid

  • The Last Recruit is Sayid. He is the only one who is still on MiB's side
    • We don't know for sure that Sayid is still on MiB's side. It is still unknown if what Desmond said from the well caused Sayid to change his mind.
    • Last Recruit seems like a poor choice of words for "only one remaining" and is more fitting of "last to change" or "last to agree". ^As said above he is likely working against MIB now (they wouldn't kill Desmond offscreen) and he has the least important sideways flash of all, at least Kate's had some exposition.
  • This episode really opened my eyes to the fact that Jack has tooken the place of Locke. He is now 100% confident that the island needs him, and isn't done with him yet. He believes in "Destiny." LIKE LOCKE!! Locke was going to replace Jacob for sure, but when MiB manipulated him to go back and get the others, he was able to check that candidate off the list. He now realizes that Jack is now the strong candidate, and he is going to try to turn him to the dark side. Try manipulating him as well
  • The last recruit is not Sayid or Claire. Claire pretty specifically stated that they sort of became followers of the MiB when they let him speak to them. As I mentioned elsewhere, Claire already admitted to having befriended the MiB since the other Losties left. Sayid was given very clear instructions on not letting the MiB speak to him, but he did. This negates most theories on who the last recruit is. Claire may be Sawyer's last recruit, or she may be playing double agent and trying to find ways to get the MiB off the island, who knows.
  • If Claire is Sawyer's last recruit doesn't that make her a possibility for being "The Last Recruit"? Why does last recruit have to come from the viewpoint of MIB? Couldn't it just as easily be the last person recruited to fight against MIB? She would be the last recruit (to the anti-MIB line of thinking) even considering Sayid, since MIB leaves the group to check on Sayid, which is what allows Jack and Co. to sneak off - so Sayid was turned first.
    • It doesn't have to be from the MiB's point of view - you're right. I was just operating under the assumption that this episode would follow of theme of every other episode in the season that the MiB is trying to build a team for himself. Structurally it doesn't make much sense to change this theme now, but it is a possibility. If Claire really was the last recruit, that can't mean anything good for Sayid.

David

Jack's son David is the only character that exists in the FST who does not exist in the OT. There has to be a reason why David is present at the hospital as the rest of the candidates gather there. Also David has dark hair while the mysterious boy in the jungle has blonde hair (black and white). Since season one the others have been searching for children with special abilities. David's musical talent is a gift and is remarked on by Dogen in the FST(The Lighthouse). Dogen also says that "they are too young to have this kind of pressure." A reference to a high stakes audition OR to being a recruit/candidate.

  • David does not exist in the timeline where candidates are even a thought. The island is sunk in that timeline, and in the timeline where there is a search for a candidate, the thought of him doesn't even exist. How could he possibly be a candidate?

Desmond's Master Enigma

You would be a fool to think that the battle that rages on the island isn't a war between black and white. good and evil that is. Sayid approaches Desmond with intention to kill but faces the stark reality that Desmond is in fact an embodiment of Jacob. In many ways this represents the relationship between black and white as the white always must win. Another instance in which we see this reality is with Walt a Vincent. Walt is taken by the others but Vincent is in fact an embodiment of Jacob. Walt never returns to the island, forever banished for the sins of his father. As Jack rises to the final plateau as the next Jacob he will no doubt require a visionary cunning man equivalent of Richard Alpert. That man is Desmond. Desmond Hume is the sole actor in a great series of events leading to the collapse of the secondary space dimension and the barrier to the devision Man in Black plans.

Desmond's plan

Assuming we believe the previous theory about how the FST characters start remembering the OT events if they experience an emotional momoment in their lives(near death experience, feeling of love, recognizing a stranger etc), we see that Desmond is "pushing" people so that they can remember the OT events:He runs over Locke so that he has a near death experience.

He pushes Claire so her meeting with her half brother for the first time ever could provoke some incidents from the OT. However, while that didn't succeed for Jack, in the end he was asked to operate on Locke, and discovered that the very man who he could fix was the paraplegic on his flight from Sydney. In essence, Desmond is now reuniting Oceanic survivors so that they can return to one single timeline by merging the two timelines now that they remember both.

Interestingly enough, Desmond's actions run hand in hand with philosopher David Hume's idenity theory. David Hume states that the self is nothing but a bundle of interconnected perceptions linked by relations of similarity and causality. Sound familiar to what Desmond Hume is trying to get the Oceanic 6 to realize? Not all the philosopher's names in the show are random.

  • The character Desmond's full name is Desmond David Hume.
  • Many of the character names seem chosen to indicate the influence of historical figures into the story, but it may be a mistake to think they are random. All the names are for a purpose, and in some cases, the purpose seems to indicate a clue to their past.

Desmond

Desmond has become just as persuasive as MiB

  • It appears as if he was able to talk his way out of Sayid killing him. If Desmond was able to talk Sayid (who had been claimed) out of killing him; this shows that Desmond may be the next protector of the Island.
    • Sayid may have been turned to the Light.
    • This is further supported by Hurley innuendo about people always being capable of coming back from the dark side. -aeterno
  • He was able to convince Claire to see his lawyer.

Desmond appears to have taken Jacob's place in the FST. Just like Jacob with Jack, Desmond is giving people a small push in the right direction.

    • Jacob did not interfere with people on the island. That became Richard's job.
    • Desmond ran down Locke knocking him out of his wheelchair and over the car into the pavement, that was more than a push.
    • Desmond ran down Locke, knowing that it wouldn't kill him, but that he would be rushed to the hospital and greeted by the best spinal surgeon around, Jack. Desmond obviously knows something that none of the rest know, so he is trying to do what he can to make them see it, or steer them in the right direction. I suspect that because Desmond ran over Locke; Jack will not only save his life, but give him the ability to dance at his wedding.
  • Desmond took Jacob's place. MIB sent Sayid to kill him. Desmond did what Jacob had done to Richard. He gave Sayid immortality. So Sayid was replaced for Richard.

Desmond is not the candidate, he has a different role

  • We have been discussing the show as if there are two major roles to fill - Jacob and MIB. I posit that their is a third "super entity" that is represented by the child. While Jacob and the MIB represent the sides of good and evil, the boy representes the observer (and possibly judge) who bears witness as a third party to the battle of good versus evil. Desmond's destiny is to take over this role.
    • Desmond has become passive on the Island and just "goes with the flow" of whoever is around (Widmore, Sayid, MIB). He can question people (like Sayid) and this can have dramatic effect, but ultimately he does not physically intervene but just bears witness as each individual struggles between choosing good or evil.
  • Desmond is the next Jacob. He is pushing people just as Jacob did. Jack will be the new Richard; his spirit has been broken and is learning to follow orders.
  • Sorry guys... Is Desmond a candidate?
  • Desmond is going to be the replacement for Richard as advisor to the new Jacob.
    • Evidence - Along with Richard, Desmond is the only one who we have not seen age since we first saw him in the season 2 premiere "Man of Sciance, Man of Faith".
      • Counter-evidence - How have we seen anyone else age? None of them look any older and hardly look any different. There's no evidence behind your theory.
    • Evidence - Desmond arrived on the island in the same fashion as Richard did, shipwrecking on the island.
  • Desmond is not a replacement for Jacob or the MIB but is important as a "causal character". Just as he turned the fail safe in the hatch and crashed the plane, he will have to cause the event that leads to the disintegration of the OT. As explained by Faraday, Desmond is the only person to who "the rules do not apply" evidenced by his constant skipping between times in The Constant. He isn't bound by the rules (like MIB) or time (like the losties) and can withstand huge amounts of electromagnetism. His role is unlike anything we have seen on the island before.

What Sayid Did With Desmond

  • Sayid let Desmond live because Desmond was able to talk Sayid out of killing him.
  • Sayid let Desmond live because he realizes that he cannot gain Nadia love or respect by hurting people. Sayid has somewhat "turned to the light" but will continue to seek redemption through killing people (like shooting childhood Ben) because violence is the only thing he knows.
    • Sayid has always known that his violence is why he is not good enough for Nadia.
  • Violence is not the only thing Sayid knows. He is also good at electronics. And he is one of the most friendly people to his friends. He never hesitated to help his friends. He shot little Ben because he wanted prevent him to be Henry Gale.
  • Sayid also knows that the MIB is afraid of Desmond because when ask if he killed desmond he said yes and go check for yourself and the MIB didn't.
  • No one is dead on LOST unless they show them dying. Sayid did not kill Desmond.
  • Sayid did not kill Desmond. Hurley's Anakin reference is foreshadowing Sayid's return from the Dark Side.
    • Since being "brought back" from the dead, Sayid has shown a distinct lack of emotion, telling MIB that he felt "hollow inside". But now he "needed a moment" after shooting an unarmed man? This is either a touch of emotion, or a lie. Either way, it is why MIB pauses, trying to read Sayid.

Locke's Surgery FST

  • Upon seeing the x-ray, Jack knows he can fix Locke's back so Locke can walk again. Jack believes in miracles and has become a Man of Faith.
  • Jack has seen this kind of surgery before, involving a dural sac, which is the surgery he told Kate about, the same surgery right before he met Jacob. So he knows he can handle it, presumably by counting to 5.
    • Do we know that Jack ever performed the dural sac surgery on the girl in the FST?
      • They have not specifically said - however when he told Kate about it he said it was one of his first (or his first?) surgeries by himself. Take that for what it's worth in the FST, Jack is still a surgeon so maybe his first few surgeries and learning experiences were the same.
  • At the moment that Jack cuts into Locke's spine (or at the moment that Jack experiences his crisis moment with thinking that Locke is going to die, like he did in the original timeline), all of the candidates will be present in the hospital, thanks to Desmond. Jack's dad won't be there, so he'll have to pull himself through it. At this moment, the two timelines will merge, also due to the events taking place on island. Desmond will be involved in this as well, creating the necessary warp in the magnetic properties of the island with Widmore.
    • The candidates known to be at the hospital are Sun or Jin, Locke, and Jack. Hurley's location is unknown, and Sayid was arrested by James that same day, although they may arrive at the hospital in connection to Sun's gunshot wound.
    • Other former candidates known to be present in the FST may include Alex, Shannon, Kate, Daniel, Charlotte, Ben, Miles, Charlie, Boone, Claire, Nikki, Rose, Pierre Chang and Ethan. Only Ben is believed to be in the hospital (he arrived with Locke). Claire may arrive in connection to her pregnancy, but Kate is currently under arrest. Ethan works at a different hospital (Angel of Mercy).

Catch Up

The phrase 'Catch Up' is used two (2) during the Last Recruit. You would be a fool to not realize the true meaning of these words. These words imply that one of the remaining candidates must somehow advance to the next level. We have already established roles for the possible candidates. Roles are played and specify the division of good and evil.

    • Catch up can only mean that the timeline with Flocke is now in a reverse situation. Desmond has been able to convert the followers in both timelines and is uniting forces. We observe this with the future turnning of Syaid. It was stated in fact by Hurley that people aren't always evil. So it is clear that the others who have followed Locke must now catch up and advance to the stage in which James Ford has risen to.

Jack died like Claire did in "The Shape of Things to Come"

Jack died because of the bomb. Like Sayid he resurrects. Similar was seen before with Claire. And she is claimed. Plus, Flocke's words towards him seem to point out that he has been claimed too, meaning that he died.

  • Jack never seemed to lose consciousness, and if he did, it was only for a moment. If he re-awakened AFTER Locke touched him then maybe that would support this, but he was awake and watched Locke walk up to him.
    • Sayid and eventually Claire didn't needed to be touched. So why should Jack needed to be touched?
      • Claire could have been touched by MiB in the body of Charlie. When Sawyer goes to rescue her from the destroyed house, she asks for Charlie.
      • Still, Jack arguably never ever lost consciousness, and if he did, it was only for a moment. Claire at least was motionless and under a pile of broken house for a while before getting pulled out by Sawyer, and Sayid was legit dead for a LONG time. Jack never seemed dead even for a moment.
    • It was never confirmed that Claire died in The Shape of Things to Come.
      • Thats why there is an "eventually" in Front of Claire ;)

What Sun Meant

Sun was in a near-death state while being rushed to the hospital and was therefore flashing between timelines. She thought for a moment that Locke in the FST was "Locke" from the OT.

  • This would explain Juliet's words: "It Worked". She was having flashes of the FST moments before dieing, while Sun experienced the oposite.
  • Perhaps Locke *is* the MIB in the FST?
  • This is supported way back when Locke and Jack talk in missing items area of the FST. Locke tells Jack that his father's body is not equivalent to where he really IS. This could have been a hint that the real John isn't in John's body.
    • In addition we still don't know for sure what Locke had been doing in Australia.
      • Yes we do, he went there for the business trip, skipped all his business stuff and tried to do the walkabout and was rejected.
      • Not exactly. That's what he told his employer, and to Boone he said he DID the walkabaout; but he had reason to lie to both, as it was previously noted in S6E01's theory page.
  • Sun recognizes Locke as "Death." Locke's number 4 is unlucky and is paired with death. See Numbers.
  • She is drifting or 'remembering' the OT and knows John Locke as the MIB and is afraid of him, or possibly something hes going to do in the future which we havn't seen yet
  • Sun's constant is her husband Jin. That is why her speech is restored when she she's him on the island.

What about Frank

  • Sawyer refers to Frank Lapidus several times as "the Pilot", as well calling him Chesty. He seems to not know him, yet he knew Frank when they were all flying Frank's helicopter to get off the Island to get to the Kahana (They spoke to each other in There's No Place Like Home and Sawyer opened Frank's handcuffs). Sawyer jumped out before the chopper made it to the ship. Either he doesn't recognize him, or Sawyer is purposefully trying to keep his name quiet.
    • This is the first time Sawyer has seen Frank since the end of Season 4. Back then, Frank had a bushy goatee beard and rough appearance, replete with Tommy Bahama shirt. Now he has just walked in clean-shaven wearing a distinctive pilot's uniform shirt. Sawyer may legitimately not recognise him.
    • When Sawyer is discussing Frank with other Losties and calling him "the Pilot", he is speaking with Jack and then Kate. Neither Jack nor Kate correct Sawyer to point out it is Lapidus.
  • Frank is still alive. Most other non-candidate people have been killed off once the Island was done with them. So he still has some role to play or action to perform. It would be too simple to just see that the Ajira jet needs Frank to pilot it. In this episode, he is now grouped with the majority of the candidates, and Illana and Bram mentioned in the past that he was a potential candidate. There is something major coming that involves Frank.
    • Without Frank, there is no possible plot line that involves flying the jet off the island, so it may just be that simple.

The Flash-Sideways Occurs AFTER What We Are Seeing on the Island Now

Arguments For

  • At the end of this episode, a bewildered Jack gets rescued from the bombs by the Man in Black. If you look carefully, Jack now has a bleeding wound on the left side of his neck. When he awakens on 815 in "LA X Part 1", he gets up and goes to the bathroom, where he notices the same wound.
    • If that is true, and the wound is still bleeding when Jack sees it 815 in "LA X Part 1", this means there is only a short time until this is all resolved.
      • The last few episodes of a season often cover a matter of hours.
  • Agreed. The OT and the FST are different timelines (maybe two of many possibilities that all exist). The FST is produced because of what happens at the end of the OT (not because of the nuclear bomb in 1977 as we were led to believe). So in linear terms, the FST occurs AFTER the OT. A "reset" happens at the end of the OT (series finale) that transports the Losties to the Oceanic 815 flight in the FST. However, there are other people (i.e. Richard, Ben, Widmore) who will be transported to other "times" in the FST before the Oceanic 815 flight. Their actions leads to different circumstances (think Butterfly Effect) for the Losties in the FST. In order for the "course correction" to stick, Desmond needs to make sure that the Losties in the FST realize that the OT existed (for what reason - don't know yet).
    • Yes, when the bomb detonated, they flashed to 2007 OT. At the end of this season, we'll see them flash from 2007 OT to 2004 FST.
      • The bomb may not have detonated. Perhaps the white flash was from the island moving when Eloise (then leader of the others) turned the Donkey Wheel. Hence the time-travel, from the island moving. Further supports the hypothesis that the island was sunk due to some other cause, yet to be revealed.
  • Plus, we've already seen Desmond being unstuck in time. If these are one timeline, it would make more sense.


Arguments Against

  • This does not explain the time discrepancy between the FST and OT. 815 was 3+ years before the events currently going on in the OT. If the reset transported everyone to 815 in the FST, it would be in the past. There is no evidence that the 815 of the FST takes place in the future.
    • "After" doesn't have to mean chronologically but could mean on the story-line. So it could be more a flash-forward of the results that happen after some point in a future episode, like the end of season 3.
  • Does this mean to say that Jack's mom is lying about his appendix scar? And that he has a child he didn't know about originally? Or that Charlie never died? The FST may occur after but definitely not in a "straight" sort of timeline sense.
    • Haven't thought that far ahead, but one thing I speculated was that the entire FST is some sort of collective subconscious / dream world, and thus anything someone having little/nothing to do with the island says is and example of unreliable narration - the 815ers just "coming up" with explanations for that which they cannot explain.
      • I believe that at the end of the S06, the reality is not "reset", but more like "rebuilded". With somebody in a change, who can make a modifications (bringing dead people back alive, chagning their hisotry, relationships). Till now it seems, that the one who is in charge of this "reset" will be MIB. And that is the reason why he is prommising any wishes to Losties who will help him. ("Do you want Nadia and Shannon back? Ok.. help me and during reset of the events, i will keep that in mind.") So I expect, that Alternative timeline is taking place AFTET the season finale from story point of view. But there will be some acitons, that will make some modifications.
    • Clare hasn't had her baby yet in the FST. That proves the two realities are not on the same timeline.
      • This presumes the FST is reality. While this might be the case, this has not been proven.
  • Guys dont forget that alternate sideline Ben (as well as others) were at some point on the island.. probably left at the mess before the bomb exploded

The Flash-Sideways has been running alongside the OT all along

  • Everyone always looks at the major events when debating the point that the timelines split (the Incident, failsafe, turning the wheel), but what if it started when Oceanic 815 crashed? From the producers point of view it would be great since people dont usually turn to the early episodes of the show for answers.
    • The timelines could not have split around the crash. Benjamin Linus, who lived on the island for most of his life in the OT, didn't stay on the island in FST. Most of the characters in the FST have major deviations from their OT counterparts pre-crash. Sawyer and Miles are cops, Faraday is a musician, Desmond never met Penny, etc. This suggests that the two timelines diverged at an earlier point, if they do have a convergence point at all.
      • We have also seen that Widmore is off-Island in FST, with a different life. In OT, he was expelled by Ben as Leader of the Others, but if Ben left the Island and Dharma when he was young in FST, then he was never leader of the Others. So Widmore would not have been expelled. The theory is that Widmore was never Leader of the Others, possibly never on the Island.
        • There is the possibility that in FST, there were no Others.
  • From the very beginning they said "two players, two SIDES, one is light, one is dark..." The two SIDES are the OT and the FST. So what if the Island is Jacob's "board" and the FST is MIB's "board."
  • When Jacob and MIB bring people to the island, they are trying to prove a point to eachother. I thought maybe Jacob's argument was that if you took technology out of the picture (they always said he hated it), took all outside influences out of the picture, and made people face their biggest issue and over come it, they could be good. Who knows what the exact argument is, but either way they would need some other "simulation" to have something to compare it to.
    • We don't know that it was Jacob in the cabin and that he hates technology, especially since Ben set up the whole cabin stunt, however, considering the way Jacob seemed to be living, it would probably be a good guess that he's not used to recent technology. I think that a person's capacity to do good according to Jacob though isn't necessarily affected by technology.
  • The function of the lighthouse could be to "check the results." People suggested that the lighthouse was a "what if simulator," and they would be partially right, except its not a simulation, but an alternate universe.
  • This would make sense if they were arguing what the actions of the Losties would be, or what choices they would make. If they were running side by side, you would have seen Jack save Charlie on the island, and Jack saving Charlie on 815 (same result). You would see Ben sacrifice Alex to save himself, and Ben sacrifice a job to Save Alex in the FST (different result). Who knows how they compare these results, what the desired results are, and what is being argued, but this would make sense.
  • Also, when you see the LOST promos and they show the title against the backdrop of the island...the reflection of the island into the water is a city skyline...not the trees from the island. I noticed this way back when. Perhaps this is representing the two timelines occuring at the same time.
  • This could explain why Locke couldn't talk after Desmond turned the failsafe key. Perhaps his FST self was bleeding through due to an electromagnetic anomaly and at that point Desmond had just hit him with his car. It just seemed eerily familiar when Locke made that face and couldn't speak at the end of last week's episode. Also, Sun not being able to speak English would support this, since we now know that the FST/OT can "bleed" into eachother.
    • That would be dependent on whether or not the time of the failsafe corresponds to the time that Desmond hit Locke with a car in FST (which is very likely considering the FST we're seeing is still 2004ish). Remember, the timelines aren't being shown at the same 'moment' of time, technically, the FST is a flash diagonally.

John Locke Will Be Hero

  • Near-Death Experience has "opened his eyes" to alternate world
  • Sees his fate, knows he must stop MiB
  • MiB was taking cheap shots at dead Locke, common literary tecnique setting up the underdog
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