at Monday, August 18, 2008
- A.A.C. Puryear STAFF WRITER
Editor's Note: This is the final installment of a three-part post, read part one here and then part two.
2005: On the Island:
Last seen disappearing under the cover of a purple flash (similar to that of the result of Desmond turning the fail-safe key), the Island will resurface with all new challenges to boot.
I’m not particularly interested in where it has been “moved” (personally, I think it’s in the same spot; it just jumped forward in time like Ben did), but more so intrigued by what the people on the Island are going to do after they open their eyes to see that the purple flash has receded. Here’s my breakdown:
Jin: Not dead. No way. Not a chance. Granted, I can see why someone might think that, given the fact he was on the edge of an exploding freighter, which means his biggest worry will be trying to find something to hold on to so he won’t drown. Thankfully, Daniel Faraday was last seen navigating an inflatable boat towards the freighter. When he comes across the wreckage, Jin will be the only survivor. Dan will take him back to the Island, and Jin will continue picking up the English language. Simply put, if he isn’t already, Jin Kwon is gonna be a total badass by the time Season 6 rolls around. But Michael though… yeah, sorry Walt, the Island doesn’t need your daddy anymore.
Claire: We won’t see her too much this season. Emilie de Ravin has a holding contract with the LOST producers, meaning she won’t have a major role like she has in the past four seasons, but she’ll be a regular again in Season 6. She’ll just be chillin’ with her daddy in Jacob’s cabin until then.
Sawyer and Juliet: Romance. Gonna happen. No doubt about it. After all, can you blame them? The people they loved just escaped on a helicopter together. Plus, that whole Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle thing was getting boring. Let’s make it more of a square like when Ana-Lucia was alive! But seriously, while that romance probably will occur, this is not the most important aspect of the story that these characters have coming for them.
Let’s look at Sawyer, who is generally a confrontational person with just about everyone. Now, we know most of this is fairly superficial; he gives everyone not-so-nice nicknames, but deep down he can be friendly (right Hurley?), or maybe the only beef he has with a guy is the fact they’re both chasing after the same girl(s) (right Jack?). However, in the past few years we’ve seen that Sawyer’s hatred for the Others and John Locke’s most recent antics are purely genuine. Now that Locke and the Others have joined forces, Sawyer will only have one combined entity to oppose. Things could get violent, but Sawyer will certainly have his own supporters. Juliet, for one, will probably serve as his co-pilot; her knowledge of the Others and the Island in general will certainly be helpful. Jin has more loyalty to Sawyer than he does to Locke, Rose has already said before that she has no intention of John being her leader, and of course Bernard will stand by his wife, so these survivors will join Team Sawyer as well. Expect all the no-name extras to be killed off this season in the war against the Others. This will probably lend to Locke telling Jack that a lot of bad things happened after the noble doc left the island.
Miles, Daniel, and Charlotte: We’re gonna learn more about who they are, much more than just the tiny flashback we got earlier this year. Expect Miles to join Team Sawyer, talk to a lot of dead 815 survivors (I’ve heard rumors or Libby and Eko coming back), and learn much more about the Island than we have in the past four years. Perhaps he might even replace Locke as Jacob’s golden boy later in the Season when Locke finds a way off the Island. Expect Charlotte to join Team Locke and learn more about her past. After all, she believes she was born on the Island, and she came to find answers. Richard Alpert will probably offer those answers, making Team Locke much more desirable than Team Sawyer. Expect Daniel to conduct some more experiments, convince Charlotte not to join Team Locke, and learn about the Island’s incredibly unique properties, especially the ones dealing with time. He’ll have quite an interest in the Dharma Initiative’s progressive endeavors. Ultimately, these three characters will provide perfect vessels through which the writers and producers of the show will enlighten us about all those little mysteries on the Island about which we have been so curious (Have we seen a shot of Charlotte’s feet yet, because I bet she has four toes.)
Richard Alpert: He’ll support Locke for a while and then decide Miles is the special person he’s always been after. He’ll have a role very similar to the one he had in Season 3, in which he prepared Locke to meet Ben’s appeal and eventually take over, but only this time, he’ll help Miles. Not totally convinced on this theory, but it’s really the only one I have for this guy.
Last but not least…
John Locke: I’m going to say right now that Season 5 will have two major plot threads: the story of how the Oceanic 6 and company reunite and return to the Island and the story of how John Locke becames Jeremy Bentham. Locke will start the season by inviting Sawyer and company to join him and work towards destiny and saving the world and all that stuff, but once the con man declines, Locke will find himself with yet another battle on his hands. He will consult Jacob again and again, but as the casualties on both sides mount up, Locke will realize he can’t save the Island by himself. In the flashbacks of off-island survivors and in his own flash-forwards, we will see him put on the guise of Jeremy Bentham as he tries to bring a team together to go back to the Island.
In the finale of Season 5, expect to see two things from the legendary man of faith: how he gets off the Island and how he was killed. I don’t have any theories about the former (at least none that don’t involve a frozen donkey wheel), but on the latter, I will say this: Matthew Abaddon was the man who encouraged Locke to go on the Outback walkabout, which led Locke on the path to regaining his legs and becoming the leader of the Others. He also remarked to Locke, “when you and me run into each other again… you’ll owe me one.” Everything we have seen thus far suggests Abbadon is possibly in cahoots with Widmore, maybe even the one pulling the strings. Abbadon will more than likely try to call in a favor from Locke and get him to tell him more about the Island, where it is, and what not, but Locke, on orders from Jacob, will refuse whatever Abbadon asks of him.
Abbadon won’t like that at all.