Hello my dear friends -
It's Saturday morning, and I felt like posting a little bit of fun stuff before I get going on a full day of book-writing. Since last Tuesday's intense episode, I've been thinking about a way that things could work out where -- in the very end -- Sun, Jin, Locke and Sayid (and others) aren't dead, and the Island timeline still exists.
Here's what I've come up with. It's complicated, but I think you hardcore fans can keep up. In fact, I'm sure you can. And I'm not sure any other way to wrap everything up is going to be any less complicated... so here it goes:
1) The war continues on the Island in the present timeline. The MIB wins. He succeeds in killing the rest of the candidates, and is about to leave the Island using the piloting skills he has embedded from Locke's memory (shout-out to an anonymous LLL reader for that idea!). If the MIB leaves, the world will be destroyed. Some character -- maybe Widmore -- will finally explain this in no uncertain terms (the consequences of the MIB leaving) BEFORE it happens.
2) In the 2004 sideways timeline, the 815ers finally all remember their other existences. They remember everything, including the "future" events of 2007 (we've already seen evidence of this, with Sun being scared and saying "It's HIM!" when she saw Locke next to her on the stretcher). They know the consequences of the mistakes they made -- both in their personal lives and on the Island.
3) With Desmond's help, the 2004 sideways 815ers find a way to communicate and/or influence what the CONCURRENT versions of themselves on the Island are doing. Meaning, the 2004 815ers that DID crash on the Island (because remember, "whatever happened, happened"). I forgot about my own theory from a while back, which is that I think Charlie de-jamming the Looking Glass station's signal, and/or Jack answering the Freighter Fone, were the events that led to the unraveling of everything. If the freighter team had never reached the Island, none of the really bad stuff would've happened. So the Alt 815ers figure out a way to prevent the Island 815ers from doing those things. (I also realize that the "key event" could've been something else entirely... the point is, there was some moment in time where things started going awry for the Losties, and they need to fix it. And they can, with the help of their "other" versions.)
What would this mean in the big picture? I'm definitely not sure what it would mean for the Alt timeline. I'm not sure if that one would just go "poof!", or if those versions of the 815ers would just continue to live out their lives. I have no idea. But I do have an opinion for what it would mean on the Island...
On the Island, the 815ers -- now infused with the knowledge of what will happen should they stick to their present course -- accept their fates on the Island and stop trying to leave. While Jacob doesn't have to die in this scenario, he does want to retire, and Jack now knows that it's his job to take over. Locke takes over as the leader of the Others, which Ben is fine with, since he is aware of what would've happened in the other scenario (Alex would've been killed by Keamy). The MIB still exists as Smokey and various undead figures, and so the 815ers know they need to keep him "bottled up" as best they can. Juliet will finally figure out how to save pregnant women on the Island, thanks to some additional training she had in the Alt timeline that we have yet to see.
So Claire remains with Aaron and raises him with Charlie (along with Godmother Kate, of course), and Sun and Jin are able to raise Ji Yeon as a little Island Baby. I'm not even touching what I think will happen with the Kate/Jack/Sawyer/Juliet quadrangle! And I still have no idea who the skeletons are!
For those of you crying, "But what about the "Whatever Happened, Happened?" rule, I say this: that rule has not been broken in the slightest. Everything the Losties did in the original timeline remains intact. In fact, it was necessary for them to blow up Jughead in order to create the sideways timeline. None of the on-Island stuff that went down in Seasons Five and Six would be erased in any way. It will have always happened in some form, it's just that the sideways timeline will then lead to a "reset" of certain Island events starting around the time the Freighter approaches. Think of it as a linear timeline that has a small loop-de-loop or circle between 2004 and 2007.
It makes sense to me, but I've gotten very little sleep over the past several weeks, so maybe I'm just crazy.
I do think an alternate version to section #1 above is that the MIB doesn't kill the remaining candidates and that Jack and crew -- with Desmond's help -- are able to kill him instead. But there's still gotta be something that would motivate the 2004 timeline people to want to reset things a bit. Maybe the fact that the good majority of them die otherwise? Who knows. But one thing I'm sure of is that all of the characters will be "redeemed" in one way or the other, in one timeline or the other, before the show is over.
I realize that the theory above has a ton of holes in it. You all are quite aware by now that I have never been like "HERE'S MY THEORY AND I KNOW I'M RIGHT!!!!" about absolutely anything. In fact, that's why I'm posting this before Tuesday's show, since I'm figuring the above will be blown to hell within the first five minutes of the next episode!
And since I haven't looked at any other Lost blogs all season, perhaps this theory is already very widespread out there. In which case, um, you didn't hear it here first.
But I needed a break from writing about serious business stuff. So I took it.
Here's one last thing I am going to say for the record about my hopes for the series finale: I seriously, seriously, seriously hope that the writers and producers do NOT proceed to shed light on a whole bunch of other things about their intentions for characters, or what happens to the characters "after the finale," or anything like that. J.K. Rowling pissed me off big-time when she explained -- in great detail -- the fates of characters in her Harry Potter series. Things that were not in the actual books. That's cheating, in my opinion. Everything we need to know as fans of Lost should be in the show. So I truly hope it is.
That is all! Enjoy your weekends and next week's episode!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Hello my dear friends -