I don’t play games much on weeknights anymore. Something about still trying to sort through my new work schedule. But last night, the reason was because I was watching the Lost finale. Spoiler-filled discussion of it ensues below.
I end most Lost episodes complaining to my wife that not enough happened in the show we just watched.
She always tells me that plenty happened.
And then she’s proven right when we can’t stop talking for the next hour about events in the show.
Last night we were trying to untangle the identities and allegiances of the factions in Lost, as they stand post-Finale.
The mind-blower for us, which spun us in all sorts of directions, was how the finale re-wrote what may be the key scene in the season for me. It’s a scene that wasn’t even in the finale, but was in last week’s show: future Locke telling future Richard to tell past Locke that he needs to die to make things right. After last night, we can substitute “future Locke” for “anti-Jacob” and that’s what starts spinning our heads.
Let’s sort this out.
So there’s Jacob and anti-Jacob who both have a mystical sense of people and place. They each seem to know how to be in key places of the Lost cast’s lives: for example, Jacob is waiting at the foot of a skyscraper for Locke to be chucked out of its window; anti-Jacob somehow knows when leg-shot Locke will time-hop to the crashed drug-smuggling plane.
Jacob is aligned with Elana — who he recruited when she was bandaged — and her crew of husky statue-worshiping acolytes. Elana brought Said to the island via Ajira airlines. Jacob got Hurley on that plane. So we can assume that Jacob wanted some of the Oceanic 6 back on the island. They seem to be tight with Richard, who has yet to do anything that would make him seem like a bad guy. The only odd behavior among this group lately is them knocking Frank out with a gun and then bringing him along on their trek to the statue.
Anti-Jacob is against Jacob, of course. He masquerades as a dead man, Locke. We know from the finale that someone other than Jacob has been using the cabin. That possibly has been anti-Jacob, who may well have been using the visages of Jack’s dad, Claire, and… Shannon and Walt (?)…to get our cast members to do stuff. If he’s been using the cabin for a while, then perhaps he had been giving Ben bad orders for years? I’m not sure about that, because one would think Jacob would have intervened. This aspect is odd, unless you’re buying Jacob as a God-figure who doesn’t intervene in mortal affairs except at times of his own choosing, even when a Devil is impersonating him.
The faction I’m having trouble placing is/are Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore. It is certain that Widmore has led forces against Ben, who he loathes and from whom he wanted to usurp the role of leader of the island’s people. His vendetta may have been of his own making, but could he have been guided by anti-Jacob? That doesn’t quite work if anti-Jacob was in the cabin directing Ben’s life too. So, no, I can’t sort out how Widmore is aligned.
Hawking is a puzzle as well, because the younger version of her was seemingly put on a path this season toward raising her son so that he could go back in time and be killed by her. She seemed to always be supporting a time loop, either because she hoped that someday it would be broken or because she believed that what happened in that time loop was the true course of events that she had to support. In other words, she’s either lived a life of trying to support the status quo timeline or of trying to change it. It could go either way! And to make things more confusing, the older version of her was able to be civil to Widmore and to Ben during this season, so it’s not clear where she stands vis a vis the men’s rivalry.
I think that’s it for possible string-pullers. Everyone else in Lost is a pawn or a rogue agent. They are the fun characters, blown about by the whims of the above power-players or their own impulses.
A question for folks: what’s the significance of Jacob crossing paths with so many Lost characters at such different times in their past? He’s meeting some of them after their first island visit. To what end?
Let me leave you with two theories, one old and one new.
An old theory I still like: In the past, Eloise is informed — via Jack or Faraday’s notebook — about who will be the passengers of flight 815. She then spends her life making sure those people get on that plane. Their presence on it, therefore, is not a coincidence but the satisfaction of another time loop.
A new theory I like: The emotional finale of season three — Charlie’s sacrifice in the underwater base — was ruined for me when in season four the prophecy the future-seeing Desmond predicted to Charlie — that Claire and the baby would leave the island in a helicopter if Charlie died — was disproved. That vision can’t come true if Claire’s been killed/disappeared. But what if Season 5 splinters the cast into a new timeline? And what if, in this new timeline Claire and the baby do get off the/an island in a chopper? Then we’ll have to look at Desmond anew: as a man who doesn’t just see the future, but who sees multiple possible futures.
So, what did you think of the finale?