I love that pic. Flannery O'Connor is one of my favorite writers too. He's reading "Everything Rises Must Converge" a book that discusses the struggle of Good vs. Evil.
We are under 7 days away from the beginning of the end. The first episode of the last season is next week and I can hardly contain myself. The unfortunate thing for me, is that apparently I will be on a week delay down here so please, pretty PLEASE, nobody talk to me about the show. It might actually kill me not seeing the show in real time so I will exhaust all internet avenues, legal or otherwise to see the shows as the US audience views them.
For those that don't know, I think a LOT about the show. When I'm waking, driving, in the shower, making love, it is always on my mind (ok not the last one but you get the gist). I had a dream about where the next season will start and I saw Hurley standing in waist high water on a sand bar in the ocean (this is wrong but it seemed right when I woke up). I occasionally read internet theories and discuss with other fans. I love experiencing the show this first time around when things are still unknown and there are multiple theories/interpretations floating around. As they connect the dots, some theories are deemed silly, others impossible and some right on the money. You only get this first, last season experience once so enjoy the ride.
Without further adieu, here are some theories I've put together on the show which may be obvious, trivial or even wrong. Feel free to pull them apart:
If you do a little digging on the internet, it turns out the four toed statue is most likely an Egyptian goddess named Tawaret. She is known for, among other things, being a goddess of fertility. I believe her destruction (probably caused by the incident/ Hbomb explosion) is the reason that mothers lose the ability to have children on the island. We saw the Dharma initiative conceiving kids all over the place but obviously not for the Others decades later (the reason Juliet was brought over).
I am fairly positive that the Jacob's cabin was not Jacob's at all. Ben thought so but he was either lying or really didn't know as he never actually spoke to Jacob. The only words that Locke, not Ben, heard when he was taken there were "Help Me!". It's possible Jacob used to use it but I think more recently it was a sort of prison for his gray haired Nemesis. The ash surrounding it was somehow used to locke ;) him in. When it was broken he was able to escape. Who broke him out? Was it accidental or intentional? I thought Hurley mistakenly might have done it as he was able to see the cabin one time. Maybe I missed the answer to this, but it's still an outstanding question. While trapped he had a lot of time to figure out the loophole he would later use to finally kill Jacob. The interesting thing about that cabin is that Christian Shepherd (and later Claire!) were seen there a few times. It does seem that this Nemesis can impersonate dead people on the island as evidenced by Christian and later John Locke himself.
This leads to the very interesting question as to whether John Locke as we knew him is dead? It seems clear that the Nemesis has been puppeteering him around since he came back to the island. One odd difference between him and Christian is that Locke's body is visible whereas Christian's disappeared from the coffin. Is this relevant? As for Locke, it would be a shame if he is dead and gone. I wonder if a sort of exorcism is possible to get the Nemesis out of him, but would Locke remain or would he just vanish?
As for the loophole, I am still working on this one, but the Nemesis Locke gives a clue when he tells Richard to tell the normal Locke (when he takes the bullet out of his leg while he's jumping through time) he HAS to die in order to bring the Oceanic Six back to the island. He makes this explicit in his instructions to Alpert. I find in interesting that the wheel that Ben pushed to move the island was off it's axis. Did the nemesis do this intentionally as part of his whole plan to kill Jacob? Christian was down there when Locke went to fix the wheel. Hmmmmm... Since the Nemesis can't kill Jacob directly even when he's in someone else's body, he enlisted Ben to do it. Whether the other person had to be a leader, past or present, of the others probably doesn't matter. I think it just had to be someone other than him and the Nemesis recognized that Ben could be manipulated to do it based on his history with Jacob (love seeing Ben manipulated for once). It's noteworthy that Ben was following Locke's orders on the back of his encounter with the smoke monster in which Alex, his daughter appears, and tells him to follow whatever Locke says. Does the Nemesis control the smoke monster too? Another person besides Locke we are not sure is dead is....
Jacob? His death was very Obi Wan Kenobi style in the manner he resignedto it. He could have said a lot of things to Ben to save his skin, but he seemed to only antagonize him more, "What ABOUT you?". Did he expect to die, knowing he will come back? Is he a chess step ahead of his Nemesis and figured out the loophole before he did. Check out this cool Lost trailer for the last season. It is even set to Radiohead, my favorite band:
Jacob clearly touches a select few of our major pieces who are stuck in Dharma times at different stages of their life. Jack, Kate, Jin, Sawyer and Hurley (not Juliet or Miles from what we saw nor any other Dharma folk). Does this give them some sort of immortality to survive the blast? My guess is that those 5 will be warped back to their "proper" time (i.e. where they should be if they hadn't time traveled at all). The time of Ben, Evil Locke and Sun. In this time a war is brewing as Jacob's team carrying Locke's casket has finally caught up to the Others. What will happen once Evil Locke having just killed Jacob (with Ben's help) emerges in front of them will not be pretty is my guess.
I don't think Jack/Faraday's theory will come to fruition. For starters, that would be boring if everyone just gets on the flight and doesn't know each other. Faraday's initial conjecture that one can't change things in the past is the correct one. I think Miles foreshadows things when he questions Jack and everyone else in saying, "What if the H-bomb IS the incident we are trying to prevent? Glad you guys thought this one through." I think the old timeline will progress as we know with the Dharma intiative somehow surviving to finish building the Swan + encase it in concrete with a button that releases the pressure buildup every 108 minutes. Dr Candle survives to make all the tapes including the one for the swan pushing the button. Radzinsky survives to push the button until he commits suicide as we learn from Desmond's button mentor (the General who let Sayid go in the Iraqi war). Even Ben's dad somehow survives to later be killed by Ben with the gas. I realize it's inconsistent to think the blast destroyed the statue but left these people alive esp since Radzinsky was near the blast site. Maybe there's hope that Juliet and Miles will survive too. I have to think more about how to solve this inconsistency but perhaps the blast makes everyone time travel for a fraction of a second to survive the blast but the island itself still physically feels the explosion...
One other question I have is whether there will continue to be flash backs/forwards. My guess is there will, but primarily for Jacob, his Nemesis (they are the most intriguing characters now) and perhaps Richard Alpert and the new group that is sympathetic to Jacob. We know next to nothing about any of them so here we go again.
I can keep going with the questions like when will Claire reappear (she IS coming back, Michael style), what about Desmond (my favorite character still alive), why were the Others stealing children (they may not answer this one), what did Richard Alpert have to give up for immortality, are the Others descendants of the Black Rock ummm....shipwreck (still don't know why the boat is in the middle of the island and how the dynamite didn't blow if it was deposited there violently), was Richard the captain, what's with all the Egyptian symbols, who started Dharma and how did they find the island in the first place, how did a hydrogen bomb find its way on to the island, etc etc.
I'll stop here and depending on what sort of comments I receive, may have another piece on Lost before the
premiere. They certainly have a ton of questions to answer and can't wait for them to get started!