Ben’s Ultimate Con!
In the Season 4 finale we learn some very important information from Ben, which helps in presenting this theory!
1. Ben tells Locke that moving ‘the island’ is a last resort.
2. He tells Locke whoever moves ‘the island’ can never return.
And most importantly, Ben tells Locke, ‘he’ always has a plan!! Ben makes these statements to Locke while he is patronizing and placating him. Telling Locke how sorry he is for being so ‘mean’ to him and making his life so miserable, yada, yada.
If you were thinking Ben had a sudden change of heart or grew a consciousness, YOU were conned too! A megalomaniac like Ben would never give up ‘the island’ or ‘his power’ so easily.
The one major ‘tell’ that Ben was ‘conning’, (aside that his lips were moving) was Ben had ‘his master plan’ already in action at that point. We know this because of a few things we learn at the end of Season 4, and in the beginning of Season 5.
Ben not only knew how to move ‘the island’, he knew all of the repercussions involved. When he arrives in the Hotel Lobby in Tunisia, he has a pretty good grasp of the date. He knows what year it is!
Further proof of his ‘con’, was Alpert meeting up with Locke when ‘the flashes’ began. Alpert has awareness of ‘the flashes’ and the workings of them. He knows how time is going to be moving. In fact, he gives Locke the compass because ‘he knows’ he won’t recognize Locke when they meet again! If Alpert knows this, so does Ben.
If you thought as Kate did, that Ben seemed to have no qualms about the ’06’ leaving ‘the island’, YOU were conned just as bad as Kate was. When she asks Ben if they could leave ‘the island’, Ben basically says, ‘see ya’, as if he cared less. Ben knows ‘the island’ has its ‘hold’ on the ’06’, and he knows how to get them back to ‘the island’. It’s all part of his ‘master plan’!
What I believe is Ben’s biggest ‘con’, is, he has figured out a way, to get himself back to ‘the island’. Ben tells Jack the reason Jack has failed in his attempts to get back to ‘the island’ because he can’t go alone! Ben tells Jack, they all have to go back together, including Locke. I think the same rules apply to Ben. He can’t go alone either! That is why he allowed the ’06’ to leave ‘the island’ in the first place. The ’06’ were Ben’s ‘Golden Pass’, back to ‘the island’ !