Proof the Man In Black is NOT Smokey.
While watching the finale for the sixth time now (don’t laugh) I stumbled across something most of you may have already noticed.
We all know that something took the form of Alex to instruct Ben to follow all of John Locke’s orders. Assuming it is the black smoke who did this, then it is impossible for it to also be Locke. If it is able to take form, I don’t see how it could be both at the same time. So I believe that Smokey is it’s own entity, and the fake Locke is another. Not one of the same. Although it would make sense for the Man In Black (MIB) to manipulate Smokey. Smokey seems to scan peoples thoughts/memories. MIB in Locke’s body, also has Locke’s memories. Possibly because Locke was scanned by Smokey in the past. Smokey somehow passes this information on to MIB.
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