OK, here is one of my last theories for Lost. It’s bittersweet that it’s going to end. One of the best things about this series was thinking about theories for all the mysteries. I will miss that as well as the characters we all know and love.

Now, to my theory. I think that Aaron is special because he is the first baby born in the island in many years. Jacob could have taken him as his replacement, killing Claire in the process, just like mom did two thousand years ago. Instead Jacob decided to eliminate him from the list of candidates, so he can have a normal and happy life and is not condemned like Jacob was. Instead Jacob selects other candidates. Flawed and lost people that didn’t have much too miss from their lives.

So Aaron was the most likely candidate, as he was born in island and that’s why he’s special. Jacob felt sorry for Aaron as he reminded him of his own life. Also, MIB seems to feel empathy for Aaron as both had a crazy mom.

That’s all the mystery about Aaron. He is not from the future or stuff like that. A bit underwhelming? Probably. We all made so many complex theories and in the end almost all of them ended up having pretty simple anwers. At least there are no aliens!

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I’d just like to point out that in Greek mythology (I think!), the name ‘Aaron’ means ‘bringer of light’. Light (supposedly) equals Jacob, anyone?

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Written 17th March

Smokeylock explains to Kate that he had a crazy mother and Aaron now has a crazy mother.  If it is going in circles, Aaron could be the SmokeLock. This would definitely relate him to Christian  [–> Jack, Claire –> Aaron]

I’m wondering how Aaron ties into all this, being a descendant of Christian and sharing a common background with SmokeLock (Especially since such a fuss was made in season 1 about Claire raising him).

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Written 9th March

I wrote this much earlier in this season to a friend, but I want to revisit this as crazy as it might sound, especially with the introduction of Jack’s son in the last episode. Addendums to the original thoughts will be in italics so you know which is a product of newer information.

My mind is easily scrambled when trying to explain things, any help/insight would be great! I know a lot of people HATE the idea of Aaron as Jacob/David as MIB or what have you… but in any case, check it out. And, please, help it out! :]

I’m getting more convinced that Aaron is a reincarnation of Jacob (and if not Jacob maybe someone else). This would go with the meshing of eastern and western philosophies that the show likes to do. (So it would still be a nice allusion to Aaron being a descendant of Jacob a la Old Testament AND reincarnation a la Buddhist/Hindu traditions.) If Aaron is not the “Chosen One” in this situation, he may just be a messenger (or even the reincarnation of Jacob the messenger) who foretells the coming of the Chosen One (whoever that is and whatever that might mean). As John the Baptist preceded Jesus in the Bible. Though it may not work out time-wise, but perhaps, David… presumably being older in the SLU timeline than Aaron, is somehow a sidekick in preceding the arrival of this special child? If memory serves me correctly, Virgin Mary and Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mom) were related somehow… making John and Jesus distant relatives, which parallels David and Aaron as cousins…

Which leaves us with– who is to bear the Chosen One?
1. Will it be Kate, and that’s why she’s always involved secondhand with babies no matter where she is (help’s with Claire’s baby, takes in Aaron, I can’t remember but I think she’s the first person Sun asked to keep the secret about her pregnancy besides Sawyer who found out by way of necessity).

2. Was it Sun, therefore making Ji Yeon’s role– and her absence from the alternate timeline– more important? Is it part of the loophole that Ji Yeon is female?

Anyway, in my mind, as of the last episode, I no longer think Jacob or even MIB are the be all end all. Whether the writers have time to explain it or not, “everyone answers to someone”, so it could be that Jacob and MIB answer to something higher as well. I think this is because of how I started to see Desmond– as a catalyst for events– so in a way I started to see Jacob’s “touch” in other people’s lives less as a mark of candidacy and more as a catalyst to bring everyone to the island for something bigger (war of the worlds/dimensions/etc).

This “something bigger”, if it’s a war/coming apocalypse might be rather cliche though since a lot of great epic storylines lead to a major war, the struggle between ideologies or a fight to change the status quo (like in Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia, I guess). But that keeps up with the Book of Revelation/notion of how the apocalypse will come about according to the book of John. (Interesting to note whose book that story is from, no? You should check out the symbolism too, because it might foreshadow the explanation of Kate/Sawyer seeing the pale horse and the dark horse from Kate’s past.) If done correctly, it could be rather amazing. Esp. for simple primetime TV.

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I think I read some time loops theories with similar ideas, but can’t remember who wrote them or where, so these ideas are only partially mine – more like I chose some pieces from various places and put them together to come up with my own little chaotic theory! Oh, additionally, my theory assumes Jacob is Aaron and MiB is David (no originality there -ha ha). Sorry for the length of the following!

Firstly, I wanted to start off with the bodies in the cave that Jack discovered in Season 1. I initially thought that these Adam and Eve bodies were a mother and father. I thought that MiB and Jacob were brothers (like the Jacob and Esau story from Judaism) and that these two bodies were their mother and father. Now that I’ve given in to the idea that Jacob is Aaron (I’m still not convinced) and MiB is possibly David, I NOW think that these bodies are still parents, however, not from the same set of parents. To clarify, I think that the male body is Jack’s and the female body is Claire’s. Remember when Hurley said something like “What if these bodies are ours?” It got me thinking..Jack is the one that discovered them, what if Jack just discovered his own dead body?! On a side note, I feel MiB and Jacob being brothers would be more poignant than them being cousins, but hey, I’m not the writer – moving on.

Now, I think that like a lot of watchers I assumed the alternate timeline was a result of the bomb explosion the Losties forced at the Dharma site in 1977. Following this logic, time should (but who knows – it’s not like time travel is an exact science!) have forked at the very second the bomb exploded if the bomb explosion did what the Losties expected it to. In this case, the new “prong” of the fork should be the alternate timeline. So, just to clarify a little, let’s assume time is depicted as a straight line. When the bomb went off in 1977, that point of the line should have two branches. One branch is what we are being shown with the Losties still on the island having survived the explosion (umm – I’m not a nuclear physicist, or bomb expert, but shouldn’t they all have died seeing as how they were all within a 200ft radius of the explosion??) and the other branch is the alternate timeline where the plane lands safely and Desmond was on the plane, etc. I assumed that this is what happened because Juliet said it worked. But I kind of had also assumed if it had worked as Jack thought it would, the Losties in 1977 would have ceased to exist and we would be seeing ONLY the alternate timeline versus two (one island timeline and one alternate).

So, to say the least, I was confused. Then Jack had the conversation over the phone with his mom asking when he got his appendix removed. If the timeline were in fact a Y shape, everything in Jack’s life until 1977 (until the fork in the line) should have been exactly the same in the alternate timeline as it was on the island timeline. In fact, because Jacob didn’t even meet Jack until he was already a surgeon, everything in his life in both time lines should theoretically be exactly the same until that point, as MiB said Jacob influenced all the decisions the candidates made (after touching them – or before as well? – this wasn’t clarified). Following the logic that Jack’s life should be the same except for those incidents affected by the island/Jacob, Jack’s appendix shouldn’t have been needed to be taken out until 2004 when Juliet took it out on the island timeline. So, in the alternate timeline we know that Jack had it taken out as a young boy, but on the island timeline, he lived it with it as a boy. So, now we see that Jack has two separate childhoods. This is contrary to the Y shaped timeline because the base of the Y should be exactly the same for both timelines… In fact, Hurley’s entire life until the time Jacob was supposed to touch him (in his 20s) should be the same too, but it’s not – he is no longer afraid of the numbers, etc. His whole personality seemed different…Locke had a relationship with his dad but was still in a wheelchair – what??
This suggested to me that the timeline isn’t a Y at all. In fact, it suggested that there are two distinct timelines..(depicted as two parallel lines – multiverse theory, anyone?). Maybe when Juliet said “it worked” she meant that the Losties now have a chance to get to this parallel timeline where everyone is happier (except why is Sayid not with Nadia?)

Now, what if, this alternate timeline is not a result of the bomb at all? The white flash that was shown when Juliet detonated the bomb flashed in such a way that I suspected the island “protected itself” and time jumped back to current time (2007?) before the bomb could do damage (although the donkey wheel was fixed by then, so this a weak point in my theory). In which case, what is the flashways timeline we’re seeing? What if this alternate timeline is not a result of the bomb, but is instead a PREVIOUS timeline? As in, what if Claire had Aaron and Jack had David..and they both grew up to be in their forties (this is the age they seemed to be while on the beach watching the Black Rock approach) in the “real” world off the island and then somehow David and Aaron came to the island in the future (let’s say 2040ish, just to give a date)…So in 2040, Aaron and David end up on the island, except the island is now existing in the past predating the crash of the Black Rock. Hence, they had the conversation which goes like: “They come, they fight, they corrupt..it always ends the same” – MiB. So now, Aaron and David are wayyyyy in the past and they exist on the island until 2004 where we see in Season 1, Oceanic 815 is brought to the island and our Losties get stranded there. If this is true, then Aaron (Jacob?) and David (MiB?) are responsible for their parents coming to the island! (This could explain why they are ageless – they won’t start aging until they catch up to 2040..) But why would they want them to come to the island? Specifically, Claire can have her baby in either timelin, but Jack is shown having a child only in the scenario where 815 doesn’t crash. Well, MAYBE this is WHY Jacob influenced Jack’s life – to prevent MiB’s birth. Maybe Jacob thought bringing Jack to the island would cause MiB to cease to exist, but instead, MiB did not just disappear or cease to exist, maybe MiB found his loophole instead, which is what allowed him to kill Jacob! As an entity surviving in a paradox (the paradox being how does MiB live if he was never born), maybe MiB no longer had to follow the “rules” and killed Jacob accordingly.

Now, how/why Aaron and David would end up on the island when it is at the bottom of the sea is anyone’s guess. I realize this idea has a lot of holes..I thought it was an interesting concept to entertain…children bringing parents to the island..and Jack finding his own dead body…however, I suspect if Jacob were in fact Aaron, he would have taken a greater interest in Claire (his mom)…but it seems instead MiB has taken an interest in Claire..perhaps manipulating the mother will influence the son (Jacob/Aaron)…Maybe MiB wants to help Claire find Aaron so he can kill Aaron so he can never grow up to be Jacob?

Additionally, I don’t understand what killing Jacob has really done to help MiB…I suppose we will understand if UnLocke ever leaves the island..

Last but not least, I am not convinced that MiB is the evil one and Jacob is the good one. Jacob as a “good” character has done a lot of things which can be viewed as selfish and not in the best interest of the Losties…hardly a characteristic of good. Of course, MiB seems to be killing left and right while in his smoke monster form, so both of these characters seem to have shades of grey. In fact, Jacob is being portrayed as the protector of the island, but it is Jacob who keeps bringing everyone to the island in the first place! MiB seems fed up with people and even asks Jacob on the beach, “Still trying to prove me wrong?” So it seems to me, Jacob brings people to the island to play out something Jacob is trying to prove to MiB. If anyone noticed, there is a book Jacob is reading while he is sitting on the bench waiting for Locke to fall out of the window and break his spine. I forget the name at the moment but I looked up the title of the book and read a short synopsis. It seems to me it is about humanity and trying to show that humanity does still have a capacity for good (correct me if I’m wrong). Even if Jacob were trying to prove something to MiB, it doesn’t explain why MiB is trapped on the island, etc. It would be funny if they simply placed a bet, “Hey MiB, you can’t leave until you can prove humanity is hopeless, and I’m gonna spend the next 300 years proving humanity CAN be salvaged..” Ha ha!

Now whatever role Richard plays in all this should be interesting…as I recall UnLocke said to him, “Nice to see you out of those chains Richard..” The only chains in the show I can remember are the ones on the Black Rock which appeared to be a slave ship..?

In a nutshell, I think that the alternate timeline is the first time the Losties live out their lives and then their children go to the island as adults and end up in the past, wait for their parents to crash in 2004, and seasons 1 – 5 was a showing of the second time they lived their lives, this time partially on the island…

Alright guys, sorry that this is so long, but I’d love to hear your thoughts..thanks!

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Yin and Yang is used to show how opposites in the world are dependent on one another to exist. Apparently it is not so much about good and evil, but about the balance between those 2 opposing things. [6]. Dogen said that Locke/MIB is evil incarnate meaning that he is pure evil and since he is Jacob’s rival we can probably say that Jacob is all good. What if Jacob and MIB are the good and evil inside of one person, but have become physical entities on the island [1].

When they are on the beach MIB says to Jacob “Do you know how much I want to kill you?” [4]. But Jacob knows he can’t because they need each other, because they are apart of each other, it would create an in balance within whoever they came from. Maybe that’s why MIB doesn’t have a name yet.  It makes sense that they both are aware of where they came from and Jacob is more accepting and the MIB wants a way out to be free and do whatever he wants. MIB’s loophole was to find someone whose body he could fill with pure evil and that happened to be Locke, why Locke is so special I don’t know [2].

I think the little boy that MIB and Sawyer saw is Aaron and that MIB and Jacob are embodiments of two opposing forces inside him (at the risk of misinterpreting Yin and Yang we will say Good and Evil). MIB and Jacob are like the angel and devil sitting on Aaron’s shoulders [1]. This is why the little boy told MIB that “you can’t kill him” [3] Since they are one in the same they can’t kill each other, because they would end up killing themselves. He will never be able to get rid of all the good that was in Jacob or even in the world for that matter, because no matter how much bad things happen there is always hope that some good will come. [5]

Sources

[1] Brother, My. “Conversation I Had With Him, Probably After He Read Doc Jensen”. March 3, 2010.

[2] Faraday, Daniel. Faraday’s Journal. Widmore Industries, ????, 1954, 1974-77, 1996-2004.

[3] Fromtheblackrock, Firstmate. Dairy from the Black Rock. Hanso Foundation, B4TSR

[4] Radzinsky, Stuart. Swan Station For Dummies, The Island : Dharma Initiative, 1980

[5] Troup, Gary. The Bad Seed. Unpublished, 2004.

[6] Wantstomakechanges, Whoever. “Yin and Yang”. [Online] www.wikipedia.com, March 3, 2010.

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I’m new to this site and this is my first post so someone might have already said this but i would like to thank brokenankh42 for getting me on this thought process with his piece about a connection to star wars. He said he thought Walt or Aaron could be the one to balance the islands force. I would like to tweak that a little bit and say both could be a key to each side of the island mib’s side and Jacobs’s side. As we know black and white has played a central role in the story (backgammon, Jacob and Mib’s clothing) what if Walt is the key for mib’s side and Aaron is the key to Jacob’s side

First Aaron as we know he is special because he was able to be born on the island (could be because he wasn’t conceived there). Another thing that’s struck me was as I was watching the one hour long recap before the season 6 premiere they gave the back story on characters we knew were important (obvious ones like jack, Kate, Sawyer) but what felt odd to me was Aaron was given one. In the 5 seasons this show has been on before this recap many characters have played a much more important role in the plot then Aaron yet he was mentioned. Which means to me Aaron could be the key for Jacob. We know he is light (symbolized by light skin) and as we know Claire was infected meaning she was now under the control of the smoke monster and Claire came to Kate in a dream saying to not bring Aaron to the island. This could be the smoke monster knowing if Aaron is brought to the island he could lose this war so he manipulated Kate much like he manipulated Ben into killing Jacob for him.

Now to Walt. We know Walt has always been special and the others were very interested in him when they ran tests on him in season 2. Many people would argue this because up until now Walt has done nothing evil and has been a good character. Well now i will once again bring up the star wars reference and parallel Walt to Anakin. Anakin and Walt were both good growing up (Anakin becomes a Jedi) but in both we see flashes of anger. We saw Anakin massacre the Tuscan raiders when his mother died. Also when Walt was ignored in a flashback by his mother and step father he slammed a bird into the window. I have also seen it speculated that Walt summoned the polar bear to attack him in one episode to get the attention of his father. Now Lord sidious recognized the awesome power of Anakin and turned him to the dark side. What if Mib gets a hold  of Walt and makes a promise like “help me and you can see your father” again to turn Walt to the dark side (symbolized by his dark skin).

Thank you for reading and this could be utterly wrong i didn’t exactly do any research i just madly started typing away when the theory came to me

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Written 10th February

Imnew to this site and this is my first post so someone might have already said this but i would like to thank brokenankh42 for getting me on this thought process with his piece about a connection to star wars. He said he thought Walt or Aaron could be the one to balance the islands force. I would like to tweak that a little bit and say both could be a key to each side of the island mib’s side and Jacobs side. As we know black and white has played a central role in the story ( backgammon, Jacob and Mib’sclothing) What if Walt is the key for mib’s side and Aaron is the key to Jacob’s side

First Aaron as we know he is special because he was able to be born on the island ( could be because he wasn’t conceived there). Another thing that’s struck me was as i was watching the one hour long recap before the season 6 premiere they gave the back story on characters we knew were important (obvious ones like jack, Kate, Sawyer) but what felt odd to me was Aaron was given one. In the 5 seasons this show has been on before this recap many characters have played a much more important role in the plot then Aaron yet he was mentioned. Which means to me Aaron  could be the key for Jacob. We know he is light (symbolised by light skin) and as we know Clarie was infected meaning she was now under the control of the smoke monster and Clarie came to Kate in a dream saying to not bring Aaron to the island. This could be the smoke monster knowing if Aaron is brought to the island he could lose this war so he manipulated Kate much like he manipulated Ben into killing Jacob for him.

Now to Walt. We know Walt has always been special and the others were very interested in him when they ran tests on him in season 2. Many people would argue this because up until now Walt has done nothing evil and has been a good character. Well now i will once again bring up the star wars reference and parallel Walt to Anakin. Anakin and Walt were both good growing up (Anakin becomes a Jedi) but in both we see flashes of anger. We saw Anakin massacre the Tuscan raiders when his mother died. Also when Walt was ignored in a flashback by his mother and step father he slammed a bird into the window. I have also seen it speculated that Walt summoned the polar bear to attack him in one epiosde to get the attention of his father. Now Lord sidious recoginsed the awesome power of Anakin and turned him to the dark side. What if Mib gets a hold  of Walt and makes a promise like “help me and you can see your father” again to turn Walt to the dark side (symbolised by his dark skin).

Thank you for reading and this could be utterly wrong i didn’t exactly do any research i just madly started typing away when the theory came to me

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Back in first season, when Claire was still pregnant with Aaron on the Island, she said she was worried about her baby because he hadn’t kicked in a while.  Most of you probably remember this.  My theory is that, similar to Sayid, Aaron died in the womb and was brought back to life by being claimed.  I know there has been debate on this, and most theorized that the Island healed Aaron, but maybe there is a more sinister explanation.  If this is true, then that would mean Aaron is bad, and could explain why Richard Malkin (the psychic that Claire visits in “Raised by Another”) is so terrified to do Claire’s reading.

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Alright, this might sound a little far-fetched, silly, way out there – but it’s kind of like a little light went on inside my head. This is for some hardcore Star Wars fans – and don’t worry, it does link up to LOST.

So, I have been rewatching the Star Wars Trilogies this past week, and something struck me that hadn’t before. I never truly understand the “Prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the force” because I never really understood what ‘bringing balance to the force’ really meant.
What I realised is that the Jedi order has slowly been losing their powers and abilities to use the force because of the increasing prescence of the Sith. The Sith eventually gain enough power to overthrow the Jedi order – which leads to the purge at the Jedi temple.
Now, it was believed that Anakin Skywalker was the chosen one to bring balance. And although young Skywalker actually is responsible for the death of many Jedi, in the end he is also responsible for helping the Jedi return. He kills Sidious and his son becomes the newest Jedi knight, able to teach others the ways of the force. He brings balance insofar as the Jedi will now be able to have their full abilities to use the force once again.

Now, bringing this all back to LOST. I’m not saying there is a force or anything, but, there is a struggle between to sides to have control of the Island – Jacob and MIB. Consider the fact that MIB’s power has been growing, and he has now found his loophole which allows him to finally kill Jacob. The balance of power has been altered.
So, there must be one who brings balance to this power struggle. I nominate 2 possible contenders: Walt, whose abilities scare the crap out of me, and Aaron who was only supposed to be raised by Claire and no one else. Perhaps one of these two boys is the chosen one, meant to come back to the Island and restore the balance of power. I’d like to side more with Aaron (although, I’m open to suggestions as to why Walt is the chosen one). Remember in season 5 when Claire appears to Kate (most possibly as the Smoke Monster or the MIB) and tells Kate to never bring Aaron back. This might be because the MIB knows that this child is the key to his destruction – so he makes sure that he cannot come to the Island.

That’s pretty much my theory. Hurley’s reference to Star Wars in season 5 also helps connect the meaning of one story (Star Wars) to this particular story – so it may not be a total coincidence that it gets thrown in there.

Anyways, thoughts? Comments?

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I haven’t seen this post on here (as of late anyway)…
Remember in the original pilot part 1 and 2 when Claire says she hasn’t felt the baby kick since the crash and then Jin brings her some sushi and all of the sudden she can feel it kick and gets the inkling that what she is carrying is a boy…
Did anyone find that strange? I am sorry, I am in re-watch mode and everything seesms so suspcious now looking back.
Anyway, if there was an ALT then maybe Aaron really is as important as a lot of people thought and all of this was because he died in the womb… think about… what are the chances of a pregnant woman actually surviving a plane crash let alone with her baby and no harm done. Then tie this in with the way Jack just jumps into action and immediately goes for her.

Thoughts?

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This isn’t about the kids that the others took (although if anyone sees how that ties in, go for it) but rather about the three children who have been a major part of the plot for some time now– Walt, Aaron, and Ji Yeon.

Walt (though no longer exactly a child) has been an important character from the very beginning. His powers were a big mystery of season one. We haven’t seen any real closure on this character. Also, his relationship with Locke was very interesting.

Aaron, the original. From one of the very first episodes, Aaron was a mystery. He was the reason Claire was on the island at all. And according to the psychic (who was obviously not a complete ripoff because he knew how to get Claire to the island) he COULD NOT be raised by another without drastic consequences. So where are those consequences? And WHAT is so special about Aaron?

Ji Yeon– Perhaps the greatest island miracle. The island might have cured Rose’s cancer and restored Locke’s ability to walk, but it gave Jin and Sun a child. This seems to be their overarching purpose for being on the island (and they were “Touched by Jacob”, which neither Aaron, Claire, or Walt was…important? Who knows.) Anyway Sun left her to go find Jin. Can her story be done, the adorable little island miracle? Hopefully she will be the savior of the long stale Jin/Sun story line.

So what do you guys think? Are these guys important? If so, why? Will they play role in Season
6? Why have they all been “abandoned” in some way, conciously left on the mainland (Walt by Locke, Aaron by Kate, and Ji-Yeon by Sun), and have all had a parent taken from them by the island. Perhaps most importantly, what makes these kids “special”.

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It’s really not a big deal or anything but I was just thinking about it last night and, I guess the reason Kate had to deliver Aaron was that the writers knew Jack was Claire’s brother and, well, it would have been kind of weird if he’d done it, right? I was really surprised watching it the first time when Jack just flatly said “no, I’m staying here”, him being super-Doc and all. But looking back I guess the writers kinda had to do something a tincy-bit out of character for Jack in order to get around the foresight that, well, Claire’s his baby sister.

Imagine if he had delivered the baby and then found that she was his sister.Awwwkkwwaarrrdd.

Anyway, it was just something kinda funny I realized at about 11:00 last night.

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Theory: Yes, I think that Kate is pregnant.

Why?

It all goes along with the what Eloise said to the Oceanic Six before the return to island. Let me explain.

ELOISE: Come on in.

JACK: Ben and Sun-

ELOISE: Heard what they needed to hear, and this does not concern them. [She looks through a large amount of papers on the desk.] Oh. Here we are. [She brings a battered envelope to Jack. We see it has “Jack Shephard” written on the front.]

JACK: What’s this?

ELOISE: It’s John Locke’s suicide note.

[Thunder continues rumbling]

JACK: [Sighs] Uh… I, uh… I didn’t know.

ELOISE: Well, why would you? Obituaries don’t see fit to mention when people hang themselves, Jack.

JACK: [Sighs] Why would he kill himself?

ELOISE: Ohh… there are many reasons, I’m sure, but the only one that matters is this–he is going to help you get back. John is going to be a proxy. A substitute.

JACK: A substitute for who?

ELOISE: Jack… who do you think? You need to, as best you can, recreate the conditions of the original flight… which is why you need to give John something of your father’s. You have to get something that belonged to your father, and you need to give it to John.

JACK: What?

ELOISE: That’s what you have to do.

JACK: My father… is gone. My father has been dead for three years. You want me to… [scoffs] a–and to give it to Locke?! He’s in a coffin! This is ridiculous.

ELOISE: Oh, stop thinking how ridiculous it is and start asking yourself whether or not you believe it’s going to work. That’s why it’s called a leap of faith, Jack.

Transcript thanks to Lostpedia.com, Season 5–episode 6 “316” (Link)

Eloise explains, rather vaguely, that they have to “recreate” the first plane crash as best the can in order for the second crash to find the island. That’s why Locke had to die and why Jack had to give him something of his father’s. Now the way I believe it had to work was not that they had have all the same situations on the second plane that they did on the first, that would be impossible, but moreso that everyone from Oceanic 815 that was going to be on flight 316 had to fit the role of someone from Oceanic 815 whether it was by being themself again or by fitting the situation of someone else (the other passengers excluded from this as the island doesn’t know them yet so it doesn’t matter–they’re created their own original situation)–that seems straightforward and it’s easy to pick out as they’re boarding the plane.

[As Jack walks through the plane he sees Sayid. Sayid looks up and looks like he wants to say something, but then he looks at the woman next to him and frowns, avoiding Jack’s eyes. Jack sees Sun, next. She has Jin’s ring in her hands. Jack sees Kate. She’s keeping her head low and looking away.]

JACK: You made it.

KATE: [taking off her sunglasses] Yeah, I made it.

[Jack continues walking to his seat and sits down.]

[Hurley enters, carrying a guitar case in front of him.]

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: That should be everybody.

Transcript thanks to Lostpedia.com, Season 5–episode 6 “316” (Link)

So the Oceanic Six (plus Locke and minus Aaron) are all here. Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sun, Hurely and Locke. The fact that Ben and Frank are there too is irrelevant (at least for now) because they weren’t on Ocean Six so they have nothing to recreate just as none of the other passengers do either. It’s these Six who have to recreate the role of a previous 815 character in order for the island to accept them back–that’s what Eloise says, we don’t know why, that’s just the way it is.

Hurley is taking on the role of Charlie here. I’m not entirely sure but I think the guitar might actually be Charlie’s–either way though, it clearly shows that he’s brought a guitar just like Charlie did that first flight. Hurley’s on board and the island will recognize him for filling Charlie’s spot, or at least having something of Charlie’s.

Sayid is taking on Kate’s old role as the fugitive in handcuffs with a “special friend” beside him to watch over him–we also know that Alana, Sayid’s special friend, knew where guns were (we see her and those other dude’s with a buttload of guns during episode 11) and it’s likely that they were hers because she knew Sayid was dangerous–just as the Marshal, Mars, from season one had a buttload of guns because he knew, or believed that Kate was dangerous. So Sayid is on board and the island will recognize him for filling Kate’s original role.

Sun and Jack are two that can go either of two ways and I’m not entirely sure that it matters but I’ll explain both anyway.

Sun and Jack could either be simply themselves since little has changed with them and they can therefore fill their own previous roles, or Sun could be compared to Rose and Jack to Charlie (I’m not sure if both Hurley and Jack can work as Charlie-fillers, but who knows). Sun is still a married Korean woman and Jack is still a doctor so they can technically still be themselves. But the episode specifically shows Sun fingering Jin’s wedding ring and this can be paralleled to Rose who wore her husband Bernard’s wedding ring around her neck and fingered it similarly before the crash, waiting to see him again when he “gets back from the bathroom”. Jack was also somewhat of a junkie since he became addicted to that drug and this again parallels Charlie–either way, the island will recognize them.

Locke is obviously Christian Shepard, Jack’s (and Claire’s) father as this is the one example we’re actually 100% sure of since Eloise Hawking uses him as a direct example of this weird sort of role filling the gang has to do in order to be accepted back to the island. He’s dead, he’s in a coffin, and he’s wearing Christian’s shoes so he fills that role and the island will take him back as such.

Now when I was thinking all this through while watching them get on the plane (I was going–“oh, look, Hurley’s got a guitar! Sayid’s in handcuffs–o.m.g!” and totally geeking out that the writers are such geniuses, as if that wasn’t already apparent) I found myself wondering how Kate fit in. She can’t fit the role of herself because she’s no longer a fugitive, she’s a free woman and not in handcuffs, no wanted, no marshal with a pack of guns watching her. She can’t be Sun because she’s not a married Korean woman. She can’t be Ana Lucia because she’s not a cop, can’t be Libby because she’s not insane nor a psychiatrist, she can’t be Rose because she’s not a married black woman waiting for her husband and fingering his wedding ring, she has no obvious role to fill–so then I thought of Claire. HOLY CRAP SHE’S A YOUNG, UNMARRIED PREGNANT WOMAN–AH!

It works other ways too because if you think about it, Claire was pregnant with Christian Shepard’s grandson, since he was her father, the baby–Aaron–had Christian’s third-generation blood in it, right? And Jack is also the child of Christian Shepard and the same blood runs through his veins, so any child of his would also be the grandson of Christian Shepard.

Now, back in Season Three when Juliet was first introduced as the defecting Other, we found out that she was taking samples from all the woman to see if they were pregnant and there was this whole big deal where “Austen” was the next one but we never found if she was or not (knowing that her and Sawyer had been together) and Kate was worried for the rest of the season until discovering that she wasn’t. That whole plot seemed weird and random and it was sort of a reoccurring theme that Kate was worried about being pregnant.

She was the one who helped Sun out when Sun found out she was pregnant and there Sun asked her if she’d ever taken a pregnancy test and of course Kate got that look in her eyes that means “flashback will be arriving soon”.

In the flashback within a later episode we watch her entire story about married life with police officer Kevin, just so she can take a pregnancy test, freak out, and then drug him and leave with the excuse of “I was almost pregnant”. Okayyyy.

Next her and Sawyer and that whole deal happens and while at the Dharma village she talks to Claire and we see her deer-in-headlights reaction to Claire asking her to pick up Aaron so he’ll stop crying. Again–why? Who cares?

Then Claire says “you try it sometime” in reference to having a baby and later Kate seems confused about the whole kid deal. While in bed with Sawyer we find out that she now knows she’s not pregnant and Sawyer is jubilant while she still seems confused and then gets angry with his over-the-top joyful reaction and leaves.

Finally we see Kate deciding to take Aaron as her own and, with the help of Cassidy, it’s revealed to both us and to Kate that she “needed him”–needed this child to look after and love. Okay–but clearly she can’t have Aaron, he’s not hers, he can’t stay with her forever, and no matter what she thinks, she’ll never be his mother. So the thing she needs she can’t get simply by claiming. Hmm.

[Jack walks into his apartment and closes the door. He flicks on the light switch and goes to the kitchen. He pours a drink and we hear the door close. Jack stops pouring and looks around. Jack hears footsteps and a light thud. Jack slowly walks through his apartment and into his bedroom where he finds someone lying on the bed. He moves closer and sees it’s Kate.]

JACK: Kate? What are you doing here?

KATE: Are you still going back to the Island?

JACK: Yeah. Yeah, I think I am.

KATE: Then I’m going with you.

JACK: Kate… what happened? Where’s Aaron? Where–

KATE: [Getting up and facing Jack] No, don’t ask questions. If you want me to go with you… you’ll never ask me that question again. You will never ask me about Aaron. Do you understand, Jack?

JACK: Yes.

KATE: Thank you.

[They kiss, Jack takes off his suit-coat, and they lie on the bed.]

Transcript thanks to Lostpedia.com, Season 5–episode 6 “316” (Link)

I think it’s easily implied what happens here Kate being who she is and us knowing what she does when she’s “sad”. Coincidentally this takes place the night before they leave to go home and off the island which makes things considerably better if it works out the way I think because at least she won’t die like Juliet believes happened to all the other women who got pregnant on the island. I think that this had to happen just as Sayid had to get arrested, Sun had to end up with Jin’s ring, Jack had to get depressed and strung out on drugs and Hurley had to be visited by Charlie and procure a guitar (perhaps we’ll see a flashback of how Hurley got a guitar–maybe Charlie came back to visit him again, we know that it was Charlie who first began visiting Hurley so it might very well be that he told Hurley to take his guitar or even gave it to him) and Locke had to die. It all had to happen and Kate had to get pregnant. She needed someone’s shoes to fill (no pun intended–hehe Locke) and that was Claire’s.

A final note to this, although I don’t think it really has much to do with anything is that when Kate gave up Aaron in the last episode “Dead is Dead” to his grandmother she also revealed that her reason for going back to the island is to find Claire and somehow, for some reason she believes that Claire is alive. I think we can probably trust this because it seems like everyone has had some sort of weird epiphany without reason about the island and why they have to go back and I can’t see why that would happen if it wasn’t true. Going from “I’m never going back there” to “I’m going back to find Claire, she’s alive” in like a matter of days seems pretty hardcore.

So, while this isn’t some huge, earth-shattering theory about the meaning of the island, I really think that the parallels between the 815/316 flights have meaning to them for the specific characters and it seems to me that the only conclusion that fits into the picture is that Kate is preggo and Jack’s going to be papa. 🙂

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I thought the story that Ben told to Jack about Thomas the Apostle was a little strange, and then I got to thinking. What if Ben had contacted Thomas (Claire’s boyfriend, Aaron’s real father) about Aaron being off the island? It would make sense that Ben’s lawyer could threaten Kate with a change in custody if she did not cooperate with them if they had been in contact with Aaron’s real father (although the change in custody works with Claire’s mother as well, we later found out she has no idea of Aaron’s existence).

Maybe Thomas gets reunited with Aaron and although “having doubt” at the time of the pregnancy, changes his mind once he sees the child “in the flesh” (much like the Apostle Thomas). If Kate was present during this reunion it could have been enough to put her over the edge, stop living the lie and realize that there is nothing left for her off the island, inevitably leading her back.

I just can’t seem to buy into Aaron being with Sun’s nanny or Claire’s mother (who doesn’t even know who Aaron is).

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