This was supposed to happen
Ok, I’ve been thinking about this and I have come up with a theory that might explain a few things, and cheer up a few Charlie fans as I don’t think Charlie was ever meant to die.
The flashes that Desmond has been seeing with Charlie dieing, they were shown to him because he was supposed to save him.
I think that whoever is responsible for the flashes/fate (be it god or whoever etc.) knew that if Desmond saw flashes of Charlie dieing, that Desmond would save Charlie regardless.
Desmond thinks that Charlie is supposed to die, but I think Desmond is supposed to save him.
They’re near-death experiences that were supposed to happen so Desmond would save Charlie, therefore building up Charlies trust in Desmond.
That is why I believe that Charlie was supposed to swim to the looking glass all along, but someone somewhere had to make Charlie believe that this was his fate.
Would Charlie have been so quick to volunteer to swim down there had he not known about Desmonds flashes?; Had he not known that Desmond has saved his life four times previous?
And it’s fair to say that if Desmond hadn’t told him about this flash then Charlie wouldn’t have volunteered.
I believe that whatever Desmond saw, it wasn’t Charlie dieing. He saw that Charlie was needed down there, I’m not sure why – but we know that Desmond must’ve seen something.
I don’t believe he saw Charlie dieing. And I don’t believe he saw Claire and Aaron get rescued. I believe he made that up so that Charlie would do what he’s supposed to do – if Desmond told him what he’d really seen, either Charlie wouldn’t believe him, or he’d be too scared to go. Or maybe if he’d told him what would really happen it would effect these events.
I think that all the flashes and all the near-death experinces and saving of Charlies life, was all a part of a bigger plan to get Charlie down to the Looking Glass.
I don’t believe he was ever meant to die, and I believe now that Desmond won’t have anymore flashes (regarding Charlie anyway).
Desmond was set a task, whether he knows it or not, by some powerful force (God? or whatever’ etc.) and that task was to earn Charlies trust by saving his life, and eventually leading him down to the Looking Glass.
Charlie would never have volunteered for this task otherwise.
And if Charlie had died one of the previous four times, who would’ve gone to the Looking Glass in his place?
Charlie was supposed to go there all along.