Why Ben killed Locke
I just wanted to start a discussion on Ben’s deicision to save, and then murder John “Jeremy Bentham” Locke.
He walks into the room – Excuse me. He kicks the door in and storms into the room in an attempt to stop Locke from possibly killing himself. At that moment he wants Locke alive, for whatever reason. However, upon leaving the room, there is a dead Locke.
If Ben wanted Locke dead from the start, he either would not have went to the hotel or would not have convinved Locke to get down from the desk.
The trigger is after Locke gets down, Ben gets comfortable, takes off his coat, to start a conversation with Locke, when Locke brings up Eloise Hawking. What about Locke knowing her made Ben want to kill him? A few thoughts:
– The fact that Locke knows her makes him useless. Right before killing Locke, Ben said they would work together to find where to go next. Once Locke told him where, he didn’t need him anymore.
– The fact that Locke knew Eloise sparked something in Ben’s mind that made him know Locke had to die. Maybe some plan Ben had involved Eloise where that if Locke found out about her it was his time to die.
– Locke has too much information by knowing Eloise, and Ben wants to remain in control. When Ben tells Locke that Locke will lead everyone back on the island, he is lying, he obviously wants to be the leader himself.
– Locke’s death had to be fate and not choice, as the late (we think) Matthew Abbadon said. So Locke could not choose to kill himself, and Ben was destined to kill him anyway.
– Ben knew that Locke committing suicide would not fulfill his duties so Ben puts on an act that he wants to save Locke from death, knowing well ahead of time that he must be murdered or accidently killed. Ben went into the room with the intention of killing Locke, which explains why he has all the evidence-destroying equipment to cover up a murder.
– Once Locke tells Ben about Sun, and that he promised Jin not to bring her back, Ben realizes that HE could bring her back, and since Locke has the ring, Ben could reverse the message (as we see in the previous episode). The comment that Locke knew who Eloise was was not the spark, but it happened to be said at the perfect time for him to be killed (Locke facing the other way in a wheelchair, Ben with rope). Ben looked at the rope like “this is a rope in my hand. Ropes can strangle people” and saw the opportunity to kill Locke. And once Locke told Ben was instructed to go to Eloise, Ben had everything he needed to go on, without Locke.
So these are just some ideas I wanted to throw out initially. Feel free to agree, disagree, expand, or add!