Rethinking Walt’s Powers.
Birds navigate using magnetically sensitive cells within their beaks. In essence their beaks are like living compass arrows. It has even been speculated that the cryptochromes found in bird’s brains may allow them to “see” earth’s magnetic field during migration. Point being, bird’s employ magnetism in flight and migration.
Walt. Hopefully he’s not gone, maybe he is, time will tell. But since he killed that first innocent songbird, up til he massacred a whole bunch outside the window of room 23, I’ve always wondered about this curious power. It seemed an odd one to tack onto his already growing list of special abilities: prescience, portentous dreams, astral projection. Avian euthenasia just didn’t fit.
So I guess it just clikced while watching some old episodes and doing a bit of browsing. The Island has a powerful electromagnetic field. Walt has always appeared to be someone “special” in connection with the island. Perhaps this gives him an ability to excert a certain control over magnetism, and perhaps electromagnetism. Though its lost on me how this would help him achieve his other powers, it could easily explain how he could (unintentionally or with intent) disrupt a magnetic field and force a bird to fly unwillingly to its death.