Why DID they have to come back????
Okay, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about exactly WHY the O6 had to come back. And I thought that of course, you can never trust/believe anything Ben says, right? And he seems to be the one person who is vested in their coming back to the island, so now why would he want them to come back so much? If he knew they would be coming back to 1977, Dharma time, (which I know is a big supposition, but bear me out here), then could he have staged it so that they would be there and then die in the Purge? This would mean that they never could have been on Oceanic 815, and challenge his leadership of the island. Especially since he’s already killed John Locke, he now can do away with the rest of them and be leader of the island. (Of course this idea totally negates Faraday’s “what happened, happened” but we really don’t know if that’s true either!) After watching the previews of the 3/25 episode, it looks like some really bad things are going to happen!