Smokey/Locke inspired by Kimberly
Kimberly posted a comment on A.E.S.’s theory Just a theory. It is very interesting and I, like her, wonder why no one wants to chat about this. I haven’t seen this really discussed in depth anywhere else besides her comment so this is a place for it to happen. What I start out with is basically a reply to her comment so everyone should go read her comment before posting here.
Locke’s encounter with Smokey definitely shows that their was something going on with him and the island.
Richard did meet Locke in 1954 and Locke did tell him that he was sent by Jacob, which i’m sure made Richard think that he was important. Also, the fact that Locke disappeared right in front of his eyes had to make Richard think that Locke was somehow special or important.
So here’s where the speculation starts. Richard obviously has more knowledge about the island than anyone else. And I think he has control over Smokey. Smokey inhabits the temple and Richard can apparently come and go there as he pleases. So, if Richard meets Locke and thinks he is special, could he tell Smokey not to hurt Locke (however you would try to tell Smokey something) because he is special, or tell him to make Locke an other?
Locke is the only one of the losties that encountered Smokey and came back happy. He actually didn’t even really run away from Smokey, he just kind of stood there ready to take anything that was coming. After he encounters Smokey he also seems changed and starts believing the island wants him to do things. Why would he do this?
He seems to have found his destiny or found what he has been looking for his entire life.
The only reason I can think of this happening is because he has “Always” been an other. But, was he made an other in the past, future, or when he first encountered Smokey on the island?
The reason I suggest this is because of what Richard says and because of what Locke did as a child. First off, Richard tells Sawyer and Kate that once you become an other you are ALWAYS an other. Always does not mean from this time forward, always means always, as in past, present and future. This is why I think John drew pictures of Smokey as a child. If he became an “other” when he encountered Smokey or any other time in the past or future that we have not seen he would then have always been an other. Not that I think this makes him know the future (at least the future from our viewpoint), it just makes him have some things deep inside of himself that are innate, almost like instincts. He just knows about Smokey, but not necessarily what Smokey is.
This is why he doesn’t fear Smokey the first time he sees him. There is something inside of him that causes him to not want to run away. All the feelings of his destiny are a consequence of him being an other, things just feel right to him, he knows he is on the island because he “is supposed to do something.”
Locke is undoubtedly special. He is the next in line to become the leader of the others, but wouldn’t you have to be an other to lead them?
Thank you Kimberly for making me think. Sorry if you didn’t want me to make a theory out of this you just had something good to say and I couldn’t let it go, and sorry if I butchered your thoughts!