I, like many others, am convinced that what we are seeing on Lost is the latest iteration of a time loop that has happened over and over and over again. Hints have been there and imbedded since the 1st season.
The loop from Rousseau’s message playing for 16 years…
Hurley making reference to a loop to Jack in season 2 where he felt out of ‘the loop’.
Dialogue like: “I’m sorry, Doc, but didn’t we already do the run through the jungle with a walky plan”…
Episode titles like “The Beginning of the End”…
Other hints but less noticeable…Ethan knocks Jack out after some fisticuffs in season 1….when Kate wakes Jack up, he’s disorientated…as he runs off in to the jungle, he says:
“i’m not letting him do this…not again!”
I think this is a subtle hint.
Also take in to consideration the fact that several times the survivors get a strong sense of Deja Vu…we’ve seen Hurley experience this…Desmond, of course (more on that later), and Jack seemed a bit spooked after the hatch door was opened…he didn’t want to go down there – as noted by Locke…I reckon he experienced some sort of weird feeling that he’d been there before.
Now, this is where things get interesting…we’ve all seen Desmond seemingly see the future…this was in relation to continually seeing Charlie die…I think we were being duped here…I think Desmond was actually seeing previous iterations of the loops when he saw the flashes…Desmond was experiencing Deja Vu but thought he was seeing the future…
It’s interesting to note that Desmond said to Charlie that the flashes don’t all exactly happen as he originally sees them…this is because he sometimes sees different iterations of the loop when he sees a flash…sometimes, the change is only minimal…other times, it’s crucial…
Desmond said he saw Claire get on a helicopter with Aaron and fly off the island…I don’t think he was lying to Charlie…I reckon that possibly did happen on a previous iteration of the loop…MIB/Smokey, this time, has stopped Claire in the jungle (posing as Christian)…I do think Claire is dead…Claire and/or Aaron must be extremely important in the execution of MIB’s final plans for the loophole…possibly the cabin sequence in the manipulation of Locke.
Daniel Faraday says Desmond is uniquely special…I agree…Desmond is only 1 of 3 people who can see the iterations of previous loops…Jacob and MIB are the others…problem is, Desmond just doesn’t know it is from a previous loop! He thought he was seeing the future…If Desmond realises that he is in fact seeing previous iterations of a loop, he can help himself and the Losties right some of the wrongs from the previous loops for Jacob to succeed. He must change first and stop running from his DESTINY…Widmore calls Desmond a coward and so does Charlie…the thought of being a coward has plagued Desmond since we’ve first met him…he’s constantly running away from his Destiny…he won’t run forever, though, and he’ll step up in Season 6.
Walt was another character who is special…Walt is either a clairvoyent or he can also see some iterations of the previous loops…e.g – when Locke touched his arm, he suddenly knew about the hatch…my guess is he is probably a clairvoyent.
When Walt is taken by the others along with the other children, he is put in to Room 23 for what seems like a lengthy brainwashing exercise…unfortunately, for them, Walt could not be conditioned or manipulated like all of the children who were taken prior to that.
Thus, Walt is a lost cause to the Others and a THREAT to MIB…(more on that in a minute)…
Ben says: “We got more than we bargained for with Walt”
I think they were relieved to see Walt go as they could not control him.
I read on another theory that MIB is actually the leader of the Others…they think they are serving Jacob through Richard Alpert bringing them lists of Jacob’s instructions…it’s actually Alpert/Smokey (posing as the original dead Richard Alpert from the Black Rock) who has passing down the instructions…I agree with this…
Anyone seen as a threat, are eliminated or sent off…Eko stood strong against the smoke monster, he was killed…Walt is also a threat because he could not be conditioned or brainwashed…in his case,Â rather than killing Walt, he’sÂ let go and sent home with Michael…’banished’, so to speak.
MIB does not want change to occur…change means he loses his battle with Jacob…the cycle/loop breaks, his world comes crashing down – LITERALLY.
However, at this moment, he is winning…but maybe not for long…many of our characters still have their own demons to confront…too many of them still believe in FATE… “What’s done is done”.
This is exactly the way MIB wants them to think.
My main concern is for Sawyer at this moment:
While we’ve seen him do a bit of growing up, his comments to Jack in the last season finale:
In relation to going back off island to his childhood and stopping his father from killing his mother:
“What’s done is done” and “I don’t speak Destiny”
Dialogue like: “You run, I con: A tiger don’t change its stripes”
This is the ideology of MIB…man can’t change…they are incapable, they are WEAK…unfortunately for MIB, we are seeing evidence throughout the show that our Losties can change…this is a threat to him.
Fate/sacrifice are huge themes in the show….Charlie didn’t have to die…it was his own choice…his reasoning for dying was so that Claire could get off the island…it is presented to us on the show that it was his FATE, but it was actually his choice…he could’ve got out…this is the work of Jacob…you have to make your choice for the right reasons…Charlie changed: He kicked the drugs, he sacrificed himself to save Claire, he died by his own freewill…I think this is why we see dead Charlie talking with Hurley…once you’ve reached mass enlightenment of the soulÂ – CHANGE for the better in this case – not only can you rest in peace, but your soul lives on…
To me, and many others, redemption has been a significant part of our characters’ stories in Lost. It’s fair to say that most of the charcters on Lost were introduced to us as flawed. Kate was a murderer, Sawyer a conman, Sayid a torturer, Charlie a drug addict etc etc.
Many of these characters have significantly developed over the past 5 seasons and now act more selflessly. Perhaps, the best example of this is probably Sawyer. Originally a man with no regard for others…to jumping out of the helicopter than enable the Oceanic 6 to get off the island…however, he is still some way away from being a completely changed man…the death of Juliet could very well set him back…
Now, think about the conversation between Jacob and the Man In Black on the beach. As the Black Rock approaches from afar, the MIB points out that Jacob brought them to the island; that they will only serve to fight amongst themselves and destroy everything on the island…Jacob says he has faith that mankind is capable of selflessness and is able to change for the good.
What he – or Jacob – will achieve at the end is not clear to me…i am unsure what this would do on the grander scale on Losts’ broader themes…people have suggested that they will perhaps save the world but i see no evidence yet that saving the world is what the End Game is.
A further footnote but perhaps less important just now…we have often heard less seen characters on the show like Christian, Ms Hawking, Charles Widmore etc talk about what they’ve had to “sacrifice” and “give up”
Ms Hawking had to with-hold love and be hard on Daniel so he fulfilled his destiny on the island…ditto Widmore…we’ve heard Christian tell Jack how he had to be hard on him, to make him the dedicated and possible ‘great’ man he would become…I reckon these characters have also had to play their part along the way in shaping the lives of Jacob’s eventual ‘chosen ones’ -Â directly or indirectly.
What may occur is that some of the Losties will end up on different sides…there is a potential turn to the darkside for Sawyer after Juliet’s death…many of our Losties may be on his side…a sort of Lord of the Flies island will form…who knows…
Sawyer making a deal with the Smoke Monster would certainly be an interesting turn…however, if that were to happen, I reckon Sawyer may have one last con in him to deceive the smoke monster…Wouldn’t that be poetic, the master manipulator of the island being deceived by the conman.
I reckon MIB’s demise will come at all the Losties doing but they’ll all be sacrificing their lives…
Sorry it’s a bit vague but would love any comments.