The Universe Next Door
As we are aware now the detonation of Jugghead seems to have resulted in an alternate timeline in which Oceanic 815 did not crash on the Island. So now we are being treated to a storyline in where it seems that some of the events that happened to the Losties on the Island are happening in the ‘alt timeline’ but under different circumstances. But then again, we may not be witnessing an ‘alt timeline.’ Has anyone considered that we may actually be witnessing events being played out in another universe, a universe next door?
I think that what actually happened with the interaction of Jugghead and the energy under the Swan is that it not only has thrown the Losties ahead in time but has also opened up a riff between our universe (OU) and a nearby universe next door (UND). Now that this riff between universes is open parts of each universe are starting to leak into each other. Perhaps this is why the energy under the Swan had to be contained. There are two events in “What Kate Does ” that I think support this possibility. First is Claire calling her baby Aaron without knowing why. The second is when Aldo notes that the trap could not have been Rousseau’s because she had been dead for years. I don’t believe that this is a matter of remembering a previous timeline but actually two universes trying to coexist in the same space. As the season progresses the riff between OU and the UND will widen and threaten the existence of both universes. In order to rectify the problem a way will have to be found to seal the riff and separate OU from the UND.
Another nice thing about this concept is that it eliminates the grandfather paradox that seems to have been set up. In OU events unfolded so that 815 crashes while in the UND it never did. And as to the title of this theory it is taken from the name of the first part of the Schrodinger’s Cat Trilogy which inspired this theory.