Locke and His Followers
I’m done calling him MIB, Flock, Focke, Smocke, etc… It’s just Locke.
Anyway, he seems to have had a pretty successful recruiting session… He’s got a group of Others all of his own now… bunch of sheep really. That they went so willingly over to Locke just because Sayid told them that was the only place they could be safe was really telling about them. I think this strengthens the case for Jack as the new Jacob. They need a Shephard.
He’s got Claire and Sayid for sure too but he got them a different way… he told Claire that he’d get Aaron back for her (presumably… I don’t think we actually saw him tell her that) and he got Sayid by offering to give Nadia back to him. Two promises I don’t think he can keep, but whatever… he’s evil incarnate, right? You can’t really expect him to tell the truth all the time.
There might be a couple of problems with his group though. They made it pretty clear with Sayid that hearing Locke talk is kind of the way his magic starts to work on you. He spoke to Sayid and after that Sayid wasn’t able to kill him. He spoke to Claire and she’s following him around, doing his bidding… The group of Others following him around seem pretty obviously enthralled. But there’s Kate, tagging along after Claire (it seems) but I don’t remember seeing Locke speak to her. Actually it seemed that he noticed her there and then purposefully didn’t speak to her. She seems to be a little different from the rest of them. She might become a problem for Locke. Sawyer might also be a problem. He doesn’t seem to have been taken in by Locke the way Sayid and Claire were. Maybe because he hasn’t died yet… or maybe it has something to do with what’s happened in the other timeline.
Sayid met up with Martin Keamy (that was pretty awesome) and he killed him. He told Nadia he wasn’t that man any longer but in the end he was. He failed to redeem himself. We don’t really know about Claire and what will happen to her. Kate was on the run but seems to maybe have stopped running when she went back to get Claire at the taxi stand. I think we’ll see some kind of Redemption for Sawyer when we see more of him in the other timeline… Jack found redemption through his Son, David… who knows about Hurley. Maybe he never needed any redemption.
It also tells us a lot about Ben too. Maybe in the alternate timeline Ben has found redemption through his hawk-like monitoring of the coffee machine in the teacher’s lounge! At any rate he spoke with Locke quite a bit and was even duped into killing people by him as many as two times! But he’s still with Jacob’s people.
This next part isn’t theory, it’s just fact. The Dogen/Sayid fight scene was awesome! And watching that dumb hippie die was pretty cool, too.