Well done…

This isnt so much a theory as it is a statement about how things are coming together if you really pay attention.

In the scene from “The Man Behind The Curtain”, when we learn of Ben Linus’s origin and how he came to be on the island presents a case of “wtf?”, that I think has been handled extremely well with the episode “Ab Aterno”.

When young Ben runs into Richard in the jungle, they have a conversation in regards to Ben seeing his mother on the island.

Lostpedia says…

BEN: She’s dead.
RICHARD: Did she die here, on the Island?
BEN: No. When I was a baby.
RICHARD: Did you see her, out here, Ben, in the jungle?
BEN: She talked to me.
RICHARD: What did she say?
BEN: That I couldn’t come with her. She said it wasn’t time yet.
RICHARD: You should go home now, your people will be looking for you.
BEN: I don’t want to go back there! I hate it there! Take me with you.
RICHARD: Maybe that can happen, maybe. But if that’s what you really want, Ben, if that’s what you want, I want you to really think about that. And you’re gonna have to be very, very patient.


This is what i see. Richard at some point in the time period of Black Rock (hence his clothing, but his well spoken English is difficult to explain) is on the island when someone moves it/spins the wheel…it would be fun if one of the losties was somehow the one to do it…but my bets on someone else…

I think the island jumped through time, and Richard ended up in the seventies, with instructions from Jacob to see Ben Linus and start him on his path just after he sees his dead mother.

Richard learns that young Ben has experienced a very similar situation to what he had with Isabel upon shipwrecking on the island. Im guessing that Richard made the decision himself to allow Ben his eventual admittance into the “Others”, being he felt for a young boy who was experiencing the same fear and heartache he, himself has gone through.
Although if Jacob did indeed plan his own demise, than maybe Ben was chosen for a reason by him…but I really dont think it is the case.

I believe that Richard saw Ben during his jump to the future, and then flashed back to his normal time, having to wait out the years until he met again. He may have felt Ben was in some way special too, due to his speaking to the dead, and most likely a little early manipulation from Benjamin himself.
When Richard met John Locke in 1952, he learned that Locke was to be the leader eventually, and took in Ben to fullfill the role after Widmore is banished and before Lockes time arises.

Ben fooled everyone but Richard into believing that he had spoken to Jacob, and once Locke figured it out, Ben tried to kill him, in an effort that had been long ago decided by ‘fate’ that it was again…not yet John Lockes time to die.

We can say what we want about the island, and Jacob, and MIB…but one thing is for sure. In a tradgic chain of events, John Locke was given opportunity after opportunity to live his life. He was saved in about every way one can be saved. He has been protected for a reason, and I believe that reason has yet to arrive.

I believe that John is indeed special, and as i said before, MIB chose John for his ignorance and pathetic following…and Jacob revived and chose John for the very same reasons in my opinion…just different intentions…

I also believe that we will see the island be moved sometime during Richards stint of having long hair and shaggy clothes…again, I find the English he speaks difficult to explain in this theory.

Im interested to see if any of this pans out, and was happy to see how well the connection is made between these two episodes involving Richard Alpert.

I urge you to watch the scene with Alpert and Young Ben again, and really think about Ab Aterno when watching…You can feel Richards emotion upon hearing Ben say that he saw his mother, and can see that he almost wants to tell Ben he went through the same. Its an emotional scene and cannot be overlooked as the dots begin to truly connect.

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Abbot Enheduanna Schwarzschild Name meaning: -Abbot: Father defined by or in religious connotation/definition. From the beginning, Lost was riddled with religious tone and it was obvious it would play some sort of role. Seemed fitting to start here. -Enheduanna: Mesopotamian High Priestess and the modern civilization’s first recorded poet. I created the name after season 1. John explaining backgammon history to Walt spawned the idea that the island may have a link yo the beginning of civilization and maybe even time itself. It was “poetic” and important to add this to my pseudonym. I needed the mother of poetry in modern civilization to match the religious “Father” in my first name. -Schwarzschild: Reference to Karl Schwarzschild and Schwarzschild Black Holes. Smoke monsters, hatches, and curing paralysis doesn’t point to black holes…but the sci-fi elements ran deep and obvious. The wheel moving the island and transporting Ben felt like it got plucked from my imagination. A.E.S.

5 thoughts on “Well done…

  1. The perfect english thing does seem to throw a wrench in your ideas, and I was thinking along the same lines after Ab Aeterno.

    But if it wasnt a mistake by the writers (i believe it was a costume error, or jacob wanted richard to look “like a hostile”) than perhaps jacob taught richard english and latin before he went a time travellin. I mean there was a lot of freakin time to do that in. It would only take a few years to be speaking like that if you practiced every day, and it would still be in the 1800’s.

    I’m not so sure we’ll get a satisfactory answer, but we shall see.

  2. A big wrench actually…and I do not think its an error of any kind.

    Since you bring up Jacob…
    Whats even stranger than Richards english, is Jacobs english in Ab Aterno. Its not that he uses common slang or anything, but it seemed a bit modern for the mid 1800s, no?

    It takes us further towards the idea that Jacob is from the future, and possibly MIB as well.

    I find it hard to believe that it isnt deliberate…

    They make a whole episode that we have to read subtitles through almost every major scene…everything of importance is written in a blatantly across the screen…there is no way they would slip up in the case in particular of Jacobs speaking… Richards…well I hope not.

    You make a good point about the time travel. Cant wait to see what they do with this…

  3. Good point with Jacob’s English being solid and modern day sounding, even though it’s the 1860’s in Ab Aeterno.

    Like you said, it can’t just be a slip up in the writing. You’d think they would have fixed his accent after “The Incident” episode if Jacob wasn’t from our time, or from further in the future.

    Regarding your post, I can’t wait to be able to go back to any episode and understand it a little bit better. It seems like we almost can right now, but not quite. We still have to see Jacob come out of the “devil” closet, and Christian come out of the “island master” closet. Then the show will be done.

  4. If Jacob is from the future, MIB is not. When talking to MIB, Sawyer talked about Of Mice and Men, and MIB noted that the book was “a little after my time” or something like that.

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