With the show winding down I thought that it was about time I did a theory about what may happen in the end. With this in mind I started thinking about and trying to identify at least one concept that would define Lost and then let my mind wonder from that point. In the end I came up with something that is, IMO, way out of the box. What I present here is a ending to the show that I would be happy with, allows Jacob’s idea that people are capable of change and keeps Smokey on the Island. The concept of redemption and second chances is what I based this idea on.
Redemption and second chances, to me, seem to be fairly constant through out the show. Ever since season one we have seen the Losties go on a journey of ‘soul’ searching as it were and many have changed along the way. We saw Rose and Bernard who pre-island were at odds about accepting that Rose’s cancer was incurable. When we last saw them at the end of season 5 they were both happy and content with where their lives were and accepted the fact that they were not going to leave the Island and that they were better off that way. We have also seen Charlie go from being a drug addict to not only conquering the addiction but also be willing to take on the responsibility of helping Claire raise a child that was not his own. Then there’s Sawyer who has gone from being soley out for himself to a person who does at least take into consideration other people and looking out for friends.
On the Island they have all got second chances and oppurtunities for redemption. One of the oldest stories around, and which has been mentioned on this site plenty of times, is the story of Cain and Able. Now as most people hear the story and know it Cain is unrepentant about what he did. What many people do not realize is that there is a school of thought,which I first learned about through a book called “Book of Lies” by Brad Metzer,where Cain feels an overwhelming amount of guilt and repents beofre God for what he has done to Able. God forgives Cain and rewards him with the secret to immortality. The secret God gave Cain was in order for Cain to perform his pennance, which was to tell his story through out the whole of time. Another classic story is “the Rime of the Ancient Mariner” which ends with a similar pennance. The Mariner must wander the earth telling his story.
Which brings me back to Lost and who will replace Jacob as overseer and protector of the Island in the end. As we now know, Jacob and Smokey have a disagreement about the basic nature of humans. Smokey believes that they will never be capable of change and will always be savage like and should not be brought to the Island. Jacob believes that we all are capable of change and has set out to disprove Smokey. With the Losties it finally appears that Jacob may have a good chance of proving his point even as Smokey has set in motion a plan to leave the Island. There is no doubt that Jacob is using the Losties to prove Smokey wrong, but I don’t believe that it is their change that will ultimately prove Jacob’s point. Nor do I think that any of the Losties will be Jacob’s replacement. Consider this, what better way to disprove Smokey about changing and redeeming oneself than to get Smokey to change his ways himself. It is well established on the show by now that the two realities have at least a connection through consciousness. Many people here feel that alt Lock is going to bridge the two realities and take over Smokies body. I concur that the consciousness of alt Locke is connected to Smokey but I don’t think Locke will actually come through and take over Smokey. Instead I think that alt Locke will influence Smokey. This influence will work on Smokey’s mind until Smokey realizes that Jacob was right all along because Smokey himself will have changed. When this happens I believe that he will then want to repent for what he has done and take over Jacob’s role as protector of the Island as a pennance. A role which he once held in the far distant past, remember that he has always been described as a security system for the Island. Events come full circle, the evil has been contained and nullified, and the Island has done it’s job. And the Losties? Some will stay and become the new Others while some will leave the Island but be prepared to return to protect it should the need arise. Perhaps Richard will be allowed to die and be reunited with his wife.
I’m not sure if any of this will turn out to be true but that is how I would bring the show to a satisfying close. For in the end, redemption is one if the few things we are all capable of. Even for Smokey.