Locke finally takes up his mantle as leader of the Others, and in doing so reveals a startling plan. In 1977, the survivors try to escape from the Dharma Initiative, but Jack becomes convinced that changing history is what they were brought back here to do.

Written by Paul Zbyszewski & Elizabeth Sarnoff
Directed by Stephen Williams

At the Others jungle camp in 1977, Jack and Kate watch from a distance as Daniel brandishes his gun, demanding to speak to Eloise Hawking. Jack believes that Dan’s plan is their “one chance to put things back the way they’re supposed to be.” Kate is about to express concerns with this idea, when Eloise’s gun goes off and Dan falls to the ground, dead. Jack and Kate try to make a run for it, but a horseback-riding, younger Charles Widmore stops and captures them.

In 2007, the Others have abandoned the Barracks and erected themselves a miniature tent city on a beach. Richard Alpert is building a ship-in-a-bottle when a girl runs up and tells him, “He’s here!” Richard seems to know immediately who she’s referring to, though he’s no less surprised to see John Locke stride confidently into the camp, carrying a dead boar on his shoulders. “I brought dinner,” proclaims a grinning Locke. Richard says it’s been three years since he last saw Locke, and asks him what happened. Locke says he’ll explain everything on the way — the two of them have an errand to run. Richard immediately notices Locke’s new confidence and sense of authority, and comments on how different he seems. Locke replies, “I have a purpose now.”

While they’re talking, Richard spots Ben and Sun trailing into the camp after Locke, and he asks what Ben is doing here. Locke replies that it was Ben who helped him get back to the island. Watching their conversation from a distance, Sun asks Ben why Locke referred to the Others as “his people.” Aren’t the Others Ben’s people? “When I left the island, John stepped in,” replies Ben. “He’s the leader now.” She asks him who Richard is, and Ben describes Richard as “a kind of advisor — and he’s had that job for a very, very long time.” Sun runs over to Richard and shows him the Dharma photo from 1977, bearing the images of Jack, Kate, and Hurley. She asks if he was on the island in 1977, and if he remembers these people. Richard replies that he does remember them very clearly, “because I watched them all die.”

Shortly after Dan’s death in 1977, younger Eloise thumbs through Dan’s journal and stops at the handwritten note her older self wrote to Dan on the front page. Widmore enters the camp with Jack and Kate held captive, and asks what happened here when he sees Dan laying dead on the ground. Eloise turns to Jack and Kate, asking if they came here with Dan. Jack says yes, so she orders them taken to her tent. Widmore demands an explanation as to why the Dharma Initiative has declared war on them. Eloise replies that these three people are not from the Dharma Initiative.

In Eloise’s tent, Jack and Kate are roughed up a bit before being left alone. Kate picks up their earlier conversation, asking Jack what he meant by “putting things back the way they’re supposed to be.” Jack thinks that Dan’s plan is worth following, in order to save everyone who died since Oceanic 815 crashed on the island. “What about us?” she asks. This would mean the two of them would never meet. “All the misery we’ve been through would be wiped clean,” Jack replies. She says it wasn’t all misery, but he counters that “enough of it was.”

Eloise enters the tent, and asks what Dan wanted the hydrogen bomb for. Jack says he could try to explain, but she’d never believe him. Eloise relates her story of meeting Dan in 1954, when she was seventeen years old. He told her to bury the bomb before revealing that he was from the future, and then disappearing right before her eyes. Ten minutes ago, she shot that man in the back, but before he died, he claimed to be her son. She promises Jack that if he will explain all of this, she’ll believe him. She holds up Daniel’s journal and the note written in the front: “How is this my handwriting, if I don’t remember writing it?” Jack replies, “You haven’t written it yet.” He explains his belief that there’s a way she can take back killing her son. Dan came here because he figured out how to change things. He can live if they do what’s in his journal. Eloise turns to Kate, asking if Jack knows what he’s talking about. Sad and emotional, Kate replies, “He thinks he does.” Eloise agrees to take them to the bomb, but reveals that there’s a problem: the site where they buried it is none other than the place where the Dharma Initiative built their Barracks! Jack says it won’t be easy getting back in there.

Later in 2007, Sun sits on the beach and examines Jin’s wedding ring as Locke approaches. She asks if he believes Richard’s claim that all of their friends are dead. Locke replies, “I don’t think we went through all this for nothing.” Richard appears and tells Locke he’s ready to go. Locke asks if Richard still has the compass he gave him in 1954. Richard pulls it out of his pocket, saying it’s rusty but still points north. Locke calls out to Ben, who’s sitting nearby on the beach as well, and asks him to come along. Bitterly, Ben asks if Locke doesn’t trust Ben here with his former people. Locke replies that he’s not worried about anything Ben can do, anymore. A defeated Ben agrees to come along. Locke tells Sun to wait here at the beach, and he’ll be back in a few hours. He gives her his word that if there’s a way to save their friends and reunite her with Jin, he’ll find it.

At Dharma Security HQ, in 1977, Sawyer and Juliet are secured to a pair of chairs, and Radzinsky immediately lays into Sawyer, beating him with his pistol. He asks where Kate is, but Sawyer won’t tell. When Radzinsky’s beating grows increasingly violent, Horace steps in and tries to stop him. But Radzinsky takes charge, saying this has to be done in order to protect themselves and their work on the island. Horace reluctantly steps aside, as Radzinsky and Phil roll Sawyer’s chair over to a monitor and show him a recording of Kate passing beyond the sonic fence. Radzinsky says this is Sawyer’s last chance: Sawyer must tell where Kate is, or Radzinsky will kill him.

Radzinsky gives Sawyer a severe beating, but still Sawyer won’t talk. Juliet cries out, begging Radzinsky to stop this and reminding him that they’ve known each other for three years. They’re not enemies, they’re friends. She seems on the verge of telling everyone the truth of where they came from, when Sawyer warns her not to say anymore, because they won’t believe her anyway, and it will only get more people hurt. Horace steps back in, pointing out that beating Sawyer is pointless since he’s clearly not going to talk no matter what. Phil says he can make Sawyer talk. He steps forward and slugs Juliet. Sawyer is livid, promising Phil he’ll kill him for that. A Dharma guy comes in, reports there’s no sign of Miles or Jin, but using the manifest for the sub, he’s able to connect Hurley to Jack and Kate.

Hurley, meanwhile, is in the cafeteria’s kitchen, taking canned food and putting it in his backpack. He sneaks out of the Barracks and meets up with Miles and Jin at the edge of the compound. Unknown to Hurley, Pierre Chang follows him. Hurley asks what the rescue plan is, Miles says there is no plan, they’re heading for the beach. Hurley doesn’t want to leave Sawyer and Juliet behind, but Miles counters that they are far too outnumbered to mount a rescue.

Chang shows himself, but doesn’t threaten them. Instead, he says he has to know if Faraday was telling the truth about being from the future. Hurley nervously speaks up, trying to regard this as nonsense, but when Chang quizzes him on 1977 facts, Hurley fesses up. Chang asks Miles it’s true that he’s really Chang’s son. After a moment, Miles says yes it is. Chang says Daniel asked him to evacuate the island because of a massive accident that’s going to happen at the Swan. Is this true? “He’s been right about everything so far,” Miles replies to his dad, suggesting that taking Dan’s advice is a really good idea.

At night in 2007, Locke, Richard, and Ben traipse through the jungle on their way to Locke’s mysterious “errand.” Richard asks again where Locke has been for the last three years, but Locke is surprised Richard doesn’t already know. Richard explains what he remembers: the day that Ben turned the frozen wheel, Locke disappeared from right in front of him, amidst a bright light. Locke tells Richard that Richard is about to see exactly where Locke disappeared to that day — and once this is done, Richard is going to take Locke to see Jacob. This stops both Richard and Ben dead in their tracks. A stunned Ben chimes in first, explaining that “that’s not how it works” — you don’t go to see Jacob uninvited. Locke asks Richard if this is true, if it’s going to be a problem. Richard stalls, saying there’s no need to rush into anything since Locke has just gotten back. But Locke pushes his advantage, asking Richard if it’s true that he’s the leader now. When Richard affirms this to be true, Locke asks to be taken to see Jacob.

The three of them come upon the downed beechcraft, and we see that we are looking from a different perspective at the scene that played out at the beginning of this season, in the episode “Because You Left.” A battered and slightly younger John Locke has just been tossed around through time, and shot in the leg by Ethan Rom, before time-jumping to sometime in the jungle at night. The younger Locke is just about to stumble through the trees, so the present-Locke instructs Richard on what to do: go to his younger self, remove the bullet in his leg, and tell him to bring his people back to the island by dying. Richard is dazed and confused by all this, but does as he’s instructed, while Locke and Ben watch from afar. Ben remarks that Locke’s timing was impeccable, and asks how he knew when to be here. “The island told me,” Locke replies. “Didn’t it ever tell you things?” An increasingly agitated Ben replies that it didn’t, and then takes a jab at Locke’s newfound communion with the island by pointing out that the island didn’t tell him where to find Jacob, otherwise he wouldn’t need Richard’s help with that. Ignoring this, Locke eyes Ben knowingly and announces, “Jacob… You’ve never seen him, have you?” Ben doesn’t answer, but it’s clear from his expression that he resents the question, probably because Locke is right. Younger Locke disappears, jumping through time again, and Richard returns, saying that the other man seemed convinced, particularly when Richard told him he’d have to die. Richard says he’s glad that part didn’t happen. “Actually, it did,” Locke replies, with a pointed look at Ben.

Back at the Others’ camp in 1977, Widmore kneels over Daniel’s body and asks Richard why this man looks familiar to him. Eloise emerges from her tent and says to untie the captives. She tells Richard he’s coming with her. Then she kneels over Dan’s body and covers it with a blanket. She tells Widmore that she’s taking Jack and Kate to the bomb. He argues, mumbling something we can’t quite hear about her condition, with his hand over her abdomen. Jack asks Richard who this man is, and Richard tells him it’s Charles Widmore, explaining, “He and Eloise… Well, suffice it to say, love can be complicated.”

At Dharma Security, Pierre Chang marches in and orders the island evacuated immediately. He sees Sawyer there, beaten to a bloody pulp, and asks what’s going on. Radzinsky says Horace is no longer in charge, and that he’s decided that they’re breaking ground as scheduled at the Swan site later today. Sawyer speaks up and says that if Radzinsky will put him and Juliet on the submarine, along with all of the women and children, he’ll tell Radzinsky anything he wants to know. Radzinsky counters with a pencil and paper, telling Sawyer to draw a map of where the Hostiles are. Sawyer complies.

In the jungle, Eloise leads Richard, a redshirt Other, and Jack and Kate to a pond. She says they have to swim down into the pond to reach the Tunnels that run beneath the island, and this is how they’ll get access to the hydrogen bomb. Kate declares that she’s not going, she doesn’t want any part of this attempt to rewrite history. Jack says she can’t go back to the Barracks, they’ll kill her there. “And what are you trying to do?” Kate shoots back at him. The redshirt Other draws his rifle to bear on her as she tries to leave, but she walks away anyway, determined to go. Shots are fired, but Kate’s not hurt — it’s the redshirt Other, who falls dead to the ground. Sayid appears from the jungle, still holding the pistol he shot young Ben with, and Eloise and Richard raise their hands in surrender.

A few minutes later, the two factions in the jungle are divided, talking among themselves. Richard asks Eloise what they’re doing out here, following these strangers around and getting one of their own killed. Eloise replies that if the strangers are able to do what they’re trying to do, it won’t matter in the end. Meanwhile, Jack has just explained to Sayid his plan to change history and erase the last three years of their lives. But he says he’s already changed history by killing young Ben. Kate points out that he didn’t kill Ben, because she took him to the Others to save his life. Sayid asks why she would do this, and Kate replies, “Since when did shooting kids and blowing up hydrogen bombs become okay?” Jack reiterates his belief that changing everything is the reason they came back. Kate argues that if he’s wrong, then detonating the hydrogen bomb will kill everyone on the island. Jack is certain he’s not wrong, saying that “this is our destiny.” Frustrated, Kate asks Jack if he realizes who he sounds like — a man even Jack himself said was crazy. Jack says he was wrong; Locke wasn’t crazy at all. Kate gives up and leaves, saying that she’s going to go find their friends and enlist their help in stopping Jack from carrying out this plan.

When Locke, Ben, and Richard return to the 2007 Others’ beach camp, Richard offers to have a tent prepared for Locke so he can rest overnight, and then they’ll leave to see Jacob first thing in the morning. Undeterred, Locke wants to leave right now, in the middle of the night. All of the Others are watching this interaction, with eager and curious eyes aimed especially at Locke. Locke asks Richard if all of the Others are here at this camp; Richard says “there’s another group at the Temple.” Locke wants to speak to the present group, and Richard gives him the floor. Locke speaks:

“I’ve been told that for some time, you’ve been accepting orders from a man named Jacob. And yet, oddly enough, it seems that no one has actually seen him. Now, I’m sure there are very good reasons why his existence and whereabouts are a secret. I just don’t know what they are. And to be honest with all of you, if there’s a man telling us what to do, I want to know who he is… Richard has agreed to show us where we need to go. So I’m going to go see Jacob. Right now. And I’d like all of you to come with me.”

The Others enthusiastically agree, but Richard is nonplussed. Quietly, he wonders aloud to Ben if Locke is turning out to be trouble. Ben replies, “Why do you think I tried to kill him?” Richard is stunned at Ben’s admission of guilt.

At the Dock in ’77, the women and children are boarding the submarine — including young Charlotte and baby Miles. Adult Miles watches as his parents argue, and his father shouts at her that he wants her to leave. Hurley asks why his dad is yelling at his mom. Miles has a revelation in that moment: “It’s the only way he can get her to leave,” he realizes.

Sawyer and Juliet arrive at the sub in a jeep, and they’re paraded down the dock together. Sawyer suggests they buy Microsoft and bet on the Cowboys for the ‘78 Superbowl when they get off the island, so they can be rich. He says he’s sorry for not getting on the sub with her three years ago, when she wanted to leave. Juliet replies that she’s glad he talked her out of leaving. The two of them get inside the sub, but Sawyer pauses just before descending through the hatch long enough to look back at the island and mutter, “Good riddance.”

Out at the jungle pond, Richard jumps into the water, and Eloise instructs Jack to follow him. Jack dives in, swims through a narrow cave, and climbs up into hieroglyph-covered underground ruins that bear the same structural style as the chamber Ben fell into beneath the Temple. Richard says that this is the Tunnels, and Jack asks how they’re supposed to get the bomb out of here. “The same way we brought it in,” replies Richard, which is most decidedly not through the pond. Eloise swims in, as does Sayid, and Jack is pleased to see his friend, having been unsure that Sayid would join him. Sayid says he came because if this works, Jack might save them all, and if not, at least they’ll be out of their misery.

Back at the dock, the last of the women and children board the sub. Inside, Sawyer and Juliet are handcuffed to a table. When they’re alone, Juliet asks what they’re going to do when they reach Ann Arbor. Sawyer says they’re not going to Ann Arbor, because once they arrive at wherever they’re headed, the Dharma people will have no more authority over them, and they’ll be free. Juliet likes the sound of that, and he promises that whatever happens, he still has her back. “I love you,” she says, and he replies, “I love you back.” Just then, Phil comes onboard, saying to hold off on closing the hatch because “Horace wants her off the island, too. Let Ann Arbor deal with her.” And descending the ladder comes Kate, who Phil says they captured trying to reenter the Dharma compound. She’s cuffed to the same table alongside Sawyer and Juliet, and significant glances are exchanged all around. Juliet in particular seems very disappointed, as if her happy dream of living the good life with Sawyer on the mainland has just evaporated. No one says anything as the ship disembarks and submerges beneath the ocean.

In the Tunnels, the group walks along quietly. Sayid whispers to Jack a suspicion that Eloise may be doing this only as a means of destroying the Dharma Initiative. Jack says this occurred to him as well, but he still trusts her because thirty years from now, she’s the one who tells them how to get back to the island. The four of them enter a very large chamber, at the center of which rests the bomb, covered in a tarp. Eloise uncovers it and then eagerly asks, “Now what?” Jack and Sayid look at the bomb nervously…

Daybreak arrives in 2007, and the Others are marching together along the beach, following where Richard takes them. Far back in line, Locke and Ben walk side by side, and Ben tells Locke that Richard expressed reservations about whether or not Locke knows what he’s doing. Ben sucks up to the new boss, assuring Locke he’s here to follow him now, so if Locke wants Jacob to help him reunite with his friends– But Locke interrupts him and quietly says he’s not interested in reuniting with his time-tripping friends at all. That may be what he told Sun, but it’s not the real reason they’re going to see Jacob. Ben asks why they are going to see Jacob then. “So I can kill him,” Locke replies.

  • Richard Alpert is a kind of advisor who seems to work as a go-between, between Jacob and the Others.
    Question: Richard seems to hold a unique position among the Others, able to defy Ben with no repercussions. What’s the story between these two? And what’s Richard’s role defined as? [3.19]
  • Because Locke told Richard in the future.
    Question: How did Richard know where to find Locke, near the Pearl station? 5.01 & Question: How did Richard know so much about Locke jumping through time, including how to help him? [5.01]
  • Yes, the Others buried the bomb under the spot where the Dharma Initiative eventually built the Barracks.
    Question: Did the Others bury the hydrogen bomb, as Daniel suggested? If so, where? [5.03]
  • It was the only way he could get his wife to leave him and the island, when the Incident was about to happen at the Swan station.
    Question: If Pierre Chang really loved his wife and son so much, why did he “kick them out,” aka off the island, and never have any further contact with them? [5.13]
  • She and her mother were forcibly evacuated with all of the other nonessential personnel, just prior to the Incident.
    Question: If Charlotte was born on the island, why did she leave it? [4.13]

  • How exactly did Richard watch Jack, Kate, Hurley, Jin, Sawyer, Juliet, and Miles die?
  • Is it mere coincidence that the Dharma Initiative built the Barracks over the place where the Others buried the hydrogen bomb?
  • Who built the Tunnels?
  • Do the Tunnels run all over (or rather, under) the island? What else do they connect to?
  • Why does Locke want to kill Jacob?

What do you make of Eloise’s revelation that the place where the “Jughead” hydrogen bomb was buried underground just happens to be where the Dharma Initiative built the Barracks? Juicy? Oh yes. Logical? I’m not so sure. One could argue that Dharma had no idea the bomb was down there when they selected their site for the Barracks. On the other hand, they apparently knew enough to know that one of the houses needed to be built atop a tunnel where one could go to summon the smoke monster (a house that eventually became Ben’s). And now we know that there are a lot of major Tunnels down there, confirming what we’ve suspected for years about the island: the surface is just the top layer. There’s a lot more underground, and it all relates to the ancient civilization that once lived on the island.

From this line of thought, I’m also wondering how exactly the Tunnels we saw beneath the island and more specifically beneath the Barracks relate to Ben’s smoke monster summoning chamber. Remember a few episodes back when Ben summoned the monster using the puddle-drain thingamajig beneath his house? We know that the monster lives beneath the Temple, in a place that bears the same hieroglyphs and Egyptian-style architecture as the Tunnels we saw in this episode. It’s reasonable to conclude that all of these Tunnels and chambers are connected to one another, and there’s an entire network underneath the island’s surface. Is the underside of Ben’s puddle-drain thing somewhere near the big chamber where the Others stuffed the Jughead bomb?

I’m still wanting more information on Radzinsky. We know that he ends up stuck in the Swan hatch for years, working alongside Kelvin Inman to keep pushing the every-108-minutes button, and eventually killing himself. When we first met this younger version of himself, he seemed to possess a lower level of authority, outranked by both Sawyer and Horace. Yet he was one of the masterminds behind the Swan station, and knew a whole lot of classified Dharma information. Now, he’s risen in power very fast, apparently usurping Horace’s role on the island and taking charge of the Initiative itself, at least for the moment. I want to know who he was pre-Dharma (one of the original Ann Arbor scientists, perhaps?), and what gives him the right to assume so much power in a time of crisis. And why he’s so darn angry all the time.

I sure wouldn’t want to be in Phil’s shoes after Sawyer told him he’d kill him. As Tom can attest, Sawyer holds onto grudges for however long it takes.

So Eloise Hawking was already pregnant when she shot and killed her own son. There’s some sort of dark, twisted poetry in that, probably, but I don’t want to get into it. The real revelation was that Eloise and Charles Widmore not only conceived a child together, but were once very much in love. So why did they split, coming to the embittered place we saw them at outside Desmond’s hospital in 2007? Was it because of Daniel? Did she decide to leave the island with their son, and he couldn’t or wouldn’t do the same?

I have an emerging theory about Eloise Hawking that’s been tugging at my mind since last week. In the future, she seems to have the power of precognition — the ability to see the future. But the 1977 version of Eloise doesn’t possess this ability (at least not that we’ve seen, and I think she would have put it to use by now if she had it). So we must conclude that something happens between 1977 and 2007 to give her this ability. It’s reasonable to assume that whatever happens to her probably happens on the island, since it’s the place of origin for all things supernatural on the show. We also know that sometime in the near future (from 1977) she leaves the island, probably while still pregnant, since Dan didn’t suffer the nosebleed effects of time-jumping until the same time that Oceanic survivors did (meaning he wasn’t on the island any longer than them, so he spent none of his childhood there, unlike Charlotte and Miles). I’m thinking that something is going to happen in next week’s season finale — some big, unexpected, supernatural whammy that not only sends the Oceanic survivors back to 2007, but also gives Eloise Hawking her precog mojo. Remember how Desmond acquired his powers of precognition? It came from the uber-blast of the massive, failsafe energy release from the Swan station. I’m betting a similar blast (aka, “the Incident”) from the very same energy source is going to give Eloise her ability to see the future.

Elizabeth Mitchell has seriously cornered the market on conveying a multitude of emotions in a single look. Her expression after Kate boarded the sub was amusing, heartbreaking, and totally relatable.

I’m thinking Jack couldn’t possibly know how to detonate a hydrogen bomb, so it’s probably going to turn out to be mighty convenient for him that his scientifically-inclined buddy Sayid decided to tag along.

Richard’s ship-in-a-bottle looked a lot like the Black Rock, don’t you think? You could practically hear the writers saying, “Hey, don’t forget about the old slave ship on the island! We’re going to get back to that soon!”

Richard’s stunning revelation that he watched all of the 1977 survivors die can only mean one of two things, because we know the show isn’t going to kill off the entire main cast before the final season:

  1. Daniel was right about their ability to change the past, and the past that Richard remembers where all of the Oceanic survivors die, is going to be changed.
  2. Richard saw what he thought was everyone dying, when in fact they were transported through time back to the present or somewhere else.

Either way, we’re probably going to find out in next week’s season finale. Though I’m betting this will play a big part in the season-ending cliffhanger, and won’t truly be resolved until Season 6 rolls around.

Why exactly did Locke want Ben to come along on his “errand” with Richard? Ben’s presence was in no way required for what they were going to do. I can’t think of a compelling reason to explain this, other than Locke wanting to rub Ben’s nose in the shift in power between them. But that seems kind of petty, and beneath this new and improved John Locke. Maybe he just wanted a moment alone to confront Ben about his knowledge — or lack thereof — about Jacob.

A recurring theme I’ve noticed this season is how the show has slowly made its most mystical characters more human, and less supernatural. It happened first with Ben, who finally admitted that he doesn’t know everything about the island — and now seems to know significantly less than reborn Locke. He’s become a sad, self-serving figure who never really had a destiny on the island; he had only his own selfish needs. Then it happened with Eloise Hawking. Once a seemingly all-knowing figure of tremendous mystique, Eloise has very recently been revealed to be a well-meaning but terribly overbearing mother who’s full of flaws. And in this episode, I was feeling it more and more with Richard Alpert. He’s a seemingly immortal man who knows more secrets about the island and about Jacob than anyone, who popped in and out of the survivors’ lives at just the right moments to give needed aid or just a nudge in the right direction. Yet even he has been upstaged by Locke, who here was revealed to have been the source of his information back in “Because You Left,” when he told Locke he had to bring everyone back to the island and die in the process. And it would seem that even he is not immune to things like jealousy, as he proved tonight in confiding to Ben that he thinks Locke may be becoming a problem. Will Jacob be next on this list of demystified characters? He’s pretty much the only one left.

Is it true that Ben has never seen Jacob? He seemed to be looking at him back in “The Man Behind the Curtain,” when Locke was first introduced to the invisible Jacob in his rocking chair. But was he really? Locke’s insinuation is that Ben was only pretending to see Jacob back then. For that matter… has anyone ever seen Jacob, in the history of the island? Has Richard seen him?

I’m kind of surprised that Locke is lying to Sun, and that he has no interest in reuniting with the survivors in the past. Does this mean he really has no intention of helping her? If so, what would he gain from stringing her along like this? Maybe he does mean to help her reunite with their friends, even if he doesn’t do so himself. This would fit with my Big Question of the Week theory, speaking of which…

This week’s Big Question of the Week is all about killing Jacob. Is it even possible? And if so, why would Locke want to do it? Since the island seems to be directing Locke’s every move, the logical conclusion is that the island has told Locke to kill Jacob. To take that notion a step further, perhaps Jacob speaks for the island, he’s been whispering in Locke’s ear since his resurrection, and he wants Locke to end his life. Remember that the first time Locke met Jacob, he heard Jacob’s voice say, “Help me.” My theory is that somehow Jacob has become an unwitting avatar for the island, trapped in some way for a very, very long time (centuries, even), and forced to fulfill a role that he cannot escape from. Maybe Jacob wants out of his “contract” with the island, if you will, and dying is his only way out.

I’d further posit that Locke’s grand destiny is to perform a role that’s far more than “leader of the Others,” or “Ben’s successor.” He’s not the next Ben, he’s the next Jacob! And in killing Jacob, could he be clearing the way to take Jacob’s place? Hmm.

I’m still pondering why Locke wants to take all of the Others along with him to see Jacob. He’s not going to see Jacob for the reasons he’s told all of them he is, so what does he get out of having them there when and if he’s able to kill Jacob? Maybe he thinks that if they witness him killing Jacob, they won’t question it when he assumes Jacob’s position and authority.