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'Lost' Season 6 Theories: WTF Is Going On?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 3rd 2010 5:00PM
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We're not sure what boggled our minds more: last night's 'Lost' premiere or the 'Lost' season 6 theories floating out there on the Internet today.

Sure, Team Darlton gave us some answers (Locke = Smokey = Man in Black/Esau/Jacob's nemesis). But the new narrative device of flash-sideways brought up even more questions -- like, are there alternate universes? Why is the island under water? Why is Hurley lucky? Where's Shannon?

Our writers took a crack at coming up with their own season 6 theories. Plus: We round up some of the best 'Lost' chatter from the Web.
Lost theories
We're not sure what boggled our minds more: last night's 'Lost' premiere or the 'Lost' season 6 theories floating out there on the Internet today.

Sure, Team Darlton gave us some answers (Locke = Smokey = Man in Black/Esau/Jacob's nemesis). But the new narrative device of flash-sideways brought up even more questions -- like, are there alternate universes? Why is the island under water? Why is Hurley lucky? Where's Shannon?

We asked some of our writers to take a crack at coming up with their own season 6 theories. Plus: A round-up of the best 'Lost' chatter from the Web.

Kelly Woo
Last season, Daniel Faraday was adamant that you can't change the past via time travel (no going back to kill HItler, etc). Well, he was right. You can't change it -- but you can create a new future. When Juliet sets off the bomb in 1977, she triggers "The Incident." From there, two universes diverge. The question is, which of them in the premiere is the "real" one? Maybe neither is. It seems like the core story in 'Lost' is reconciling two sides, so clearly, the two timelines have to come together ('Everything That Rises Must Converge,' remember? The book Jacob was reading!). Perhaps it'll happen when there's only one version of everybody (i.e., Juliet's dead in IslandTime but alive in LAXville and can meet Sawyer for that coffee). In the end, 'Lost' has been about fate vs. free will, and it seems right that someone (Jack?) will have to choose the winning side.

Scott Harris
The key to 'Lost' is contained in the two simple words Juliet passed to Miles: "It worked." Oceanic 815 landing safely in Los Angeles is not an alternate reality or a dream sequence, but in fact a flashback which will end up illuminating all the mysteries of 'Lost.' Yes, just as season 5 revolved around the gang's successful efforts to prevent the crash, season 6 will focus on their equally successful attempts to cause it in the first place. All those crazy coincidences? Not coincidence at all, but rather the result of careful orchestration via time travel by the Oceanic survivors themselves after the events of their safe landing. "Don't confuse coincidence for fate" has been the show's mantra; now we will see the truth behind the platitude. So as mysteries like how the Others got "the list" in season one are answered (i.e. Jack and company from the "safe landing" future provided it), just one real question will remain: what happened after their safe landing that convinced the Oceanic Six to cause the plane crash? We're guessing Jack's obsession with fixing things will lead to the fateful choice. But whether he'll find redemption in any time stream is beyond even our powers of speculation.

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Jonathan Toomey
One of the biggest themes we've seen emerge on 'Lost' over the past few seasons is the notion that things are "course corrected" because "whatever happened, happened." We've been led to believe that's the case time and again. But what if "flash-sideways" Jack's assertion to "flash-sideways" Locke holds some weight? What if "nothing is irreversible?" If that's true, then maybe the story we're seeing unfold in 2007 on the island will somehow impact the new timeline we're seeing in L.A. in 2004. Maybe Juliet's crazy-sounding Charlotte-esque ramblings about getting coffee with Sawyer and paying dutch means she ends up on the mainland in 2004 as well? Maybe Jughead's detonation does mean a happy ending for everyone? Then again, course-correction might not be something you can just beat and maybe the characters we're seeing in the new 2004 timeline will, despite landing safely at LAX, somehow end up on the island anyway in the exact same predicament we're seeing unfold in 2007 -- right back where they started. It stands to reason that if whatever happened did indeed happen, Jacob is going to need these individuals for his purposes whether Oceanic 815 crashes or not. Maybe the reason for The Man in Black's disappointment in everyone is that they haven't figured that out yet.

Ryan McKee
The DHARMA Initiative harnessed the Island's high electromagnetism in a way that allows time travel. However, descendents of The Black Rock slave ship (Richard, Charles Widmore, etc.) know outsiders will eventually destroy the Island. So, they travel back in time, with Ben, and kill DHARMA. Those who go back in time don't age until they reach their starting point. This is why Richard and Jacob don't age. They use the Swan and Orchid stations to send the Island back in time every 108 minutes, keeping it invisible to outsiders. This seems to affect pregnancies. When Desmond fails to push the button, the Island appears suddenly and crashes Oceanic 815. While time-travelers can change events, they can't ultimately change the fate. The Smoke Monster is a manifestation of fate used to kill those who will try to change it. Perhaps The Man in Black is the personification of fate. He hates Jacob because he represents freewill by somehow figuring out a loophole in destiny. When time-travelers alter events, alternate realities are created. Eventually they all end the same. The recent scenes on Flight 815 represent that other reality. When Hurley and Miles talk to ghosts that's really them channeling other realities.

Zack Handlen
'Lost' has always been as good at confounding expectations as it has been at raising them, but that's part of the fun. With that in mind: Jacob and the Man in Black (MiB) are long-term supernatural adversaries. The MiB won their conflict by manipulating Ben Linus into killing Jacob, and now he's running around looking like Locke (who's dead). Last season's explosion created two timelines, the first set in the "present," the other starting on the original Oceanic 815 flight, except this time, without any anomaly to cause it, 815 doesn't crash. This second timeline will eventually tie into the first, possibly bringing some dead characters (like Locke) back into play. The MiB wants to "go home," so he'll need to do something really unpleasant to make that happen--destroying the Island, at least. When he died, Jacob said, "They're coming," so there'll be an even worse threat than the MiB soon, one that will bring the different factions together, Jack a chance to finally do something right, and include a few heroic deaths for pathos. (With Juliet gone, don't be surprised if Sawyer follows. Although given Juliet's comments about a "coffee date," maybe dead isn't exactly dead anymore.)

And some food for 'Lost' though, from around the Internet:

"What if in the Sideways world, Radzinsky continued drilling, hit the EM pocket, and triggered a cataclysm that sunk the Island. Where do the castaways fit into this theory? They don't. Or won't. I mean they don't have to, because this scenario doesn't need them. The sideways world could have branched off from Island world many years earlier. It may not even be a branch at all." [Doc Jensen]

"Could Jack and Sawyer be the next iteration of Jacob and SmokeLocke? What I mean is, could they be used, eventually, as the bodily vessels of those two entities and carry on their battle?" [Maureen Ryan]

"Might there be a circumstance where the two Sawyers meet and the universe explodes in a collision of sarcasm and anti-sarcasm? Or will the island and mainland timelines remain independent for the rest of the show's run?" [Alan Sepinwall]

"... the generation of alternate timelines makes logical sense, because there has to be an existing version of these people who set off Jughead. Otherwise, the paradox is irresolvable." [AV Club]

"For those wondering why Hurley is now lucky, I think it's because he won the lottery without using The Numbers-4, 8, 15, 16, 24, 42. If the island is underwater, Rousseau can't broadcast the numbers in the distress signal. And if there's no distress signal, Sam Toomey never hears them on the radio one day. And if Sam doesn't hear them, he never tells Hurley's crazy friend Leonard about them. Which means Hurley never learns The Numbers." [Slate]

"Jacob may have been stabbed and burnt, but I don't believe for a second that he's gone. I think there's a reason he ordered Sayid's body to the Temple. I think that body died. And I think now Jacob has a new place to hang his hat, which means it's going to be a very interesting battle coming up between Pseudo-Sayid and Alterna-Locke." [HitFix]

"Obviously many things changed due to the Island getting blown up, but one interesting good be changing seat numbers. Originally, Hurley was in row 20, but in this new version, he's in row 33, which means both he and Sawyer next to him would've been in the Tail Section." [BuddyTV]

"Examine Charlie's many deaths a little more closely, and they all have one thing in common: not breathing. Desmond saw him drown (once in a dream, once in reality), Ethan hangs him to asphyxiation, and we see a vision in which he gets shot in the throat with an arrow. Now, in this episode, Charlie's choking on a big bag of heroin. Whatever happened to kill Charlie must apparently happen again and again, in the same basic way, no matter where, when or what universe he happens to be in." [DarkUFO]

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Jonathan Sheridan

WARNING THIS IS A SPOILER FOR ANY1 THAT AIN'T SEEN THE SEASON 6 FINALE......Did everything that happened on the island really happen? Or was it all an instant of time after the crash of Oceanic 815? Actually the writers leave clues to both interpretations. Take a close look at the shoe hanging on the bamboo in the last few seconds of "The End." It is very weather-worn, gray, disintegrating. Now go back and watch the first minute or two of the pilot episode. That shoe hanging on the bamboo is white and new. This clue seems to say that the events on the island happened over the course of six years. However, over the closing credits we see the wreckage of flight 815, including an open suitcase with all the clothes still in it (no one having removed them to set up camp as in the first season), and the only footprints are those of the dog, Vincent, who had left the scene of the crash to die next to Jack. This clue seems to show that Jack died immediately after the crash. So the writers appear to have given us clues for both interpretations -- not just these two contradictory clues, but many -- and each of us can pick the interpretation that we like the best.

June 25 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jonathan Sheridan's comment

I just finished watching LOST.( Never saw it on TV) Thought I wouldn't like it. After the first couple of episodes, my theory was that they had all died in the crash but the Island was making the most flawed characters the "best that they could be" before "moving on". I doubted my theory many times over the past few months of being addicted to the show, but when I saw The End last night, I think I was kind of right. I enjoyed your insight. Thank you.

April 03 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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