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LostZone: Live Forever, Live Alone

March 25, 2010

LostZone: Live Forever, Live Alone
By Louis Bedigian

Richard’s story was beautiful, memorable…and a sign of things to come?

It was an episode that left many speechless. Part brilliant and meaningful, part emotional and reminiscent of The Sixth Sense, “Ab Aeterno” dove into the supernatural, crossed paths with the unknown, and once again toyed with the popular Season One theory that the castaways died after crashing on the island. It was breathtaking, heartwarming, and – despite the tease that the smoke monster is indeed behind some of the ghosts on the island – gave us hope that seeing is believing.

 
After more than 100 years of waiting, Hurley helped Richard reconnect with his dead wife.

Live Forever, Live Alone

For many of the survivors of Oceanic 815, Jack’s “live together, die alone” speech really hit home. It forced the castaways to deal with the fact that rescue wasn’t coming, and that if they continued to fight each other, they wouldn’t survive.

Richard wasn’t that lucky. He couldn’t simply walk away and die. In fact, there was a time when he once feared death and the literal Hell that it might bring.

After signing up to work for Jacob, he asked for only one thing: to live forever. He would have preferred to have his wife, Isabella, back from the dead, or to be completely absolved of his sins. Unfortunately, Jacob said he couldn’t do that, so he asked for eternity and has been suffering silently ever since.

But after years of working for Jacob, and after giving up all hope, Richard was finally able to connect with his wife again. He couldn’t see her, but she was there, speaking to him through Hurley. It was a beautiful scene that instantly took me back to The Sixth Sense, specifically the final scene in the car with Cole and his mother.

Though there is the (very) slight chance that we are still being deceived, I think this confirms that at least some of the ghosts on the island are real. How is that possible? When it comes to things that are difficult to explain, the Lost producers tend to cite The Force (Midi-chlorians) as a reason to avoid answering certain questions. At best, my gut tells me this may be one such element the producers will only clarify with loose details that are open to interpretation.

Richard’s Fate

I believe that Richard will complete his work on the island and be able to die. He won’t get a sideways story because his time has passed; unlike the castaways, whose lives are only just beginning, Richard has finally reached the end. It will be a sad but beautiful passing that will likely conclude with a scene – or at the very least some kind of indication – that reunites him with his wife.

 
Anyone get the sense that the Black Rock slave massacre
was influenced by the same darkness that overtook Sayid?

“God loves you as He loved Jacob”

Those words have been on my mind since we first heard Karl say them on the boat with Kate and Sawyer during Season Three. At the time I wasn’t sure what they meant, but now I wonder: why was he taught (via Ben’s brainwashing video) to say “loved” instead of “love”? Why is it past tense?

If the quote is correct – if Ben knows something we don’t – there are two logical ways to explain it. One is that Jacob did something to disappoint God, such as allowing good people to die while facilitating the death of others. Thus, God once loved Jacob but no longer does, as if he were a fallen angel.

But wait … some fans theorize that Fake Locke was a former candidate who had a falling out with Jacob. What would that make him: a fallen angel’s fallen angel? That being the case, wouldn’t it make perfect sense that the smoke monster’s real name is Wallace, the mysterious man who appeared next to the number “108” on the dial of the magic mirror?

The second explanation for the quote is that Jacob has always been past tense. All these years, we’ve been under the impression that whoever he was, he was alive until Ben killed him. Even the smoke monster thought so. But maybe he’s been a ghost since before the show even began, and in gathering all of these people, he wasn’t merely trying to prove that people were good (as he claimed) – he was also trying to save himself. That would certainly fit with the show’s recurring theme of redemption.

That, however, brings us to the third possibility, which will only be logical to those who still don’t trust Ben Linus.

Who here believes that Ben actually has faith in God’s existence? Anyone? During the first five seasons of Lost, Ben seemed to think that he was God. Thus, it is wholly possible that he concocted the “loved Jacob” quote himself with the aim of influencing those who have faith in something other than an island ghost they’ve never met.

 
Will Charlie’s flash sideways have anything to do with Hurley?

Hurley’s Candidacy

Though most assume Jack is (or will be) the primary candidate, it seems that Hurley is gradually becoming the perfect man to replace Jacob as the island’s protector. Long-term, I still believe the sideways world will supersede the island. But before that happens, someone has to step forward and take Jacob’s place. 

While Jack is confused, a little hotheaded, and maybe a tad freaked out, Hurley is calmly figuring out who – and where – he’s supposed to be. He’s come to terms with his apparent (and finally confirmed?) ability to speak to the dead. And it is through that power – that gift, if you will – that he is doing Jacob’s work, not only for him but also in place of him. In the island world, there couldn’t be a better way to conclude Hurley’s story than for him to officially become the island’s new protector.

But what will become of his sideways alter ego? Something amazing, I predict. Stay tuned to next week’s LostZone to hear my full theory and to learn how Hurley’s stint at the psych ward may have actually been a blessing in disguise.

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LostZone – Previous Installments

March 18, 2010: Sawyer is a Con Man, a Ladies' Man, but not a Loyal Servant

March 11, 2010: Dr. Linus or Dr. Dolittle?

March 4, 2010: Sayid’s Fall to the Dark Side

February 25, 2010: Claire’s (Freaky? Psychotic!?) Return and Sideways Significance with Jack Shephard

February 18, 2010: Giving Meaning to the Numbers, 4 8 15 16 23 42

February 11, 2010: Season Three Stall Tactics and Claire’s Disappearance Explained!?

February 4, 2010: Thoughts and Theories From the Mind-Blowing Season Six Premiere

February 1, 2010: Are Lost and Final Fantasy VII Unofficially Connected?

LostZone is a ongoing feature on GameZone aimed at discussing the show’s most breathtaking moments (and, if necessary, its most depressing bombs) while dissecting its most intriguing mysteries.

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