Awesome episode… I love Locke eps. I don’t think there’s ever been a bad one (well, “Further Instructions” was never one of my faves, but Terry O’Quinn always makes up for any less-than-spectacular writing).
I’ve been discussing on my blog today who the little boy on the island is, and I think that’s the part of the ep that intrigued me a lot, because the answer to that question could lead to so much. So maybe we should look at the “candidates” for that position:
Jacob. He looked like Jacob, he was wearing the raggedy clothes of the Others, and his appearance seemed to make Not-Locke completely unhinged. He told Not-Locke that he couldn’t kill him, as if no matter how many times you try to kill the man, he will continue to be born on the island. Or perhaps Not-Locke knew Jacob as a boy (the way Widmore knew Ben as a boy) and he was reminded of the enormity of what he’d done. If he’s Jacob, there are a million different reasons he would appear to him as a boy, and only time will tell what that will mean.
Aaron. Aaron was the first child born on the island in almost 30 years, which is hugely significant, especially since this is a place where children can no longer be born. He is very important to the island, because he has more ties to it than anyone else: Claire is his mother; Jack is his uncle; Christian is his grandfather; Kate is his adoptive mother. He was injected by the Others and he was saved by the survivors. He is the only one of the Oceanic 6 who didn’t return, and perhaps the island needs him back… will he return as a preteen boy?
Sawyer. Some people suggested that the blond kid who could also be seen by Sawyer could be Sawyer himself. I’m not sure where you would go with this theory, but maybe it’s a suggestion that he really will be the next candidate.
Not-Locke himself. I suggested on my blog today a theory (and yes, I understand it’s a little out there) that what if Not-Locke and Jacob are one and the same person? What if a man (or boy?) who looked like Jacob came to the island, and the spirit of the island somehow separated the soul of Not-Locke from his body, and then took that body over? So now “Jacob” has assumed his body, and the Man in Black has to find other bodies to assume, when all he wants is to return to his own. He kills Jacob – essentially his own body – and kicks him into the fire, hoping that his sacrifice of finally losing his own body might result in killing the spirit that took it over, but it didn’t work, because he can’t kill that spirit. The appearance of himself as a boy reminded him that he simply can’t kill that island spirit, and will only continue to hurt himself if he keeps trying.
Not-Locke’s son. Someone else on my blog suggested that maybe he was seeing his own son. We heard that lovely soliloquy that he gave: “I know what it’s like to feel joy, to feel pain, anger, fear, to experience betrayal. I know what it’s like to lose someone you love.” What if that someone was his own son, killed by Jacob, turning Not-Locke into the angry darkness that appears as a pillar of smoke and moves through the island that way? It’s a great theory, and one that I like a lot.
Or maybe it’s someone new entirely? Who did you think it was?
Nikki Stafford is the author of the Finding Lost series of books, which offer episode-by-episode guides to each season. The guide to season 5 is now available at Amazon.com, and is currently working on the season 6 book. She posts regularly on her television blog, Nik at Nite.
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