Season 6 came off to a great start while pumping us full of more questions than ever before. It feels like we are back in Season 1 with all the new mysteries popping up. It seemed the most intriguing mystery of the premiere was all the different timelines that were running in parallel to each other. But just how many different timelines were there? Two? Three? Four? Here is a quick rundown on how many alternate realities appeared to coexist, all given a greek letter.
This timeline is the Lost we know and love; it started with a crash and ended with a crash. Although, it was only alluded to by Cindy once the Losties met up with the others after they assumed Jughead failed. “These were the people who crashed on the first plane.” How many more planes were there? We didn’t find out until the end of the episode, but more on that later. So after Jughead was perceived to have failed, the Losties were returned to their original timeline.
This pivotal timeline was only seen in this episode’s “Previously on Lost” segment. It was one of two destinations that the Oceanic 6 found themselves in after their second plane crash. The successful detonation of Jughead appears to bring about our alternate realities, but could this all have started with the Ajira crash? As shown before, the Losties who are near the detonation travel to the reality Alpha.
The first scenes of the episode depict this timeline, as the losties find themselves on a still-airborne 815. A few things are different: Jack is nervous, Rose and Bernard are clam, Desmond is on the plane, Hurley is the luckiest man alive, and Sawyer’s hair is long. However, some things never change: Kate is a convict, Charlie is a drug addict, Jin is hard on Sun, Sayid is looking for Nadia, and Boone will still wants to follow Locke to his grave. They eventually land in LA X without a scratch-well besides that cut on Jack’s neck, what was that about? It seems as if the Jughead detonation put the island “under the sea.”
Lying in the shadow of the statue, where doppelganger Locke convinced Ben to kill Jacob, is the other place some of our Oceanic 6 end up after coming back to the island. At the end of the episode, this timeline is revealed to be the same timeline as the 815 crash. The others at the temple send up flares to warn their people about Jacobs death, and these same flares can be seen at the beach.
So what pairs with what?
At the end of the episode it seems that only two timelines remain, Alpha Gamma and Beta Epsilon. If we squeeze in any more greek symbols, we might have ourselves a fraternity.
The Flight 815 crash and the Ajira crash are tied together based on Cindy’s words and the flares seen from the Temple. The Losties are pretty sure that Jughead didn’t work, but Juliet’s words from beyond the grave told Sawyer and Miles otherwise. Will Sawyer believe the last thing she wanted him to know? Could knowing that Faraday’s plan worked allow them to travel to or merge with the other reality?
The Dharma Initiative timeline and the underwater timeline fit together because of one thing, Jughead. The underwater island didn’t seem to have much damage done to it from a nuclear explosion, but it seems like a pretty effective way to sink an island. It will be interesting to see how the island-less world unfolds.
And Then There Were Two
Could these two different realities have two completely different sets of survivors? Or does Jack’s confusion hint that they may be one in the same? These two realities may be destined for a collision course.