There is no doubt that most of the fans of Lost want Locke to realize his destiny. But a major theme in Lost is the acceptance of that destiny, without letting ego rule a characters decisions. And Locke has a really big ego. His character, as written on the show, has been dealt some terrible hands in the card game of life. Yet, over and over, his misjudged determination puts him front and center to being the bully’s next victim.
I don’t think Locke’s destiny is to be the leader of the Others. He didn’t pass the test that Richard gave him as a child. He was not interested in attending the science camp, and he makes choices too dependant on his feelings, his emotions, instead of considering the cold, hard facts. He is a dreamer, unsuited to responsibility of protecting the Island.
Ben is still in control, he is the leader and only leader. Look at what transpired in the season four finale. Ben had one, and only one job to do, save the Island. When Ben asked Richard what was the promise to Kate for their help, Richard responded that they wanted to be able to leave the Island. Who approved that arrangement? Ben. I think Ben knew that the Island still needed the Oceanic 815 survivors for some purpose, but he was willing to let them go, for now.
And what was Locke doing at the Orchid’s entrance. Fumbling around trying to find a flower which he could not recognize. Ben didn’t want Locke to enter the Orchid alone. Even if Locke managed to get into the lower complex on his own, he wouldn’t have even been able to locate the restroom, what more move the Island. Christian didn’t tell him how to do it, and Ben certainly wasn’t offering any instructions that meant anything.
And when Ben and Locke arrived in the lower bowels of the Orchid station, what happened? Ben gave Locke a movie to watch. It was almost like giving a little kid a Disney video to keep him busy while daddy is fixing the car engine. Meanwhile, Ben continued with his plan to save the Island. Ben’s nonchalant attitude toward the information on the Orchid video tells us that the video had no content that would be helpful to the present mission. Ben tossed Locke a lollipop.
And then the key moment, a leaders test. Keamy arrives, hell bent on stopping Ben and what does Locke do? He wants to sit down with a psychotic killer and talk things out. Ben proceeds to kill Keamy, even after they recognize that Keamy has a dead mans device attached to his arm. When Locke questioned Ben about the fate of the people on the freighter, Ben replies “So.” Remember, Locke couldn’t even bring himself to kill his father, a forecast of Locke inability to take the lead and make life and death decisions.
Ben always has a plan, and as we see in the closing scene of the season, Ben is in control. And now he is using the “dead” Locke to get the 815 survivors back. It was almost like Locke gave up his other kidney, and he is now relegated to simply being a prop in Ben’s game. Even Locke’s new alias, Bentham, speaks of his “utilitarian” purpose in Ben’s overall scheme. Ben is still the leader, for now.