This is a follow-up from a previous post back after ‘Cabin Fever:’ http://www.docarzt.com/lost-recaps/lost-411-prophets-prodigies-an.php
Others have raised a great deal questions about the paternity of both Locke and Ben. We know that the producers like to obscure certain truths in the show. There is alot of story left, and some reveals need to wait. However, if Locke’s parentage is now called into question, then the producers have pulled an unforgivable fast one on the viewership. It is one thing to have the characters conned, it is another to confidence scheme the audience. Therefore, I will assume that Cooper is Locke’s father and that there are two women named Emily in this story.
Where there are prophets there are also prophecies. We have not yet had a hard prophecy about anything on the show, but there are veiled occurances that could be the result of prophecies. The journal from firstmate of the Blackrock could be an example of prophetic writing. It may contain more than just clues to the location of the island. That may be an unreasonable extrapolation. If you can think other events on the show that may be an example of veiled prophecy feel free to comment here or in the forums.
Linus and Locke are tied to one another in purpose. They are both a protector of the island. They were both chosen for the task. Their mothers have the same name. They were both born premature and in distress. They both had troubled relationships with their fathers. Both are responsible for their father’s death. Do these similarities suggest a more familial relationship between to the two, or something else?
On the side of “something else,” these similarities could be the result of the Others searching for something specific with the chosen one. Could there have been a green-eyed leader before Ben that was born prematurely to a woman named Emily? Could this person have had issues with his father and ultimately was responsible for his father’s death? In searching for a “chosen one” there are generally prophecies that relate to the search. The similarites between the island protectors may be a result of the qualitites that are being searched out. Who wants to venture a guess on the actual words to this prophecy?
One other thing of note, anyone catch the poster behind Locke and Abaddon?
Locke has been from the very beginning a master gamesman. From the outset of the series, the island has been set up like the pieces to a gameboard, and Locke must figure out how to win. In the end, he is the one built up to win this game. It is interesting that with the other “reincarnation” references (Richard’s test, Horace’s looping) in this episode, that this poster says “Get Back into the Game.”