So, you thought because there was no new episode this week there would be no new madcap theory…well, think again. And this one even comes 3 days early (mainly because I’m too excited to keep it in the bag until Friday). This one’s been brewing in my silly little mind since last weeks outing, and I’m super stoked on it. I’m also not sick anymore, so that helps.
So, we’ve been speculating since that cryptic scene in “Through the Looking Glass” as to who is in the coffin. We’ve heard the names Locke, Ben, Walt, Juliet, Michael and many others mentioned as good candidates, but up to this point there has been no definitive resolution. Then I got to thinking about the episode “Meet Kevin Johnson.” The great game changing revelation came as we found out that the island will not allow Michael to kill himself until his “purpose” is fulfilled. This also gave us some insight as to why Jack‘s overmedication and alcoholism hasn’t done the trick for him either. Now, rewind if you will to the opening flash-forward scene in “Through the Looking Glass.” Future Jack sees the now infamous newspaper clipping for the first time while on an airplane back to L.A. He then lands and seemingly drives immediately to a bridge. My guess is, Jack has been trying to commit suicide for some time now, to no avail of course, but this death reported by the newspaper brings hope to his endeavor. Let’s just say Michael and Jack have the chance to chat just before the Oceanic 6 leave the island. In this conversation, Michael tells Jack that the island wouldn’t let him die while he was in Manhattan. Jack gets home, realizes life sucks, and so he tries to commit suicide, but alas, like Michael, the island won’t let him. Then, hope comes in the form of an obituary. Michael’s new alias (yes, I’m saying that Michael makes it off the island with the Oceanic 6 and changes his alias from K.J. to whatever name was in the article and so therefore MICHAEL IS THE MAN IN THE COFFIN) shows up dead, meaning the curse has ended, right? So, Jack beats cheeks to the bridge because with the curse gone, he can now successfully kill himself. But, alas again, the island still has use for Jack and so will not let him die. Jack figures that Michael was finally able to die because he had fulfilled whatever obligation he had to the island. And so Jack‘s left with only one option: get back to the island no matter the cost.
Madcap or plausible. Please rate in Dharma bunnies.