The opening to “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” was on par with some of the season premieres as far as the sense of mystery it evoked. Initially it seemed to be taking place somewhere off island, perhaps Mrs. Hawking’s office – more so, it suggested that Ceaser and Ilana maybe coverts working for ‘somebody,’ perhaps an intentional wink to the various fan theories floating around. Ultimately, what the scene did accomplish is a slight indication of when the 316’rs were – roughly. Didn’t notice it? Read on.
The 316 crash landed on Hydra island, and the building Caeser was looting was an office in the Hydra station – this much was revealed by the logo on the files. Some of the pages inside of the files revealed that the 316’rs are somewhere in the future. The clues were some photocopies of documents we’ve seen before.
The image on the left is from “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham,” and on the right is the same page from season 4. The page is from Faraday’s notebook. As we know, in the current timeline Faraday has his notebook. This clears up the question of whether the 316 folks are in the same timeline as Sawyer, Jack, and company. The only question from here is, how far into the future are they?