The Key to Season 6 of LOST, Part 2

Previously, on “The Key to Season 6 of LOST”

Last week, I posited a theory about the parallel timelines that the season premiere had set up, and the nut of theory was this:



Right. My theory:
The two timelines are going to start “bleeding” into each other, and the closer someone was to the epicenter of the hydrogen bomb Juliet set off, the faster that they are going to realize that they exist in parallel realities.

Which was why Juliet’s otherwise non sequitury dying words about getting coffee to Sawyer were a portent: because she was the one who set off the bomb, she already realized that the sideways world existed.

So, how does this theory hold up after a week? First off, when I went back and watched “LA X” with the captioning on, the captioning has Juliet saying “I” instead of “We,” which doesn’t disprove anything, but doesn’t help, either.

As far as last night’s episode goes, as Noel Murray pointed out in his typically astute recap, there wasn’t really much movement one way or another.

Except that Sideways Kate did have some very interesting reactions to the baby’s name being “Aaron.”

In the meantime, I’ve had some time to refine my theory, in order to be as wrong as is humanly possible!

  • It’s going to be emotion and stress that helps the bleeding happen between timelines. Juliet knew that she was going to die, which helped her rip right through it just before she did.
  • I think that the fact that Jin was in 1997, but Sun was in 2007 when the bomb went off bodes bad things for their relationship. A harbinger of this is the fact that they’ve already been physically separated in the Sideways ‘verse, but more importantly, I think that they are going to reunite in 2007, only to be torn apart as Jin experiences the two timelines, but Sun doesn’t.
  • For Sideways Jack, it’s going to come full force when the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series, an event that he totally missed while on the Island. It will invoke such an emotional response, he’ll almost collaspse from the shock and realization.
  • Sideways Sawyer is going to use his understanding of the two timelines to look up Juliet in the Sideways ‘verse. But he’s going to keep it to himself, and quite possibly belittle Jack and Kate (not to mention Hugo, Sayid, Jin) as they bring it up.
  • Hugo will assume that the two timelines is some form of his madness, but will fully embrace it in the same way he embraced his conversations with dead people
  • Speaking of conversations with dead people, I’ve been going back and forth about Miles. He’s the only person left from 1977 who wasn’t an 815 survivor. Still, if he was sent to 2007, it means that he will experience the two timelines.
  • But not Sayid. He died. And if non-zombie Sayid really is infected/possessed by something/someone, this will keep him from experiencing the parallel timelines

So that’s what I’ve got now. I’ll follow up as the season progress up until the moment my theory is obviously either proven or — more likely — disproven.

What do you think?

3 Responses to “The Key to Season 6 of LOST, Part 2”

  1. Haze says:

    I think that there will only be an exchange of consciousness between realities only when there is an extreme event, i.e. death or the next series of magical island nonsense, and it won’t be trivial things like World Series events (which is around 40 days away anyway). Until that happens we’ll just see them run into each other with knowing glances of mutual deja vu.

    We’ve only seen consciousness shifts in the most extreme situations, entering the island on the wrong bearing (which still only affected some people), Desmond’s exposure to the electromagnetic explosion, Faraday’s time machine experiments, and prolonged exposure to time travel flashes.

    But I think that if this is the first “sideways” timeline that’s ever been created it would make sense that if one’s consciousness began to drift about previously, it would have nowhere to go other than traveling through time within the same reality (Seasons 1-5). Now it can drift between entire worlds, which might be much more stable.

    I think the travel of the consciousness through time throughout the series was just a big setup so we can believe that one or more of the characters will eventually be transplanted between realities with a full memory of what happened on the island, so it wasn’t all for nothing.

    p.s. I got linked from av club so I commented on your part 1 before I saw this

  2. Jim Connelly says:


    I am a San Francisco Giants fan, and they’ve never won the World Series in my lifetime. So trust me when I tell you that if they ever did win, I wouldn’t consider it “trivial,” but rather a HUGE emotional event, as all of those years of disappointment (especially 2002) would be just wiped away.

    That said, I know what you mean by “trivial” vs. an “extreme” event. But I still disagree: I think that the nuclear blast either created — or opened the window — to the Sideways ‘verse, and I think that an extreme emotional personal event is the key for a person to seeing through that window.

    In the case of Jack, the combination of the Series win coming on the heels of his father’s death and the fact that 2007 Jack missed the victory while crashed on the Island is going to be all he needs!


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