The Key to Season 6 of LOST

“We could get coffee sometime. We can go dutch.”

For those of you who just regained consciousness after an eight-month coma (and if you did so, thanks for dialing up Medialoper!) (How do you like our redesign?), the sixth — and final — season of LOST premiered last night.

And while I’ve read loads and loads of theory-laden recaps about the premiere from super smart people like Noel Murray, Alan Sepinwall and Doc Jensen, I’ve yet to come across anybody singling out what I think is the key to the entire season: the words that I quoted above.


I’ll be brief, for once, because I’m assuming that you already watched the episode, and figured out that when Juliet set off the hydrogen bomb in 1977, she created what Darlton calls the “Sideways” timeline, where Oceanic 815 didn’t crash onto a now-submerged Craphole Island.

And you also know that the “Sideways” timeline is a) slightly different from what we’ve previously seen about Oceanic 815 (a neat way to get around some of the cast availability issues), and b) did NOT replace the original timeline: those who were on the Island in 1977 are still there, albeit in 2007.

So now what? To me, the answer lies in those two sentences at the top of this post, said by a dying Juliet to a shaken Sawyer: “We could get coffee sometime. We can go dutch.”

Here’s my theory about what’s going to happen: the two timelines will start bleeding into each other, and eventually characters in both timelines will be fully conscious of their doppleganger. And the closer a character was to the epicenter of the hydrogen bomb, the faster and/or stronger that bleeding is going to be.

That’s why Juliet said those things: she was the closest to the epicenter of the blast, so before she died, she already knew that she was going to meet Sawyer in the Sideways timeline. That’s how she knew that it worked. And why I think her last words were “we have to tell you something,” as opposed to “I have to tell you something.”

So to me, the fun of the season will be seeing how the characters react as they realize that they’re now living simultaneous existences in two completely different realities.

Unless, of course, I’m dead wrong.

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14 Responses to “The Key to Season 6 of LOST”

  1. Christopher Van Buskirk says:

    Huh, I didn’t notice that she said “we” instead of “I”.

    The theory makes sense, though, given the similar nature of the speed at which the group that was skipping through time in season 5 progressively got more sick/injured.

    Run-on sentence much?

    Anyway, I’m with you on this. I can’t wait to see them start to realize that everything is wrong.

  2. Jim Connelly says:


    I watched that scene again on ABC’s website, and it’s hard to tell for sure that she said “we,” but that’s what I got from my wishful lipreading. I need to see what the closed-captioning says.

  3. Jim Connelly says:

    Aw crap. Somebody in Slate has the same damn theory:

    Or HALF of it, anyways. Not the part about being closer to the epicenter making the bleeding stronger & faster.

  4. Sean Platt says:

    Awesome. I didn’t notice the WE either.

  5. Jim Connelly says:

    One more thing: my theory has BAD implications for Jin / Sun ‘shippers. Because she was in 2007 and he was in 1977 when the bomb went off. Sun is going to have NO idea what is going on with Jin, and may not believe it.

  6. Jim Connelly says:

    Another addendum to my theory. 2004 Jack is going to have full consciousness of both ‘verses when the Red Sox win the World Series.

  7. David says:

    The captioning says, “I have to tell you something.”

  8. Jim Connelly says:

    @David, I saw that. Which is definitely a point against my theory.

  9. AB says:

    The only problem with your theory is that, while it is made to appear that there are two timelines going on, in reality the two “timelines” are not concurrent…the new “sideways” scenario is happing before the “current island” scenario but at least a few months…this time discrepancy will allow the writers to solve the “doppelganger” situation before it becomes a reality…

  10. Hey there, Jim:

    Your theory is really interesting, actually. To be honest, though, I didn’t catch the “we”; I defnitely heard “I.” What’s more, I can’t imagine Sawyer wouldn’t have noticed the difference.

    In any event, if you’re interested, here’s the link to my blog, specifically my take on “LA X.” Make sure you check out my post on “What Kate Does,” as well:


  11. Haze says:

    There’s one thing that I haven’t seen mentioned much, but the “go dutch” line right before death is very similar to Charlotte Lewis’s “not allowed to eat chocolate before dinner” line right before her death.

    I always kind of imagined that during her death, they were sometime near the 1970s (post-well, pre-Orchid next to donkey wheel), and her consciousness was being split between her two time-concurrent realities in the moment just before death. One a child that’s probably on the island, the other a dying woman. Juliet’s realities occur across different timelines but the situation of the minds blending right before death is the exact same.

    I had very similar thoughts watching the show, and while far from proof, it may be another strong hint of what’s happening.

    Side Note – The writers also picked an excellent phrase for Juliet to say. Getting coffee and going dutch are nothing if not representations of “new beginnings,” promising and hopeful ones at that.


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