Last week, I posited a theory about the parallel timelines that the season premiere had set up, and the nut of theory was this:
WAIT A SECOND! BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER, REALIZE THAT WE ARE BEING PULLED INEXORABLY TOWARDS THE ISLAND OF LOST SEASON SIX SPOILERS!
I MAY HAVE ALREADY SAID TOO MUCH!
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?