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.
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON 6 PREMIERE OF LOST. OK?
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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